I have over 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney helping people in our community. For seven years I served clients at the Springfield legal aid office; first, as a legal aid staff attorney and then as a Managing Attorney. I then entered private practice and for over 20 years have concentrated on Social Security disability cases. I have lectured on Social Security disability issues and have represented claimants throughout central and southern Illinois. I am a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), an association of attorneys and paralegals who are committed to providing disability claimants with high quality representation.
I was born in Springfield, Illinois. I received my Bachelor of Arts and my Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois. I am a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Sangamon County Bar Association, and am admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. I was chosen by my peers as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Social Security Disability, and have been recognized with a Martindale-Hubbel rating of A/V – the highest rating. I am also a partner at Sgro, Hanrahan, Durr & Rabin, LLC.
I represent claimants who live in Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Bloomington, Normal and other communities throughout central and southern Illinois. I accept cases after the claimant has been initially denied. I help claimants with every stage of the appeals process: requests for reconsideration; hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ); and appeals to the Social Security Appeals Council and to the U.S. District Court.
I realize that life can be extremely difficult when a severe impairment hinders you from working, and so I understand how vital your Social Security disability claim is. In addition to decades of experience dealing with the legal procedures and requirements, I also bring compassion and dedication to my work. I know that when you are sick or in pain, battling with a federal bureaucracy by yourself can be overwhelming. And I know that obtaining your disability benefits can make an enormous difference in your quality of life, peace of mind, and sense of human dignity.
Donald J. Hanrahan