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Antonio L. Viera

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.9   200 reviews

About Antonio

Learn Antonio’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    70%
    I have handled disability claims for over 17 years. I also accept children's disability cases and some disability cessation claims. All consultations are free and you meet with the attorney personally, not an assistant. We are only paid if we win.

    22 years

  2. Mediation
    10%

    15 years

  3. Personal injury
    10%

    21 years

  4. Workers compensation
    10%

    21 years

I have been practicing law in the Tampa Bay area for over 18 years, assisting individuals in the areas of Social Security disability, workers compensation and personal injury. I am also fluent in Spanish.All consultations are free, and we are only paid if we win benefits for you. If you schedule a free consultation you will meet directly with the attorney, not an assistant. 

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Licensed for 23 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A
2002 West Cleveland Street
Tampa, FL, 33606
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A
250 N Belcher Rd Ste 102
Clearwater, FL, 337652622
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett
7614 Massachusetts Ave.
New Port Richey, FL, 34653
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A
714 Manatee Avenue E
Suite C
Bradenton, FL, 34208
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A
4245 Rachel Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL, 34607
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  200 customer reviews
Posted by George | November 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Tony and his staff did a fantastic job on my disability claim with Social Security.
Posted by Jamie | October 13, 2022
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SSI Disability Review
My case was successful. I've received my first check. Everybody at the office is super helpful, friendly, and nice, I know I can call anytime and get assistance still to this day. Mr. Viera is definitely a good choice for handling your case. We were lucky to have found you Mr. Viera. Thank you.
Posted by Raina | September 1, 2022
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Helped me apply for and obtain SSDI benefits
I hired Mr. Viera to help me apply for SSDI. I was denied twice, as is common, but Mr. Viera was able to get me a hearing and eventually win my case. It is a huge relief knowing I will receive consistent income and be able to take care of my health without financial fears.
Posted by Loretta | July 2, 2022
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Hard working Attorney... Does what he says.
I applied for disability for my son in 2020 and was denied. I contacted Mr. Viera's office and he did what he said he would, and that was to work hard on my son's case. With the help of Mr. Viera, my son was awarded his disability claim. Thank you so much Mr. Viera. I would/have recommended his services.
Posted by Jennifer | May 18, 2022
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Successful disability claim
He was a great lawyer and I didn't have any issues and he handled all my questions and concerns. He seems to have a lot more experience than other lawyers I've encountered especially in Social Security claims.
Posted by Bob | May 1, 2022
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Awesome!
Dealing with my disability case was the most frustrating ordeal I have ever dealt with. Once Mr Viera started on as my attorney it was smooth as silk! I only wish I could have known that I needed him from day one. I could not be any more satisfied with him and his staff.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
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Excellent
Mr.Viera and his paralegal Vicki are excellent. I would recommend to anyone that wants to have a very high likelihood of winning your Case. I was denied at my first alj hearing re applied and with his excellent professionalism and skill was approved on the 2nd application Alj hearing. Highly recommend he is the best attorney in Tampa for SSDI.
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Posted by Debi | August 4, 2021
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Experience Matters!
Tony was highly recommended by two friends and I'm so glad I met with him. He is a very confident and compassionate attorney with a top notch staff. I only had to meet him for the consultation and they handled the rest. It was a very stress free experience during a difficult time in my life.
Posted by Aaron | June 21, 2021
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Best help I could find
Mr. Viera came highly recommended from my father. I have used him twice now and each time I have never had a complaint. He processed my social security in no time, and without any hassles. I am now brining my friends his way for the great services he provided my father and I.
Posted by Drew | June 14, 2021
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Competent and Compassionate
Mr. Viera is very competent and makes you feel covered and cared for. The staff and he himself responds quickly to phone calls and concerns. They all were very helpful with my case and worked to ensure a win. I am grateful for their help.
Posted by Richard | May 23, 2021
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Client
I received SSDI due to his diligent work and representation. I appreciate the fact that he never gave up.
Posted by Jill | May 12, 2021
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Highly recommend to anyone applying for Social Security
I was referred to Antonio Viera from a very good friend that had finally received his disability. After applying once on my own and of course being denied I contacted them and they assured me they were going to get everything together for me. What a relief! COVID slowed things down but he reassured me all would be well and he was right. I was able to get my disability without too many hoops. He literally took the burden off me and got it done. I couldn’t be more thankful!
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Posted by DR. Robert | October 5, 2020
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Experience and Knowledge Matters
Why did we choose Antonio “Tony” L. Viera to represent us in the arduous Social Security Process when there is a multitude of like folk to choose from? From the first meeting onward I felt I was in the right hands, both in a practical and legal sense. Moreover, I felt even better with the overall team he had with his paralegal Jaime Collins. They were available, responsive and worked to ensure I had the best possibility of a favorable verdict. I could not have been more pleased. I expected to win (mind you I have a JD) but wanted an EXPERT to represent me and to guide me through this tangled morass. Tony did just that and we could not have been more pleased from cradle to grave. Filings were all timely. Our preparation for the Administrative Law Judge was focused and to the point. Other materials were prepared obviously right as well were successful.
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Posted by Chris | July 15, 2020
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Top Notch
The Social Security Disability process is overwhelming to say the least but with the right guidance and support backing you up it reduces the stress greatly. I was dealing with that stress as well as pain with my medical problems at the time. I made the decision to find an attorney to get my application filed for Social Security Disability. I chose Antonio Viera after doing my own research. He was everything he says he is. I was made to feel like I mattered and that my case was important to him. He handled my paperwork and kept his appointments accordingly. I was told about what would happen along the way and how it would be dealt with. There was no guess work. He made everything simple and easy to understand. So after all was said and done he did what he said he would do,and got me the Social Security Disability I so desperately needed. I am thankful for the care that was shown in my case and grateful to Antonio Viera and Jamie in the office. I am extremely happy I chose him to represent me.
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Posted by Shirlyn | June 8, 2020
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Best Lawyer ever!
Mr. Viera is a very educated, smart, and dedicated lawyer. He looks at the information, pulls out the facts, and works very skillfully to gather evidence to support your case. he shows concern for his clients and work very carefully to accomplish success. I would rate him as a 10. I will surely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Jimmy | June 4, 2020
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Mr. Viera and his staff know what they are doing!
Mr. Viera and his staff represented me and although this does take time which he explained to me in the beginning, his PA Jamie kept me up to date and handled my case perfectly. I'm not saying that because I was granted SS disability. I'm saying it because Mr Viera and his staff were always there. This took over 2 years but I found the best thing about him was all I really had to do was just tell him the truth. He and his staff (Jamie) took it from there. If you have a disability and you need someone to represent you his team know's what they are doing. I am VERY GRATEFUL I went to him and his staff to look out for myself and my family.
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Posted by Jaime | May 21, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer.
Muy amable y servicial, muy facil de contactar en especial con su asistente, ambos dan un excelente servicio. Muy profesional y con mucha experiencia. Altamente recomendado. Gracias por si servicio y ayuda aun luego de terminar el caso. / Very friendly and helpful, very easy to contact especially with your assistant, both give excellent service. Very professional and very experienced. Highly recommended. Thank you for your service and help even after finishing the case.
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Posted by Diane | May 21, 2020
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Thank you
Tony helped me with my SS disability he was helpful considerate of my problems kept on top of my case and called me himself... I am grateful Thank you Tony
Posted by Melissa ringelholtz | May 21, 2020
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Melissa ringelholtz
Antonio and Jamie were wonderful. They got the job done. They were very informative and willing to answering any questions. I would refer them to anyone.
Posted by Shirley | May 21, 2020
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S.Thompson
Wonderful service and care. He really helped and guided me through the process. i am very happy with the outcome and will definitely recommend to anyone I know.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Carlson & Meissner
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Barrs & Williamson
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Theresa Wigginton General Personal Injury
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Clerk
  • Stuart Joiner Jordan Holmes
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Clerk
  • Sawyer Johnny
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • I have done over 1,000 social security trials

Associations

  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Admitted
  • 1999 - Present
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Florida Workers' Advocates
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo Professional Rating Service
  • 2015
  • Superb Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Accreditation to Handle VA Claims
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2014
  • Avvo 2013 Client's Choice Award in Social Security
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Carlson Meissner Newsletter
  • Continuing Disability Reviews
  • 2016
  • St. Petersburg Neighborhood News
  • Do I Qualify for Disability?
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Vincent House Seminar
  • Qualifying for Disability Benefits
  • 2017
  • School Conference
  • Your Immigration Questions Answered
  • 2015
  • Vincent House
  • Children With Special Needs: Guide to Federal Benefits
  • 2015
  • Florida Hemophilia Association Seminar
  • The Social Security Disability Appeals Process
  • 2014
  • Vincent House
  • Introduction to Disability Benefits
  • 2014
  • Catholic Charities Organization
  • Obtaining Social Security Benefits
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (30)
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Antonio is fluent in the law, whether Social Security, workers' compensation or personal injury as well as being fluent in Spanish. He is hard working and strives to obtain the best result possible for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tony works hard for those who can no longer work. He is dedicated to obtaining benefits for those hard-working Americans that, through no fault of their own, have suffered from injury or other malady and can no longer dedicate themselves to providing an income to meet they or their families' needs. It is with great pleasure that I endorse an individual who works at such a noble task."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tony is the hardest working attorney out there. He is loved by his clients, and he truly cares about his clients problems and issues. He is both organized and thorough, and he communicates effectively to always keep his client's up to date regarding their case. I absolutely endorse Tony and highly recommend his services to any and everyone who needs counsel. He is a lawyer that you will SWEAR BY, but NEVER AT!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tony is a hard-working attorney who knows his stuff. He has handled hundreds, if not thousands, of social security claims, and is a subject-matter expert in this field. In addition, he works quickly, and is very responsive to client needs, even meeting them at the hospital or at home, as the situation may require. A top-notch practitioner."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Antonio. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Viera is respected by his clients for his compassion and outstanding results and by his colleagues for his knowledge and hard work. I am confident in endorsing him."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tony is a wonderful attorney and a better person. I have worked with him and against him in many matters and found it a joy. I have sent many Spanish speaking potential clients to Tony and all have thanked me."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had cases with Mr. Viera and he fights very hard for his client. He is well respected in the legal community for his skills."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tony is an attorney of the highest ethical and moral standards working at the offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett. He is an excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tony is, in a word, terriffic! As his client review indicates he is exceptionally kind and unlike many lawyers is empathetic to his clients. Tony works hard. He loves his work and his results for his clients show it.I heartly endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tony Viera is an excellent attorney of the highest moral and ethical values. He is a great advocate for his Social Security Disability clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"No attorney that I know works as hard for his clients as Mr. Viera. This, coupled with his vast knowledge of the law, makes him a fierce negotiator and formidable adversary."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tony is an extremely hardworking, compassionate attorney who is especially adept at helping his clients through traumatic times. He is experienced, knowledgeable and an outstanding advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Hard worker, good family man, honest as the day is long and a great lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have the pleasure of personally knowing Mr. Viera and would endorse him on any legal issue a client may have. Whether it involves injury, disability, or immigration, Tony always has a way to find an answer for his clients. He is a great resource for both other attorneys and his clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Antonio Viera is an excellent attorney who I am proud to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tony is an excellent attorney. He is very understanding with his clients and is well respected in the legal community. I am honored to work with him in the representation of both social security and workers' compensation clients at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett."
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