Firm Overview

Everyone needs adequate income to carry out their lives. When you can no longer work due to a physical or mental disability, the resulting loss of income and health insurance can be devastating. My Social Security and long-term disability insurance services help people put the pieces back together after a disability diagnosis. I will assist you in accessing all available sources of disability income and health insurance with personal attention, compassion, and a focus on results being my primary goals.

Example cases

"I sincerely want to thank you for your work in finally getting the Social Security disability program for me. After two denials I had given up all hope. Further physical problems have not let me pursue any work. I did not expect any back pay, so when I saw that amount, I totally fell out

Main Office

Main
Keeline Building 319 S 17th Street
Suite 210
Omaha  NE  68102

Phone
  • (402) 614-4155
Fax
  • (402) 403-3308

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Initial Social Security consultations are free.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Social Security cases are handled on a contingency basis.

Hourly Rates

Social Security cases are handled on a contingency basis.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

None.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

None.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes. I work with clients who are at every single step of the Social Security process: before you file, after an initial or reconsideration denial, or if you are waiting for a hearing with a Social Security judge.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

You will always be dealing directly with me on all aspects of your case. I answer my own telephone and email. You will not have to play "get through the secretary" to speak with me when your case is at my firm.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

These are not generally applicable in the Social Security disability context.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes. I do a number of hours of pro-bono legal work per year. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of Inclusive Communities.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Clients are respected as the reason I am here. My clients' goals and desires are not just taken into consideration; they are the consideration. I am accessible, honest and communicative with clients. I am an expert in the law; my clients are experts in their own lives.

CREATIVITY
I approach the practice of law with curiosity, passion and fresh thinking. I maintain a core belief in the transformative power of the law. I am a legal trailblazer who sees things not only as they are, but also as they can be.

INTEGRITY
I guide clients through pivotal moments in life using accurate information and clear, honest advice. I do not sugarcoat difficult issues, but rather deal with them directly. I produce only the highest quality work product, and adhere only to the highest ethical standards.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
My law firm is committed to improving the community culturally, socially and financially through strategic partnerships with individuals and groups working to make the Omaha metro a better place to live, work and grow.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that clients should be fully aware and fully engaged in the process of working with an attorney on a difficult legal issue. I view clients as active participants in the work that we do together to achieve the goal of establishing disability income and health insurance. I am an expert in the law, but my clients are experts in their own lives: using both points of view always leads to a better result.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes, but there is no good reason to wait to hire my firm to help you with your Social Security case! You do not have to wait until your claim has been denied to work with an attorney. In fact, it usually makes the case go more smoothly if you consult me before you even file your application. Remember, you will not pay me for my services unless and until we win your case. If you are thinking about filing, or if you have already filed and your claim has been denied, call me for a free consultation before you take another step.

Robert Dorton

I founded the Law Offices of Robert Dorton, LLC, to provide personal, high-quality legal services in Nebraska and western Iowa. I bring almost ten years of experience to my practice. I have won disability cases for thousands of individuals facing a lack of income and health insurance due to a disability diagnosis. I am excited to put my expertise to work for you. Prior to founding the Law Offices of Robert Dorton, I worked in the nonprofit legal services realm, where I represented people living with HIV/AIDS and mental health disabilities, as well as immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. I have a law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. degree in History and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. I was born and raised in a small town in central Iowa. I live in Omaha with my husband, near family and dear friends.

You will always be dealing directly with me on all aspects of your case. I answer my own telephone and email. You will not have to play "get through the secretary" to speak with me when your case is at my firm.

License
  • Bar Number: 23830
    Nebraska , 2008

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