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Susan Michele Schaefer

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Prattville, AL

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Michele Schaefer

  • State Years
    Alabama - AL 3 years
    Indiana - IN 35 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2020
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1988
    Inactive In Good Standing No misconduct found

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

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When I represent you, I will personally advise you at every step to help you win your case.. Call me at for a free consultation.

Experienced attorney who knows how the legal process works. For years, I worked at Social Security headquarters developing disability policy. I am very knowlegeable about the disability claims adjudication process. I am also a VA accredited attorney. In addition, my practice includes Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, as well as wills, trusts and estates.

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Cardea Law Group, LLC
P.O. Box 681586
Prattville, AL, 36068


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Posted by Cynthia | May 23, 2023
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Lawyer for SSD claim
Susan Schaefer was my lawyer for my SSD claim. She was very knowledgeable and very supportive. Wouldn't have made it through it without her.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2023
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Mrs Michelle Susan Shafer
I like to thank Mrs. Michelle Susan Schafer for all her hard work she was great couldn't ask for nobody better
Posted by Mark | November 3, 2022
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Review for Susan Shaffer
This is Susan Shaffer was my attorney on my disability case she was very helpful very resourceful and always done what she said she was going to do when she said she was going to do it this lady went above and beyond her duties as a lawyer she was also a good friend in the future if I ever need another lawyer it would be Susan Shaffer that is one lady I will never forget
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Posted by Kaaren | April 10, 2022
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Susan was amazing helping my daughter with her disability social security claim. Even after she was approved Susan has been available to explain the mountain of complicated correspondence. If you're searching for a competent, caring attorney you will be very happy with Susan!
Posted by Mark | April 13, 2021
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Ms. Schaefer was amazing!
Without Susan, I don't think I would have won my disability case. She helped me through a sea of confusing paperwork, and was especially helpful in digging up 10-15 year old medical records to help prove my case. She was always there when I called, and if I did leave a message, she always returned my call promptly. Susan clearly explained to me what would happen at each step in the process, and it all happened just like she said. She really knows her stuff! Susan was also very kind and considerate, which I appreciated. She believed in my case and that helped me to believe it was winnable. I can't say enough good things about her, I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Mike | April 17, 2020
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Experienced Social Security Attorney
I had a lot of questions about Social Security disability and retirement. Ms. Schaefer took the time to completely answer my questions. I recommend her for her knowledge in this area of the law and in her ability to clearly explain the issues to me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-30%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cardea Law Group, LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Deputy Director, Branch Chief
  • Social Security Administration
  • 2006 - 2019
  • Hearing Office Director, Supervisory Attorney
  • Social Security Administration
  • 1991 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Emerick and Diggins, PC
  • 1988 - 1991
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  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Date Last Insured
  • Client was awarded the full benefit amount, an excellent result


  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SSA Peformance Award for Medical Policy
  • Social Security Administration
  • 2018
  • Commissioner's Award in Medical Policy
  • Social Security Administration Commissioner
  • 2016


Speaking Engagements

  • Chronic Fatgue Advisory Committee
  • Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims, Social Security Ruling 16-3p
  • 2016
  • National Association of Disability Representatives Conference
  • Drug Addiction and Alcoholism (DAA) and Disability
  • 2014

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