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.
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.
4088 Bridge Street
Fair Oaks CA 95628
Initial consultation is free.
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.
$300.00/hr for disability retirement cases. Alternative fee arrangements are available in appropriate circumstances.
I have an ability to understand medical and psychiatric illnesses, and their causes. This helps me represent clients with medical-legal issues.
I encourage my clients to be well informed about their cases.
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.
I am willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves.
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.
My family (wife, children and grandchildren); reading for pleasure, bicycling, boating, swimming, skiing, and traveling.
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