Matt is an experienced disability litigator selected by his peers for SuperLawyers' annual Ohio Rising Stars recognition for the past seven (7) consecutive years. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Ohio. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
Balin Law is here to service all of Ohio (and beyond) with zealous representation in Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Long Term Disability (LTD) claims. We pride ourselves on compassion and client convenience with offices in Ashtabula, Beachwood, Canton, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls, Sheffield Village, Mentor [Our HQ], Toledo, and Youngstown.
Why does Matt practice disability law?
I started practicing disability law because I enjoy fighting for the little guy and I can relate to how a person's health can derail an entire family. I come from a solidly blue-collar background and did not even know what a lawyer was when my uncle was in a terrible accident in 1993 that left him permanently disabled. I remember how confused we all were when the government denied his application for Social Security Disability benefits after many months of waiting. It was pretty clear to our family that a person who could not walk to the bathroom without severe pain could not be expected to work a full-time job. Thankfully, a lawyer working for the Legal Aid Society stepped in to help my family navigate the application process. My heart remains with people who work for a living.
In my late 20s I was diagnosed with a chronic, incurable autoimmunue disease. Unfortunately, living with a chronic condition has provided unique insight into the pain my clients live with day in, day out. Fortunately, living with a chronic condition has increased both my empathy for others and my ability to persist through the difficult times in life we all must face.
What is Matt's role at the firm?
Although my primary focus is creating good legal precedents for disability claimants through federal litigation, I also frequently meet with new clients at many of our nine (9) offices located throughout Northern Ohio and represent clients at their administrative hearings. I basically do whatever is required.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2021 Ohio Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2020|
|2020 Ohio Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2019|
|2019 Ohio Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2018|
|2018 Ohio Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2017|
|2017 Ohio Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2016|
|2016 Ohio Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2015|
|2015 Ohio Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2014|
|Managing Attorney, Appellate Advocacy Group||Balin Law||2012 - Present|
|Paralegal||Balin Law||2009 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Ravenwood Health||Board Member||2020 - Present|
|CMBA Bar Admissions Committee||Member||2018 - Present|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives||Sustaining Member||2012 - Present|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|CMBA Social Security & Disability Section||Secretary||2017 - 2018|
|Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter||Member||2013 - 2015|
|Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly||Altering the Framework for Recipients Who Receive Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Compensation||2016|
|Case Western Reserve University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|CMBA Social Security & Disability Section Half-Day CLE||Getting Paid at the Agency Level and in Federal Court||2017|
|Ohio Association for Justice 2016 Winter Convention||Federal Case Law and Regulation Update||2016|
|Ohio Association for Justice 2015 Winter Convention||Social Security Representation in the Federal Courts||2015|
|Losh v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2016 WL 3668138 (N.D. Ohio)||Remand to the Agency for new hearing.|
|Padgett v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2016 WL 2868689 (N.D. Ohio)||Remand to the Agency for new hearing.|
|Brown v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2016 WL 852528 (N.D. Ohio)||Remand to the Agency for new hearing.|
|Grycza v. Colvin, 2015 WL 5692333 (N.D. Ohio)||Remand to the Agency for new hearing.|
|McCole v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2015 WL 261710 (N.D.Ohio)||Remand to the Agency for new hearing.|
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