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Amy G. Bellhorn

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   34 reviews

About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    63%
    Represent client's on Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits & Supplemental Security Income (including Child's SSI) from the inital application, reconsideration, hearings and additional appeals in federal court, if necessary.

    21 years

  2. Wills and living wills
    9%
    Prepare wills, living wills, durable power of attorney and other estate planning documents for client's.

    21 years

  3. Mediation
    7%
    Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil & County Mediator since 2006. Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Training in 2010 and Guardianship Mediation Training in 2006. Fl. Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, April 2021 to present.

    16 years

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    7%
    Represent client's on civil moving traffic violations, also on DUI's and other criminal charges related to criminal traffic offenses and unrelated to them too.

    21 years

  5. Real estate
    6%
    Represent client's in a variety of real estate issues such as: leases, eminent domain, preparation of deeds and rep. on real estate deals, and landlord/tenant issues.

    21 years

  6. Criminal defense
    5%
    Represent client's from traffic tickets, misdemeanors, felonies, expungement & sealing of records and other criminal issues.

    21 years

  7. Car accident
    3%
    Represent client's after they have been injured in an auto accident, and it was not their fault.

    19 years

A Voice for the Injured and the Disabled...A Vision Realized

When I was 15, I decided to become an attorney as a voice for the injured and the disabled after being involved in a serious accident.  I understand exactly what it feels like to be treated by others differently and not have my voice heard, because of an injury.  I have a passion and desire to help others as an attorney and treat them with respect, dignity and sincerity.  After graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 2000 and then working at a legal, non-profit organization and several law firms, I founded my own law firm in 2006 based on these qualities. 

Besides being a voice for the injured and the disabled in Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Child's SSI and Auto Accident cases, I also have the privilege to represent people in a variety of other areas of law such as the following:  Real Estate, Traffic Tickets and DUI's, Criminal Defense and Wills.  I practice cases in the Tampa Bay Area and surrounding areas, but locally and nationally for SSDI and SSI cases.  

I am currently admitted to practice before all courts within Florida as well as the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, including the Bankruptcy Division, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Since 2006, I have been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit and County Mediator. In April 2021, I was certified by The Florida Supreme Court as a Family Mediator.  I have also served as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program with the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg where I taught Advanced Negotiation.  

I have been honored to be involved with doing legal pro-bono work and working with non-profit organizations including the following:  Executive Director of The Far Corners, Inc. (2006-2012), Executive Council & Strategic Planning Committee of the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless (2001-2003), Past Board Member of Homeless Empowerment Program, Inc. (2000-2004), Member of St. Petersburg Bar Foundation (2012), Past Board Member of Aging Matters, Inc. (1999-2000) and the Community Law Program, Inc.

I am truly grateful to have realized my vision to be able to help others as an attorney, and it is such a privilege to do so.

 

 

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Licensed for 21 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Amy

Law Offices of Amy G. Bellhorn, PLLC
111 2nd Ave. N.E., Suite 360
P.O. Box 12168
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701

Reviews

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  34 customer reviews
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Posted by John | October 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Amy is very thorough with your case. Amy cares about your well being. Amy tries to simplify your case so you can understand whats going with all of the confusing paperwork you will receive from the courts. Amy is easy to get a hold of and she responds quickly. Amy also tries to make it as stress free as possible for you.
Posted by Robert | May 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney I could ask for.
Amy Bellhorn is by far the best Attorney you can have representing you in any case for SSI/SSDI she is highly knowledgeable and qualified treats you with respect, keeps you in the Loop throughout the process and i never had any problem contacting her either. I always knew what was going on she took care of everything for the most part since I acquired her services and is very thorough with everything ... never had any misunderstanding with anything I always understood everything because she took her time to explain very well. I would recommend her to anybody for any legal representation in which she provides services cause outside of being an excellent attorney, she is a great Human Being. Please call her you won't regret it I promise. I Thank her for everything she did for me.
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Posted by Jonny | April 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!!!
Amy Bellhorn took away a lot of the anxiety that I had over my disability hearing. She is very knowledgeable, and made sure I understood and was comfortable with everything. She is very pleasant to work with, and is very thorough. I highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for representation.
Posted by Sue | March 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extraordinary
I consulted with Amy on SSI for our daughter, who is on the autism spectrum. She was very knowledgeable and generous with her time sharing that knowledge. But what was extraordinary was her kindness and desire to help people. This is exactly what I was looking for in a lawyer and have found hard to find.
Posted by russel | October 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever
Miss Ballhorn is one of the best attorneys I have ever dealt with she not only is professional but she is very kind it was a pleasure to work with her
Posted by Maria | September 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of a business Lease Agreement
Ms Bellhorn assisted us in reviewing a lease agreement for our business. She was very though and professional. Her report made it easy to understand the terminology on the lease. Thanks to Ms Bellhorn we feel secure that our best interest is being represented.
Posted by Tamara | April 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and thoughtful
Ms. Bellhorn is excellent at communicating all aspects of your case to ensure your knowledge and confidence. She is bright, honest, kind, and lovely.
Posted by LaBarbara | February 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer!
I was referred to Ms. Amy Bellhorn to represent me in regards to my SSDI case, and I'm so thankful. Ms Bellhorn is so informative, compassionate, and caring. You can feel the sincerity and warmth in her voice. She is very professional and keeps you abreast with all aspects of your case. She patiently explains all details to you and answers any questions you may have. She goes above and beyond. I highly recommend Ms Bellhorn a hundred times over, because she is the best of the best.
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Posted by Cody | February 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Right Choice
I had the opportunity to have Amy Bellhorn represent me for a traffic citation. She was very professional, responsive, and informative. I was super pleased with the results. Amy goes up and above what is expected to assure her clients get the best outcome.
Posted by Cheryl | October 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Ms. Bellhorn won my SSI case. She is extremely professional and well prepared. She is the best of the best. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Allan | March 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good choice
So I hired attorney Bellhorn for my ssi case, she won the case for me, Cannot go wrong hiring this attorney.
Response from Amy Bellhorn April 2, 2019
It was a pleasure representing you, and I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to do so. I appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and the kind words.
Posted by Dianne | May 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the Best Attorney
Amy Bellhorn is by far; "The Best of the Best!" Extraordinary communication, efficiency and accuracy that far surpassed a previous interaction with a former Attorney. Ms. Bellhorn stepped in and finally I had a sense of relief knowing every detail was getting addressed with thorough and precise dedication with her extensive knowledge of the Social Security process. If anyone has been denied benefits, Attorney Bellhorn gives it her ALL for those in need. She genuinely took the frustrations, abundant burden and stress away with literally one phone call. Do NOT hesitate to retain/hire the BEST in the Industry. This was a life changing experience for the BETTER! If I could give Attorney Bellhorn 10 stars, I would.
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Response from Amy Bellhorn May 12, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to have assisted you on your legal issues. It was a pleasure to do so! Thank you for the kind and thoughtful words; I truly appreciate them!
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring and Compassionate
I have known Ms Bellhorn personally and professionally for many years. She is thoughtful with the advice given to clients, which ensures the best possible outcome. The care and compassion exhibited for each client is genuine, and is a highly talented Attorney. Without hesitation, I would entrust her with the most sensitive subjects/ areas in my life. It my great pleasure to highly recommend Ms Bellhorn to my family and friends!
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Response from Amy Bellhorn May 12, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It has been my pleasure to assist you with your legal issues in the past. Thank you for the kind words.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Bellhorn on two occasions for traffic citations. Throughout the process of each incident, I found her to be very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She was very mindful of deadlines that needed to be met and would always follow up with me via an email or phone call to offer her assistance as needed. I never had any questions go unanswered and she was always prepared with sound legal advice. I would hughly recommend her to my friends and family without hesitation or reservation.
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Response from Amy Bellhorn March 12, 2018
Thank you for allowing me to assist you with your legal issues; it was a pleasure to do so. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and your kind words.
Posted by Robert | March 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant, Compassionate, Understanding, Excellent Listener and Problem Solver
Without question, I would entrust Amy with the most sensitive and important aspects of my life. If you are every looking for someone who will take the time to listen and sympathy to help, then you have found the right person. Amy is gifted with a brilliant mind to solve complex problems along with an unearthly compassionate heart who genuinely wants to make a difference in the world. I could not be happier with the support and advice she has given me over the years and am happy to know she is just a quick call or email away should I need help in the future.
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Response from Amy Bellhorn March 7, 2018
Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful words. I truly appreciate them, and you for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to be of legal assistance to you over the years, and I appreciate you allowing me to do so.
Posted by Shara | January 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
I contacted Amy early on in the process of applying for social security disability and have had two consultations with her. Both of my inquiries were responded to promptly and Amy was very helpful with information to assist me in filing my claim, and then, as expected, my appeal. But the thing I like most about Amy is her calm and supportive style. Honestly she'd make a great life coach. I don't think I would have made it this far in the process if it were not for our two phone consults and her follow-up emails to me. Thanks Amy!
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Response from Amy Bellhorn January 18, 2018
Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful words. It was a pleasure assisting you, and I sincerely thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Posted by Brian | December 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The single most helpful attorney I've ever met, and a wonderful human being.
I came to Amy with several legal problems at once, all different from one another. She was uniformly generous with her time in fielding my questions, and just as helpful in cheerfully and professionally addressing each one. I'm 59 and have met my share of attorneys, and Amy Bellhorn is a cut above all the others. Very highly recommended.
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Response from Amy Bellhorn December 19, 2017
Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure assisting you. Thank you for allowing me to do so.
Posted by Hugh | September 29, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great all around!
Amy was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. She had a quick, very professional and correct response to my issue. I would highly recommend her for anything and really seems to be a truly nice person.
Response from Amy Bellhorn October 3, 2017
It was truly a pleasure assisting you with your legal issues; thank you for the opportunity to do so. Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to write a review.
Posted by Janet | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I have had the pleasure of knowing Amy for many years. She is kind, and incredibly likable. Her professionalism is exemplary. My husband and I consulted with, and ultimately hired her to handle our wills, and end of life issues. Prompt and considerate throughout the entire process.
Response from Amy Bellhorn September 1, 2017
Thank you for the thoughtful and kind words. I appreciate them, and you taking the time to write a review. It was such a pleasure to assist you and your husband on your legal issues.
Posted by CJG | August 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and Compassonate
Amy is very knowledgeable about SSDI and helped me with both SSDI and consulted on a commercial disability case that was successful. She is very compassionate and very timely. She is also very detailed. I would highly recommend her.
Response from Amy Bellhorn August 28, 2017
I appreciate the kind and thoughtful words, thank you for them. Thank you for allowing me to represent you on your various disability legal issues, and it has been such a privilege to do so.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 25 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Amy G. Bellhorn, PLLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor for Advanced Negotiation in the MBA Program
  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Toledo, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Executive Director
  • The Far Corners, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Steven R. Loewenthal, PA
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Moran & Tileston, P.A.
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Staff Attorney in Public Benefits & Homeless Units
  • Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Internship
  • Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Student Copy Editor
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorney Quarterly
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Internship
  • Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Internship
  • Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Neighborhood Planning Aide
  • Pinellas County Community Development
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Office Manager & Legal Secretary
  • Law Offices of James Meyer, PA
  • 1996 - 1997
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • St. Petersburg Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Chair, Lawyer Referral Service
  • 2009 - 2013
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2014
  • The Far Corners, Inc.
  • Executive Director
  • 2006 - 2012
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless
  • Executive Council & Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Homeless Emergency Project, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Aging Matters, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Lapel Pin
  • The Supreme Court of Florida
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Assistance
  • Community Law Program, Inc.
  • 2014
  • Nomination for JCPenny Golden Rule Award
  • JCPenny
  • 2000
  • Nomination for PC Partners in Public Service Award
  • Pinellas County (PC)
  • 2000
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2000
  • Among Students in Am. Univer. & Colleges
  • Who's Who
  • 2000
  • Nomination for Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Public Service Law Network Worldwide and Stetson Law School
  • 2000
  • SAPIL Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 1999
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Publications

  • The Parcelete
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • 2013
  • Paraclete magazine
  • Overview of Child's Supplemental Security Income
  • 2013
  • The Parclete
  • The Membership in the St. Petersburg Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • 2013
  • Paraclete magazine
  • Membership in the St. Petersburg Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • 2011
  • Paraclete magazine
  • Snapshot of the St. Petersburg Bar Assoc. LRS
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (9)
Unknown Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amy is the consummate professional. She is courteous, efficient, helpful, empathetic and responsive. I did not list a single area of practice for this endorsement, because I feel that she provides expert representation in all areas of practice listed in her profile."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amy is an excellent lawyer! Diligence, experience and competence are all qualities she enjoys. I highly recommend her."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amy has shown throughout the course of her career that she has tremendous legal acumen, coupled with a truly impressive ability to communicate effectively with judges, fellow attorneys, and clients that come from all walks of life. I fully endorse Amy, as I know that she will fight hard for her clients, exceed their expectations, and give them outstanding care and attention while tackling their legal issues with skill and grace. Amy also takes time out to give back to the community, and is highly regarded as a professor of negotiation at the University of South Florida. Most importantly, she is one of the most thoughtful, caring, and compassionate human beings I know."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bellhorn is a highly skillful and experienced attorney. Her answers to questions on Avvo demonstrate her vast legal knowledge."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Ms. Bellhorn for approximately 7 years. She is a top lawyer in the Social Security Disability area. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking representation in this area of law. She is a very professional attorney."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney for handling Social Security claims. I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For over 10 years, Attorney Bellhorn has been a strong advocate for those in need of social security benefits. Her tenacity in getting these benefits is a tribute to her desire to help others. I strongly recommend her legal services."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Friend
"I can wholeheartedly recommend Amy to anyone who may have SSI and related matters to contend with. Amy is passionate about her clients, and goes the 'extra mile' to help and achieve favorable results."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy and I worked together on a dissolution of marriage. Amy zealously advocated on behalf of her client, but maintained a high degree of integrity and professional courtesy."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amy is a great disability lawyer. We refer all our clients to her."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Amy. Although I handle Social Security Disability, I do not handle child's disability cases, and I refer everyone who contacts my office on that type of case to Amy. She practices in several areas, and is a talented attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Friend
"Amy is an excellent attorney."
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