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Howard L. Graham

Howard L. Graham

Practice areas:

Social Security, Workers Compensation, Civil Rights, Administrative Law

About Me

I HAVE BEEN REPRESENTING DISABLED PERSONS  ON SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CLAIMS FOR 35 YEARS AS A LAWYER. MY FIRST SIX YEARS OF LAW PRACTICE WERE IN NEW MEXICO AND TEXAS.  I CAME TO TACOMA TO DIRECT THE LOCAL LEGAL AID PROGRAM IN 1980 AND HAVE REMAINED  HERE FOR 29 YEARS.


 


A PERSON REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY  ON A SOCIAL SECURITY CLAIMS WILL USUALLY PREVAIL 80-90% OF THE TIME BY THE SECOND APPEAL TO A ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE.


 


I WELCOME PHONE CALLS WITH QUESTIONS AT NO CHARGE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAW, FAIRHOUSING AND GROUP HOMES, AND FEDERAL DISABILITY RETIREMENT PROGRAMS.


 


THERE IS NO CHARGE  FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY REPRESENTATION UNLESS THE CLAIMANT WINS THE APPEAL. THE ATTORNEY FEES ARE SET  BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION AT 25% OF THE RETROACTIVE AWARD OR $5300.00 , WHICH EVER IS LESS.


 

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Social Security: 45%
    41 years, 500 cases
  2. Civil Rights: 20%
    41 years, 50 cases
  3. Workers Compensation: 20%
    28 years, 300 cases
  4. Administrative Law: 15%
    41 years, 500 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • John Eiler Goodwin

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Graham wrote the book on Federal Workers' Compensation Law.

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    John Goodwin Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Elizabeth Rankin Powell

    Howard is modest, brilliant, hard-wrking and dedicated to the idea of creating justice for his clients. He has a long history of working in legal services for the poor, disabled, disenfranchised and those who otherwise would have no justice. he wrote the book on social security disability administrative appeals work. As a lawyer, I am deeply greatful that I can ask his opinion and know I'll get a thoughtful and reasoned comment, and I would wholeheartedly recommend that if your issue concerns social security law, just call him. He's old-school, and I mean that as the highest possible compliment. Elizabeth Powell

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    Elizabeth Powell Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Po Box 7096
Tacoma, WA, 98417-0096

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive198006/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
EXCELLENCE AWARDWASHINGTON STATE ACCESS TO JUSTICE BOARD2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ATTORNEYLAW OFFICES OF HOWARD L. GRAHAM1986 - Present
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORPUGET SOUND LEGAL ASSISTANCE FDN1980 - 1986
MANAGING ATTORNEYLEGAL SERVICES OFFICES1973 - 1980
SPECIALISTu s army1968 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2002 - 2005
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SECTION WSBACHAIR1999 - 2000

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Salas v. CalifanoUS Ct of Appeals 10th Cir. required SSA to pay SSA

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION ACT PRACTICE GUIDEAUTHOR1994

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJURIS DOCTOR1973
University of LouisvilleBusinessN/A1965