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Suzanne Villalon

Suzanne Villalon

also known as Suzanne Villalon-Hinojosa

This attorney is not accepting clients.

Reason: Government Attorney

Practice areas:

Social Security

    About Me

    Suzanne has been representing Social Security claimants since 1996.  She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1990 after completing a joint degree program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Law School at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Before law school, Suzanne served for two years as an Admissions Officer for Princeton University, right after graduating from Princeton in 1982.

    Suzanne is a native Texan, growing up in College Station, Texas while her father attended Texas A&M University.  Her family returned to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in 1970 and she graduated from Weslaco High School in 1978.


    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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    Practice Areas

    Licensed since 1990

    1. Social Security: 100%
      20 years, 3 thousand cases

    Attorney Endorsements

    3 total 

    • Thad Harkins

      I endorse this lawyer's work. I know Suzanne has been helpful to many of the clients we've referred to her at her former firm, and know her to be an excellent lawyer with high credentials in helping folks with Social Security claims. Because our firm handles LTD insurance and other employee benefit claims as part of our employment and consumer law practice, we know how important it is for people with disabilities to have good experienced lawyers representing them.


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    Contact Info



    TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199008/25/2015

    Professional Misconduct

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

    Avvo Contributions

    Legal Answers


    Award NameGrantorDate Granted
    Board Certified in Social Security Disability AdvocacyNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2008
    Legal Professionalism AwardLaw Student Division of the State Bar of Texas1987

    Work Experience

    TitleCompany NameDuration
    OwnerLaw Office of Suzanne Villalon Hinojosa2009 - 2010
    PartnerSocial Security Law Firm2007 - 2009
    Managing AttorneySocial Security Law Firm2000 - 2007
    Lead Attorney on Workers' Compensation casesPersonal Injury Law Firm1996 - 1997
    Senior Staff AttorneyTexas Workers' Compensation Commission1993 - 1996
    Staff Attorney--Health InsuranceOffice of Public Insurance Counsel1991 - 1993
    Assistant District AttorneyHidalgo County District Attorney1990 - 1991
    Post Doctorial FellowUniversity of Houston School of Law1988 - 1989
    Assistant Regional Director of AdmissionsPrinceton University1982 - 1984


    Association NamePosition NameDuration
    US District Courts-ColoradoAdmitted2012 - Present
    State Bar of Texas, Jury Service CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
    U.S. District Courts-Eastern DivisionAdmitted2010 - Present
    National Hispanic Bar AssociationLaw Practice Management Section2008 - 2009
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of TexasAdmitted2004 - Present
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of TexasAdmitted2003 - Present
    U.S. District Court, Western District of TexasAdmitted2001 - Present
    Court of Appeals for Veteran's ClaimsAdmitted2000 - Present
    State Bar of TexasMember1990 - Present
    Latino Diabetes Action Council of the American Diabetes AssociationMemberN/A
    Mexican American Bar Association of TexasMemberN/A
    Hidalgo County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
    San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A

    Legal Cases

    Case NameOutcome
    Fields v. BarnhartSecured remand back to SSA
    Allen v. BarnhartSecured remand back to SSA
    Padalecki v. AstrueSecured remand back to SSA

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    Publication NameTitleDate
    The Road to Independence: 101 women's journeys to starting their own law firmsKicking and Screaming...Hardly2011


    School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
    University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
    Princeton UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1982

    Speaking Engagements

    Conference NameTitleDate
    Social Security Disability Law ConferenceDiabetes Update2011
    Social Security Disability 2011Practical Considerations in Handling a Social Security Disability Case2011
    FOSSCR ConferenceSocial Security Disability in the 5th Circuit2011
    Social Security Disability Law ConferenceHow to Win a Diabetes Case2010
    Diabetes RoundtableChanges to the Endocrine Listings2010
    Social Security Disability Law ConferenceListings Update2009
    Social Security Disability Law ConferenceMore on Listings and Step 3: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly2009
    Poverty Law ConferenceSSA’s Standards of Conduct for Claimant Representatives2008
    National MS Society Life Planning ExpoWinning an MS case2008
    MELD Special Parent Support GroupChildren's SSI2008
    5th Circuit Social Security Disability Law ConferenceThe addition of functional criteria to listings2008
    HNBA Annual ConferenceSocial Security Disability Practice2007
    12 Annual WILG ConferenceTaxation of Social Security Benefits Offset by Workers' Compensation2007
    1st Annual Advanced Texas Administrative Law SeminarSocial Security , Ethical Responsibility2006
    Civil Justice Clinic: SSA Hearing LevelDo's and Don'ts2005