The Law Offices of Lisa Claudette Gilinger

Firm Overview

My firm focuses solely on issues surrounding social security law. My firm opened its doors for business June 1995.

Example cases

I have been representation in over 500 hearings for disability.

Main Office
635 North Alisos Street
Santa Barbara  CA  93103-2557
  • (805) 568-5370
  • (805) 568-5370


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, I offer a free in-office or phone consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fees as defined by statute and/or judicial approval.

Primarily contingency fee-based
Hourly Rates
Fees as defined by statute.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency after hours by appointment only
Office Manager
Diane Hearn
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
My staff speaks Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose Social Security because it allows me to help people on a personal level. I am able to achieve satisfaction in my professional and personal life from helping others.

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

The more people understand the legal process of Social Security, the easier it is to have a successful claim. The more the client knows about how the system works, the more likely they will have successful claim. I spend time with each of my clients discussing successful strategies for their hearings.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, I am willing to review documents prepared by clients. In fact, I sit down with each of my clients and we fill out the paperwork together.

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

No, I do not coach my clients to represent themselves. A big part of what I do is preparing my clients for their courtroom appearance. I coach my clients to understand their disability situation and provide them competent representation at their hearings.

Lisa Claudette Gilinger

None that is relevant.

The experience of 30 years of working in an industry with people in everyday situations helped me be a better lawyer. This is such a personal, one-on-one area of law. You must be able to throw yourself behind every one of your clients and their cause.

My unique strength is extensive knowledge and experience in my field. I have a sense of compassion that serves me well.

My style is focused but informal.

Personal interests:

I enjoy guitar, sailing, and hiking hills with dogs.

  • Bar Number: 177208
    California , 1995
  • Santa Barbara College of Law
    J.D. , 1995
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Worked full time, had two children, remolded a home, and completed law school!
    I was also a Legal Aide Volunteer at a Family Law Clinic.
  • University of Redlands - Alfred North Whitehead Center
    B.S , 1982
    Redlands, CA
    Business Administration - Marketing emphasis

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