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Brian J Gillette

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Williamsburg, VA

4.7   27 reviews

Licensed for 29 years

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    85%

    24 years

  2. Administrative law
    15%
    Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Disability Retirement Claims

    14 years

     I went to law school because I wanted the opportunity to both help people and to work for myself.  After graduating from the College of William and Mary School of Law in 1992, much of my practice was focused on personal injury litigation; however, I noticed I derived the greatest satisfaction from helping my Social Security disability clients through the frustrating and confusing Social Security disability application and appeals process.  At the conclusion of a case, my clients would come in person to hug me, to thank me, and to tell me about the difference I had made in their lives. 

     When I started my own firm, in 2007, I decided to focus my practice primarily on representing people in Social Security disability claims.  One of the great things about starting your own practice is that you have the ability to create a practice that serves your life, instead of your life serving your practice. I have created a practice in line with my values. Of course, I want to make a living.  I have four kids, one in college, but I also want to do some good in the world while making a living.  I know that I am helping people to make smart choices to improve their lives.  I love my work!

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Licensed for 29 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1993
Updated 10/01/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1993
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 07/12/2022

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

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Gillette Law Group, PLLC
Gillette Law Group, PLLC
13195 Warwick Blvd, Suite 2-B
Newport News, VA, 23602
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Posted by Jennifer | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney and staff
I could not have been more pleased with Mr. Gillette and his staff. Not only were they professional and timely in taking care of all the immense paperwork my case required, they were genuinely kind and thoughtful during the process. I appreciate their hard work and would highly recommend this firm to anyone needing legal representation.
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Response from Brian Gillette May 3, 2016
Thank you for the trust you placed in us and your kind words!
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VRS Disability Claim
Mr. Gillette and his staff were extremely helpful with my appeal for VRS Disability benefits. The appeal process is not very clear in anything I received from the VRS but it was laid out completely on Mr. Gillette's website. It was extremely helpful working with people that are very knowledgeable about these kinds of cases and for that reason alone I would highly recommend hiring him. Everything was handled in a courteous and professional manner and I will be referring anyone I know in a similar situation to him.
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Response from Brian Gillette May 3, 2016
Thank you for the trust you placed in us and your kind words!
Posted by Mary | March 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is the legal team to choose
From my first phone call to the last call Brian Gillette and his legal team couldn't have meet better expectations. From being kind compassionate and caring to being extremely knowledgeable about the ins and outs of my legal case this team was excellent from the start. They did not drop the ball a single time and out paced any lawyers I have dealt with previously. Mr. Gillette picked up my case in the middle after my original lawyers dropped me and he hit the ground running. I knew I had chosen the right legal team when in my hearing Mr Gillette argued hard to keep evidence in the case that the judge wanted to throw out and he won that first battle. I was beyond happy to hear that he not only won that battle but won the whole case for me especially after he had to play catch up from my previous lawyers dropping me. I can say with all honesty that from the first phone call I had more and better communication and information from this legal team than I had in more than a year of dealing with my previous legal team. I highly recommend Brian Gillette and Gillette Law Group for your legal needs. They have won me as a client for my legal needs for life, and I dont even live in the same city. Mr. Gillette was able to work with me, play catch up, get all of my information in a very short amount of time and win my case, all remotely. We accomplished everything over the telephone and I could not be more pleased at the outcome. Five stars isnt enough. And not just for Mr. Gillette, but for his legal team as well. Their communication and dedication to working with me was excellent and in my opinion exceptional as well. My case was a difficult disability case, dropped by my first lawyers and won by mr Gillette. I absolutely recommend this team.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional law group
Professional and reliable disability attorney. I would recommend to all my friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Disability Lawyer
Brian is very knowledgeable and fights for his clients. I do not practice disability law so I always refer people to his practice. He has a great team and will be honest and upfront about results. If your looking for a disability lawyer he is the best around.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knows the disability laws .
Mr. Gillette took some time out of his overloaded work plate to meet with me . He was very attentive to my questions and Concerns About disability claims and what was the proper protocol of things expected to file . By the time I had left his office I was very much more informed . He didn’t charge me for the advise . But I will surely seek out to retain him if it would be best to option legal representation RD
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Posted by Deborah | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disability Case, extremely happy with outcome.
Mr. Gillette and Lauren were extremely helpful in assisting me with my disability case. Although it took a couple years to accomplish this goal; they stood by me through each step of the journey. It demanded a lot of patience and trust on my part, however, his team was persistent in guiding me through each step of the process. Thank you for all of your support. I would highly recommend Gillette Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
very professional and courteous
I had some complicated questions regarding social security payments and taxes and Mr. Gillette took the time to answer my questions without charging me for his time. I was very grateful for his help and should I need a social security attorney in the future, he would be my first choice.
Posted by Celia | April 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
We could not have asked for a better attorney. Brian and his staff were always available and answered any questions we had. We felt very prepared at the hearing.
Posted by Laura | February 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent law group
My husband hired Brian Gillette to handle his social security disability claim. To anyone with a disability, I highly recommend him. During his first application process, he didn’t have a lawyer. The application process is very complicated and much better to be handled by those who are experienced with knowing how it all works, as the Gillette Law Group is. One of the first things that my husbands caseworker did was provide him with a detailed form for his psychiatrist to fill out - not something he had during his initial application, going it alone. Unlike most other law firms, Brian Gillette specializes in disability cases. When I was searching for a lawyer for my husband, I called NAMI, and they referred us to him, and we were in experienced hands. My husband’s caseworker was very dedicated and always responded to any questions and concerns we had. We highly recommend Gillette Law Group.
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Response from Brian Gillette March 26, 2018
Thank you so much for your feedback! We love making a positive difference in the lives of others! We are glad we could help your family and relieve some of your stress!
Posted by Ben | April 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Big Help
I called Brian to get help with my Disability application. After my intake, he got on the line himself and talked me through it. My case will likely get expedited approval, so he explained I probably didn't need to hire him. But he gave me excellent and practical advice anyway! Seems to be a good human being to me.
Response from Brian Gillette May 5, 2017
Thank you, I'm glad you found our conversation helpful!
Posted by CHristie | November 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer and Office Staff
I needed to file for disability, being 43 at the time I knew it would be difficult. I was denied twice and given a hearing date. The entire process took more than two years-through no fault of the attorney. The Social Security Office was overwhelmed with applications and understaffed. The office staff always answered my questions and assured me all would be fine. They handled the stress that I was unable to take on. When you are sick and struggling you don't want to take on a life changing experience and miss out because you didn't send in the correct form and sign in the proper place. I am truly amazed at all The Gillette Law Group had to do for me. Believe me there is a lot. I am grateful that I was awarded the benefits applied for and know that because of Mr. Gillette I received benefits that I did not know I was eligible to receive. I am so happy that I chose the best law group. My future was in their hands and they treated me respectfully from the very beginning. It was a very difficult battle and Mr. Gillette made me feel confident throughout the entire process. His office staff is exceptional and go above and beyond. They knew me every time I called and assured me I was no bother and that they were there for me. Top notch and incredible care and service from day one. I am sorry I needed his assistance but, am so happy I chose the Gillette Law Group.
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Response from Brian Gillette February 16, 2017
BAR MANDATED DISCLAIMER: CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE; AND CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY ME OR MY FIRM. Thank you for your feedback. We love helping people like you!
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very great job.
He is the best lawyer I have had. He did such a wonderful job on my case and i thank him very much. I would recommend him to anyone.
Response from Brian Gillette November 4, 2016
“BAR MANDATED DISCLAIMER: CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE; AND CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY ME OR MY FIRM.” Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm glad we were able to exceed your expectations!
Posted by Lorraine | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% would recommend!!
Attorney Gillette and his office were wonderful. I went to him after I had gotten sick and could no longer work in September and we filed my first claim for social security disability benefits. Everything was handled so smoothly on my initial visit and all the paper work was filled out and submitted. I got APPROVED in seven months on my first submission of my request with Attorney Gillette. I was so releaved and thankful that I had Attorney Gillette behind me in filing my claim.
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Response from Brian Gillette June 4, 2016
BAR MANDATED DISCLAIMER: CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE; AND CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY ME OR MY FIRM.
Posted by Mal Rogers | April 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy
The Gillette law group was there to help me get disibilty the first time around! No long drawn out process and no court. I would recommend Brian Gillette to anyone, not to forget his staff mostly (Brandy was extremely helpful and responded to me any time I had a question.) Carol
Response from Brian Gillette April 20, 2016
“BAR MANDATED DISCLAIMERS: CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE; AND CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY ME OR MY FIRM. WHILE MY FIRM FOCUSES ON ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS WITH SOCIAL SECURITY AND VIRGINIA RETIREMENT SYSTEM DISABILITY CLAIMS, AND I AM THE CHAIR OF THE VIRGINIA TRIAL LAWYERS SOCIAL SECURITY LAW SECTION, I HAVE NOT BEEN RECOGNIZED OR CERTIFIED AS A SPECIALIST IN A PARTICULAR FIELD OF LAW. THERE IS NO PROCEDURE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA FOR APPROVING CERTIFYING ORGANIZATIONS.”
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Posted by Thomas | February 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer with a heart
I hired Mr. Gillette in 2014, and due to whom we were dealing with it took 2 year to get an answer to my claim. In that two years things got pretty hard for my wife and I. Mr. Gillette and his staff were wonderful, they checked on us many times during the process and gave advice as to where we could get other services, (Churches, food banks, and other places we could get help). I feel I must also say, I'm a Veteran with PTSD. Mr. Gellette, and his staff for 2 years helped keep me stable, by talking with my if needed on a daily basis. I feel, Mr. Gillette went above the call of duty dealing with me, and fit so very well. Mr. Gillette is not only a Lawyer, he's a human being, and treats his clients as human beings too.
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Response from Brian Gillette May 3, 2016
Thank you so much! We love helping those who have served!
Posted by Greg | January 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right team for the job
Social security is an issue that requires a personal touch. We all deserve a team that cares about the people it represents. For my wife and mother of three we found that with the Gillette group. It can be a long fight to earn the social security disabilty your family may be entitled to and for the that you need the home team. If you want it done right and you want to feel like a person and not just a social security number then I strongly suggest you put yourself in the right hands. Thanks to Brain J Gillette and his caring team my family can now start to move forward and rebuild our lives, you can't put into the words the value of something like that. Pick Gillette because you deserve the best when dealing with a very real life issue such as social sercurity benefits and the social sercurity administration.
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helping Hands for struggling Veterans, This one.
Ten or more years ago, I attempted, a few times, to work with Social Security. As many of you may know, the experience can be less than enjoyable. Through the course of my travels I was introduced to Mr. Brian Gillette who specializes in these matters... Well, just as you get specialized doctors for surgery I got Brian Gillette and his able Intake Specialist. I figured I might be gone from the planet before getting results but, what I failed at in some ten plus years, This Specialist completed within months. I may or may not be typical, but I have a feeling that I am when it comes to this man and these matters. I cannot thank him enough and I recommend, if you are pursuing this course, that you speak with him to see if he can help you. From my experience, if it's warranted he can!
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Response from Brian Gillette September 21, 2015
BAR MANDATED DISCLAIMERS: CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE; AND CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY ME OR MY FIRM. WHILE MY FIRM FOCUSES ON ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS WITH SOCIAL SECURITY AND VIRGINIA RETIREMENT SYSTEM DISABILITY CLAIMS, AND I AM THE CHAIR OF THE VIRGINIA TRIAL LAWYERS SOCIAL SECURITY LAW SECTION, I HAVE NOT BEEN RECOGNIZED OR CERTIFIED AS A SPECIALIST IN A PARTICULAR FIELD OF LAW. THERE IS NO PROCEDURE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA FOR APPROVING CERTIFYING ORGANIZATIONS.
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Posted by Gail | August 6, 2015
VRS Disability Claim
After filing a VRS disability claim on my own and being denied twice I contacted Mr. Brian Gillette of the Gillette Law Group for his assistance. Mr. Gillette and his staff worked with me through the entire process always keeping me informed. They handled all the paper work and details that relieved me from so much stress. I highly recommend the Gillette Law Group for your Social Security, VRS disability claims and any other legal matters that his firm provides.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Pleased
In just beginning speaking with this man on my case, he taught me more about the laws and things involved and I learned more from him in 30 minutes than others that have given me in these past 3 years on obtaining my much needed disability case. I am looking so forward to conversing more with him and his, on my case in the very near future with great feelings of more ease than I've ever had.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Gillette Law Group, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • William & Mary School Of Law
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Attorney
  • Huffman & Huffman
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Greenberg & Bederman, LLP
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates
  • 1993 - 1995
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Education

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1992
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Disability Retirement Benefits Claim 15-00287
  • Initial Application for Virginia Retirment System (VRS) Disability Retirement Benefits Approved
  • Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Disability Retirement Benefits Claim 15-00016
  • Disability Retirement Benefits Awarded
  • Disability Insurance Benefits and SSI Claim 13-00084
  • Fully Favorable
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Associations

  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Membership Coordinator
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Disability Representatives
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Membership Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Social Security Section
  • Chair
  • 2012 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Center for Child and Family Services, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus, St. Bede Council 6828
  • Lecturer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Center for Child and Family Services, Inc.
  • Chairman, Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Knights of Columbus, St. Bede Council 6828
  • Advocate
  • 2008 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Best of Coastal Virginia Award Winner
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Best of Coastal Virginia Award Winner
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Scholastic Achievement and Excellence
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia Peninsula Paralegal Association January 12, 2016 Membership Meeting
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • 2016
  • Virginia Peninsula Paralegal Association February 8, 2011 Membership Meeting
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (31)
Given (24)
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a great attorney. Whenever someone needs assistance in his areas of practice, he is the only lawyer I refer clients to. He's patient and easy to work with, and most importantly he gets the results clients desire. I fully endorse Brian Gillette!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is professional, but also approachable, a rare combination. Brian is the type of lawyer that you would send your family to and never have a second thought."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brian since 1998. I know him to be a very knowledgeable, able and personable lawyer who is dedicated to his clients. I endorse his services."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. You cannot find a harder working lawyer than Brian. He is incredibly resourceful when it comes to resolving these cases and pretty much anything else you need to know. If you have an SSDI case on the Peninsula, or a Military Disability case, Brian Gillette is your man."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a very sharp attorney. He does good work."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Brian for about 3 years. He is a very knowledgeable attorney with a deep concern for his clients. I regularly refer individuals to him for assistance with Social Security Disability."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Brian Gillette. He and I often have clients who could benefit from each other's services, and I never hesitate to recommend Brian to clients seeking Social Security help. Brian is also a stand-up guy in the community and a great mentor to other lawyers and business owners."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an excellent attorney practicing in social security disability. If you're looking for someone to represent you, whether before or after your case has been denied, talk to Brian."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on his outstanding resume and consistently thoughtful responses to questions on the Avvo forum, I believe Mr. Gillette is an excellent choice for any claimant looking for a Social Security attorney in Virginia or North Carolina. Anyone fortunate enough to retain him is in good hands."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gillette is an outstanding attorney whom I highly recommend."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gillette is a highly experienced lawyer as is demonstrated by his Avvo rating and his many fine contributions to the Avvo Q&A forum. Any client lucky enough to have Mr. Gillette on the case is in very good hands."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Attorney Gillette offers great advice regarding Social Security Disability claims. He is clearly a great asset to anyone in need of an attorney to help with such a claim. I endorse him 100%."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As his other endorsements indicate clearly, Mr. Gilette is well-respected by his peers, inclusing adversary attorneys."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a brilliant lawyer and a very approachable, personable individual. He is very intuitive and knows how to illicit the information he can use to help his disabled clients gain their disability benefits. I can not recommend him more highly."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian is passionate about helping his clients. He is dedicated to getting evidence and doing whatever is necessary to prove that his clients are entitled to the benefits they deserve Any client that retains Brian Gillette will be well represented.."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian Gillette is smart, aggressive, and tough. He fights insurance company abuse of folks who are injured and at their most vulnerable. He is a terrific lawyer and a great person. I heartily endorse him."
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