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Mariam Alexanian Lavoie

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Warwick, RI

5.0   53 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 25 years
    Rhode Island - RI 33 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Mariam

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“I became an attorney to level the playing field.”

Attorney Mariam Alexanian Lavoie has been a proud member of the Rhode Island Bar Association for almost thirty years.    She was born in Bloomington, Indiana but lived in her native state and Livermore, California for six brief years before moving to Mexico City. Attorney Lavoie spent her formative years in Mexico, graduating from an all-Spanish speaking high school, the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, in 1980. She attended Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Montana, at age sixteen while her father spent his sabbatical year in MSU’s Physics Department. 

 

In 1981, Attorney Lavoie moved to Rhode Island to attend the University of Rhode Island (URI) and graduated with highest distinction in 1985.  She always knew she wanted to be an attorney.   

 

“As far back as I can remember, I have had a strong desire to see that all persons receive equal access to justice and equal treatment under the law.   I relate to regular men and women and passionately believe we all deserve to have the same top notch legal representation as those who can afford the best.”    

 

She graduated from URI knowing law school was next but wanted some real-life experience before entering legal academia.  

 

As soon as she received her bachelor’s degree from URI, she turned to the yellow pages looking for potential employment at a law firm. The “Se Habla Español” piece of a large Lovett, Schefrin, Gallogy & Harnett ad caught her eye.  She made the call, met with the one and only King of workers’ compensation himself, Raul L. Lovett, and got started. This marked the beginning of her experience with workers’ compensation law and the exciting world of medical science in the context of legal actions. 

 

Work in a vibrant legal environment gave Attorney Lavoie the confirmation she needed:  she would enter law school and dedicate her working years to representing the injured and disabled.    While attending law school full time, she remained active in the legal community, representing injured workers before the then Department of Workers’ Compensation and United States residency applicants under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law in 1990.

 

Since her admission to the Rhode Island Bar Association in 1990, Attorney Lavoie has continued to advocate for the rights and benefits of her injured or disabled clients.  In 2004, she joined Marasco & Nesselbush where she widened her experience in the areas of personal injury law and Social Security disability.  She has represented hundreds of adults and children before Administrative Law Judges in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.  She enjoys giving frequent presentations related to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits before attorneys, medical providers and medical support groups throughout Rhode Island.    She is an active member of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Social Security Sub-Committee, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives and the Rhode Island Association for Justice.

 

Attorney Lavoie is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

 

She lives in West Warwick with her husband Roger, their two adult children, Troy and Elly, and their Bengal cat Mowgli. She enjoys the arts, travel, the great outdoors, nights at The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, her Cranston Public Library book club and her church family at the Armenian Evangelical Church in Cranston, Rhode Island.  

 

“My anchors are faith, family, friends and a good fight advocating for my clients. Everyone deserves a fully prepared attorney who can be trusted to battle as long as there is something worth fighting for.” 

Location

Lavoie Law, LLC
300 Centerville Road
Summit West -Suite 300
Warwick, RI, 02886

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Reviews

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Posted by Terri P | April 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyers ever!
Mariam and her staffs great! They were professional, extremely helpful, and always kept me well informed! They won my case for me in the fastest time anyone I have told about it has ever heard of!! You won't go wrong by choosing Lavoie Law!!
Posted by Lisa | March 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Disability
I would just like to give Mariam. Elly. Kerrie of lavoie. law a big huge thank you for being there for me through my ssdi case I struggled so much and they always had my back any questions anything I wanted to talk about or just updates Lavoie law was a phone call or email away I highly recommend their firm they are spectacular this Firm knows what it takes to make a good case and when I tell you they do not leave any stone unturned when it comes to your medical history they want to get you what you deserve and what you’ve been struggling for the help that you need again Lavoie law thank you for being there for me.
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Posted by Kenny C | March 6, 2023
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SSDI client
At the onset of my disability i was full of questions but doubtful of the process because of the myths on the unsure path of pursuing disability' Miriam and her wonderful staff dispelled any notions i may have had. they were efficient and there for me through the entire process ' I am ecstatic and pleased with the decision rendered in my case; Thank You for making it possible for me to pursue my life with some clarity and hope.
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Posted by Ramona Figueroa | October 18, 2022
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Disability
Mariam Alexanian Lavoie and her team Kerri. My God, how excellent they are at what they do and how they pay attention to every detail from the moment you enter the offices until you leave, the treatment is super special, they listen to you in such detail and take their time with you, if you have a question, they answer quickly, leave a message and quickly They return the call and my disability was resolved very quickly. I recommend them.
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Posted by Ellen | August 11, 2022
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Disability
Mariam and her team were extremely professional, caring and attentive. Felt like family from the first visit. Kept me well informed and made the experience a pleasant one. I highly recommend Mariam Lavoie and her team. Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart!!
Posted by Michael Gesualdo | May 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
Once again I needed your help and it was just what I expected, the staff was so kind and courteous. I just want to thank you again Ms Lavoie and let you know that your appreciated, I highly recommend Attorney Lavoie her and her staff are A Class Act!
Posted by Evelyn | March 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommendable
Mariam A. Lavoie's was my Lawyer and there are not enough words I can say about her and her staff. They go Above and Beyond on making you feel comfortable and at ease . When it comes down to having to fill out so many papers and having a lot of questions about the process you are facing. They have no problems with answering any and all the questions you have cause they know it is nerve wrecking process to deal with SSI. I Highly Recommend Them they treat you like if you are family. And Mariam makes sure she does everything in her power to win.
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Posted by Paul | February 25, 2022
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SSDI
Mariam and Ellie are fantastic and great to work with.Helped me with my case and we won the case.
Posted by Michelle | February 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Take comfort in hiring an approachable, experienced, extremely knowledgeable and caring Lawyer~
When everything seems so overwhelming during tough times and serious decision making is a burden; take comfort that you'll be hiring an incredibly sharp, highly experienced, caring and on the ball Lawyer and Team. With a very successful outcome; I'm here to tell you...search no further! I felt that I was taken on as a top priority from day 1 and Mariam never wavered. I felt that I was in safe hands and now, because of her initiative and tenacity, I'm at much more at ease due to the very positive conclusion to my case. Such personal approach is difficult to find these days. Impressive- bravo and of course, thank you Mariam! You and your Team have one relieved and happier client!
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Posted by Federico | January 22, 2022
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Incredible Lawyer in your corner
I had the privilege of working with attorney Lavoie. She was amazing to work with and made it so simple I had to do almost nothing she did everything for me. Through this process I realized that attorney Lavoie is a well seasoned veteran of the law and left no stone unturned when it came to my disability case. She was very easy to work with to communicate and made me feel comfortable through the whole process. She took her time it was very thorough and got me my disability on the first try. Her down to earth personality made me feel so very comfortable and welcomed. I would highly recommend attorney Lavoie she has the experience and they know how to help you obtain what you need to attain. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you attorney Lavoie for what you have done to help me.
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Posted by Brenda | August 10, 2021
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Wonder Woman
What can one person say about Ms Miriam and her staff that hadn’t already been said in the other reviews. She goes above and beyond for her clients. Treats you as a person. She and her staff are always available to answer any concerns you may have no matter how big or small they may be. If you’re looking for the one person who you can rely on to fight 110% for your rights…she’s the one!
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Posted by Kerri | June 11, 2021
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Thank you for all that you do!!
Mariam and her team are the most wonderful, professional team of lawyers that I could have ever hoped to have fight for me through my disability case. They are thorough, responsive, supportive yet firm on making sure my voice is heard and issues were made important for judges and doctors who may not understand my situation. Put your trust in this team and they will not let you down. Thank you for all you have done and keep doing the amazing work you all do! Kerri B.
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Posted by Grace | June 5, 2021
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Great Attorney
Mariam Lavoie and her staff were the absolute best, taking us through this cumbersome process. Mariam treated us with respect and compassion as we maneuvered through, available at any time to speak to my concerns. I felt the burden was lifted as soon as I had my first conversation with Attorney Lavoie. I cannot recommend her enough. Thank you!
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Posted by Michael | May 27, 2021
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Thank You So Very Much!
I came to you for help at a very tough time in my life. In the very first moment I meet with you you made me a promise that you would help me with as little stress as possible. It was a hard year for everyone but through it all your wonderful staff reassured me at every turn that they were making strides. In the end you kept your promise and assured me that I would not have to worry about finances in my retirement years. You are the best Attorney Lavoie. God Bless You!
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Posted by Hal | May 14, 2021
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Mariam Lavoie is knowledgeable, compassionate, and patient; in working with us on a complicated disability case.
Mariam Lavoie has compassion, understanding, and took time to listen, then request and assemble needed records related to a complex disability application. In addition to thee face to face meetings; it took patience, time and phone calls to Soc Sec to get needed clarifications, and prepare and submit this case for Soc Sec Disability (SSD), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Rosanne | February 11, 2021
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Great experience
Mariam and her team did an amazing job handling my case. They were always pleasant, very professional, and very responsive! All of my questions were thoroughly answered with respect, compassion and patience. I would highly recommend Mariam and her team to help others navigate these life changing affairs! Thank you so much!!
Posted by Jason | February 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Hard working professional attorney.
Mariam and her staff are personable , professionals, and knowledgable . They made me feel comfortable and relaxed throughout my intire disability proccess. The explained what i didn't understand with patience. I am elated with their service. I highly recommend to anyone who needs a diability or injury attorney. Thank you Jason
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Posted by Debra | January 8, 2021
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Great Attorney
I was referred to Mariam Lavoie by my Workman's Comp. Attorney. From the moment both my husband and I met Mariam, we found her professional and very personable. She explained what she was going to do from top to bottom. Her confidence in my case helped me see a light at the end of what seemed to be a very long tunnel. I'll admit there were times when I just wanted to give up, not because of Mariam, it's just when you're in pain you feel the whole world is against you, and you want to give up. Mariam brought me back to earth, and I'm glad she did - she won my case! I will forever be greatful to this wonderful attorney for her confidence, strength and integrity. Mariam, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by Sherri | October 6, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend
I highly recommend Attorney Mariam Lavoie of Lavoie Law. Ms. Lavoie took a personal and compassionate interest in our situation and case. She is a thorough and knowledgeable professional who truly cares about her clients. Ms. Lavoie is outstanding on a professional and personal level.
Posted by Joe/Serena | October 2, 2020
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Simply The Best!!
Let Me start by saying finding an Attorney is NOT Like it used to be and trying to find a Good Attorney can be a long arduous process especially when you are are suffering from illness or disibilty. I didnt know what to expect when I first met Mariam Lavoie at Lavoie Law but It changed My Life! I had been with one of those TV attorneys who promise you soo much but never follow through, you never hear from them. They have people working your case that arent attorneys so they cant even answer your questions. I learned this all the hard way, and when I met Mariam Lavoie and in passing told her about my distress over the situation, she was compassionate and understanding. She didnt try to sell me on herself or her team, but offered to look into my case. It was so refreshing , Mariam and her team made me feel like family,but never sugar coated my case. She and her staff are personable, relatable and down to earth with common sense and impeccable work ethic. Mariam and Her team at Lavoie Law know the ends and outs of SSA,SSI,SSDI. They have the inside track on all the workings in and around the laws. I was so pleasantly surprised how Mariam and her team kept me in the loop Weekly with updates via email or calls. They made the whole experience easy and doable. They did back ground on Dr.s I was seeing and worked closely with them on my case. They kept my health and wealfare and privacy at the top of the list at all times. Im so happy to say that Mariam Lavoie ,Jane, Wyloski and the rest of the Team at Lavoie Law have been with me the whole way Even in the winners Circle And as of Late My Wife who also had her case with Lavoie Law has also Won her case Thanks to Mariam and the Lavoie Law Team!! Mariam and her Team understood our Plight our struggles and what our futures would be if we didnt have the help we needed and it would have been bleek, for my wife and I it was life or death! Mariam Lavoie and her team came through and are still standing with us as we shape our futures.. Family and friends who Care mixed with Impeccable knowlege and service thats Mariam Lavoie and Lavoie law! I recommend anyone who needs help dont hesitate..LAVOIE LAW CALL OR CONTACT TODAY!! #SIMPLYTHEBEST
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-25%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Lavoie Law, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Marasco & Nesselbush
  • 2004 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Lovett Schefrin Harnett
  • 1995 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Carrillo & Cordeiro
  • 1985 - 1995
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Rhode Island
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • Montana State University
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • John Doe
  • Social Security benefits awarded

Associations

  • Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • RIBRE
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Social Security Sub Committee Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Employee of the Year
  • Marasco & Nesselbush
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Social Security Disability for Family Court Practitioners
  • Social Security Disability
  • 2019
  • Can I Collect Both? How Social Security disability Benefits Interact with Other Benefits
  • Social Security Disability
  • 2018
  • What Every Behavioral Health Provider Should Know About SSI/SSDI
  • Social Security
  • 2017
  • What Every Behavioral Health Clinician Needs to Know About Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Social Security
  • 2017
  • SSDI/SSI for Medical Providers
  • Social Security
  • 2017
  • Social Security Disability for Vocational/Medical Providers
  • Social Security
  • 2016
  • Social Security Disability for Behavioral Health Clinicians
  • Social Security
  • 2016
  • Social Security Disability for Behavioral Health Clinicians
  • Social Security
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Mariam
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is rare that you come across someone like Mariam, with such passion for serving others. Attorney Lavoie’s attention to detail and personality are what set her apart from anyone else in her field of practice. She has the natural ability to provide each one of her clients with the utmost respect and devotion that they deserve. She simply radiates happiness and professionalism, and spreads joy to everyone in her presence. She earns my highest recommendation as a legal professional."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred clients to Mariam for Social Security disability matters. She has provided able representation in a diligent and professional manner. I strongly endorse Mariam Lavoie."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is kind and caring. My clients love her. I would trust her with my friends and family."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mariam is a dedicated and experienced professional with superb trial and negotiating skills. She stands alone when it comes to her wealth of knowledge in the areas of Social Security and Disability law. Just as noteworthy, is Mariam's genuine compassion for her clients and their personal challenges."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mariam Lavoie has all the skills and expertise necessary to achieve outstanding results. She has a deep understanding of the workings of the Social Security system and knows how to submit claims to increase the likelihood of a claim being approved. I refer Social Security claims to Mariam because she has a great track record in winning cases."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mariam has been part of our Marasco & Nesselbush team for more than a decade. She is compassionate, brilliant and has dedicated her legal career to serving the injured and disabled."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Attorney Mariam Lavoie is a gem! She is the managing Social Security disability attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush. Caring for clients with kindness and advocating fiercely for them are the hallmarks of her legal representation. She's honest and honorable and a really fine human being"
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Warwick Social Security & Disability Lawyer Mariam Alexanian Lavoie
Mariam Alexanian Lavoie
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Warwick, RI
Licensed for 33 years
Free Consultation