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
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
Free consultation (30 minutes)
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|Principal||Herbert Forsmith, Attorney at Law||1998 - Present|
|Administrative Law Judge||U.S. Social Security Administration||1978 - 1998|
|Attorney||U.S. Federal Trade Commission||1962 - 1978|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives||Sustaning Member||2000 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||The Laws That Pertain To Animal Rights||1998 - 2001|
|Association of the Bar of the City of New York||Member||1997 - Present|
|National Association of Administrative Law Judges||Former Member||N/A|
|Brooklyn Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1961|
|New York University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1956|
|NYC Disability Law Information||How the Judge Determines Disability in New York City||2010|
|NY Legal Aid & Legal Services||Social Security & Disability||2002|
|Brooklyn Bar Association CLE||Social Security Practices and Procedures||2002|