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Donald L. Pilzer

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Greenville, SC

5.0   50 reviews

also known as Don Pilzer

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  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 43 years
    Georgia - GA 41 years
    Illinois - IL 43 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Terminated - Nonpayment of Dues No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Social Security & Disability
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    I help people apply for Social Security disability, appeal denials at all levels of review. My firm devotes itself to this field.

    42 years, 1,000 cases

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY IS ALL WE DO.

I started my practice in 1982.  The National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified my qualifications in Social Security disability advocacy.  Since about 2002, I have not practiced in any field other than Social Security and SSI disability appeals.  My firm continues to innovate to find ways to help the disabled population of upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina.

Location

Pilzer Klein, PC
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Posted by Melissa | August 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very Easy Process
Was a very easy process. We communicated by phone, mail and email. I know I couldn’t have won my appeal reconsideration without Don Pilzer’s experience.
Posted by Brenda Handford | March 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Call and Hire The Pilzer/Klein Law Firm from Start to Finish? Do not wait until you get Denied.
I hired Don Pilzer Law Firm to represent me when I filed for Social Security Disability Benefits. I am forever grateful for my decision. I was informed in my first conversation with Attorney Pilzer that this journey could take a long time. Then due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, my SSD case was placed on hold indefinitely. However, the Pilzer Law Team never stopped working. When I needed to call their office to ask questions, I felt like I was the purpose for their job; not an interruption from it. They carefully took time to listen and explain every aspect of my case. They plowed through mountains of paperwork, correspondence, time consuming rules and regulations with integrity, patience, perseverance and over the top communication. I could not have walked in my Attorney’s shoes, it is unimaginable how much work and time is involved in each case. The Don Pilzer Law Firm is my first and only recommendation for Legal Representation when filing for Social Security Disability. Start your claim with them and they will walk with you to the Finish Line.
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Posted by Richard | February 26, 2022
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Godsend
After seeing commercials for the Don Pilzer law firm, I called, I had been in the hospital for renal failure and needed representation in applying for social security benefits. Don Pilzer called me back personally and assured me of his ability to help. I was assigned Laura Brinson; she was my case manager and kept me informed of the progress of my claim. The whole experience was very positive and I would highly recommend Don and his team of professionals for help with any disability claims. Thank you, Don.
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Posted by Wendy-Ann | April 5, 2023
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Great advice
Mr. Pilzer and his associates were extremely helpful with my case. They informed me of any developments and answered any of the questions I had.
Posted by John | October 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Thank you for helping me get accepted for disability. Could not have done it without your expertise.
Posted by Judy | August 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Social Security Disability Lawyer
I would highly recommend The Plizer/Kline Law Firm. Mr. Don Pilzer and Andrew Clayton were always available for any questions or concerns. When I had doctor appointments I always let Andrew know and he was getting information on my visit with the doctor. Andrew always would listen to me when I needed to tell him what was going on with me. After Mr. Pilzer agreed to take my case he started filling out all the paperwork that the SS office would send. He always sent me a copy of what he filled out the SS Office. He would always inform me of what was going on and what paperwork to expect in the mail from the SS office. Once we got a date for the hearing I went in and met with Mr. Pilzer for him to prepare me for my hearing. On the day of my hearing I was not nerveous. He had talked to me that this was my day and I did not need to hold any of my problems back. After the hearing I felt good about it Mr. Pilzer supported me with what I had to say. Mr. Pilzer treats you like a human and not a number. I had an answer from the SS Disability Office from Mr. Pilzer the same week I had my hearing.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2021
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Don Pilzer
I spoke with Mr. Pilzer one year before filing. I was still working at the time but was having much difficulty doing so. Mr. Pilzer listened to me and told me that as soon as I could no longer work to call back and for a year he kept my file ready to go. After leaving my job I called him back and he was ready. They did most of the work, I had little to do. I was accepted for disability within six months of filing. I would recommend Pilzer Klein PC to ANYONE!
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Posted by Ellen | April 4, 2021
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The Best Around
I have several health problems, and I filed for disabilty on my own. I was denied and wondered what to do, and then I called Pilzer Klein law firm. They were professional, courtious, and helpful. They took my case over the phone, and we stayed in touch with each other. They focused on my disability case, and I focused on my health and doctor visits. They were wonderful.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2021
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Excellent Attorney
I contacted Don Pilzer after I had applied for disability on my own and got denied. I am glad I did because his office worked to get an approval for me. They were very helpful and professional.
Posted by Grover | March 2, 2021
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Thank you!
I would recommend this law firm to anyone needing their disability! They are very professional and keep in touch to let you know what is going on. I was awarded disability very fast! Awesome law firm!!
Posted by Ilse | February 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kevin Klein
I hired Kevin klein as a attorney he was to the point and correct about everything. And as he said we finally won our case. Would recommend him to anyone whom needs a disability attorney
Posted by Todd and Katherine | October 13, 2020
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Wonderful Experience
Don's office Worked with my wife on her case. The were very responsive to everything, went into great detail about the process, and put her at ease. They kept in constant contact throughout the entire ordeal, met with us often, and helped prep us for her meeting. She was approved on her first time. I can't say enough good things about this Law Office and how they handled everything.
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Posted by Rhonda | October 10, 2020
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So pleased...
My deepest gratitude to Don Pilzer and supporting staff. I had been denied disability, trying on my own, but Don Pilzer took on my case and things turned around. My thanks and gratitude expressed, Rhonda F.
Posted by Janet | December 12, 2019
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My lawyer Don Pilzer
I am thankful to have Don pilzer as my lawyer to help me carry this go through this difficult situation he made it much smoother for me I'm thankful to him
Posted by Sharika | November 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Do go at it alone! Hire the best!
I had a wonderful experience with Lawyer Don Pilzer. I was going through this process for almost 2.5 years before hiring him. During that time 2.5 years, I recieved denial after denial. I was referred to Mr. Pilzer by an associate that used him as well. My associate spoke highly of him, his services, and his staff. I took a chance and hired Mr. Don Pilzer too. It was the best decision I ever made. He is very knowledgeable and transparent. He walked me through what to expect. His staff is amazing as well. All my calls and emails were returned in a timely manner(normally same day). If I had to do it all over again, I would have hired Mr. Pilzer in the beginning of the process.
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Posted by Don | September 3, 2019
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Don Pilzer is Great!
Don was great and worked hard to gather the medical evidence need to win my case! Don also made going to trial very comfortable, and made good points that the disability service doctors were not on the same page as my doctors and the judge was able to see this from my medical files. I would highly recommend Don to anyone that is filling for social security!
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Posted by Elizabeth (Darlene) | September 3, 2019
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Thank you!
Don Pilzer and his staff were very helpful and kept me informed of every step of the process. He was very easy to talk to and very understanding. He and Andrew were available any time that I had a question. My disability case went through the first time.
Posted by Christina | July 19, 2019
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Great Lawyer!!
Great to work with. Always had prompt return calls. Don Pilzer and his staff are very knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable with the disability process after talking to him. From start to finish they were wonderful.
Posted by Lisa | June 18, 2019
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Review for Don Pilzer
Mr. Pilzer was extremely helpful. He knows what he is doing. That is for sure. I was out of work 2 years. Social Security denied me first and then I called Don. He got the job done!
Posted by Tina K | May 10, 2019
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Thank You
I want to thank Kevin Klein for helping me win a closed case. In the beginning he felt it wasn't very promising. Carole assisted in keeping me up to date and aware of everything coming up. These guys really care about their clients, I will recommend this firm for sure. Thank you again
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-25%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Don Pilzer, PC
  • 1982 - Present

Education

  • Duke University School of Law
  • juris
  • 1980
  • Northwestern University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Emming v. Astrue
  • remand for new hearing
  • Cureton v. Astrue
  • remanded for new hearing and awarded
  • Vernon v. Astrue
  • Reversed and remanded, awarded on remand
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Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 1987 - Present
  • Gateway House
  • former President
  • N/A
  • United Ministries
  • former President
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • certified expert Social Security disability law
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Chairman's Award
  • Better Business Bureau of the Foothills
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Social Security Disability Bootcamp
  • Mental Impairment Claims
  • 2014
  • Fibromyalgia support group
  • fibromyalgia
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (44)
Endorse Donald
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I could not sing higher praises of any Social Security lawyer out there. Don is beyond an expert in this field and I very often refer clients to him, and those clients are very satisfied."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very competent as an attorney in the Social Security area and is a great lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is very knowledgeable regarding social security matters and very professional."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is a member of the very top tier of Social Security disability lawyers in the upstate."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Don is compassionate, a board certified Social Security Disability specialist, and a highly respected attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Don is one of the preeminent Social Security disability lawyers in the Upstate of SC. His office sets the benchmark for the representation of people who have disabilities."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Don Pilzer for Social Security law representation. I have known Don for about 2 decades and I know that he is smart, civil, competent, calm, professional, and always prepared for his court appearances. Her has also put together a great team at his law office and you will get First Class service if you become his client!"
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