The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte

The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte specialize exclusively in Social Security disability law. We have successfully represented thousands of individuals in Social Security Disability claims and appeals, including both SSDI and SSI applications.

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Firm Overview

At The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte, it is our mission to provide exceptional and compassionate legal representation that caters to the individual needs of our clients.

We understand the devastation that an accident or illness can have on you and your family. Unlike some national firms, we take a personal interest in every client and his or her unique situation. At The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte, our clients are more than just case numbers; we are a local firm that cares about our clients, always treating them like human beings and giving them the personal attention they need to succeed.

Our familiarity with the local offices and procedures of the Social Security Administration in the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii, has helped over ten thousand clients win SSDI and SSI benefits.

Our success is based not only on our strong advocacy skills, but our commitment to be to be personally available to each individual client, to promptly return phone calls, and to regularly inform clients of developments in their cases.
Main Office

San Jose Office
125 South Market Street
Suite 1075
San Jose  CA  95113

Phone
  • 800-735-3425
Fax
  • 408-292-7673

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free Initial Consultation

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No fee unless we win your case.

Hourly Rates

We do not charge by the hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Languages Spoken

English & Spanish

Other Offices

  • Santa Cruz Office
    911 Center Street
    Suite A
    Santa Cruz,  CA  95060
  • San Francisco Office
    44 Montgomery Street
    Suite 500
    San Francisco,  CA  94104
  • Oakland Office
    436 14th Street
    Suite 1413
    Oakland,  CA  94612
  • Salinas Office
    119 Cayuga St.
    Salinas,  CA  93901
  • Sacramento Office
    8880 Cal Center Drive
    Suite 400
    Sacramento,  CA  95826
  • Stockton Office
    5250 Claremont Ave.
    Stockton,  CA  95207
  • Jackson Office
    35 Court Street
    Suite 3
    Jackson,  CA  95642
  • Reno Office
    1 East Liberty Street
    Suite 600
    Reno,  NV  89501
  • Burlingame Office
    533 Airport Blvd.
    Suite 400
    Burlingame,  CA  94101
  • Hawaii Office
    7 Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 400
    Local Phone: (808) 442-7256
    Honolulu,  HI  96813
Social Security Disability
The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte specialize exclusively in Social Security disability law. We have successfully represented thousands of individuals in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) appeals.
At The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte, we understand that the process of applying for disability and Social Security benefits can often be overwhelming and unsuccessful on your own, especially when you are already hurting physically, psychologically and financially. That'™s why we a™re here to take care of everything, from your application to your hearing and everything in between.

Disability Application Assistance

To ensure you get the most out of your disability benefits, you need a partner you can trust to help you avoid errors and properly complete the application process. We are that partner, and the sooner you call us, the sooner you can say goodbye to the complexities and confusion associated with filing for disability.

At The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte, we only receive a fee if you win your case,“ so you have nothing to lose. We a™re with you every step of the way.


Disability Appeals Assistance

Has your claim been denied by Social Security? If so, you should know you have a strict time limit to file an appeal, which can be a long and tedious process. The Law Offices of Terry LaPorte are here to help, with a team of experts that can simplify your appeal and get you back on the road to physical and financial recovery.

Do you already have a Social Security hearing scheduled? If so, you are strongly advised to obtain legal representation before the hearing in order to prepare testimony, minimize risk, question witnesses and cross-examine medical and vocational experts.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

If you are in need of a Social Security disability lawyer, look no further. With over 30 years of experience representing Social Security disability claimants, we understand the devastating effects that an injury or illness can have on our clients and their families. We understand how loss of the ability to work can impact a client's physical, psychological and financial well-being. That's why every client is treated with compassion, kindness and respect.

Terry LaPorte

Terry LaPorte has dedicated his legal career to representing individuals in Social Security Disability claims and appeals. After receiving his J.D in 1979 from Santa Clara University School of Law, he developed an expertise in Social Security Disability law. In 1982, he established the Law Offices of Terry LaPorte, a Northern California based law firm that specializes exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability law. For thirty years, Mr. LaPorte and his law firm have represented thousands of individuals in SSI and SSDI disability appeals in California and the Western States.

Mr. LaPorte attained the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and serves on the Board of Examiners, National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR), a provider attorney to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and a seven-time Chair of the Social Security Section, Santa Clara County Bar Association. He has served as a lecturer on disability law for the Continuing Education Program of the California Bar Association and for many community, legal and support organizations. Mr. LaPorte was named a top Northern California attorney in Super Lawyer, and has received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly.

Mr. LaPorte has also received numerous awards for his commitment to the individuals with disabilities and others in need in our community. Mr. LaPorte was bestowed the prestigious 2013 "Client Distinction Award" by Martindale-Hubbell and Lawyers.com. Fewer than 4% of over 900,000 attorneys listed on Martindale.com and Lawyers.com have been awarded this honor of distinction. He was the 2011 Recipient of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Pro Bono Services Award. He was the recipient of the Philip J. Berelson Award for Generous Philanthropy in 2004, bestowed by the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored him as the Chapter Programs Partner of the Year and he has been named the Social Security Attorney of the Year. Mr. LaPorte's dedication to the disabled has been acknowledged by the California State Bar's Consumer Business Review, the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Pro Bono Project of Santa Clara County.

Kevan Spence

Kevan Spence received her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1980. She has been admitted to practice law in the State of California, the federal district courts, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals since 1981. Ms. Spence is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants.

Ms. Spence is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR). Ms. Spence was a medical malpractice attorney for 8 years and has broad knowledge of medical and disability issues. Her geographic area of the practice for our firm includes Stockton, Sacramento, the Central Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada.

Ms Spence has devoted herself exclusively to the practice of Social Security disability appeals and hearings in the Stockton, Sacramento, the Central Valley, the Sierra Foothills and the Tahoe/Reno areas for the Law Offices of Terry LaPorte since 2006. She has successfully represented numerous clients from application through administrative law hearings. Consistent with our firm's philosophy, she believes that each client is unique. She and her staff offer thorough preparation of every case and individual attention to every client in order to enhance the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Anne LaPorte

Anne LaPorte received her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2010. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California. Anne joined our firm in 2011 and has is based in the San Jose and Oakland offices. Since 2011, her practice has focused exclusively on Social Security disability claims and appeals. She attends specialized training conferences sponsored by the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives and has represented many clients at Social Security appeals hearings throughout Northern California. She feels blessed to be able to assist our clients in navigating the disability claims process and strives to do so in a compassionate and attentive manner.

Maria Hammon

Maria Miranda-Hammon joined the firm in 1994. She is an experienced and dedicated Social Security legal representative. She is deeply committed to achieving a successful outcome for every client. Maria specializes in the representation of claimants with SSI and SSA disability claims and appeals at Social Security hearing offices and district offices. Maria continues to expand her knowledge and experience through research and seminars offered by the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) and the Annual 9th Circuit Conference for experienced Social Security practitioners.

Maria's vast litigation support experience and knowledge of computer graphic software is used extensively within the law firm in preparing documentation presentations and conference materials. Maria's expertise includes the use of electronic filing software. With a fully integrated bicultural background, Maria has represented many monolingual Spanish speaker claimants in our San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Salinas and Monterey area offices.

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Getting Social Security Disability Expedited: Critical Case Handling Practices at SSA

Created On: 08/24/2009

Observers of case-handling practices at SSA hearing offices often note inconsistency in how decisions are made as to which individuals receive priority, or earlier hearing dates in their appeals...

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