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About me

I have been practicing Social Security disability law for over 30
years. I was privileged to serve as a Social Security administrative
law judge for 20 years, hearing and deciding thousands of disability
cases of every type.

Since leaving the bench in 1998, I have devoted my practice almost
entirely to the representation of applicants for Connecticut and New
York Social Security disability and other Social Security benefits,
including Supplemental Security Income, before the Social Security
Administration and the United States courts.

I represent Connecticut,  metropolitan New York  and Hudson Valley
disability claimants at all stages—whether at application, first appeal,
second appeal, or hearing level. A substantial portion of my practice
consists of cases referred by attorneys, including many federal court
appeals cases.

I have developed and taught bar association Social Security
continuing legal education classes and a seminar for Legal Aid attorneys
on Social Security practices and procedures.

I am a sustaining member of the National Organization of Security
Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), and a member of the Association of
the Bar of the City of New York. I am admitted to the New York State
Bar and the United States Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts
of New York.

With over 30 years of experience, I can help you through the Social
Security disability process. If I decide that there is a reasonable
basis for your claim, I will walk you through all of the required
paperwork, your testimony and other procedures, making certain that your
impairments and limitations as you experience them are truthfully and
most  effectively presented. I will also develop the necessary medical
data and opinion, and provide  the best supported and most persuasive
arguments through the administrative law judge level and, if necessary,
to the Social Security Appeals Council.

I know what a shock it is to find that a trauma or disease has caused
even the most ordinary activities to be extremely difficult or
impossible. I will always make my best efforts to personalize your case
– that is, to so develop and present your claim as to enable the
reviewers and adjudicators to realize both the facts and feelings
associated with your individual experience of functional loss, and how
this experience has related to your vocational incapacity.

I maintain law offices in  Lower Manhattan at 26 Broadway, 17th
Floor, New York, New York 10004, and in Putnam County,  at 10 McMahon
Place,  Mahopac, New York 10541.  I practice and travel to meet and
represent clients located throughout the New York City metropolitan
area,, the Hudson Valley,and the State of Connecticut.


Languages spoken: Hebrew, Russian

Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 95%
  2. Personal Injury: 5%



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Herbert Forsmith, Attorney at Law

26 Broadway
17th Floor
New York, NY, 10004-1814

Herbert Forsmith, Attorney at Law

10 McMahon Place and Route 6
Mahopac, NY, 10541



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalHerbert Forsmith, Attorney at Law1998 - Present
Administrative Law JudgeU.S. Social Security Administration1978 - 1998
AttorneyU.S. Federal Trade Commission1962 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaning Member2000 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationThe Laws That Pertain To Animal Rights1998 - 2001
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember1997 - Present
National Association of Administrative Law JudgesFormer MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
BookHelpful Suggestions for Appealing a Denial of Benefits2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1961
New York UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1956
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYC Disability Law InformationHow the Judge Determines Disability in New York City2010
NY Legal Aid & Legal ServicesSocial Security & Disability2002
Brooklyn Bar Association CLESocial Security Practices and Procedures2002