The following was written in an explicit attempt to duplicate the benefits that many patients have
received from the Co-Cure's "Good Doctors" List at
http://www.co-cure.org/Good-Doc.htm. We thank the moderators of Co-Cure for a good
idea -- and a good model to follow.
This page contains a list of lawyers who have been recommended by subscribers to the
Disinissues discussion list. The list is organized by state, but lawyers can in many
instances cross state lines in their work, so you should not feel limited to your own
state in your search for a good lawyer.
DISCLAIMER: The "Disinissues Good Lawyer List" is provided as a convenience
to Social Security Disability and private long-term disability insurance claimants.
Disinissues has not verified any of the information submitted for the purpose of inclusion
on this list and provided herein as to accuracy nor professional standings. As always, individuals
should check with local/regional agencies that monitor law professionals prior to engaging
services. The names on this list are here solely because they were recommended by someone
with an "invisible" disability, generally the disabilities CFS/ME or fibromyalgia but also MS, connective tissue disease, Lupus, and other disabilities sometimes given short shrift by private and public bureaucracies. It should be taken with no more nor less value than advice passed along at a community gathering among neighbors.
NOTE: The "Disinissues Good Lawyer List" is not to be reproduced in part or whole,
or referred to, with the intention of use for profit. The list was compiled by clients, for clients, and should not be construed in any way as a solicitation for services by the lawyers named..
If your state isn't listed, then no one has recommended a lawyer yet.
To recommend a lawyer, write to
the webmaster. Remember, you can always call
Trial Lawyers of America at 1-800-424-2725, or
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice at 1-202-797-8000
and ask for a lawyer who deals with CFIDS and or FM in your area.
Charles B. Perkins
Flynn, Rose and Perkins
51 University Avenue, Suite H
Los Gatos, California 95030
Comments: For private Long-Term Disability Insurance cases; thorough knowledge of ERISA; instrumental in getting Standard to reinstate a CFS claim after a new claims investigator had suddenly denied it; has also been successful with UNUM.
Comments: Area of Specialty: First party insurance claims: Health, Life & Disability, under
both ERISA and California Common Law (bad faith); Has helped many
members of the Disinissues discussion list.
Elizabeth L. Gade, Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1425
Sacramento, CA 95814-4602
Comments: Co-counsel on the
Lang v Standard Ins. Case that was successfully
won in Southern California's 9th Circuit Court (Pasadena) in 1997. Handles both Erisa and non-Erisa private long-term disability insurance cases.
San Diego, CA [2 of 3]
Harold O. McNeil
Attorney At Law
3659 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
Telephone: (619) 280-6565
Comments: SSDI attorney; previously worked for SSA so understands
San Diego, CA [3 of 3]
Law Offices of Sean Simpson
401 West "A" Street, Suite 2350
San Diego, CA 92101
San Francisco, CA
Patterson & McCombs
1700 California St. Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94109-4586
Comments: Mr. Johnston has been on both sides of insurance litigation,
having previously represented insurance companies, and now advocating
for claimants.. He knows the law and court systems well, has
experience with both ERISA and non-ERISA cases. He is polite and
friendly and listens to his clients, and goes to bat for them, usually
on a contingency basis. He fights the good fight, and does it well.
Comments: "Specializes in Social Security Disability claims. He
advocates for Social Security claimants. He has been representing claimants
with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia since the early 90's with
exceptional success." "He has helped many in our support group."
Comments: Has been successful with both SSDI and private disability cases involving fibromyalgia.
Satter and Andrews
217 Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Comments: "Over the past 9 years he has helped me fight and win SSD
and also helped me win back my private disability insurance ...
His rates are reasonable, he is very cfs knowledgeable and an
all-around kind, considerate and compassionate man.
Carter & Coleman
602 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact: Ms. Juliane C. Miller, Esq
"Carter and Coleman is a well regarded ERISA law firm that has litigated
precedent setting ERISA cases. They are well versed in the latest medical and
legal issues of CFS/CFIDS .... recently helped me with my CFS case against Metlife."
Attorney at Law
4015 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
6538 Libby Road NE
Olympia, WA 98506
Comments: SSDI case: "Keith is very familiar with CFS/FMS and was wonderful to work with. He keeps
you informed on the case every step of the way. He was always available to
talk to and spent hours on the phone with me. He is a one-man office with a
secretary, thus I was always able to talk with him rather than a paralegal."
Seattle, WA (1 of 2)
Steve Krafchick, MPH 1974, JD 1983
Krafchick Law Firm
Legal Services for Injured People
2701 First Avenue, Suite 340
Seattle, WA 98121
1218 Third Ave, Suite 1500
Seattle WA 98101
Comments: "He does work in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He does ERISA law. He is the most pleasant to work with
lawyer on the face of the earth. He is incredibly smart and really knows his stuff. He allowed me to work with
him gathering materials, which most wouldn't. He won my case with my LTD when they were determined to dump me.
He is a very good lawyer."