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Carol Avard

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Cape Coral, FL

5.0   11 reviews
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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 34 years
    Massachusetts - MA 42 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Carol

Learn Carol’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    20%

    43 years

  2. Medical malpractice
    20%

    43 years

  3. Personal injury
    20%
    She has been a member of the Medical Malpractice, Social Security, Federal Torts, and Motor Vehicle Collision sections of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She has also been a member of the Bad Faith, Disability Law, Employment Law, ERISA Litigation, Insurance Law, Medical Negligence, Nursing Home, PI/Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Professional Negligence, and Social Security Disability Law sections of The Florida Association for Justice.

    43 years

  4. Social Security & Disability
    20%
    She is a Board Certified Social Security Disability Attorney and one of six Board Certified Social Security Disability Attorneys in the state of Florida. The Board certification is provided by the National Board of Legal Specialty, accredited by the American Bar Association. The certification process was an arduous one, requiring an examination, evaluation of writing samples and personal recommendations by other attorneys, Federal Court Judges, and Administrative Law Judges.

    43 years

  5. Workers compensation
    20%

    43 years

AVARD LAW OFFICES SINCE 1990. BOARD CERTIFIED & VA ACCREDITED ATTORNEYS HELPING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY, PERSONAL INJURY, VETERANS’ BENEFITS, & WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLIENTS. OVER $100 MILLION RECOVERED!

ATTORNEY CAROL AVARD handles Personal Injury, Social Security and other Disability cases, as well as Employment Discrimination cases. She received her B.A. degree from Harvard University in l97l and attended Radcliffe Institute from l967 to l970. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from University of N.H. in l980. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Justice, The Florida Association for Justice and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. She is also admitted to the Court of Veterans Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and for the District of Massachusetts.

In addition, Attorney Avard was a participating faculty speaker for the American Association for Justice (AAJ's Social Security Success! Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, August l9-20, 2010, on the topic of "Using Jobs Software Tools and Internet Resources: O*NET, Job Browser Pro, and PAQ/ERI with Vocational Witnesses Before, During, and After ALJ Hearings; and Attorney Avard was a lecturer for the National Organization of Social Security Disability Claimants' Representatives, September 22-25, 20l0, Chicago, Il, speaking about using Software Tools and Internet Resources with Vocational Experts at hearings before Administrative Law Judges. Attorney Avard also was a participating lecturer for the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Courses in Tampa and Miami at a seminar on Effective Advocacy Before The Appeals Council and Beyond, 2000. In October 2011, Attorney Avard was the faculty speaker for the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives conference in San Antonio, Texas, speaking about the Social Security Rulings used in the Sequential Evaluation Process at Hearings before Administrative Law Judges

She has been a member of the Medical Malpractice, Social Security, Federal Torts, and Motor Vehicle Collision sections of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She has also been a member of the Bad Faith, Disability Law, Employment Law, ERISA Litigation, Insurance Law, Medical Negligence, Nursing Home, PI/Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Professional Negligence, and Social Security Disability Law sections of The Florida Association for Justice.

She is a Board Certified Social Security Disability Attorney and one of a select few Board Certified Social Security Disability Attorneys in the state of Florida. The Board certification is provided by the National Board of Legal Specialty, accredited by the American Bar Association.

The certification process was an arduous one, requiring an examination, evaluation of writing samples and personal recommendations by other attorneys, Federal Court Judges, and Administrative Law Judges who hear Social Security Disability claims.

In her spare time she enjoys playing classical music on the piano and studies under Maestro William Noll. She also enjoys hiking.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

Avard Law Offices
875 SE 47th Terrace
Cape Coral, FL, 33904
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5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd
Fort Myers, FL, 33907
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5660 Strand Court
Naples, FL, 34110
Avard Law Offices
1777 Tamiami Trail
Suite 304
Port Charlotte, FL, 33948
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9040 Town Center Parkway
Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our Family is Very Happy We Chose Avard Law
We had a situation where I was at a total loss. I didn't think to get legal advice before hand and I suffered for it. When I found Avard Law and met with Carol, she had some fantastic insight that really helped us. I'll never try to file a disability on my own again. Thanks for everything! I am recommending you to my friend too.
Posted by Charlie F | May 15, 2015
I was a Police Officer for 23 Years...Avard is an Outstanding Law Firm!
I was in Law Enforcement for 23 years and have seen numerous law firms perform in Criminal and Civil cases. After becoming unexpectedly disabled I was placed in a position where I now needed representation for my Social Security Disability case. After asking around several people recommended the Avard law firm, they all said they were a good firm. Those recommendations of Avard being a good firm was a severe understatement, they are an outstanding firm. With some law firms it’s just about the money, but the Avard Law Firm truly cares about their clients and will fight to the end for what is right and just. I had numerous instances where the Social Security Judge violated not only my rights but social security law and they caught him every time, they are not afraid to fight for their clients. It has been my experience watching lawyers perform in court over the years that most of the time they are unprepared and looking to make the quick deal and buck, but not this firm. They are heavily involved in their cases and are completely prepared when representing a client. As far as their expertise in the law you cannot find a more knowledgeable firm and they will do everything in their power to get you what is deserved. I won my case due to their hard work and dedication to the client, I strongly recommend this firm to anyone needing representation and you would be doing yourself an injustice by going with any other Law Firm. Charlie F
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Posted by Eugene | October 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social Security Disability Benefits!
I became disabled in 2019 and I was searching for a really good SSDI Attorney and when I came across Avard Law Offices and read their website and their reviews. I contacted them and made an appointment and from the first consulation to now, I am very pleased on how well they handled my case through out the whole process of my case. Whenever I called with any questions they always answered in a timely manner. After 2 years 2021 Avard Law helped me get approved for my disability. They did an Excellent Job. I highly recommend them to anyone!!!!....
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Posted by Katrina | August 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Glad for their Help
My daughter's disability was draining our savings. We had to do something about the medical bills and other stuff. Avard Law really knew what they were doing and helped us win the hearing. Thanks so much.
Posted by Cathy | April 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Social Security Disability
Avard Law Firm was Wonderful. They did a great job for me. During my hearing my Lawyer stood right up for me and had all the right answers for the judge. They did a really excellent job for me. I highly recommend them to anyone. I have sent four more people over to their firm. Thank You Avard.
Posted by Mamie Holst | January 19, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The BEST!
Ms. Avard helped me get my SSI over two decades ago and just recently I had some questions. I called her office and spoke to someone who works there. They were so nice!! I highly recommend them!!!
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Pleased
I was very pleased to speak with Carol. She knew exactly what she is talking about and could answer all my questions. Very happy to have found her.
Posted by Bruce M. Snell Jr. | May 15, 2015
Supreme Court Justice Thanks Disability Lawyers at Avard Law
Carol Avard Mark Zakhvatayev Dear Counselors, I have practiced law fifty-seven years, thirty-seven as an appellate judge, and fourteen on the Iowa Supreme Court. The legal brief that you sent to me, representing my daughter, is among the very best I have ever read. Thank you for your great work as superb lawyers. Yours Truly, Bruce M. S. Jr.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2015
Great Firm to Work WIth
In the time I have worked at this firm I have found them to be very professional and they put a lot of emphasis on collaboration. The team meets weekly to discuss the business of the firm and develop ways to better meet business objectives. I work in the marketing department and have access to the latest technology and software which is great. They understand the importance of having good tools to do the job, which is a nice change of pace from some other places I have worked.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2012
A Lawyer that cares about her clients
I have used a few attorneys, but Carol Avard is the only attorney that has a heart. I was relieved beyond words when I learned that the decision from SSA was in my favor. For the last three months, I was reassured knowing that you were representing me with expertise and compassion. Please accept my sincere thanks for handling my case.
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Posted by Charlie | May 2, 2012
Outstanding Lawyer
I was in Law Enforcement for 23 years and have seen numerous law firms perform in Criminal and Civil cases. After becoming unexpectedly disabled I was placed in a position where I now needed representation for my Social Security Disability case. After asking around several people recommended the Avard law firm, they all said they were a good firm. Those recommendations of Avard being a good firm was a severe understatement, they are an outstanding firm. With some law firms it’s just about the money, but the Avard Law Firm truly cares about their clients and will fight to the end for what is right and just. I had numerous instances where the Social Security Judge violated not only my rights but social security law and they caught him every time, they are not afraid to fight for their clients. It has been my experience watching lawyers perform in court over the years that most of the time they are unprepared and looking to make the quick deal and buck, but not this firm. They are heavily involved in their cases and are completely prepared when representing a client. As far as their expertise in the law you cannot find a more knowledgeable firm and they will do everything in their power to get you what is deserved. I won my case due to their hard work and dedication to the client, I strongly recommend this firm to anyone needing representation and you would be doing yourself an injustice by going with any other Law Firm.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Avard Law Offices
  • 1989 - Present

Education

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • 1980
  • Harvard University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Associations

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2016
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Ukrainian
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Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Carol
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carol is a skilled and knowledgeable Social Security attorney. Carol has impressed me as a caring and compassionate advocate for her clients, who is willing to take on tough cases and fight hard for her clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on cases with Carol in federal court for many years. Carol has always impressed me as someone who fights for her clients and who always comes up with creative arguments to win her cases. Her office handles cases at all levels and she is dedicated to helping to improve the plight of the disabled."
Social Security & Disability
Cape Coral Social Security & Disability Lawyer Carol Avard
Carol Avard
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Cape Coral, FL
Licensed for 42 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available