The Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey

The Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey

My Southern Illinois Social Security law office has represented Social Security disability claimants since 2001. My goal is to help my client achieve the earliest possible favorable decision.

Firm Overview

My office is on the courthouse square in the small town where I live. I know the local doctors and the Social Security field office personnel. My office is accessible to everyone. Parking spaces at the rear of the building are reserved for clients, and there is a ramp to meet accessibility needs. If you have transportation problems, my staff can help you find a mass transit resource.

If you are homebound or live several miles away, I can make special arrangements to communicate by phone for the initial contact. I prefer that new clients come into the office to meet me and the staff when we begin working together on their claims. My staff and I see each client as a person, not a claim number. Clients are always happy that they made the effort to come and meet me and my office staff. It puts their minds at ease to put faces and names with the voices on the phone.
Main Office
The Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey
1008 Walnut Street
P. O. Box 248
Murphysboro  IL  62966
  • (866) 684-8668
  • (618) 684-8557
I represent claimants who cannot work due to their illnesses or injuries.
The office staff is composed of one attorney, one paralegal, an executive associate, and two administrative associates. The office is located at one location in the county seat of Jackson County, Illinois.

I represent claimants in hearings in Carbondale, IL; Mt. Vernon, IL; Cape Girardeau, MO; Paducah, KY; Evansville, IN; and St. Louis, MO.

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

I decided to focus on Social Security Disability claims after practicing in many other areas of law for 24 years. I saw that it offered an opportunity to combine my undergraduate background in science with my personal desire to use my law degree to help people instead of simply engage in a legal contest. I have found it to be an intensely challenging and personally satisfying area of practice.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

You deserve an experienced attorney with skilled and dedicated staff who will work on your behalf to develop your case, represent you at the administrative proceedings, and appeal when necessary.

I approach every case with two goals: listen to what my client is telling me about why they cannot work and find a way to demonstrate this disability to the administrative law judge. I do not take short cuts. I do not simply count on winning a certain percentage of the cases I accept without regard to the ones that could have been successful with more professional attention.

I invest in my staff by conducting regular training and using state of the art technology. I dedicate a great deal of energy and time to staying on top of the frequent changes in the rules and regulations. I attend national conferences and network with colleagues in the field.

This is more than a job to me, it is a profession, it is my vocation. I know it is important to my clients that I take my work very seriously. The greatest rewards are the thank you cards and thank you calls from clients when they have finally received Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid or Medicare.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

I cannot take away the pain or the impairments, but I can help take some of the burden away by helping you navigate a complex and challenging process without making mistakes early in the process that will jeopardize your claim at the end.

I have the privilege of working with dedicated, talented, and caring staff that have been with me for years. They gather information about your work and medical history, assist with filing the claims and appeals, communicate with the adjudicators and field offices, and gather the medical and other information that is critical to presenting a persuasive case to the administrative law judge.

In the past few years, I have seen the number of favorable decisions without waiting for a hearing grow steadily as a result of implementing and refining best practices from the initial application forward.

Your Social Security Disability Insurance benefits may very well be the single most valuable asset you have invested in since you entered the world of work. You owe it to yourself and your dependents to entrust such an important matter to an attorney who will go to work for you when you can no longer support yourself and your family.

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

The more my client knows about his or her medical problems and what the administrative process involves, the better I can serve his or her needs and the more the client will respect the complexity of the hearing and appeal process.

I will review information and when appropriate make it a part of the record with revisions if necessary.

I will try to help my client understand when he or she misunderstands the process or the issues at hand by giving examples, showing what steps are ahead, and directing to online resources.

Joni Beth Bailey

As a small business owner and active member in my local community, I make contributions of time and talent and resources where they will promote healthy people, families, and communities.

I am active in my local parish as well as national organizations dedicated to assisting disabled persons.

  • Bar Number: ****************
    Illinois , 1984
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1984
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    B.S. in Pre-medicine/Biology , 1981

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