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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2004||08/05/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|2014 Rising Star||SuperLawyers||2014|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Inductee, International Honor Society in Economics||Omicron Delta Epsilon||1999|
|Inductee, FMAI National Honor Society||Financial Management Association International||1999|
|Finance / Network Management||Aetna||1997 - 2005|
|Associate Financial Analyst||Prudential Healthcare||1996 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims||Admitted||2011 - Present|
|Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)||Accredited Attorney||2010 - Present|
|Georgia Healthcare Financial Management Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Georgia Medical Group Management Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives||Supporting Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||N/A||2004 - Present|
|T.M. vs U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs||Fully Approved for TDIU Benefits (Full disability compensation)|
|D.M. vs U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs||Fully Approved for TDIU Benefits (Full disability compensation)|
|Social Security Disability Case||Fully Favorable|
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|Fox 5 I-team Investigation||Georgia one of the worst states for disability delays||2015|
|Fox 5 I-Team Investigation||Social Security disability: Stay in line or start all over?||2015|
|Stars & Stripes||After 40 year-fight with VA, Ga. veteran finally got disability||2014|
|Augusta Chronicle||After 40 years, Aiken veteran gets VA disability||2014|
|ssilaw.blogspot.com||The Importance of Cross-Examining the Vocational Expert about DOT Job Descriptions in a Social Security Hearing||2012|
|Quarterly Georgia HFMA Scroll||Insuring Georgia’s Uninsured Population with the Tools Available Today||2010|
|Musings on Social Security||Compassionate Allowances - More to come?||2010|
|Georgia MGMA Online Information||Georgia Medicaid Fiscal Agent Conversion Information||2010|
|News from MAG (Medical Association of Georgia)||Georgia Preparing for EDS/HP Medicaid System Conversion||2010|
|GSASC Gazette||An Introduction to the Georgia Provider Lien Law||2008|
|Georgia Scroll - HFMA||Negotiating Charge Master Protective Language with Managed Care Companies||2007|
|GSASC Gazette||Institutional Sources of Payment for Out-of-Network and Self-Pay Patients||2007|
|Georgia MGMA Progress Notes||Managed Care Contracting and the Physician Practice||2006|
|Georgia State University||N/A||Doctorate of Jurisprudence||2004|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||Finance||MBA||1999|
|University of Notre Dame||Finance and Business Economics||BBA||1996|
|Fox 5 I-team Investigation||Delays in Disability||2015|
|Patient Financial Services Training||Basics of SSI and Disability Eligibility||2013|
|Costello, CFC, and Noonan Family Conference||Fundamentals of Social Security Disability and SSI – Adult and Pediatric Perspectives||2013|
|MA Regional Leadership||Integrating Disability Services with Hospital Medicaid Eligibility||2012|
|Rockdale Physician Office Association||Introduction to Georgia Medical Reimbursement Law||2011|
|Georgia HFMA Spring Institute||Legal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement||2009|
|Georgia HFMA Fall Institute||Legal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement||2009|
|North Fulton MGMA Quarterly Meeting||Legal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement||2008|
|Georgia MGMA - Third Party Payor Forum||Out of Network Billing:Legal & Financial Challenges, Perspectives, Strategies||2008|
|Georgia HFMA Summer Symposium||Legal Tools and Techniques for Securing Proper Medical Reimbursement||2008|
Posted by Danny
Excellent! I was in a very bad situation, I filed the case myself and was rejected, then hired an attorney specialized in SSDI. I thought he and his team were take care of it for me. Only, I was surprised by the 1st attorney’s paralegal just 2-3 days before the hearing, he fired me and told me that he can not represent me in the hearing. Was not able to speak with the attorney, nor was provided any specific reasons.
I called the court and explained my situation, and was granted continuance, in the mean time was told this is only continuance I was going to get and the judge was not very happy.
Call my families and friends for suggestion, and finally found Mr. O’Brien’s information and wonderful reviews. Called the number, spoke with Ms. Tracy Suggs right away, after explained my situation and my conditions. By the way, Ms. Suggs was beyond wonderful, what a sweet heart with lots of love and patience. The case was moved forward, Mr. O’Brien and Ms. Suggs was on top of it, kept me informed, and obtained all necessary documents themselves. I practically did nothing but kept up the doctor’s visits, medicines, rests, and sleeps.
Went to hearing few months later and was granted FULLY FAVORABLE decision. Can not ask for better team than Mr. O’Brien and Ms. Suggs, they are prompt, professional, courteous, knowledge, and honest.
From initial and repeated denials and fired by my previous attorney, I was fortunate to have a wonderful and excellent team of Mr. O’Brien and Ms. Suggs. They walked me through the process and explained what to expect.
I know I owe you more than just say THANK YOU, but from bottom of my heart THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I am forever grateful.
Posted by anonymous
I have been fighting my disability claim since 2010. I needed a representative to help and guide me throughout the later stages. Before I went to Mr. O'Brien I asked 2 other lawyers if they could take my case. They replied and denied accepting me because my case was too far-fetched and I had a very slim chance of winning my disability claim. Thomas O'Brien was the last lawyer I asked and he willingly and confidently took my case. This was the best decision I could make and throughout the process even though my case still had a slim chance of winning. Thomas ensured me that he would guide me and do the best he can throughout the entire process. With his knowledge and skills on the case he was able to take my slim chance turn it around to the point where I ended up winning my case. I am proud and fortunate to have my case handled by Mr.O'Brien. I highly recommend Mr.O'Brien because he will fight to ensure that your claim is heard and understood. He is a passionate lawyer with the skills and mindset to ensure his clients are receiving the best representation they can get.
Posted by David
When I first decided to file for SSDI, everyone told me I needed a lawyer. I had never hired a lawyer before so I asked my parents for advice. They set me up with a disability attorney who was a friend of a family friend. I thought I’d be fine. Unfortunately, a few weeks before my scheduled hearing, this lawyer dropped my case.
I panicked. I was abandoned at a critical time. Luckily I came across Thomas O’Brien’s profile on AVVO.com. He had a lot of client reviews and they were all excellent. Most importantly, one of the first reviews I read was from a client who had been in my situation and had a favorable outcome (first lawyer dropped the case shortly before the hearing and Thomas O’Brien saved the day).
So I called Mr. O’Brien’s office. I spoke with Tracy Sugg, his paralegal. I told her my story. She’s the best. Tracy immediately put me at ease with her compassion, knowledge, thoroughness, and clarity. Most importantly, she expressed confidence in my case, which renewed my confidence that I had lost after my previous attorney had dumped me.
So we got to work. First Tracy helped me get a continuance for my hearing. Then Tracy and her coworker, Siana, worked with me to gather all of my medical records from my various doctors (no small task!). The medical records form the bulk of any case, so this evidence gathering is extremely important. I am very grateful for the hard work Tracy and Siana did on my behalf.
I felt well taken care of every step of the way. Whenever I called Mr. O’Brien, Tracy, or Siana, they would either pick up or return my call promptly (which is something that didn’t always happen with my first attorney’s office). A few weeks before my new hearing date, Mr. O’Brien prepared me for what kinds of questions the judge would ask. Based on the evidence Tracy and Siana had gathered, Mr. O’Brien reiterated that I had a very strong case. He used this evidence to file a brief with the judge.
All of the prep paid off. On the day of the hearing, Mr. O’Brien and I walked into that courtroom 100% ready. Mr. O’Brien couldn’t have presented my case to the judge any better. He is very talented. And I couldn’t have received a better outcome: The judge issued a bench decision in my favor.
Bottom line: Thomas O’Brien and his support team (Tracy and Siana) are effective, efficient, professional, thorough, knowledgeable, polite, and compassionate. They're everything you want. If you need a disability attorney, I recommend you give their office a call today.
Christopher Conway, Car accident Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I have had the pleasure of working with Thomas on several matters. He is an excellent lawyer who treats each client with respect and obtains great results for them. Thomas goes above and beyond for his clients. He is an excellent attorney.
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I endorse Thomas O'Brien. I had a medical billing insurance question and I couldn’t find an answer for my client after having spent hours reading through case law to find the answer. Through a google search, I found that Thomas had taught a seminar on the very same topic and I reached out to him and called. Not only did he return my call, but he spent 35 minutes on the phone explaining the law to me and helping me get past the place where I had been previously stuck. I am most appreciative and would feel confident referring clients to Thomas, as he is very knowledgeable and most helpful.