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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member of the Year||National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts Chapter)||2009|
|Attorney||Law Office of John L. Roberts||1991 - Present|
|Law Clerk||United States District Court - District of Massachusetts||1989 - 1991|
|Law Clerk||United State Department of Justice - Tax Division||1988 - 1989|
|Law Clerk||Federal Energy Regulatory Commission||1987 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2000 - Present|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives||Sustaining Member||1997 - Present|
|Hampden County Estate Planning Council||Member||1993 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Massachusetts Chapter||Third Party Supplemental Needs Trust administrators for disabled clients in Massachusetts and Connecticut||2016|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Massachusetts Chapter||Antipsychotics and Dementia: What attorneys and geriatric advocates need to know about the (over) use of antipsychotic medications with memory loss residents in a facility setting.||2016|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Massachusetts Chapter||Comparison of Self Settled Pooled Trusts for people who need nursing home care in Massachusetts and Connecticut||2016|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Massachusetts chapter||Hospital Observation Status cancels Medicare nursing home coverage||2015|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Massachusetts Chapter||“Improvement Standard” can’t cut off Medicare nursing home days||2015|
|NAELA News||Eight Questions to Help Clients Avoid Antipsychotic Medications||2012|
|The ElderLaw Report||Erratic behavior and memory loss: Help your clients find alternatives to antipsychotic medication||2011|
|Things you can do with money saved in a Supplemental Needs Trusts for a nursing home resident or person with a disability.||What could you do to make life better for a nursing home resident or a person with a disability?||2010|
|Western New England College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|Boston University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1976|
|Taking control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup||Case update to help you make the best legal decisions when planning your retirement years and passing assets on to your loved ones. Presented at the Belchertown Senior Center.||2016|
|Multi-Site Breakfast, Westfield, Massachusetts||Antipsychotics and Dementia: What attorneys and geriatric advocates need to know about the (over) use of antipsychotic medications with memory loss residents in a facility setting.||2016|
|MassNAELA Professionals breakfast, Westfield, Massachusetts||Hospital observation status and nursing home improvement standard||2015|
Posted by Kevin
After my first application for disability was denied by Social Security, I called Attorney Roberts, and he started working on my case. The treatment of my condition by a medical specialist had been interrupted, because I didn’t have health insurance. Attorney Roberts explained how I could get health insurance coverage, so I could go back and get treatment from that doctor again.
Attorney Roberts then asked the doctor for detailed testimony to explain my condition. My specialist has many patients, and declined to provide detailed testimony to supplement the medical treatment notes and other information that was already in my medical records.
Attorney Roberts gathered all of the medical records and went with me to the Social Security Disability hearing. But the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) said she did not believe that the pain caused by my condition prevented me from working, because I had collected unemployment compensation after losing my last job. She said she believed that I could still work, because I had received unemployment insurance.
Attorney Roberts appealed the case to federal court, but the federal Judge decided there was nothing he could do in my case, because the issue was “credibility” (the ALJ believed that I could still work).
As soon as we received that Federal Court decision, Attorney Roberts helped me file a new application. Attorney Roberts re-contacted the specialist who treats my condition, and explained that without his testimony, Social Security would never understand how severe my condition is, and my claim would be denied again.
By then, I had regular appointments with the specialist, since I had health insurance. The specialist decided this time to provide the written testimony, and Social Security immediately allowed my claim. I recovered retroactive benefits going back 1 year before the day we filed the second application.
Attorney Roberts stayed with my case until I got the result that I needed.
Posted by Robin
I continued working for many years, even though the disability was severe. When I could no longer work, I applied for Social Security Disability, but my application was denied.
I called Attorney Roberts. He prepared a summary of all my treatment records going back many years, and he obtained a report from my doctor that explained why I could no longer work. Atty Roberts was very thorough and detailed with compiling all my medical records.
When I went to the hearing with Attorney Roberts, I explained my condition and limitations. The judge told us the medical records were complete and my claim was allowed.
Posted by Yvonne
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I worked with Attorney Roberts on a case involving what is often described as an “invisible disability.” The Claimant was severely impaired, but the disability was not understood or believed by the Social Security personnel who reviewed the written treatment records, and the Claimant’s testimony.
Attorney Roberts helped the claimant find treatment, and he obtained reports from examining physicians who were able to explain the disability to Social Security.
Attorney Roberts stayed with the case after it was denied at several levels, and he was able to get the case remanded from Federal Court to an Administrative Law Judge who did see the Claimant’s severe disability, inability to work and eligibility for disability benefits based on his work history.
I have over 20 years' experience in assisting claimants who are homeless with accessing SSA benefits. I admire his persistence, dedication, care and persistence. I definitely recommend Atty. Roberts.
I recommend Attorney Roberts as thorough, and dedicated to helping the disabled workers he represents.
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