I began practicing law in 1978 and have devoted my practice exclusively to Social Security disability law since 2000. I am a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR). I am also a member of the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR) and was their Man of the Year in 2006.
I have shared my expertise in disability law with other advocates by speaking at NOSSCR and NADR conferences. I also speak frequently on disability issues to local groups. My article, “A Social Security Benefits Advocate Speaks Out,” was published in the Spring 2011 issue of Pain Community, The Newsletter of The American Pain Foundation. It can be found at: www.painfoundation.org/learn/publications/pcn/pcn11spring.pdf.
In 2001, I received the “Attorney Who Kicked Butt” award from the Navajo Nation – DNA Peoples’ Legal Services.
I am a member of the Massachusetts and New Mexico Bar Associations and of the Hampshire and Franklin County Bar Associations. I am a former board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness—Western Massachusetts, the ARC of San Juan County, New Mexico, and Catholic Charities of San Juan County, New Mexico.
Before entering private practice, I was an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Colorado Attorney General’s offices and chief of the Municipal Law Unit of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.
I received my law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and my undergraduate degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
I am the father of two wonderful teenagers, one with special needs, and I take a particular interest in people with mental illnesses because of family members with these illnesses.
Remember, it’s never too soon to consult an experienced Springfield Massachusetts disability attorney. Social Security decides your case on paperwork: your records, doctors’ statements, which usually are not very detailed, and your answers to several long forms filled with innocent looking, but tricky, questions.
I work hard to get all the right records. I ask your doctors the questions Social Security doesn’t ask. I learn all the little details of your medical problems that “paint a picture” with words. Don’t delay hiring an attorney hoping to save a few bucks. If you lose on your own, it may be two years or more before you get another chance to win.
My fee is based solely on success. All attorneys’ fees must be approved in writing by Social Security. In the usual case, the fee is limited to 25% of any past due benefits up to a maximum amount set by the Social Security Administration. In addition to the fee, I may ask you to pay the costs of obtaining your medical records, medical opinion letters, and similar items. I charge no fee unless you win.
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I can travel to your home if you are unable to visit my office.
Raised in Hampshire County, schooled in Berkshire County, started practicing law in Franklin County, and now helping people in Springfield and anywhere in Western Massachusetts.
Massachusetts disability attorney
Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since 1978
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives Sustaining Member
National Association of Disability Representatives Member and 2006 Man of the Year
30 Boltwood Walk
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
PO Box 2368
Amherst, Massachusetts 01004
Free Consultations and No Attorney’s Fee Unless You Win.
I will meet with you personally—in my office or your home.