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Richard D. Tolin

Practice areas:

Social Security

About Me

Its about more than money.  I am able to obtain excellent health insurance benefits for disabled peole, on every successful claim (with the odd rare exception).

I am familiar with the entire Social Security system, the largest bureaucracy in the world.  I know the judges, the law, and the medical information necessary to prove a claim.  I take tough cases, people whose claims are rejected by other lawyers, and I am usually successful on those as well as the more straightforward claims.  A client will never hear from me that "you're too young," or "your claim is not large enough to bother with."  

The system is designed to frustrate the disabled person, relying on staff people who decide claims while being literally forbidden from meeting with the disabled person, forbidden from speaking to the person, forbidden from all direct communication.  The second step in the process is literally a new pair of eyes in the same office, and the decision is almost always the same, a disapproval.  But then, the chances of success skyrocket, for those disabled people who are persistent.  It is the third step, the hearing with a dedicated Administrative Law Judge, where the claim has the highest likelihood of success.  And I get my clients there just as fast as I can.

I would be humbled by your confidence.  Call me with all your questions and concerns. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Social Security: 100%



Contingent (3-25%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Lloyd A. Pont

    Rick Tolin is the most knowledgeable Social Security lawyer I know. We are able to share each other's knowledge base easily and freely, and he is generous with his time and wants to help. He will not steer you wrong, whether you are another attorney seeking a sounding board, or whether you are disabled and in need of a talented and effective advocate. His skills are top-notch and I highly recommend him.


    Lloyd Pont Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

The Millyard Plaza
210 Imi Kala at Mill St., Suite 100
Wailuku, HI, 96793



MIActive And In Good Standing198109/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Special Advisor to the President (Clinton)Pew Charitable trust1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Representative AttorneyAble Advocate for Social Security Claims1981 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
PTSDNearly $250,000.00 in retroactive pay, plus $2,200.00 per month
When can a grandchild get benefits from a grandparent's Social Security account?Lifetime of benefits including Medicare for a disabled 8 year old child.

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Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarPracticing Social Security Law Nationwide2000


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolN/AJuris Doctorate1981
University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCriminal JusticeBachelor1977

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Americans Discuss Social Security with President ClintonSaving Social Security1997