Paletta Law

Mr. Paletta speaking at a seminar to a group of disability attorneys.

Education and Experience.

Mr. Paletta graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1976 with a degree in Economics. He obtained a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1980.

Over the past 38 years, Mr. Paletta has successfully represented hundreds of disabled individuals in there efforts to obtain Social Security disability benefits. Most of these cases have been at the Hearing level before an Administrative Law Judge. However, Mr. Paletta has also represented disabled clients before the Social Security Appeals Council, the United States District Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

For information on the types of disability cases Mr. Paletta has worked on, click on Practice Areas.

Paletta Law  –  A Virtual Office

After graduating from the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill, Mr. Paletta moved to Boone, North Carolina to begin his law practice. For one year Mr. Paletta worked for Legal Services of the Blue Ridge, a not for profit organization that provided legal services to low income individuals.

In 1981, Mr. Paletta decided to open his own law office in Boone, and he has been self employed ever since. In 1985 he built a building on King Street in Boone, an easy walk to the Courthouse. For twenty five years Mr. Paletta was a general practitioner and handled a wide range of civil law matters, including Social Security disability appeals.

Ten years ago Mr. Paletta decided to limit his law practice to Social Security disability claims and appeals. He also decided to expand the geographic area he served to include Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro and the surrounding counties.

As Mr. Paletta’s disability law practice grew, he decided to sell his law building in Boone.
Today Mr. Paletta operates a “virtual” office that has no physical location

Mr. Paletta has meeting sites in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Greensboro and Boone North Carolina to meet with disability clients as needed. Mr. Paletta does not maintain office hours at any location. An appointment must be scheduled in advance via phone or email.

Mr. Paletta spends most of his time presenting cases to disability judges in the SSA Office of Hearing Operations (often referred to as “OHO”). North Carolina has four OHO offices located in Greensboro, Raleigh, Fayetteville and Charlotte. Mr. Paletta has handled disability cases in all four OHO offices.

North Carolina has three United States District Courts that hear disability appeals. Mr. Paletta has handled disability appeals in each of these District Courts.

The Chapel Hill North Carolina meeting location serves the cities of Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Creedmoor, Burlington, and the Counties of Chatham, Durham and Orange.

The Raleigh North Carolina meeting location serves the cities of Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Knightdale, Clayton, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Wendell, Wilson, and the counties of Wake, Franklin, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Harnett, Granville and Lee.  

The Boone North Carolina meeting location serves the Towns of Boone, Blowing Rock, Jefferson, West Jefferson, Sparta, Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, and the Counties of Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes.

The Greensboro North Carolina meeting location serves the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the Counties of Forsyth and Guilford.