San Francisco Disability Lawyers

If you are faced with a long-term disability, the disability insurance experts at LaPorte Law Firm can help you navigate the complex Social Security system and guide you toward success.

Rely on the top San Francisco disability lawyers to help you win your Social Security Disability case.

With over 40 years of experience representing Social Security Disability claimants, our disability lawyers understand the devastating effects that an injury or illness can have on you and your family. When it comes to the claims process in San Francisco, there are several factors that come into play, and we know what it takes to obtain a successful disability claim.

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In a city with a high cost of living, most people cannot afford being unable to work due to a long-term disability. Taking on the Social Security system often feels like a daunting task. However, at LaPorte Law Firm, we focus on opportunities as opposed to challenges. We know that done correctly, your disability claim has a good chance of being successful. Notably, the San Francisco hearing office has a 50% approval rate, which is 4% higher than the California average and 6% higher than the national average, so a claim for disability benefits filed in the San Francisco area has an advantage. The judges in San Francisco hold fair hearings, consider your medical evidence, understand the SSA regulations, and ask thoughtful questions to elicit important testimony.

Give your Social Security Disability claim the absolute best chance for success by being represented by our seasoned disability lawyers. With our excellent legal advice and insight into the local legal system and judges, you’ll soon be on your way to receiving the disability benefits you deserve. Our San Francisco office is conveniently located downtown at One Sansome Street, easily accessible by BART, Muni, and other public transportation.

Our Social Security Disability Lawyers and Experts in San Francisco

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Terry LaPorte

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 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.

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Kevin LaPorte

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.

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Kelsey LaPorte

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.

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Maria Miranda-Hammon

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.

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Why choose LaPorte Law Firm to represent you in your San Francisco disability case

We specialize in disability law and are known for winning Social Security Disability benefits for our clients in the Bay Area for several years. When it comes to experience and knowledge of the Social Security system, our record is unmatched.

Trusting us with your disability claim means you gain a compassionate legal partner who will guide you through the entire process, ensuring application deadlines are met, medical records are in order, and you are prepared for your hearing. You may think that applying for disability benefits is too challenging or that you don’t have a good enough case, but on many occasions, this is not true. In fact, we know you are in a city with comparatively good healthcare, fair judges, and a higher than average chance of winning your case — all you need is the guidance of a disability attorney familiar with the process to make sure no errors creep in. With our 40-year record of success, you can rest easy knowing your case is in the safe hands of the leading disability attorneys in San Francisco.

We can help you get the benefits you deserve.

SSDI Applications and Appeals

SSI Appeals

If you are unsure of which hearing office your case will get assigned to, use this hearing office locator from the Social Security website. The San Francisco hearing office services the following SSA field offices: Bakersfield, Bakersfield-East Hills, Burlingame, Chinatown, Daly City, Delano, Mission, Parkside, San Francisco (Downtown), San Mateo, and Western Addition.

LaPorte Law Firm is your trusted legal partner in San Francisco

Our legal team comprises born-and-raised Bay Area locals, including Kevin LaPorte, a San Francisco resident who studied law at San Francisco University and is actively involved in the local community. Throughout the years, we have built strong connections with our communities and we enjoy giving back and contributing to positive change as much as we can.

These are a few of our noteworthy activities in San Francisco

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San Francisco Lawyer Referral Service

We have been listed on the San Francisco Lawyer Referral Service, which connects clients in need of legal assistance with qualified and reputable lawyers.

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Pro Bono Work

We offer pro bono consultations to the Silicon Valley Law Foundation and the San Francisco AIDS Society.

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The results you deserve

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

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

LaPorte Law Firm is awesome. They stood by me until my case was finished and we got what was owed to me. I can’t thank them enough. I would totally recommend them to anyone in need.

Sue Sarno

I would recommend LaPorte Law Firm to anyone to help you through the Social Security Disability process. They are very helpful and professional.

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Attempting to navigate the Social Security Disability claims process on your own can be overwhelming. However, you don’t have to go through this complicated process alone. The Social Security Disability law experts at LaPorte Law Firm are here to help you obtain your hard-earned benefits.

When we take on your case, we’ll be with you every step of the way until the final result. Best of all, we work on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid once you win your case.

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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.

Watch a free video presentation by the attorneys at LaPorte Law Firm – How to prepare for a Social Security disability hearing

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