I graduated from Bucknell University in 1986. While attending Tulane University Law School from 1988-1991, I was selected to handle cases for the Juvenile Law Clinic. Representing neglected and abused children, as well as juveniles charged with crimes, made a lasting impression on me. I realized the daily struggles my young indigent clients encountered in overcoming challenging obstacles in their personal lives.
I next began practicing as a licensed attorney at Peninsula Legal Aid in a rural area on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I fought relentlessly for positive outcomes for my clients who could not afford to pay a private attorney. With my assistance, my clients were awarded child/spousal support, gained custody of their children, received protective orders, had their repossessed cars returned to them, had excessive fees for late rent waived, were granted social security disability benefits, and received unemployment compensation benefits.
In my next position as a staff attorney/decision writer for five Administrative Law Judges in Charlottesville, VA, I learned how the Social Security Administration’s hearing office (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) functioned. I also acquired in-depth knowledge of social security regulations and rulings used to decide all types of claims for adults and children.
Since I had a compelling desire to make a more direct impact on the lives of people suffering from physical and mental disabilities, I came to Atlanta to work at a private social security disability firm. Focusing exclusively on social security disability law, I handled the majority of the hearings for the office. I also wrote appeals of unfavorable decisions from Judges, as well as U.S. District Court briefs for cases denied by the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council.
In 2003, I eventually launched my own practice with social security disability law being the firm’s sole practice area. The goal of the firm is to get our clients approved for benefits as soon as possible, as we take claims at all levels and even file applications online for new clients. I am now certified to handle veterans’ claims before the Veteran’s Administration.