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About me

I started my practice in 1982.  The National Board of Trial Advocacy has ceertified my qualifications in Social Security disability advocacy.  Since about 2002, I have not practiced in any field other than Social Security and SSI disability appeals.  My firm continues to innovate to find ways to help the disabled population of upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina.


Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 100%
    34 years, 1 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Hal W. Roach

    I endorse this lawyer. Don is one of the preeminent Social Security disability lawyers in the Upstate of SC. His office sets the benchmark for the representation of people who have disabilities.


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  • Joseph Sloan Lyles

    I endorse Don Pilzer for Social Security law representation. I have known Don for about 2 decades and I know that he is smart, civil, competent, calm, professional, and always prepared for his court appearances. Her has also put together a great team at his law office and you will get First Class service if you become his client!


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Contact info

Don Pilzer, PC

300 University Ridge
Suite 100
Greenville, SC, 29603-0557

Don Pilzer, PC

300 University Ridge
Suite 100
Greenville, SC, 29601



SCGood Standing198101/12/2016
GATerminated - Nonpayment of Dues198201/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
certified expert Social Security disability lawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Over 25 years accredited busiBetter Business Bureau of the Foothills2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentDon Pilzer, PC1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeN/A1994 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining Member1992 - Present
Better Business BureauN/A1987 - Present
Gateway Houseformer PresidentN/A
United Ministriesformer PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Emming v. Astrueremand for new hearing
Cureton v. Astrueremanded for new hearing and awarded
Vernon v. AstrueReversed and remanded, awarded on remand
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawjuris1980
Northwestern University School of LawEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Security Disability BootcampMental Impairment Claims2014
Fibromyalgia support groupfibromyalgia2012