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The Disability Benefits Law Center represents disabled individuals throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs, the Lehigh Valley and nearby New Jersey and Delaware communities in Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI disability claims.  We provide committed, effective and personal legal help to individuals who are considering applying for SSD and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, those who have applied, as well as those who have had applications denied and want to appeal that decision. Our lawyers have helped thousands of individuals obtain disability benefits, and we are here to help you.  Attorney Ted Walkenhorst and attorney David Machek are highly experienced in disability law. Our attorneys are members of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives) and the Social Security Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. We remain current on Social Security disability law and teach disability law to other attorneys. Our professional staff is equally committed to our clients and to a successful outcome in every case.  Our clients receive personal attention and devoted representation at all stages of the process—from the initial application through federal court appeals (if needed). We are here to answer your questions, be your advocates and make sure you get the SSD and SSI disability benefits you need and deserve.  We help clients in Pennsylvania cities that include:  Philadelphia, Abington, Allentown, Bensalem, Bristol, Bethlehem, Coatesville, Media, West Chester, Cheltenham, Doylestown, Elkins Park, Glenside, Hatboro, Horsham, Huntingdon Valley, Lansdale, Levittown, Norristown, Upper Darby, Chester, Warminster, Willow Grove, Norristown, Reading, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Harrisburg.  We help clients in New Jersey cities that include:  Camden, Newark, Willingboro, Trenton and Cherry Hill. We help clients from Delaware cities that include:  Dover and Wilmington.


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  1. Social Security: 100%
    20 years



Contingent (25%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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  • David Wesley Cornish

    David is a very personable, intelligent, and easy to talk to attorney. He has a very good ability to take difficult concepts and make them easy and very straight forward to understand for those unfamiliar with Social Security law. I would highly endorse him for anyone with a social security concern.


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Contact info

A Center For Disability Benefits Law

1617 JFK Boulevard
Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA, 19103-1815

A Center For Disability Benefits Law

610 Old York Road
Suite 210
Jenkintown, PA, 19046-2867



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished performance Camden County Office of the ProsecutorCamden County Office of the Prosecutor1995
Distinguished performance Office of the Public DefenderCamden County Office of the Public Defender1995
William R. Spofford Scholarship recipientTemple University School of Law1992
Dean's ListUniversity of Pittsburgh1991
Golden Key National Honor SocietyUniversity of Pittsburgh1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDisability Benefits Law Center2000 - Present
Supervising AttorneyBinder & Binder1999 - 2000
AttorneyGenex Services, Inc., Social Security Disability Program1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals for Veterans ClaimsBar Member2007 - Present
United States District Court, Eastern District of PennsylvaniaBar Member2003 - Present
Supreme Court of the United States of AmericaBar Member2002 - Present
Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaBar Member1995 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Falls Township Disabled Persons Advisory BoardBoard Member2002 - 2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Pittsburgh, PittsburghEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Security Disability Basics CLEDisability Law2013
Progressive Multiple SclerosisDisability Law2013
Living Well With LupusDisability Law2013
Scleroderma Foundation, Southern California ChapterDisability Law2007
Mental Health Awareness DayDisability Law2007