Experience

We have over 30 years of experience in working with the Social Security Administration to prove disability cases. It is the only kind of law our firm practices so we are strictly focused on the requirements of Social Security.


 

Mr. Jean C. Owen, Esq.
President
Jean became an owner of SSDLA in the fall of 1987 when the company was known as Occudata. Since that time he has been instrumental in developing SSDLA's case processing system with an emphasis on client contact and a thorough development of the medical record. In addition to managing our case development, Jean has been involved with all of our appeals to Federal District Courts and the Circuit Court of Appeals. Jean is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives(NOSSCR). Jean is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. He is a member of the bars of Johnson County, Kansas and the State of Kansas; the United States District Courts in Kansas, Colorado, Central District of Illinois, Western District of Michigan and Western District of Missouri; and the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits.
Ms. Anne Harder Marley
Vice President
Anne has been an owner of SSDLA, formerly Occudata, since 1987. As an owner, she directs many aspects of SSDLA's management strategy including determining case development procedures, supervising staff members, and performing financial analysis. Anne is well versed in the technical aspects of Social Security disability awards, as well as the calculation of retroactive benefits. She is also closely involved with the initial review of cases and is knowledgeable about the eligibility requirements for Social Security disability benefits.
Mr. Chris R. Jones, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Chris attends the majority of our hearings. He has been affiliated with SSDLA since 2009 and had over 15 years prior experience as a disability representative. Over the span of his career, Chris has represented more than 1700 claimants in hearings before Administrative Law Judges in over 40 states and Puerto Rico. During the course of his hearing representation, he has been to over 100 of the 140 Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Chris is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives. Chris graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law in May 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas in 1992. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Ms. Andrea McGrath Wehner, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Andrea has the primary responsibility for writing briefs and arguments for our Federal District Court cases as well as for our administrative cases that warrant Appeals Council arguments and on the record requests. She has been involved with the practice of Social Security disability law since 1989. In addition to brief writing, Andrea has attended administrative hearings and managed the development of cases to prepare them for adjudication by the Social Security Administration. Andrea earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kansas in 1986 and a law degree from KU in 1989. She is a member of the Missouri and Georgia Bars.
Ms. Michelle Mooberry Bonewits
Office Manager
Michelle has worked for SSDLA since 1989 in a variety of positions. She is currently our office manager. She handles all of our initial telephone contact with potential clients. With all of her years of experience, Michelle is very helpful to clients as she talks with them about the Social Security disability process and the best way to present their case to the Social Security Administration. She is knowledgeable about medical considerations as well as technical considerations to be considered eligible for Social Security disability benefits. In her role as Office Manager, Michelle supervises the work of all of the disability legal assistants as well as our office staff. Based upon all of her years of experience with the firm, she is familiar with every position within SSDLA.
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