My journey to become a disability lawyer began many years ago – in 1975 when I decided to go the law school. With the benefit of hindsight, it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. After graduating from Duke University in Durham, NC, I enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, NC.
In 1981 I decided to hang out my shingle and opened a law office in Boone, North Carolina. I had no employees, no clients, no money in the bank. However, I was full of idealism to make the world a better place.
38 years later I am still a self-employed attorney. I am still full of excitement as I pursue my life’s journey. And, I still feel that burning desire to serve clients in need. Being a lawyer has never been a job – it has always been my calling.
This is what being a Social Security disability lawyer means to me. It represents an opportunity to provide a valuable service to individuals pursuing a legal benefit they are entitled to. Being a disability lawyer is a serious endeavor. By the time clients reach me they have not only lost their job, but many have lost their health insurance. Some clients have lost their home. Most clients can no longer afford vital health care.
Because I understand how important each disability case, I make a commitment to every client. I will give your case the effort it deserves. I will give your case the attention it requires. You will deal directly with me. I will go all out to achieve a successful result for you.
In 38 years I have worked on cases involving a wide variety of medical problems. I have represented at least one hundred individuals with degenerative disc disease of the cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar spine. I have represented many individuals with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. I have handled many multiple sclerosis (MS) cases. I have worked on many cardiovascular disease cases. To find out more about my experience, click on the Practice Areas button.
My primary law office is now in Durham, North Carolina and serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Garner and the surrounding areas. I also maintain a satellite office in Boone that serves Jefferson, Blowing Rock, Wilkesboro and the surrounding areas.
To find out about my educational background, click on this Paletta Law button.
If you need help filing for Social Security disability, or if your disability claim was denied, it is best to find an experienced disability attorney to represent you. To obtain a free analysis of your disability case, click on this Contact a Disability Lawyer button.
I am a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representative (NOSSCR), an association of lawyers and advocates who represent disability claimants. NOSSCR has an excellent website containing a wealth of information concerning Social Security disability claims at https://nosscr.org/. I am also a member of the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice who have an informative website at https://www.ncaj.com/.
I cannot guarantee success. We live in an imperfect world. It is difficult to obtain Social Security disability benefits. But, I can guarantee you that together we will work as a team to maximize your opportunity to obtain the benefits you deserve.