Our experience with Philadelphia Social Security disability claims
We have been representing Philadelphia Social Security disability claimants for over 30 years.
We accept claims at all stages – whether at application, first appeal, second appeal, or hearing pending.
We help Philadelphia disability claimants who have:
- Not yet applied for Social Security disability benefits;
- Received a denial of their initial applications;
- Had their Requests for Reconsideration denied (applicable for New Jersey, but not Pennsylvania disability claimants);
- A disability hearing coming up soon; and
- Appealed to the Appeals Council or U.S. District Court.
We understand that the Social Security disability process can be complicated and frustrating, and we work hard to insulate you from as many of its challenges as possible. Our 30 years of experience handling many different types of disability cases helps us make the Social Security disability process go as smoothly as possible for our Philadelphia disability claimants.
Meyer “Mike” Silver, Esq., our firm’s co-founder
Mike Silver has been practicing disability law for over 30 years. Mike was the founding Chair of the Philadelphia Bar’s Disability Law Committee, and he chaired the Committee from its creation in 1995 through 2004. Mike lectures on disability law to the medical, legal, and insurance communities, and testified before the House of Representatives’ Social Security Subcommittee, advocating for ways to make the disability system more equitable.
Mike served as a past President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), an association of almost 4,000 attorneys and paralegals who represent Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income claimants. NOSSCR’s members are committed to providing high quality representation for disability claimants and to maintaining a system of full and fair adjudication for every claimant. Prior to being elected the President of NOSSCR, Mike had served as the NOSSCR Regional Representative for the Third Circuit, as well as National Secretary and Treasurer.
Mike is also involved in arthritis advocacy, and served as the Chairman of the Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he volunteered at the Arthritis Foundation and served as its first Advocacy Chair. He currently serves as the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Chair and he is the co-Chair of the Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. He was the recipient of the Ambassador for Arthritis Award in 2009.
Mike also is Vice Chair of the Ardmore Initiative Committee and Chair of its Streetscape Committee. He was selected as Main Line Today Magazine’s Person of the Year (2004) and currently serves as President of the Ardmore Rotary Club. Mike has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the disability field from 2004 through 2010.
Mike received his undergraduate degree with honors from Temple University in 1972, and received his law degree from the Rutgers School of Law in 1975. Following law school, he served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Michael Patrick King, an Appellate Division Judge in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Following his association with a labor and negligence law firm in South Jersey, Mike and his wife Cindy founded Silver & Silver in 1981.
Cindy Silver, Esq., our firm’s co-founder
Cindy Silver has been practicing law for almost 30 years, and for the past 20 years, she has been focusing on the practice of personal injury law. She co-founded the firm with her husband in 1981.
Cindy received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, cum laude, from George Washington University, and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. She served an internship with the Honorable Magistrate Judge Peter Scuderi of the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania. From 1980 to 1986, Cindy was an Associate General Counsel for the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Ms. Silver was named Volunteer of the Year by the Friends’ Central School in 2004, and assists with Annual Fundraising for both the Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and Amherst College in Western Massachusetts. She was the Volunteer Coordinator for the International Maccabi Games held in Philadelphia in 2003. She is a past member of the Women’s Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation and was an active member of the Young Women’s Division. She and her husband have three sons.
Lawrence J. Weinstein, Esq.
Lawrence Weinstein has been with Silver & Silver for almost 10 years. He practices in the fields of Social Security disability, workers’ compensation and long-term disability. Prior to joining Silver & Silver, he worked for the Social Security Administration and both the Philadelphia and Bucks County District Attorneys’ Offices.
Lawrence has been named a Rising Star Super Lawyer by Law and Politics and Philadelphia Magazine. He also serves as a lecturer for Continuing Legal Education programs, including most recently at NOSSCR’s national convention.
In 2000, Lawrence was appointed to the Board of Auditors for Northampton Township, Pennsylvania. He was elected to a two-year term in 2001 and then re-elected to a six-year term in 2003. Since 2002, he has also served as the campaign manager for a suburban Philadelphia member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Lawrence received a B.A. in History with a minor in Middle East History from Pennsylvania State University, and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the Pennsylvania state courts, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and throughout the country in Social Security cases.
Joseph Schwartz, Esq.
Joseph Schwartz practices Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Income, personal injury and employment law. Prior to joining Silver & Silver, he worked for firms in Pennsylvania and California, helping individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others or have been subjected to unlawful discrimination by their employers.
Joseph has successfully advocated for his clients in jury and bench trials, arbitration matters, and also before administrative agencies including the Social Security Administration, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, and Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
Joseph has served as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, written for Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, and had his work featured in a cover story in the Legal Intelligencer when his advocacy led to a federal judge invalidating a major oil company’s mandatory employee arbitration policy. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania state courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and throughout the country in Social Security cases.
Joseph received a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, and a J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, where he was awarded an academic scholarship.
Joseph and his wife, who is a physician specializing in physical rehabilitation medicine, have one son.
Rita J. Bonner, Esq.
Rita J. Bonner has been practicing Social Security Disability and Veterans Benefits law since April 2007. Before joining Silver and Silver, she worked for Genex Services, Inc. in their Social Security Disability Division. Rita earned her Bachelor of Arts from La Salle University with a dual major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. After graduating she served a year in Mesa, Arizona with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a crisis counselor at a domestic violence shelter. After returning from Arizona, she worked for a year as the coordinator of the Victim Witness Program at Chester County Juvenile Probation. She then entered law school and earned her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. She is currently admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts, throughout the country in Social Security cases, and is accredited by the Veterans Administration.
During her time at Widener University School of Law, Ms. Bonner was the president of the Public Interest Law Alliance, spent a summer representing Philadelphia’s homeless population with the Homeless Advocacy Project, and worked with the Widener Veterans Law clinic. Since graduating, she has traveled throughout the country in order to successfully represent clients in their applications for Social Security Benefits.
Your initial consultation with us is always free of any charge or obligation. If you decide to retain us, you will not be charged any attorney’s fee unless you are awarded Social Security disability benefits. Attorney fees for Social Security claims must be approved by the Social Security Administration and generally are calculated at 25% of past due disability benefits.
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