Jean became an owner of SSDLA in the fall of 1987 when the company was known as Occudata. Since that time he has been instrumental in developing SSDLA's case processing system with an emphasis on client contact and a thorough development of the medical record. In addition to managing our case development, Jean has been involved with all of our appeals to Federal District Courts and the Circuit Court of Appeals. Jean is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives(NOSSCR). Jean is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. He is a member of the bars of Johnson County, Kansas and the State of Kansas; the United States District Courts in Kansas, Colorado, Central District of Illinois, Western District of Michigan and Western District of Missouri; and the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits.
Anne has been an owner of SSDLA, formerly Occudata, since 1987. As an owner, she directs many aspects of SSDLA's management strategy including determining case development procedures, supervising staff members, and performing financial analysis. Anne is well versed in the technical aspects of Social Security disability awards, as well as the calculation of retroactive benefits. She is also closely involved with the initial review of cases and is knowledgeable about the eligibility requirements for Social Security disability benefits.
Chris attends the majority of our hearings. He has been affiliated with SSDLA since 2009 and had over 15 years prior experience as a disability representative. Over the span of his career, Chris has represented more than 1700 claimants in hearings before Administrative Law Judges in over 40 states and Puerto Rico. During the course of his hearing representation, he has been to over 100 of the 140 Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Chris is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives. Chris graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law in May 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas in 1992. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Andrea has the primary responsibility for writing briefs and arguments for our Federal District Court cases as well as for our administrative cases that warrant Appeals Council arguments and on the record requests. She has been involved with the practice of Social Security disability law since 1989. In addition to brief writing, Andrea has attended administrative hearings and managed the development of cases to prepare them for adjudication by the Social Security Administration. Andrea earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kansas in 1986 and a law degree from KU in 1989. She is a member of the Missouri and Georgia Bars.
Michelle has worked for SSDLA since 1989 in a variety of positions. She is currently our office manager. She handles all of our initial telephone contact with potential clients. With all of her years of experience, Michelle is very helpful to clients as she talks with them about the Social Security disability process and the best way to present their case to the Social Security Administration. She is knowledgeable about medical considerations as well as technical considerations to be considered eligible for Social Security disability benefits. In her role as Office Manager, Michelle supervises the work of all of the disability legal assistants as well as our office staff. Based upon all of her years of experience with the firm, she is familiar with every position within SSDLA.
They have been the best and nicest people ever .
This is the premier Law Firm in the Midwest that only handles Social Security Disability cases. I give them the highest recommendation possible.
After taking a survey to see if I qualified for social security disability, SSDLA was the first company to call me. I was skeptical thinking all they wanted to do was scoop me up to make a quick buck, but after talking with them I was so impressed that I declined all other similar businesses when they called. That couldn't have been further for the truth! During the initial call everything was explained to me (timeline of the process, expectations, fees, what they specifically do etc...). The was absolutely no pressure and they answered all my questions simply and effectively and always toy satisfaction. As i stated, they weren't just after my money. They really care! Everyone I have ever spoken to in their office has been very compassionate, patient and understanding of my ailments, limitations and often confusion. They are quick at returning calls, clearly and informative walk you thru events and work around you if you need to reschedule a call because you are not well. I really cannot say enough good things about SSDLA! I'm so very glad that I chose them to be may disability advocates. They've been nothing less than awesome!
Did a great job! Got full disability and all the benefits! Thanks!
Great experience. Kept me informed the whole time. Made the process less stressful for me. Always responded to me in a timely Manor. Worked hard to get my disability approved for me within a matter of 3 months. Maggie was super helpful and I appreciate being treated as a person and with respect..... Not just as another client. Highly recommended.
Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I can't say thank you enough!! SSDLA is just awesome!! They've helped me out tremendously!! It's been a long road and I'm very glad I found SSDLA and they were on my side!! I can't compliment them enough for their hard work and dedication to my case thank you again!! Highly recommended!!
This has been a very long process but they have been very helpful at responding in a timely manner and always there to answer any questions I have about the process and updating me on everything with my case. It is very important to have someone helping you along the way and they were able to explain everything 'legal' in a way I understood. Thank you so much for all your help!
Excellent people that got me my disability in a matter of months. Didn't even have to see a judge. Highly recommend SSDLA. They make the process real smooth.
Best customer service
Always answered your questions, were very nice , especially in a horrible situation. They made the 2 year fight not as scary. Anyone going through this process school use their services, they are the best.
Using SSDLA was so easy that it made me feel that I was forgetting something. Everything went perfect from start to finish. The staff was awesome and made me feel that me case was important. I wish that everything I have to do went as well.
I have absolutely no complaints about anyone in this office. From the receptionist to the main people they were all extremely helpful, and courteous. I mostly dealt with Linda, Angie and Chris all of whom are fantastic people. Angie went above and beyond for two years during my case. I highly recommend these amazing people.
Helpful, kind and professional!
Social Security Disability Legal Advocates Inc. SSDLA has made such a difference in my sister's life. She fell and broke her hip over a year ago and will never be the same because of the pain and limitations she now has. We knew right away that she would struggle the rest of her life if she did not receive disability - and SSDLA has helped guide us through the entire process. There is no way we could have done this on our own, therefore we are forever grateful for their assistance. We were additionally pleased on how quickly we were able to get results - thank you Maggie. I would highly recommend SSDLA to anyone who is considering applying for disability benefits of any kind.
Very friendly, honest and professional.
I had been denied times. They took my case and I was very pleased in the professional way they handled it. I got very prompt results. If not for SSDLA, I might never have got it and my family would have been homeless. Thank you SSDLA!!! nd
Professional, timely, caring, compassionate.
Highly recommended this firm. Maggie went above and beyond to make sure I was well taken care of and knew EVERYTHING I needed to know ahead of time. She kept me up to date at all times!!
High quality service
I was very pleased with having obtained Social Security benefits very quickly! 5 STAR rating. Was provided a copy of all of the important things needed for me to also apply for KPERS. I'm still waiting to hear approval of my earned benefits from KPERS, but thankfully not Social Security! I was always greeted with respect from Linda who answered the phone.
high quality service.
The service was very good.yes i will refer you to a friend.
I loved the understanding that they have would have them any time to represent me and my family !
Very friendly, helpful, and professional
I think this is such a great group. Everyone is so helpful. I didn't know much about the process or anything i was going through but they explained everything i had questions about. Everyone i talked to there was so friendly. I never felt mis treated or looked down on. I would recommend them in a heart beat to anyone in need of such help!
thanks for help
I was happy with all the help. I would suggest callbacks be made in a little more timely manner. It doesn't seem that if you call and leave a message for a question and that person you left the message with happens to not be in for the day of next few days you have to wait until they are back before you get an answer back. It seems to me that you need a system for backups to be able to check other employees messages so questions can be answered in a more timely manner. The only other suggestion I would have is to explain from the get go that you don't get paid for the first 5 months that you are off. I came as a surprise to me that I would not get that money and that I would have to wait for 24 checks before I could apply for Medicare. Otherwise I was pleased with service,
Professional..... Compassionate .... Reliable .....
Social SecurityDisability Legal Advocates would be my first choice to refer a friend to if they were in need of Disability. At first I was concerned because they said they did everything over the Phone. I had an issue with not knowing who I was dealing with for a step in my life that I was not sure of. Michelle B. Invited me down to the office to meet everyone. I was extremely tired and started to get the chronic fatigue fog. They actually walked me to the elevator. The rest of the application was completed over the phone. I felt very comfortable with their professionalism and their compassion. I was approved with Disability with the first application.. I have since called because I did not receive my check. Michelle immediately made some phone calls. She will get back to me next week. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them. Everyone in the office is always very pleasant. I do appreciate their Professionalism.
Everything was extremely well done, very professionally executed. They have done everything they said they would do. Did follow-up calls and returned calls right away. Very professional and friendly would highly recommend them .
Did exactly what i hired them for
They got me approved on first try. They took care of everything, filling out almost all the forms for me, dealing with Social Security reps, etc. Maggie and Michelle were my contacts and they were both great
Knowledgeable and professional
During a very difficult time for me, I found the legal aid who worked my case to be knowledgeable and comforting when I got frustrated at the length of time this took to resolve. If she didn't know the answer to one of my questions, she always got back to me promptly with the answer. The lawyer was professional and well dressed. He knew what he was doing in the court room and seemed well respected by the judge.
great team of,go geters
This firm and there staff, go above and beyond to get you everything you deserve. They all are true professional kind and I would recommend them whole heartedly.thank you so very much. This would not of happened without your firm and the many kind staff. Thank you so very much Brenda Brazeal
Best Decision Ever
Once I decided to get a lawyer to help with my disability case,there were so many to chose from and so many suggested ones to consider, but one word keep coming back to me, "Advocate". So, I made the call, from the first call to the last one everyone that I spoke with was so friendly, and was always prompt in returning my call. They sent me a copy of every letter and report that was sent to the Social Security Office. Believe me there were quite a few of them, and they were so well written, very precise in wording, which is very important to convey your specific problems. The lady, Andrea W., that came down to my hearing was very friendly, had a notebook full of all the paperwork that had been done to get to that point, was very knowledgeable of my case, and did I mention friendly? She made me feel comfortable from the first "Hello". When speaking with the judge she was respectful, confident, and, there's that word again, was truly my "Advocate". I should also mention - WE WON!! I would most definitely recommend the, "Social Security Disability Legal Advocates, Inc. Here is their phone number also, (913) 262-6555 located out of Mission, KS. Yes, they came down to Poteau, OK just to represent me.
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