Bernhardt Disability Law

Bernhardt Disability Law

After the retirement of managing partner, Debi Young-Irish, and the resolution of Irish Bernhardt, LLP, Jake Bernhardt has continued to practice as a solo practicioner with Bernhardt Disability Law.

Firm Overview

Mr. Bernhardt practices on his own, bringing his two decades of experience to each case he handles. Jake has always focused on disability law, helping claimants through the appeals process within the Social Security system.

Jake's practice philosophy is that every individual client deserves individual attention. It is critical that each client has the opportunity to discuss their claim with their attorney. Each client deserves the assurance that their representative understands the situation completely and is aware of the details that matter for their claim.

Jake believes that success is most likely when client and attorney are working closely together to gather and present the evidence that Social Security requires. Each case is unique. Each individual deserves direct attention. Because Jake is directly involved with each step of the process, clients can know that their attorney is fully engaged with their claim.

Although the process is a frustrating experience for many, knowing that your attorney understands you and your circumstances and genuinely has your best interests in mind can go a long way to helping claimants better navigate their fight with Social Security.

Main Office

9428 W. Fairview Ave.
Boise ID 83704


(208) 344-3839


(208) 384-0011


Free Initial Consultation?

All claimants receive a free evaluation and consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Cessation and overpayment cases require a retainer of $500.00.

Hourly Rates

$200.00 per hour for cessation and overpayment claims where standard fees are not possible.

Office Information

Office Manager

Jacob Bernhardt

Emergency After Hours


Other Offices

Hays Office
611 W Hays St

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

Each attorney in our practice chose to help with disability claims because we care about people. We enjoy the fulfillment that comes with assisting another person in need. We enjoy the interaction that Social Security Disability and Veterans' claims provide. There are so many areas of law to choose from, but we each wanted to practice in an area where we can make a real contribution for our clients. With disability law, we know we can make a significant difference, and most importantly, we are helping those who need help the most.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Because of our choice to remain a local law firm, Irish Bernhardt provides a unique opportunity that is becoming harder and harder to find. We don't want to represent our clients over the phone or through the mail. We want to meet our clients and we want our clients to meet us. We firmly believe that we will better succeed with our disability cases when we have had the opportunity to speak face to face with each client and we truly understand the difficulties they face. Often a case will turn on specific details that can't always be detected from a simple reading of the medical records. Sitting down and talking with our clients gives us the chance to learn more about the details that are going to matter.
For our clients, we believe it makes a tremendous difference when they know who we are and how we work. We want our clients to know that we care about their well-being and that we are here to help as best we can. The appeals process can be grueling, either with Social Security or with the Veterans' Administration. Our clients need to know that we are here to support them through the entire process.

Jake Bernhardt

Bernhardt Disability Law

Jacob A. Bernhardt is an attorney dedicated to helping injured veterans and disabled individuals pursue Veterans Benefits and Social Security Disability through administrative filing, hearings and appeals processes. As a lawyer who focuses on these areas, Mr. Bernhardt is highly familiar with the issues and problems that arise in benefits-related hearings and offers sound advice to help stave off the consequences of an ill-prepared claim for benefits.

Throughout the years, Mr. Bernhardt has maintained an active interest in giving back to the community. He has been a Boy Scout Troop Leader who organized, prepared and coordinated monthly activities for the troop. In addition, Mr. Bernhardt participates in various local events supporting legal and charitable organizations.

Mr. Bernhardt earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1999 and began working as a non-attorney claimants representative, assisting with Social Security Disability claims. He continued representing the disabled as he attended law school and graduated with a J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2006. He was admitted to the bar in Idaho in the same year. He is currently a member of the Idaho Bar Association, and has been a member of both the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) and the National Organizations of Veterans' Advocates (NOVA).

Seminars presented:

2009 - National Business Institute, Social Security Disability Law
2011 - National Business Institute, Ethical Considerations in Social Security Disability Cases


Bar Number: 7483
Idaho, 2006

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