LaPorte Law Firm

Trusted Social Security Disability attorneys since 1982

Helping clients win their cases for over 40 years

LaPorte Law Firm has been representing Social Security Disability claimants in the Bay Area since 1982. Since starting his practice specializing in Social Security Disability claims, Terry LaPorte has successfully represented thousands of disability claimants, with LaPorte Law Firm opening offices in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Burlingame, Sacramento, and Hawaii.

We are a full-service law firm providing expert legal representation at all stages of the Social Security Disability benefits process. As a local law firm mainly servicing the Bay Area, we are familiar with the administrative judges at the San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland hearing offices, as well as the staff at local Social Security field and hearing offices. In addition, with this being a federal area of law, we also represent clients all over the country.

Who we help

We provide free initial consultations to people who are considering a disability application, have recently had their application rejected, or are waiting for their disability hearing to be scheduled. Depending on each person’s unique situation, we explain the process and discuss the best strategy for pursuing their claim. Once retained, we obtain medical records to document the client’s disability, ensure that Social Security paperwork and appeal deadlines are met, and communicate with the client throughout the disability process. We also prepare our clients for their disability hearings with an Administrative Law Judge and help present their case at hearings.

We are the Disability hearing specialists

Our founding principle is to put the interests of our clients first. As experts in our field, we know that most claims are won at the hearing stage, which is why helping clients prepare for their appearance before an Administrative Law Judge is a key part of our work. This includes:

What we believe in

Empathy, Compassion, and Humility

We always put our clients first. As we know how daunting the disability process can be and understand that our clients are facing hard and uncertain times in their lives, we do everything in our power to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Honesty and Integrity

When we take on a case, we are straightforward about the chances of success — we won’t just tell you what you want to hear. We never overpromise and treat each client with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Respect and Accountability

We never abandon a case, no matter what. If we decide to take on a case, we will remain 100% committed until the final outcome.

Passion and Dedication

Helping people is what we believe in. With over 40 years of expertise and thousands of successful cases, we remain steadfast in our goal of helping people receive the benefits they deserve.

Why we are different

With a track record spanning over 40 years, we are more experienced than anyone else in the industry.

We do not shy away from complex cases. Whether you are a younger person with a disability, have a rare medical condition, a large medical file, or a complicated timeline, we give everyone a fair chance to obtain effective representation.

We spend extra time preparing our clients for their disability hearings, reviewing files, and submitting detailed legal briefs to judges outlining the legal theory of each case.

We have an excellent reputation with the judges in the Bay Area.

Unlike many other firms, we also take on SSI cases.

We truly care about our clients, not just our bottom line.

We take on cases at all stages, from the initial application to the highest level of appeal.

With a track record spanning over 40 years, we are more experienced than anyone else in the industry.

We do not shy away from complex cases. Whether you are a younger person with a disability, have a rare medical condition, a large medical file, or a complicated timeline, we give everyone a fair chance to obtain effective representation.

We spend extra time preparing our clients for their disability hearings, reviewing files, and submitting detailed legal briefs to judges outlining the legal theory of each case.

We have an excellent reputation with the judges in the Bay Area.

Unlike many other firms, we also take on SSI cases.

We truly care about our clients, not just our bottom line.

We take on cases at all stages, from the initial application to the highest level of appeal.

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Tired of going it alone?

Get the assistance you need in three easy steps.

Free consultation call

Book a free 30- to 60-minute consultation call with us so we can assess your situation.

Evaluation by experts

Receive your free case evaluation from our experienced team, who can review your medical history and discuss how Social Security law applies to your situation.

Get started

Begin the onboarding process with LaPorte Law Firm if your case is taken on by the legal team.

The results you deserve

With over 40 years of service, LaPorte Law Firm has won thousands of claims and appeals for our clients.

Thank you, Mr. LaPorte, for the hard work during the past year that you have been taking care of my case. You and Sylvia are always available when I have questions and have answered my questions in a very professional way.

Mir Farhad

I want to thank Mr. Terry LaPorte and his staff for their support. Their know-how and expertise in this area are immense, and their guidance every step of the way was crucial in moving things forward. I am very happy and grateful to have worked with Terry and his staff.

Deepa J.

Kevin is a wonderful attorney. He helped me win my case and stuck with me through it all. I truly appreciate everything he did for me, and strongly recommend his services to anyone going through a hard time trying to obtain their benefits. He is your guy!

Shirley Etter

Meet our attorneys

Our team of ethical, professional, and dedicated lawyers are the cornerstone of our success.

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Terry LaPorte

Attorney

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Kevin LaPorte

Attorney

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Kelsey LaPorte

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Maria Miranda-Hammon

Legal Representative

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At LaPorte Law Firm, we only receive a fee if you win your case – so you have nothing to lose. We’re with you every step of the way.
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Award-winning service

Equipped with years of experience and thousands of successful cases, LaPorte Law Firm is the leading disability attorney in the Bay Area, and we have the awards and certifications to prove it.

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Terry LaPorte

Attorney

Since receiving his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1979, Terry LaPorte has dedicated his legal career to representing individuals in Social Security Disability claims and appeals. In 1982, he established the LaPorte Law Firm in Northern California, specializing in Social Security Disability law. For over 40 years, Terry and the LaPorte Law Firm team have successfully represented thousands of clients in California and the Western States.

Throughout his career, Terry has continued to develop his expertise in various ways, such as attaining the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and serving on the Board of Examiners of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, a provider attorney to the American Association of Retired Persons, and a seven-time Chair of the Social Security section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. In addition, 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.

Terry has received numerous awards and recognition for his commitment to individuals with disabilities and others in need in our community, including:

  • The Santa Clara County Bar Association Pro Bono Services Award
  • The Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association Community Service Award
  • The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Philip J. Berelson Award for Generous Philanthropy
  • Chapter Programs Partner of the Year and Social Security Attorney of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 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 distinction)
  • Acknowledgement of dedication to the disabled by the California State Bar’s Consumer Business Review, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the Pro Bono Project of Santa Clara County
  • Named a top Northern California attorney in Super Lawyers
  • Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly

Terry is licensed to practice in the State of California and the Northern District Federal Court.

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Kevin LaPorte

Attorney

Kevin LaPorte received his JD from the University of San Francisco Law School where he was also awarded an International and Comparative Law Certificate with Honors. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, where he has received specialized training in Social Security Disability Law.

Before joining LaPorte Law Firm, Kevin’s practice focused on international criminal law and human rights, such as serving as Assistant Attorney to the International Civil Parties in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia. This trial was conducted as a joint enterprise between the United Nations and the Cambodian government, and involved the drafting of closing statements in the historical trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders, along with conducting fact gathering missions for the crime of genocide. He also worked for the United Nations in The Hague, Netherlands, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which involved the criminal trial of a former general accused of genocide and war crimes.

Kevin’s experience helping victims of human rights abuses inspired him to assist individuals closer to home who are suffering from disabling illnesses and injuries. With his background in human rights law, he has gained a unique perspective in representing clients whose disabilities prevent them from being able to work. His practice now focuses on representing clients in Northern California in the Social Security Disability claims and appeals process. He was also named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2022.

Kevin is licensed to practice in the State of California and the Northern District Federal Court. Kevin LaPorte is also a member of the Alameda County Bar Association.

Kevin is also the main contributor to our blog, writing new articles every month on SSDI and SSI-related topics that you can consult for free here.

Kevin also contributes to other major online publications, like this Bloomberg article on SSDI and long Covid, thanks to his extensive experience as a Social Security Disability attorney

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Kelsey LaPorte

Attorney

Kelsey LaPorte is a zealous advocate for her clients, committed to helping them obtain the benefits they deserve while guiding them through a time in which they adjust to the effects of their disability on their daily life. With specialized expertise in appeals, she has demonstrated success in appeals to both the Social Security Appeal Council as well as federal lawsuits against the Social Security Administration.

Kelsey is a cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law with experience in appellate work with the Northern California Innocence Project and the California Public Defenders Office. As a graduate of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara Law, she is committed to public service and has contributed to the Bay Area community by working on expungement petitions at the Santa Clara Public Defender’s office.

Kelsey is licensed to practice in the State of California and the Northern District Federal Court.

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Maria Miranda-Hammon

Legal Representative

Maria Miranda-Hammon has decades of experience as a Legal Specialist, representing clients since 1994. She is an experienced and dedicated Social Security legal representative who is deeply committed to achieving a successful outcome for every client. Maria specializes in the representation of claimants with SSI and SSA disability claims and appeals at Social Security hearing offices and district offices. She continues to expand her knowledge and experience through research and seminars offered by the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, and the Annual 9th Circuit Conference for Experienced Social Security Practitioners.

With her vast litigation support experience and electronic filing software expertise, Maria’s assistance in preparing documentation presentations and conference materials is an invaluable asset to the firm. With a fully integrated bicultural background, she has represented many monolingual Spanish-speaking claimants.

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