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Patrick James Best

also known as PJ Best, Patrick J. Best

About me


Patrick “PJ” Best has represented disabled individuals across Pennsylvania and surrounding states who were wrongfully denied Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Through his work with the University of Pittsburgh Civil Practice Clinic, Attorney Best began his career representing disabled individuals who could not afford to hire an attorney. His experience representing disabled individuals before Administrative Law Judges across the Commonwealth and several other states is an essential element in obtaining positive results for his clients. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR) and the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR).


In addition, Attorney Best is also an experienced bankruptcy attorney. His practice is based upon premier customer service which ultimately has resulted in being named as a “Top 10 Best Bankruptcy Lawyer in Pennsylvania for Customer Service” by the American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys. Attorney best handles primarily Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.




Attorney Best is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was born and raised in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from law school he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Carmen D. Minora of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.


At present, Attorney Best handles a wide variety of cases including, but not limited to, Social Security Disability, ERISA, Long Term Disability (LTD), and bankruptcy.


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Languages spoken: American Sign Language, English

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Social Security: 55%
  2. Chapter 7: 15%
  3. Chapter 13: 15%
  4. Bankruptcy: 15%

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (25%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Anders, Riegel & Masington

18 N. 8th St.
Stroudsburg, PA, 18360

Anders, Riegel & Masington, LLC

115 E. Broad St.
Bethlehem, PA, 18018

Anders, Riegel & Masington, LLC

55 Madison Avenue
Suite 400
Morristown, NJ, 07960

Anders, Riegel & Masington, LLC

2221 Maryland Ave.
Baltimore, MD, 21218

Anders, Riegel & Masington, LLC

300 Cadman Plaza West
One Pierrepont Plaza, 12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Anders, Riegel & Masington, LLC

224 E. Main St.
Elkton, MD, 21921

Anders, Riegel & Masington

226 Delaware Ave.
Palmerton, PA, 18071

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 201606/28/2016
NJActive201406/06/2014
MDActive201309/20/2015
PAActive201004/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Pennsylvania Attorneys for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys2014
Pennsylvania's Outstanding Young LawyersPhiladelphia Magazine2012
Superb RatingAvvo2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Semi-finalist, Regional Moot Court CompetitionAmerican Bar Association2010
Dean's ScholarshipUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law2007
Man of the Year AwardRochester Institute of Technology2005
First Year PrizeRochester Institute of Technology2004
President's ScholarshipRochester Institute of Technology2003
Rensselaer MedalRensselaer Polytechnic Institute2003
ValedictorianPittston Area High School2003
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAnders, Riegel & Masington2013 - Present
AttorneyMHK Attorneys2011 - 2013
OwnerLaw Office of Best & Associates, LLC2010 - 2011
Law ClerkLackawanna County Court of Common Pleas2010 - 2011
Certified Legal InternSouthwestern PA Legal Aid Society2009 - 2010
Certified Legal InternUniversity of Pittsburgh Health Law Clinic2009 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Monroe County Bar Association, Social Security Disability SectionChairman2015 - Present
Middle District Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Wilkes Barre Law and Library Association, Federal Practice CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - Present
Wilkes Barre Law and Library Association, Medical-Legal/Disabilities CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - Present
Monroe County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember2011 - Present
Wilkes-Barre Law and Library AssociationMember2010 - Present
Pennsylvania Association for JusticeMember2010 - 2011
Lackawanna Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2011
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2011
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hawk v. Colvin, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31642Remand
Awad v. Colvin, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52032Remand
Robaczewski v. Colvin, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108531Remand
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Financial Divorce Settlements From Start to FinishBankruptcy in Divorce2015
Avoiding the Offset: How Not to Harm Your Client’s Social Security Disability Benefits with a Workers’ Compensation SettlementAvoiding the Offset: How Not to Harm Your Client’s Social Security Disability Benefits with a Workers’ Compensation Settlement2014
Advanced Family LawDeath and Divorce2014
SSI vs. SSDI: Benefits and EligibilitySSI vs. SSDI: Benefits and Eligibility2014
Divorce Law Guide from A to ZMaking Mediation and Arbitration Work for You2013
Special ReportHow Social Media Can Destroy Your Family Law Case2012
Special ReportThe Truth About Social Security Taxes2012
Audio InterviewTips and Tricks for your Social Security Disability Hearing2012
National Business Institute SeminarMedicare and SSDI for Early Retirees2012
Special ReportThe New Custody Relocation Law in Pennsylvania2011
Book9 Deadly Sins That Destroy Social Security Disability Claims2011
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawCivil LitigationCertificate of Advanced PracticeN/A
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Rochester Institute of TechnologyPublic PolicyBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Pittston Area Senior High SchoolN/AHigh School DiplomaN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SSDI Benefits and Eligibility in a NutshellSSDI Benefits and Eligibility in a Nutshell2016
Social Security Disability BootcampCoordinating SSDI with Workers' Comp and Other Benefits and Income Sources2016
Social Security Disability BootcampStrategies for the Appeals Council and Federal District Court2016
Monroe County Bar Association Lunch and LearnPreserving Issues for Appeal: Cross Examining the VE in an SSD Hearing2016
Financial Divorce Settlements From Start to FinishMortgage and Credit Treatment in Divorce2015
Financial Divorce Settlements From Start to FinishBankruptcy in Divorce2015
SSI vs. SSDI: Benefits and EligibilitySSI vs. SSDI: Benefits and Eligibility2014
Monroe County Bar Association Lunch and LearnAvoiding the Offset: How Not to Harm Your Client’s Social Security Disability Benefits with a Workers’ Compensation Settlement2014
Advanced Family LawEthics2014
Advanced Family LawDeath and Divorce2014
Divorce Law Guide from A to ZTax Consequences of Divorce2013
Divorce Law Guide from A to ZMaking Mediation and Arbitration Work for You2013
Divorce Law Guide from A to ZValuation of Property in a Divorce2013
University of Southern California IFC President's RetreatOrganizational Leadership2012
Union SeminarSocial Security Disability2012
Second Saturday Divorce Seminar for WomenCustody Relocation in Pennsylvania2012
Practicalities and Challenges of Private PracticeSocial Security Disability Practice2012
National Business Institute SeminarMedicare and SSDI for Early Retirees2012
Health Education and Sexual Abuse ProgramThe Law of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment2012
17th Annual Attorney ExpoSocial Security Disability Practice2012
Second Saturday Divorce Seminar for WomenCustody, Support, and the New Custody Relocation Law2011
Risk Management Educational ProgramDrugs, Alcohol, and Sexual Assault: Criminal and Civil Liability2011
Monroe County Bar Association Lunch and LearnWinning a Disability Case for a Claimant Under 502011
Health Education and Sexual Abuse ProgramThe Law of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment2011
TRIO Pittsburgh Lecture SeriesPost-transplant Legal Concerns2010