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Thomas Carter O'Brien

About me

Thomas has worked in the disability and insurance fields for nearly two decades on both payer and provider sides.  He is an AV-Rated attorney whose work on behalf of the disabled has been featured in such publications as Stars & Stripes, The Augusta Chronicle, and through multiple appearances on Fox-5 News Atlanta.  Thomas lives in Atlanta with his family, and practices out of Marietta.  Read his blog at


Thomas is admitted to practice in the following courts:


Federal Practice:

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Northern District Court of Georgia

Middle District Court of Georgia

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

VA Accredited


State Practice:

Supreme Court of the State of Georgia

Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia

Georgia Courts of Law and Equity (including Superior, State, and Magistrate)


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Farsi

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 80%
    12 years
  2. Insurance: 15%
    12 years
  3. Military Law: 5%
    7 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

9 total 

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  • Christopher Thomas Conway

    I have had the pleasure of working with Thomas on several matters. He is an excellent lawyer who treats each client with respect and obtains great results for them. Thomas goes above and beyond for his clients. He is an excellent attorney.


    Christopher Conway Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Susan Janette McCoy

    I endorse Thomas O'Brien. I had a medical billing insurance question and I couldn’t find an answer for my client after having spent hours reading through case law to find the answer. Through a google search, I found that Thomas had taught a seminar on the very same topic and I reached out to him and called. Not only did he return my call, but he spent 35 minutes on the phone explaining the law to me and helping me get past the place where I had been previously stuck. I am most appreciative and would feel confident referring clients to Thomas, as he is very knowledgeable and most helpful.


    Susan McCoy Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2629 Sandy Plains Road, N.E., Suite 201
Marietta, GA, 30066

Feiler & Associates

Huntington Circle
Atlanta, GA, 30338



GAActive Member in Good Standing 200401/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
2014 Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Inductee, International Honor Society in EconomicsOmicron Delta Epsilon1999
Inductee, FMAI National Honor SocietyFinancial Management Association International1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Finance / Network ManagementAetna1997 - 2005
Associate Financial AnalystPrudential Healthcare1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Court of Appeals for Veterans ClaimsAdmitted2011 - Present
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)Accredited Attorney2010 - Present
Georgia Healthcare Financial Management AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Georgia Medical Group Management AssociationN/A2005 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ RepresentativesSupporting Member2005 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Social Security Disability CaseFully Favorable
Social Security CaseFully Favorable
T.M. vs U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsFully Approved for TDIU Benefits (Full disability compensation)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Fox 5 I-team InvestigationGeorgia one of the worst states for disability delays2015
Fox 5 I-Team InvestigationSocial Security disability: Stay in line or start all over?2015
Stars & StripesAfter 40 year-fight with VA, Ga. veteran finally got disability2014
Augusta ChronicleAfter 40 years, Aiken veteran gets VA disability2014
ssilaw.blogspot.comThe Importance of Cross-Examining the Vocational Expert about DOT Job Descriptions in a Social Security Hearing2012
Quarterly Georgia HFMA ScrollInsuring Georgia’s Uninsured Population with the Tools Available Today2010
Musings on Social SecurityCompassionate Allowances - More to come?2010
Georgia MGMA Online InformationGeorgia Medicaid Fiscal Agent Conversion Information2010
News from MAG (Medical Association of Georgia)Georgia Preparing for EDS/HP Medicaid System Conversion2010
GSASC GazetteAn Introduction to the Georgia Provider Lien Law2008
Georgia Scroll - HFMANegotiating Charge Master Protective Language with Managed Care Companies2007
GSASC GazetteInstitutional Sources of Payment for Out-of-Network and Self-Pay Patients2007
Georgia MGMA Progress NotesManaged Care Contracting and the Physician Practice2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2004
Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityFinanceMBA1999
Notre Dame Law SchoolFinance and Business EconomicsOther - Bachelors1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fox 5 I-team InvestigationDelays in Disability2015
Patient Financial Services TrainingBasics of SSI and Disability Eligibility2013
Costello, CFC, and Noonan Family ConferenceFundamentals of Social Security Disability and SSI – Adult and Pediatric Perspectives2013
MA Regional LeadershipIntegrating Disability Services with Hospital Medicaid Eligibility2012
Rockdale Physician Office AssociationIntroduction to Georgia Medical Reimbursement Law2011
Georgia HFMA Spring InstituteLegal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement2009
Georgia HFMA Fall InstituteLegal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement2009
North Fulton MGMA Quarterly MeetingLegal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement2008
Georgia MGMA - Third Party Payor ForumOut of Network Billing: Legal & Financial Challenges, Perspectives, Strategies2008
Georgia HFMA Summer SymposiumLegal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement2008