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Clifford Michael Farrell

Clifford Michael Farrell

also known as Cliff Farrell

Practice areas:

Social Security, Military Law, Personal Injury

About Me

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In 1991 the partners, Dan Manring and Cliff Farrell, got together to open Manring & Farrell.  Since that time Cliff  has  practiced in two primary areas - representing people trying to get SSI and Social Security disability benefits, and representing veterans trying to get VA disability benefits for service connected and non-service connected disabilities and medical issues.


Cliff has represented Social Security and SSI clients for more than 29 years.  Cases are handled before Social Security and at all levels of the federal Court appeals system.  Cliff teaches continuing legal education courses on Social Security for other lawyers and is on the Board of Trustees for NOSSCR, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives.


Cliff also handles VA disability claims, and is registered with the VA as an authorized representative of veterans seeking VA benefits.


Cliff has had several cases of significance in federal Courts, including most recently Cole v. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, serving states including Ohio.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Social Security: 94%
    32 years
  2. Military Law: 5%
    8 years
  3. Personal Injury: 1%
    24 years



Contingent (20-25%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

34 total 

  • Vance Tate Davis

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Farrell is a highly experienced lawyer as is reflected both in his superb Avvo rating and his many fine contributions to the Avvo Q&A forum. Any client lucky enough to have Mr. Farrell on the case is in very good hands.


    Vance Davis Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Aaron W Fields

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Aaron Fields Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

167 North High Street
P. O. Box 15037
Columbus, OH, 43215-0037

12 E. Warren Street
Lebanon, OH, 45036





Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Named Ohio Super Lawyer - Social SecurityWest Super Lawyers2015
Named Ohio Super Lawyer - Social SecurityWest Super Lawyers2014
Named Ohio Super Lawyer - Social SecurityWest Super Lawyers2013
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell1997
Superb RatingAVVON/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerManring & Farrell1991 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Clifford M. Farrell1989 - 1991
PartnerFarrell & Golian1988 - 1989


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)Board of Directors2010 - Present
National Board of Trial Advocacy, Division of the National Board of Legal Specialty CertificationSocial Security Advisory Committee Member2009 - Present
Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ)Chair - Social Security Section2000 - 2002
American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)Member1984 - Present
Central Ohio Association for Justice (formerly Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association)Member1984 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ)Member1984 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)Member1984 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Cole v. Astrue, Commissioner of Social SecurityFavorable to client - remanded for new hearing
Grable v. Commissioner of Social SecurityFavorable to client - remanded for new hearing

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Publication NameTitleDate
Franklin County Trial Lawyers Quarterly CommentSocial Security Disability Some Basics2003


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Moravian CollegePolitical Science/Criminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Public Benefits Law: A PrimerVeterans' Benefits2012
NOSSCR Disability ProgramSixth Circuit Case Law Update, NOSSCR2012
NOSSCR Disability ProgramFederal Court Appeals, Step By Step2012
Continuing Legal Education6th Circuit Update & Seminar2012
Continuing Legal EducationHandling a Social Security Disability Case2012
Continuing Legal EducationAttacking the Social Security Consultative Examination2007
NOSSCR Disability ProgramEthics for the Social Security Practitioner2006
NOSSCR Disability ProgramMaximizing Benefits for clients who receive Social Security and Workers' Compensation2006
Continuing Legal EducationCurrent Issues Affecting Social Security Disability2006
Continuing Legal EducationSocial Security and Workers' Compensation Offset Issues2006
Continuing Legal EducationHow to Prepare for and Succeed , Social Security Disability Hearing in Ohio2005
Continuing Legal EducationSocial Security Fundamentals2001
Continuing Legal EducationHandling a Social Security Disability Case in Ohio2001