1335 Park Avenue
Alameda CA 94501
I first became involved with disability claims while working at a homeless advocacy agency in San Francisco during law school. I handled my first Social Security hearings while I was still a law student. Upon graduation, I spent eight years at a nonprofit organization exclusively handling Social Security disability cases, including litigating them in federal court. In 2002 I started my own firm and continued my Social Security disability practice. I also branched out into long-term disability insurance claims and disability pension claims.
I graduated near the top of my class at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and also near the top of my class at Hastings College of the Law in 1994. I have handled many hundreds of disability claims covering a wide array of medical conditions. I have a broad understanding of the underlying medical problems suffered by my clients through years of personally reviewing medical records. I do not rely upon a subordinate to make summaries of my case files or to write my hearing briefs. I am exceptionally prepared when I step into the hearing room for a Social Security case or into federal court to argue a long-term disability claim.
My firm is different from others in a few important respects. First, I handle all aspects of my cases from start to finish. You will not have a legal assistant or secretary doing the work on your case. I will be doing it. Second, I do not carry a huge caseload. Hence, I will know you and your case well by the time it goes to hearing. I meet with each client personally at the initial intake and also to prepare the client's testimony before the hearing. Amazingly, I sometimes see attorneys introducing themselves to their clients on the day of the hearing. This will not happen in my office. Finally,I have nineteen years experience as an attorney handling disability claims. My extensive work in this field has made me an excellent writer. Most arguments in law are made in writing, and they must be succinct and compelling to hold the attention of the judge. I do this well, and my clients benefit from my skill.
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