I am an El Paso native, born and raised. I attended Radford School and then attended boarding school at Fountain Valley School of Colorado, Colorado Springs. After High School, I attended Guilford College, a Quaker affiliated school in Greensboro, North Carolina. I was a double major in International Studies and Philosophy. During my time at Guilford, I studied abroad in London, England in an educational program in conjuncture with Oxford University. At Guilford, I played on the tennis team and was honored with the distinction of being named All-American for Division III tennis and All-Academic.
After graduating from college, I attended Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. While at CUA Law, I was admitted to the Comparative and International Law Institute and studied International Business Transactions at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Post-Law school, I was admitted into the Washington, DC Bar Association and practiced law with several law firms, focusing in corporate law, more specifically, mergers and acquisitions, corporate defense and patents. After 12 years in DC, I decided that I wanted to return to El Paso, to the warm weather, good food and smiling faces where I joined my family’s law firm that focuses on Family Law, Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice and Complex Business Litigation.
I was given the opportunity to practice Social Security Disability Law and discovered my passion for it. I then had the idea to branch out from my family’s practice and start my own firm.
WHY I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT PRACTICING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAW
I believe that in order to live a fulfilling life, you should leave a mark on the planet before you depart it.
In practicing Social Security Law, I have found that most applicants who have a serious need for the program are trying to improve their own lives and the lives of their families. I find great personal reward in helping people through the process and seeing positive results in their cases. I leave my mark by helping people and making their lives just a little better.
Not only do I love the philosophical aspect of Social Security Disability Law, I love the technical aspect of it as well.
When I first begin my analysis of my client’s case, I review the initial denial letter and the reason behind the decision. I then review their medical records, which is very intensive in Social Security Disability Law. I do not simply skim the records, I go through them tooth and nail to see what the initial review missed, misinterpreted or ignored that would be beneficial in proving my client’s case. This review process for me is a lot of fun. This may be hard for some to understand, but for me, it’s like solving a mystery or completing a hard puzzle.
Once the review process is completed, I then form my argument to present my client’s case to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). I do this by writing a statement/brief to the Court explaining my client’s position, reflecting the proof contained in the medical records and the regulations for Social Security Disability. I find the process of forming an argument equally as rewarding as finding proof that’s beneficial for my clients in the medical records.
From the start to finish of my representation, I am aware of the importance a positive result is for my clients and their families and am always honored by the faith that my clients put in me. For me, there is no greater feeling than prevailing on behalf of my client.