EXPERIENCE MATTERS AT THE LAW FIRM OF ANDERSON LAMB & ASSOCIATES PC

 
 
 
Although our past success in representing Social Security claimants does not ensure that we will be successful in your case, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure that you will receive the best possible representation for your case.

Every disability claimant is different and every disability claimant has unique impairments.
Arthur P. Anderson, Esq. has successfully represented thousands of Social Security claimants since 1979. He is the most successful Social Security claimant's representative in the state of Vermont. His practice is limited to representing disability claimants, both Social Security disability ... Read more
 
Because of our great experience and knowledge of the Social Security system and because of the in depth knowledge we obtain about you and your impairments, we are able to ask your doctors the questions that are best suited to give Social Security a full and favorable picture of your disability and why you are entitled to disability benefits.

Mr. Anderson and Ms. Sayles attend in depth Social Security conferences once or twice a year to increase their knowledge of techniques and new developments in the Social Security law. The conferences last for 4 days.
 
 

Federal Court

Mr. Anderson has successfully represented claimants in federal court of Social Security disability claims since 1980. Two of the cases he successfully handled in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Dousewicz and Veino - not only resulted in substantial benefits to his client, but also created landmark Social Security law. Each case has been cited by other federal court judges in other Social Security cases numerous times.
 
Social Security Disability- Judge Holding Documents in Burlington, VT
 
Mr. Anderson practices Social Security law regularly before the federal court in Vermont and has successfully represented a number of Social Security claimants in the federal court in the Northern District of New York.

A partial list of the federal court cases in which Mr. Anderson has successfully represented his Social Security claimants are Second Circuit Cases
 
Veino v. Barnhart, 312 F.3d 578 (2d Cir 2002)(established standards for termination of disability claims) Cited hundreds of times by federal court judgesDousewicz v. Harris, 646 F.2d 771 (2d Cir 1981)(established validity of treating physician retrospective opinions) Cited hundreds of times by federal court judges District Court Cases;
 
Reardon v. Astrue, No. 2:11-CV-0011 (D.Vt. Apr 23, 2012)
Betourney-Pavao, 2012 WL 1144032 (D.Vt. Apr 4, 2012)
Osborune v. Astrue, No. 2:11-CV-0027 (D.Vt. Dec 29, 2011)
Deso v. Astrue, 2011 WL 5967181 (D.Vt. Nov 29, 2011)
St. Francis v. Astrue, 2011 WL 5507392 (D.Vt. Nov 10, 2011)
Mott v. Astrue, 2011 WL 4784345 (D.Vt. Oct 6, 2011)
 
Root v. Astrue, No. 1:07-CV-31 (D.Vt. May 19, 2008)
Duval v. Barnhart, No.1:05-CV-254 (D.Vt. June 23, 2006)
Goyette v. Barnhart, No. 2:05-CV-137 (D.Vt. May 30, 2006)
Lester v. Barnhart, No. 03-CV-810 (N.D.N.Y., December 16, 2005)
Phillips v. Barnhart, No. 1:04-CV-263 (D.Vt. Sept 20, 2005)
 
 
Maggie Sayles has been with the firm since 2004 and has dedicated herself to successfully representing hundreds of people with disabilities. Since undergoing an examination regarding Social Security law, Maggie has been certified as a Disability Representative and has many years of experience practicing before the Social Security Administration (SSA). Like an attorney practicing before SSA, the firm retains malpractice insurance for the disability representatives and they are required to complete and report continuing legal education requirements to SSA annually.

Having worked within the firm for over a decade, she has been successfully practicing as a Disability Representative alongside Mr. Anderson and Mr. Lamb for several years. Following her passion as an advocate, Maggie is continually pushing her ongoing education and case law knowledge through her committed research of the District, Circuit and Supreme Court, as well as Social Security rulings and Congressional hearings regarding SSA. Maggie has trained extensively to evaluate medical and vocational information in the context of
 
 
Social Security Disability and SSA criteria to present the best case possible on behalf of those she represents. With a history of working closely with the offices of her Senators and Congress people, her commitment as an advocate for those with disabilities has driven her career.

It has always been Maggie's goal to become an attorney and she had dedicated herself fully. We are proud to announce that under the mentorship of Mr. Anderson she has already successfully finished her four year Law Office Study and will sit for the Vermont Bar Examination in July 2016.

As an alum of University of Vermont, Burlington is Maggie's community and she strives to help support her community in as many ways as possible. Maggie is a native Vermonter with deep roots in the Green Mountain State. Maggie plans to follow her passion to be an advocate and stay to practice in Vermont representing people with disabilities in her home state.
 
Meriam Hamada Cosabic has been representing people with disabilities under the direction of Mr. Anderson, Mr. Lamb and Ms. Sayles since she became a certified disability representative in 2013. Before passing the disability examination, she had been the senior paralegal at Anderson Lamb & Associates for many years vitally assisting in case development and working diligently with clients. Meriam is a proud alum from Champlain College. Meriam is also reading for the Vermont Bar Examination. She is working her way through the Law Office Study program.

Her attention to detail is astounding. She has established a great rapport with the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and represents clients before ALJs at the administrative hearings. For the majority of claimants who are denied for SSD or SSI, the way to win disability benefits will be to pursue their case to the level of a social security hearing that is presided over by an ALJ, or administrative law judge. From the standpoint of the social security administration it does not matter if one's disability representative is a disability attorney or a non-attorney. This is because "social security law" is not law per se at the first four levels of the system (disability application, reconsideration appeal, ALJ hearing, and Appeals Council Review). Therefore, for this reason, one's representative is not required to be an attorney.


 
 
Social Security law only becomes law when a case gets to the fifth level of the system which is a federal district court appeal. At this level, one's representative must be an attorney. And at such hearings, the representative may be a non-attorney.

Can having a non-attorney be preferable to having an attorney represent a claim? Yes, and this is true when an experienced non-attorney is compared to an attorney who only handles disability cases sporadically or who has a mixed practice that includes traffic or criminal cases. Social Security regulatory procedure is complex enough that a claimant should really choose a specialist to handle their case.

 
 
Tony Lamb has been fighting for the rights of Social Security claimants since 1975.
A navy veteran, Tony studied law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, then clerked for a federal judge. After two years in the foreign service, he entered private practice in 1975 and began what would become a lifelong commitment to the rights of the underprivileged. Tony has argued extensively in federal courts before such leading jurists as current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. His long experience in the region's highest court provides the expertise and the confidence to win.

Having worked with family and friends with serious health problems, Tony's commitment to the less fortunate is personal. He's built homes for the underprivileged, volunteered for disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina, mentored troubled youth, served as a lay leader in his church, as chairman of the school board, and as town moderator in his hometown of Williston, VT.

On both a professional and personal level, Tony is someone you'll want on your side.
 
Senior Disability paralegal, Melissa St. Pierre, has practiced disability law since 1998 and she fills many crucial roles at Anderson Lamb & Associates PC. She provides accurate, dependable, and high quality support to the firm and our clients. She has dedicated her entire career to advocating for people with disabilities. Melissa establishes vital and lasting connections with clients from the very first contact with a client making them feel heard, comfortable, and explains the disability process to them from application through the award of disability. Comprehensive and compassionate, Melissa walks clients through the entire disability process, which can be frustrating and cumbersome. With a very caring manner and in an empathetic way, Melissa establishes a lasting, working relationship with every single client at Anderson Lamb & Associates PC.

Over the years, Melissa has attended numerous disability law conferences in multiple cities through the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR). Melissa has continued her education and is always the first in the firm to update our processes when rules or regulations change. She is an essential asset to the team.

Melissa graduated from Champlain College with a degree in paralegal studies. She has been a lifelong resident in Northwestern Vermont continuing her family generational ties to Vermont dating back to the 1800's. She is dedicated to her community, having been a committee member she was instrumental with the planning of the former Thomas Cook Memorial Golf Tournament, which has helped endow the Thomas Cook Endowment at the Vermont Children's Hospital. She also currently serves as the treasurer for one of her community's cemeteries. When Melissa is not working or volunteering in her community, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, extended family, and friends.