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My law practice focuses on disability law and personal injury law.  I handle Social Security disability and SSI claims at all levels of the administrative review process, including the initial application, the request for reconsideration appeal, the request for hearing appeal; the hearing before an administrative law judge, and appeals before the Appeals Council.  I also handle claims where insurance companies wrongfully deny Long Term Disability and/or Short Term Disability claim.  Such claims are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA.


I also handle all aspects of personal injury law for injuries suffered in the State of Florida.  These types of claims include, but are not limited to: automobile or car accidents; motorcycle accidents; truck accidents; slip and fall accidents; trip and fall accidents; wrongful death claims, and other injuries due to the negligence of others.


I am licensed to practice law in all Florida state courts; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


If you need help getting your SSI Benefits, have been denied disability or have a Disability appeal, let us help you. If you are in need of an experienced car accident attorney, give us a call for a free consultation.


Please browse around to discover more information about me and my law practice.  Feel free to contact me at any time by phone at (850) 308-7833.


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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 50%
    11 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 17%
    14 years, 125 cases
  3. Car Accidents: 5%
    14 years, 100 cases
  4. Employee Benefits: 5%
    11 years, 50 cases
  5. Other: 8%
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Contact info

Ortiz Law Firm

528 W Garden St
Ste 3
Pensacola, FL, 32502

Ortiz Law Firm

Available by Appointment:
348 Miracle Strip Parkway, Ste 11
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547



FLMember in Good Standing200509/08/2015
CANot eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)200108/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified Social Security Disability AdvocateNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2013
Excellent rating - 5.0Google2013
Who's Who in America 2014Marquis Who's Who LLC2013
AvvoTop Contributor2013
A+ BBB Accredited BusinessBBB of Northwest Florida2012
Client Rating 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2011
Public Service AwardEl Centro Legal Clinic2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and PresidentOrtiz Law Firm2012 - Present
AssociateSoloway Law Firm2005 - 2012
AttorneyMarcin & Barrera2003 - 2005
AttorneyHawkins, Schnabel, Lindahl & Beck2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section; Trial TechniquesMember2013 - Present
National Association of Disability RepresentativesMember2013 - Present
ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section; Automobile LawMember2013 - Present
ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section; Health and Disability Insurance LawMember2013 - Present
National Board of Legal Specialty CertificationBoard Certified Member2013 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining Member2010 - Present
Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
California BarMember (Inactive)2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Florida BarMember2005 - Present
United States District Court of the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2001 - Present
California BarMember (Active)2001 - 2006
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Harrell v. AstrueRemanded to Administrative Court
Byrd v. AstrueRemanded for Further Proceedings
Mooney v. AstrueDecision denying benefits reversed and remanded for further consideration.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Website ReportCommon Questions Claimants Have About Social Security Disability2013
Website ArticleQuestions to Ask An Attorney You Are Considering Hiring2013
Pensacola Florida Social Security Attorney WebsiteTop Ten Social Security Frequently Asked Questions2013
Pensacola Social Security AttorneyTips For Winning at a Disability Hearing2013
CreateSpace BookTop 10 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Florida Car Accident Claim2013
BookTop 10 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Long Term Disability Claim2012
BookTop 10 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Social Security Disability Claim2012
National Business InstituteHandling a Social Security Disability Case2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Choctawhatchee High SchoolGeneral StudiesN/A2013
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJ.D.2001
Yale UnivPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NAMI - PensacolaIntroduction to Social Security Disability2013
Handling A Social Security Disability CaseSocial Security Disability: Get the Basics Down & Succeed at the Administrative Law Judge Hearing2011
Dysautonomia Support GroupApplying for Disability BenefitsN/A