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Wiley Rein Secures Second Remand in Social Security Disability Benefits Appeal

April 26, 2011

On April 22, Wiley Rein successfully secured a second remand from an adverse administrative law judge (ALJ) decision in a long-running effort to secure disability benefits for a client. The client first applied for disability benefits in 2004. Wiley Rein began representing her after the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied her initial application and an application for reconsideration. Her case was referred to the firm through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.

Wiley Rein has represented the client during initial proceedings before an ALJ; in an initial appeal to the SSA's Appeals Council; in an appeal to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (which resulted in an award of fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act); in additional proceedings before the original ALJ after securing a remand from the district court; and, now, in another appeal to the Appeals Council.

The Appeals Council has ordered the case to be remanded to a new ALJ, who is instructed to give consideration to the opinions of the client's treating and examining sources and explain the weight given to those opinions in his or her decision. The firm continues to represent the client during agency proceedings on remand.

Wiley Rein's team, led by Gregory J. Langlois, included partners Sandra Tvarian Stevens and William A McGrath, of counsel Keith S. Watson, associate Brendan J. Morrissey; and staff members LaCretia Jolly and Vanessa Lansdowne.