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Richard B Grabow

Workers compensation Attorney at West Hartford, CT

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1985
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice


Richard Grabow Law


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  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2015
The Best in Worker's Comp and Social Security
Atty. Grabow represented me with my Workers' Compensation Case and I was extremely pleased. My case was a complicated one and he always made sure that I was informed with what was going on with my case and always took the time either by phone or appointment to answer any questions I had. he definitely knows his stuff. His paralegal is also very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. She too was there for me whenever I need anything. I also asked him about social security and he explained the whole process to me in detail. I will be applying very soon and will be using his services again. He also helped my aunt with a social security case and service connected disability case and had a great outcome. We highly recommend Atty. Grabow!!!
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Posted by Rebecca | November 9, 2022
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Highly Recommend!!!
I can't recommend Attorney Richard Grabow highly enough! I finally have federal disability support (SSDI) because I contracted with him. I would not have been able to successfully navigate the disability appeals process without him and his assistant Melissa. It was very difficult to find someone to take my case, as I am considered very young for disability and because (as Attorney Grabow explained) the system is not really set up to assess people with my many complex, chronic conditions. After a lot of hard work and an extremely long time of searching, I found two others willing to take my case, but after in-person consults, it was no contest that I wanted to go with Grabow. He was obviously very busy so he had to be very direct and to the point about everything, but I appreciate the efficiency and candor. He looked at my work history and medical summary, and he laid out the difficulties of my application but the reasons why I could (and obviously should) qualify. He also explained more of an inside perspective on how the system works, expected wait times, etc. The other folks I considered hiring did not seem nearly as competent nor were they as thorough or candid about things. Basically, how the office functions is that most communications are with his assistant Melissa and Richard directly communicates when needed. Melissa is friendly, helpful, and has more time for answering questions. Richard is understandably more rushed and some might perceive him as a bit gruff, but again, the efficiency, directness and high level of competence is what I prefer. (And, what works!) For anyone starting the disability process, some other helpful info: -Grabow operates on a common disability attorney method where you can contract with him and he does not receive payment unless you win your case. If you win, he is automatically paid a % from your backpay, with a cap. This was a godsend for me as, of course, I was destitute by the time I found him. -Contracting with a lawyer is extremely important and helpful, but you still have to stay on top of everything that you can yourself. For example, I always take notes, and Grabow mentioned a certain type of paperwork early in the process. I brought it up with him further into the process ("I have X in my notes. Should we be doing that soon?") and his take seemed to be, "We don't need that right now. Let's not do work until we need to do work and have everything as current as possible." Luckily, I pressed him on it to give it to me the forms to get to my doctor...and then, surprisingly, my case processing got pushed up EARLIER than expected, we did need that paperwork, and we had it in the nick of time. All this is to say, I don't think I would have been approved without his work on my case, but you still need to be engaged in the process. In sum, I am extremely glad and grateful that I used Richard and Melissa!! I was disabled for 10 years without support, and I am finally in the next chapter of my life because of their help. I can't thank them enough!!!
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Posted by Annette Foisey | October 28, 2022
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Attorney Richard Grabow and Attorney Mellissa Stelletto went above and beyond the call to f duty for me. They left no stone unturned and worked released for me. I highly recommend them. I am grateful beyond measure for all the effort and time they took with me and endless documents they had to go through. Thank you for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2021
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My case was complex and involved several appeals and hearings. If not for Attorney Grabow, the ALJ would have decided the case before ever hearing it. Attorney Grabow was able to show that the ALJ made errors and, after the case was remanded, WE WON!
Posted by VGC | July 28, 2021
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Outstanding job!
After suffering for years, I was referred to Attorney Grabow. He took on my case. He and Attorney Stellato worked tirelessly, and in preparation for my hearing, Attorney Stellato collected and organized far over a thousand pages of my medical documentation to ensure success. After years of feeling absolutely hopeless, I no longer feel that I have to work so hard for it to be understood just how painful and limiting my conditions are. I am beyond grateful for their thorough explanations, timely replies, professionalism, and dedication. The Law Offices of Richard Grabow, LLC, is worthy of their 5-star reputation and I absolutely highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2021
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The best
The best, professional group thanks for everything!! Helped me with everything all the time!!
Posted by Santo | November 19, 2019
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The best!
Attorney Grabow represented me to get my Social Security disability benefits approved. He’s a very professional, compassionate and competent attorney and I highly recommend him, you won’t regret it.
Posted by Alysia | June 7, 2019
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Outstanding Professional
Attorney Grabow represented me for my Social Security Disability case. He handled every detail in a most professional manner making sure to fully explain the process and answer all questions I had. He was always available to speak with me and was exceptional in coaching me through the court process. I am extremely grateful for all the work that he did on my behalf and would recommend Attorney Grabow to anyone in need of an extremely professional and experienced attorney. Thank you Attorney Grabow for all that you did.
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Posted by Gennaro | February 5, 2019
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Best there is hands down!
I apply for social security with multiple medical problems but lack of knowledge. Was denied. Appealed and denied again. I sat wit attorney grabow stated my case gave him my paperwork. He is so well Knowledged about social security he was right away able to point out why i not only QUALIFIED and met the listing but should have been approved. It was a long and lengthy process which you cant avoid, (it just the way the system works). Day of my hearing he spoke and prepared me for what would be said and asked of me and it went just like he said. I should have been approved at the first hearing with him. He felt great about it went and said you will be approved. The judge seemed that way also, but the judge decided added a vocational examiners letter to see if i was able to work with my condition. He appealed and at the next hearing there was a medical examiner who did nothing but work for ss and say if he belives you qualify or not. This “doctor” claimed i did not meet the listing at all and there was no evidence. He drilled this doctor with all the facts and made him eat his own words. It was amazing. It was like on tv and you have the lawyer who nails the bad guy for life! He had me with a big grin after the hearing and said to me, “at the end of the hearing that judge said you meet and qualified”. Sure enought 2 weeks later i was sent an approved letter with a fully favorable decision from social security. This is a long and hard road and i could not have done it without him. As long as you be patient he will do anything and everything and he knows alot! I was so skeptical at winning and here i am 2 years later about to recive my first check. Hire him! Hands down the best!
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Posted by Larry | July 31, 2018
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Disabled Patient
I hired attorney Grabow to handle my disability case. I had been unsuccessful on my own. He informed me that it wasn't a easy case to win. He was very diligent with working with me gathering all my pertinent information. Without him I would have never been granted my disability.
Posted by William | April 10, 2018
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Great Lawyer. Kind & Helpful
Mr. Grabow is understanding and is really willing to work with you. He really seems like he cares. If you need a lawyer this is the one!
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2015
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Social Security nightmare to SSD WIN
I used Attorney Richard Grabow for my Social Security Disability Attorney. It took almost 4 years of denials to Hearings and the state's medical experts denials to finally winning my Social Security Disability. Which I thought was never going to happen but having a lawyer who knew the SSD law and is patient but firm when it came to my SSD case is a plus. He not only got me my SSD but also the back retroactive money from the day I applied. I will recommend Attorney Grabow too any friends or family member's who suddenly or not become disable and need help. Thanks Attorney Richard Grabow we finally won thank you.
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Posted by Cynthia | May 30, 2015
Social Security Disability
I have a serious illness, and was having difficulty on the job because of it. I didn't know how much longer I could do it. I applied for SSDI on my own and was denied twice. I decided to hire an attorney, and someone recommended Richard Grabow. His office was diligent about obtaining the needed paperwork, and the attorney had several meetings with me to discuss my case. I was prepared for an uphill battle because of the type of illness I have. When Social Security denied me those two times, they made it sound as if I had no illness at all. Attorney Grabow is smart and well spoken. When we had the hearing, Mr. Grabow was clear and concise with his opening statement, conveying most of the pertinent information to the judge. I was only asked a few questions, and then the judge did something rare: he approved my benefits on the spot. It is such a relief that I won't have to struggle as much with financial matters while fighting with a stubborn illness. I highly recommend Mr. Grabow to anyone who is in in similar circumstances.
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Posted by Jack | April 2, 2015
Knowledge and Excellence
Atty. Rich Grabow came as a highly recommended workers comp attorney from another attorney who realized he would be better suited for my needs regarding a long running workers comp case. I found Atty. Grabow to be highly intelligent, honest, reliable, knowledgable, and hard working. His office communicated on a regular basis, he attended all necessary hearings in a prompt and professional manner, and he was straight forward regarding his expectations on my behalf. His demeanor is such that from the initial consultation throughout a long drawn out process he remained welcoming, informative, professional, and always took time on a personal level to let you know he cared not only about the case at hand but about me personally. I have no hesitation in recommending Atty. Grabow to family and friends as he is an ultimate professional who has honored his profession with a strong work ethic, integrity, and dedication to his clients. Additionally, his staff, initially Joanna, and then his paralegal, Denise, during the the performance of their duties exceeded expectations in the area of communication, accuracy, friendliness, and compassion. They were wonderful to deal with as were all the staff at Atty. Grabow's office. I commend the whole Grabow team, as excellence at their office is just the "daily routine".
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Posted by Roxnne | January 30, 2015
Thank you...
Attorney Grabow represented me with my workers' compensation case. I was extremely satisfied with his services. Out of five gold stars, I give him ten! I know that the people he had to deal with in connection with my case, were very challenging, to say the least.... He always kept me informed to the progress of my case and always answered any and all of my questions. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and pleasant to do business with. His paralegal is also, very knowledgeable, professional, helpful and pleasant to work with. This was very important to me at the time, since I was stressed out . His paralegal always helped me, answered my questions and kept me going in the right direction... In the end, everything worked out well 100%, I would highly recommend this firm. If in the future I need legal counsel, I will most definitely contact them.... My many thanks to Attorney Grabow, and his paralegal!
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Mester Grabow and Miller, LLC
  • 1985 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Judge Richard Noren
  • 1985 - 1986


  • Suffolk University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981


  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Foundation
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top ten workers compensation state of connecticut
  • CBIA
  • 2018

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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred clients over the years to Attorney Grabow for Social Security disability benefit appeals. He is diligent and thorough with these cases and client feedback has always been very positive. I wholeheartedly endorse Rich for these cases as well as personal injury cases."
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West Hartford Workers compensation Lawyer Richard B Grabow
Richard B Grabow
Workers compensation Attorney
West Hartford, CT
Licensed for 38 years