Law Office of Paul M. Ryan

Firm Overview

I founded my firm in 2000 after serving as Senior Counsel for the California Public Employees' Retirement System for 16 years, where I handled litigation. Much of the litigation focused on medical disability claims.

My practice continues to focus on medical disability issues in the sole areas of public employee disability retirements and Social Security Disability claims - - with emphasis on Social Security disability matters.

Example cases

I was successful in obtaining disability benefits for a person who suffered from Myofacial Pain Syndrome, which is not a widely recognized condition by the medical profession. In another case, I obtained benefits for a client who suffered from another rare condition known as Behcet's Syndrome.

Main Office
4088 Bridge Street
Suite 8
Fair Oaks  CA  95628
  • (916) 965-6298
  • (916) 863-5379


Free Initial Consultation?
Initial consultation is free.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fees in Social Security cases are contingency fees, meaning that there is no fee unless benefits are awarded. Fees are limited to 25% of any retroactive benefits awarded, up to a maximum of $5,300.
Hourly Rates
$300.00/hr for disability retirement cases. Alternative fee arrangements are available in appropriate circumstances.

Office Information

Office Hours
By appointment
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

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

I have an ability to understand medical and psychiatric illnesses, and their causes. This helps me represent clients with medical-legal issues.

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

I encourage my clients to be well informed about their cases.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.

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

I am willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves.

Paul M. Ryan

1984 - 2000: Senior Counsel for CalPERS

1981 - 1984: Counsel for California Health Facilities Commission.

While I attended law school, I worked in a government job where I researched and contributed to the "Dictionary of Occupational Titles." This is a publication used by the Social Security Administration to determine whether disability claimants meet vocational requirements for disability benefits. I also studied and worked in the field of psychology, and so I am able to understand and work with psychiatric claims.

I have understanding of and experience with medical issues and the procedures of the various government agencies with which I deal. I also write well.

I am diligent and persistent and involve my clients in decision-making with respect to their cases.

Personal interests:

My family (wife, children and grandchildren); reading for pleasure, bicycling, boating, swimming, skiing, and traveling.

  • Bar Number: 74984
    California , 1977
  • Western State University College of Law
    J.D. , 1976
    Fullerton, CA
    American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law
  • St. Mary's College
    B.A. , 1967
    Moraga, CA
    Major in Psychology

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