Terry LaPorte has dedicated his legal career to representing individuals in Social Security Disability claims and appeals. After receiving his J.D in 1979 from Santa Clara University School of Law, he developed an expertise in Social Security Disability law. In 1982, he established the LaPorte Law Firm, a Northern California based law firm that specializes exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability law. For thirty years, Mr. LaPorte and his law firm have represented thousands of individuals in SSI and SSDI disability appeals in California and the Western States.
Mr. LaPorte attained the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and serves on the Board of Examiners, National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR), a provider attorney to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and a seven-time Chair of the Social Security Section, Santa Clara County Bar Association. He has served as a lecturer on disability law for the Continuing Education Program of the California Bar Association and for many community, legal and support organizations. Mr. LaPorte was named a top Northern California attorney in Super Lawyer, and has received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly.
Mr. LaPorte has received numerous awards for his commitment to individuals with disabilities and others in need in our community. He was the recipient of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Pro Bono Services Award. The Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association honored him with a Community Service Award. He was the recipient of the Philip J. Berelson Award for Generous Philanthropy, bestowed by the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored him as the Chapter Programs Partner of the Year and he has been named the Social Security Attorney of the Year. Mr. LaPorte was bestowed the prestigious "Client Distinction Award" by Martindale-Hubbell and Lawyers.com. Fewer than 4% of over 900,000 attorneys listed on Martindale.com and Lawyers.com have been awarded this honor of distinction. Mr. LaPorte's dedication to the disabled has also been acknowledged by the California State Bar's Consumer Business Review, the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Pro Bono Project of Santa Clara County.