Social Security Disability Lawyer David R. Paletta

Why I became a Social Security Disability Lawyer.

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 I am also a member of the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice who have an informative website at

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.

Thank you is just simply inadequate. David Paletta was a ray of sunshine in the long, sometimes seemingly dark process of my disability case.  He was professional, thorough and straight forward with the facts as well as genuinely caring.  I prayerfully sought an attorney for my case and could not have been happier with David Paletta’s service.  He is a rare find, you can count on him!

Della, Linville, NC

I want to say Mr. Paletta did a great job on my disability case. He worked day and night for me. I won my disability case because this man cared about me. If anyone needs help with their disability please call David Paletta. He saved my life. Thank you so much Mr. Paletta, and God bless you sir!

Ron, Clayton, NC

Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your hard work. We would have given up years ago but thanks to your perseverance and dedication John was approved to get his disability. I would highly recommend you to anyone because you believe in your clients and work hard to see they get what they are entitled to. Thanks again!

John, Boone, NC


Social Security Disability Lawyer
Ask a NC Social Security Disability Lawyer

Disclaimer.  This website is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice. You should speak directly with an attorney concerning your specific situation. You are invited to contact Mr. Paletta for more information. However, contacting Mr. Paletta via phone or email does not create an attorney – client relationship.  Please be mindful that all legal claims have time deadlines. Your attorney needs time to evaluate the relevant facts.  It is the policy of Mr. Paletta to have a written Agreement with all clients that specifies the terms of legal representation and that creates an attorney – client relationship.