The DeHaan Law Firm P.C.

The DeHaan Law Firm P.C.

Individual Disability Insurance Policies, Employer-Sponsored Benefit Plans/Group Plans (ERISA), the Federal Employee Retirement System/Civil Service Retirement System (FERS/CSRS) and Social Security Disability Appeals in Federal Court.

Firm Overview

Knowledge We have an in-depth knowledge of the process and the law as it specifically applies to long-term (permanent) disability benefits, and will provide you with a realistic opinion of your case.

Experience We know which details are fundamentally important to achieving a favorable decision in your disability case. John W. DeHaan has over 20 years experience, successfully fighting some of the largest insurance carriers in the industry including Unum Provident Corporation and its subsidiaries; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; New York Life Insurance Company; Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States; First Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, to name a few.
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Personal Attention We know our clients come to us at extremely difficult times in their lives. That is why we are uniquely responsive to their needs. We believe in and practice total transparency, and take the time required to explain the details as well as all legal fees relating to your case.
Main Office
Main Office
300 Rabro Drive East Suite 101
Hauppauge   NY  11788
Phone
  • (631) 582-1200
Websites
Long Term Disability
Individual Disability Insurance Policies, Employer-Sponsored Benefit Plans/Group Plans (ERISA), the Federal Employee Retirement System/Civil Service Retirement System (FERS/CSRS) and Social Security Disability Appeals in Federal Court.
Knowledge We have an in-depth knowledge of the process and the law as it specifically applies to long-term (permanent) disability benefits, and will provide you with a realistic opinion of your case.

Experience We know which details are fundamentally important to achieving a favorable decision in your disability case. John W. DeHaan has over 20 years experience, successfully fighting some of the largest insurance carriers in the industry including Unum Provident Corporation and its subsidiaries; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; New York Life Insurance Company; Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States; First Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, to name a few.
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Personal Attention We know our clients come to us at extremely difficult times in their lives. That is why we are uniquely responsive to their needs. We believe in and practice total transparency, and take the time required to explain the details as well as all legal fees relating to your case

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

I have been representing disabled people for nearly two decades, and was drawn to this area of law because it affords me the opportunity to fight large insurance companies as well as the federal government on behalf of people without the resources to do so on their own. When an individual becomes disabled and no longer can work, there is no greater satisfaction than helping him/her to win the benefits he/she desperately needs and deserves.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Prior to forming The DeHaan Law firm, I was the Supervising Attorney for Binder and Binder, P.C.'s long-term disability department and managed their national litigation department, winning cases in both the federal and state courts from New York to California. I am admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York; the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims.

During my tenure there, I won a multi-million dollar verdict against Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in the Florida U.S. District Court. As lead counsel on Chapman v. Choice Care Long Island LTD Plan, I successfully argued that the doctrine of equitable tolling of time deadlines for persons with psychiatric disabilities applies in an ERISA context.

I began my law career as a Litigation Associate for Menagh, Trainor, Mundo & Falcone, P.C., advocating on behalf of unions and union workers, drafting wills, living wills and health care proxies, and representing adoptive parents during adoption proceedings.

I am a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.

I also was Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

When potential clients contact me, they generally are in the midst of much turmoil in their lives. They no longer can work and they are frequently in pain due to any number of impairments. The first thing I do is evaluate an individual's claim to make sure it is viable - that is, I determine whether he or she has a case. I give him or her an honest assessment. The last thing an ethical attorney should do is give his clients unreasonable expectations.

Once a client retains our services, we make sure that he or she is kept informed every step of the way. Unlike many other disability firms out there where clients are just a number, at The DeHaan Law Firm we always are available for client questions; we notify them immediately about any and all developments in their cases; we focus on the details, we make sure we cull all the evidence we will need for a positive outcome; and go out of our way to insure that this experience is as painless as possible.

Should one of our clients need to submit to an Independent Medical Examination, we have a registered nurse on staff who can go with him or her. And, should we go to trial, I spend a tremendous amount of time preparing my client for depositions, and testimony, if it comes to that.

Finally, and perhaps most important, at The DeHaan Law Firm, we have a solid record of successful resolutions of disability cases.

John W. DeHaan

Prior to forming The DeHaan Law firm, I was the Supervising Attorney for Binder and Binder, P.C.'s long-term disability department and managed their national litigation department, winning cases in both the federal and state courts from New York to California. I am admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York; the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims.

During my tenure there, I won a multi-million dollar verdict against Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in the Florida U.S. District Court. As lead counsel on Chapman v. Choice Care Long Island LTD Plan, I successfully argued that the doctrine of equitable tolling of time deadlines for persons with psychiatric disabilities applies in an ERISA context.

I began my law career as a Litigation Associate for Menagh, Trainor, Mundo & Falcone, P.C., advocating on behalf of unions and union workers, drafting wills, living wills and health care proxies, and representing adoptive parents during adoption proceedings.

I graduated with honors with dual degrees in History and Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After winning an academic scholarship, I attended New York Law School, where I received my Juris Doctor and was Notes & Comments Editor for the New York Law School Law Review.

I am a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.

I also was Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Education
  • New York Law School
    J.D. , 1994
    I graduated with honors with dual degrees in History and Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After winning an academic scholarship, I attended New York Law School, where I received my Juris Doctor and was Notes & Comments Editor for the New York Law School Law Review.

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