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Wiley Rein Attorneys Successfully Obtain Disability Benefits for Client

December 5, 2011

After a lengthy effort spanning several years and involving numerous proceedings, Wiley Rein has successfully obtained disability benefits for a client.  On November 18, 2011, an administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision determining that the client was entitled to disability benefits for a closed period beginning in 2003. 

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 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; in a subsequent appeal to the Appeals Council after the original ALJ again denied benefits; and in subsequent proceedings before a second ALJ after the Appeals Council agreed that the case required further review.  Based on the opinions of the client’s treating physicians and the testimony of a vocational expert, the second ALJ concluded that the client was disabled for approximately two years and is entitled to benefits for that time period.

Wiley Rein’s team included Sandra Tvarian Stevens, William A McGrath, Keith S. Watson and Gregory J. Langlois, as well as staff members LaCretia Jolly and Vanessa Lansdowne.