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D. Kevin Dugan

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Plantation, FL

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About D. Kevin

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    As the former Chief Judge for Social Security Disability hearings, I have seen it all. As a result of my experience, I want to help deserving people get benefits. DDL (Dugan Disability Law) is and will remain a social security disability law firm providing you the personal service you deserve to get the benefits you need.

    12 years

After 20+ years of service as a social security disability Judge, I have now decided to represent clients who will appeal a denial of their social security claim. Having decided near 10,000 cases, I know what a good case requires. 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) thus far does not have the necessary resources to do the job and they are constantly questioned by Congress about their large backlogs. Owing in part to the increase in aging population, more and more social security disability claims are being filed every year. In the year 2000 alone one million disability claims were filed. Today the number of claims filed is over three million. People often wait years to get to see a Judge.

Employees of the SSA have been complaining that the agency expected them to move cases without having given them adequate time needed to prepare for each case. The National Judges Association filed a lawsuit against the agency because they believe that the push to move cases has harmed their ability to decide cases in a fair manner. Under such circumstances, the claim may be handled by a lot of people who have never seen the claimant, pushing the claim forward and out the door without any appreciation of what a particular claimant is facing.

Many individuals who deserve social security disability benefits are denied when they first apply. But individuals who appeal with an accomplished and experienced disability lawyer are more likely to succeed at the hearing level. As case loads are heavy, disability judges find it critical for cases to be presented in a coherent and persuasive manner.

Dugan Disability Law is a law firm based in Plantation, Florida. A graduate of Georgetown Law School, I am a member of the D.C.  Bar. As a Former Judge, I worked to reform the Disability System with the Commissioner of Social Security, the Social Security Advisory Board and Congress. I have been a speaker for various claimant organizations like the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives.

DDL (Dugan Disability Law) is and will remain a social security disability law firm providing you the personal service you deserve.  Rather than hand you off to someone who does not know you or your case, I will be personally involved in your case from consultation to final decision.

 

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Dugan Disability Law
8201 Peters Road
Suite 1000
Plantation, FL, 33324

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Posted by SJM | September 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive outcome
Fmr. Judge Dugan knows Social Security Disability law… PERIOD. I was fortunate enough that he accepted my case. His efficient processes and case preparation minimized the level of effort on my part, which was especially important to me due to my limited abilities.
Posted by Jessica R. | July 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in the WORLD.
Mr. Kevin helped me win my difficult SSI case, and on top of that, he supported and encouraged me throughout the process. I could not have had a better lawyer or better human work on my behalf. My psychiatric disability continuation of benefits case was especially challenging because, from the outside, I often come across as "normal" or at least capable enough to hold a job. But, Mr. Kevin understood me and the fact that I have a disability. Dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) staff at the lower levels was causing me additional distress and trauma. Mr. Kevin went above and beyond by coming with me to many of my SSA appointments and advocating for me. I would not be here without him. Last year, when I thought that I could not continue any longer, Mr. Kevin told me to shed all of my stress and fears onto him. It's interesting, because as I started to let Mr. Kevin handle the tough stuff, I eventually learned to trust Mr. Kevin, which wasn't easy for me. Anyway, I'm really really lucky and blessed that Mr. Kevin chose to work with me on my overpayment and medical review cases. In summary, Mr. Kevin Dugan is really the BEST lawyer. I highly recommend reaching out to Mr. Kevin for assistance with your disability case or claim, or related needs, because this man will change your life (AND BE THE BEST PERSON IN CHARGE OF WINNING YOUR CASE) for the better!!!
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Posted by M.H. | March 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Satisfied
After almost 3 years, 2 denials, financial hardship and an Attorney who was extremely slow to respond if at all I decided to find a new attorney. After my initial consultation with Mr. Dugan and a review of my SS Disability claim along with my dissatisfaction with my then attorney I decided to hire Mr. Dugan. My only regret is that I didn't have his representation from the beginning. Mr. Dugan told me to forget about the previous denials and proceeded to gather any needed documents and filed for a ALJ hearing. Mr. Dugan was very responsive when I needed to reach out to him with any questions. Mr. Dugan reached out to ensure I was being consistent with any scheduled Dr's visit that would be helpful to my claim prior to the hearing. Mr. Dugan set the expectations of what to expect during the hearing. Adding to my personal anxiety and wait time the initial hearing was rescheduled on the day of the hearing because the assigned Judge was unable to attend that day. The hearing was rescheduled months later. The rescheduled hearing occurred and received a notice of Fully Favorable. Based on my personal experience I would highly recommend Mr. Dugan.
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Posted by Cheryl | July 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
I have had the privilege of having Mr Kevin Dugan as my Attorney in my Disability Case. Mr. Dugan’s friendship, courtesy, knowledge and honesty have been very important to me during the last year as he has represented me. Mr. Dugan provided me with excellent legal advice and services. Far from ordinary and very conscientious, he performs his job with diligence and respect. I cannot say enough. Mr. Dugan is a high performance lawyer. Without his advice, I am certain I would have been overwhelmed with the confusion of detail only lawyers can understand. When asked, Mr. Dugan thoroughly described every minute detail with patience. His knowledge and command of the material were impeccable. No-nonsense, straight to the point and very professional. I highly recommend Kevin Dugan without any reservations. Cheryl Ward
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Posted by Nadine | November 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Disability
I found Dugan Disability Law Firm through a web search about two years ago and was very impressed that he was an ex-disability judge. He succeeded in getting my claim for disability approved. Mr. Dugan was extremely patient with me, professional and promptly answered all my questions and concerns during the long wait for a hearing. He was very thorough and knew how to present a claim. He made sure I knew what to expect at the hearing and prepared me 110%. I would highly recommend Mr. Dugan to anyone I know that is going to need excellent representation. With much gratitude.
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Posted by Marc | November 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I tried the rest until I found the Best. Kevin did in 5 months what 3 others couldn't do in 5 years.He even won all my 5 years
Kevin did in 5 months what 3 others couldn't do in 5 years.He even won all my 5 years of my backpay. Do not waste your time going to people who do not care or are not even lawyers but "advocates". Mr Dugan met me in March 2017 and in Aug I was approved. By October over $120K was sent to me and over $50K to my children. The other 3 lawyers told me I was not even eligible? PLEASE see Kevin if you want justice, caring and someone who cares.
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Posted by Gloria | November 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
When I met Kevin over three years ago, I'm sure he had no idea of the nightmare I brought with me. We have been through a painful process together and just got sentenced to another couple of years together, as we head for an appeal. The last time I asked him, he said I was his eldest case. My judge has had problems making decisions on my behalf. At my initial hearing she took six months to deny me but she made mistakes. This led to a remand and another hearing with this same judge 2 years later. The second decision took her 14 months and then was only partially favorable. She decided I was disabled for 2 years, which is the period of time she initially, mistakenly denied me for. She then decided that I made a miraculous recovery and all my mental and physical impairments were cured. The decision itself was a 15 page rant about my personal credibility in which the judge lied about my personal testimony. She submitted medical records that did not belong to me, and then claimed I was non-compliant because I did not follow-up. She also accused me of being untruthful about my drug and alcohol abuse, but she had no proof. Absurd! I was never asked and never had the chance to voice the truth of my innocence. Throughout this whole process, Kevin has been kind, patient and tried to help me understand the constant delaying actions. His support throughout this horrible ordeal is even more amazing, because he hasn't gotten paid yet! I bless the day I met Kevin. Unlike many in this brutal business, he genuinely cares about the welfare of his clients and he never loses his professionalism.
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Posted by Jeff | November 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
simply the best
If I could I'd give Mr. Dugan 1000000 stars. Before ever speaking with him I was immediately struck knowing that he was a SS Judge in the past. When we spoke he explained to me how the process would go in terms anyone would understand. He is a kind man that clearly has compassion for people that have become disabled. He was always available for questions and responds very quickly to emails and calls. I highly recommend Mr. Dugan. His expertise coupled with his work ethic will not be topped.......HE WON MY CASE!!...thank you Mr. Dugan.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Dugan Disability Law has helped me greatly with my claim. Great service and communication with Attorney Dugan. He always returned my calls immediately. Mr. Dugan is a very kind man who was always willing to help in my case with compassion and professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social Security Disability
Mr. Dugan obtained my disability within five months of sending him my denial. He immediately filed the appeal. What impressed me the most of Mr. Dugan is he took my case when other attorneys would not. My disability was not physical and these are difficult to win. Mr. Dugan was very compassionate in dealing with my disability. What impressed me the most was the fact he did not draw this case out in an effort to collect more money from the back disability. That spoke volumnes. He thought of me and my need and not making more money by dragging the case out. Thank you Kevin Dugan and his wonderful office staff who were so patient. I would highly recommend him for anyone having to appeal their disability claim.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
D. Kevin Dugan Attorney is the BEST LAWYER
I couldn’t have asked for a more compassionate, efficient, and professional attorney. Kevin was there every step of the way during my case. He explained my options with clarity, answered all of my questions in an expedient manner, and always kept me abreast of the entire process. His professionalism helped me and my family remain whole during this difficult time. I sincerely appreciate the support I had from Kevin and from the entire staff at Dugan Law. –
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Posted by dlj | July 20, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Helped me win my case at last minute
Mr Dugan helped me help me win my disability case, with a specific strategy/line of arguement suggestion that no other attorney I consulted had even thought of using. When I used it in my hearing, the judge smiled, thanked me for my comment, and ruled in my favor. Mr. Dugan saved my case, and my life. My life is so much better now after gaining access to SSI disability income AND proper Medical treatment. Thanks so much Mr. Dugan. God bless you, sir!
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Posted by Eric | February 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An Atty who truly cares about his clients !
As a recently separated permanently did-abled Army Veteran with 3 children including 2 in college I was quickly falling into financial disaster. Then by the grace of God I made the choice to call Mr Dugan who with the help of his wonderful and as professional daughter took over my SS Case. After being initially denied SS benefits like most persons are and even after being medically separated from Military just short of qualifying for my 20 year retirement Kevin and his daughter never once flinched or gave me the sense of being defeated as they always trudged forward with my case. Being in the military most of my life I’ve met some of the most highly professional people in the world but I can safely say that Mr Dugan and his daughter represent not only the best of the best in the Social Security Law industry but more importantly they represent what every man, woman and child in the world should should set their life goals to be in the way to treat and be treated by others. My daughter became VP of her college and now works for the State Dept, my other daughter is in Nursing school and my son is seeking a College Baseball scholarship and plans to serve his country in the USMC after College. My family owes them both the greatest debt of gratitude anyone could ever have in their lives. US Army Veteran Palm Beach County Florida
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Posted by Cathy | August 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
It was the BEST thing I did to go with Mr. Dugan for my ss claim. I can not say enough positive about this attorney. He always got back to me no later then 24 hrs with any questions or concerns I had. I had a hearing coming up and Mr. Dugan sent my claim in to be reviewed and a hopeful approval before my hearing date and YES it happened. I can go on about him being a GOD send to me and I promise you will NOT be disappointed to have him for your ss attorney. Thank You Mr. Dugan for being mine!
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best there is out there!
I had the great pleasure of being represented by Mr Dugan ( a prior SS judge) I had a very unusual issue with Social Security and no other attorney was willing to take the time or had the knowledge to help. Mr Dugan was professional, honest, and compassionate about my problem. Due to his knowledge and help SS is now looking into what several people believe is a huge mistake. I have dealt with many attorneys both through my prior job with the county and personally. The best one I have had the pleasure of working with is Mr Dugan. I believe if you hire another attorney you would not be hiring the best that is out there!
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Posted by Lost in Miami | December 14, 2014
I won my SSI appeal with Mr. Dugan
Kevin was the only atty that was doing the kind of case I needed---to challenge the nit-wits at the social security disability office. We took the alleged overpayment of benefits case before an ALJ and as much the judge disliked me, WE WON, THEY LOST! During the hearing Mr Dugan presented the case quite clearly and every time the judge got off on a tangent, Mr. Dugan steered her back to reality and fact, IN WRITING!
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Posted by AKRAM FAYAD | September 25, 2014
YOU CAN TRUST THIS BEST ATTORNEY MR DUGAN
After i was fed up with attorney lavan and niedenberg ..I post a question on avvo and more than ten attorneys responded I want to thank them all. I contacted attorney D K Kevin Dugan his secretary answerd and transferd to him.We spoke about 15-20 minutes on the phone then we set an appointment. I met him in person And he spend an hour with me asking me about my conditions, my medical records, medications and all other information needed. He explain to me how the hearing before an ssdi judge works. Mr dugan asked me many question to see if my case has merit. He accepted the case and gave me his cell phone number his email adress and said call me any time. Well i contacted him 2 days later i had a question and he responded immediatly. Then the 2nd time i send him an email to inform him about a new mediction that my cardiolagist gave me and my new MRI and he responded with in an hour and it was on SUNDAY !!!.....by the way he is a former SSDI I trust him and i will recomend my friends and family Thank you Mr dugan and thank you AVVO.
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Posted by perl | October 18, 2013
thank you Mr. Dugan
Mr. Dugan gave the same answers as all the others but, i could understand his train of thought. he was able to break things down for me. all the lawyers gave basically the same answers but, Mr. Dougan took it one step at a time which works best for me. where as the others kind of gave me too much info too fast. to where i didn't know where to start. i liked the way Mr. Dugan broke the problem down into sections.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-25%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Dugan Disability Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Office Of Disability Appeals & Review, Social Security Administration
  • 1990 - 2013

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Social Security Disability
  • It depended on the evidence in the cases.

Associations

  • Florida Guardian Ad Litem
  • GAL Volunteer
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • SS Administrative Law Judge Training
  • The Social Security Electronic Process
  • 2008
  • Administrative Law Judge training
  • Use of Vocational Expert
  • 2005
  • Senate Hearing before the Oversight Government Subcommittee of the Committee on Gov't Affairs
  • Solving the Social Security Disability Backlog
  • 2004
  • GLADE Regional Conference
  • Changes in Social Security Disability
  • 2004
  • Congressional hearing
  • House Committee on Gov't Affairs
  • 2003
  • Practice before Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Fundamentals of MSPB practice
  • 1987
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (21)
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on his knowledgeable Social Security responses on Avvo."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dugan is highly experienced in Social Security law, having served as an Administrative Law Judge for many years, and is also a caring and compassionate advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to rely on his professional guidance."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With a great track record of published answers to consumers' questions on Avvo.com and the recommendations from clients and attorneys alike, it is easy to see that attorney Dugan is skilled and knows the law well too. If you have a legal question in his area of expertise, he is your answer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He was brilliant as a judge and no less so in private practice. A real fighter."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney, who provides excellent legal service and successful representation. I happily endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very experienced in Social Security law."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to annyone needing legal representation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"D.K. Kevin Dugan is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients very well. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dugan is an asset to the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dugan's knowledge and experience make him an excellent choice for anyone looking for an attorney practicing in this area."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Dugan as an attorney. I have read many of Mr. Dugan's answers on Avvo. They are always on point. Based on his answers, there is no doubt Mr. Dugan is knowledgeable, professional, and client-oriented."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An attention for detail; a committed advocate."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
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