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Born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama in 1986. After college, I received my law degree from Loyola School of Law in New Orleans. In 1989 I began my legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of New Orleans. At the District Attorney's Office I represented victims and successfully prosecuted crimes in Juvenile Court through 1st degree murder jury trials in Orleans Parrish Criminal District Court. In 1995 I moved to Mobile and, after admission to the Alabama State Bar, began working at Gardberg & Clausen, P.C. I have remained with the Firm since that time, concentrating my practice on representing clients seeking social security benefits from the Social Security Administration and veterans seeking compensation and pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs. I handle administration actions at all stages of the administrative process, including appeals through representation in Federal District and Appellant Courts and veterans appeals before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. I am admitted to practice in all state courts in Louisiana and Alabama, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Eastern District of Louisiana, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. I am a member of the Louisiana State Bar, Alabama State Bar, Mobile Bar Association, and the Court Of Appeals For Veterans Claims Bar Association. I am an active participant in the Mobile Bar Associations Volunteer Lawyer's Program. I am also a member of the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security Disability

  • Veterans Law

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1989

  • Alabama, 1996

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1996

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2008

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1996

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 1999


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana

    • J.D. - 1989

  • Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama

    • B.A. - 1986

    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, 2008

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1989 - 2009

  • Alabama State Bar Association, 1996 - 2009

  • Mobile Bar Association, 1996 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the District Attorney of New Orleans, Assistant District Attorney, 1989 - 1995

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mobile Bar Association - Volunteer Lawyer Program, 1996 - 2009


Practice areas


  1. Administrative Law: 70%
  2. Social Security: 30%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

1015 Montlimar Dr. Ste B-4
Mobile, AL, 36609

1015 Montlimar Dr. Ste B-4
Mobile, AL, 36609



ALAuthorized to practice law199607/19/2016
LAEligible to practice law198907/08/2016
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Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Alabama State BarMemberN/A
Mobile Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Veterans Claims Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Organization of Veterans' AdvocatesMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Spring Hill CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1986