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Matthew Jacob Shupe

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Mentor, OH

5.0   13 reviews

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    Attorney Shupe conducts prospective client interviews and represents physically and mentally impaired clients in federal administrative hearings concerning Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims.

    10 years

  2. Appeals
    Persistence pays. Attorney Shupe has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in U.S. District Court.

    10 years

  3. Insurance
    Attorney Shupe conducts prospective client interviews and represents physically and mentally impaired workers in their pursuit of their well-earned Long Term Disability (LTD) benefit.

    5 years

Matt is an experienced disability litigator selected by his peers for SuperLawyers' annual Ohio Rising Stars recognition for the past nine (9) 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, Columbus, 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 ten (10) offices located throughout Ohio and represent clients at their administrative hearings. I basically do whatever is required.

Licensed for 10 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/15/2022

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

Contact Matthew

Balin Law, LLC
7372 Lakeshore Boulevard
Mentor, OH, 44060


5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by James | January 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Had a hearing in November of 2019. I was kinda thinking that here we go again. In my mind I was not sure, especially after being denied 5 times, but Matt assured me not to worry.. And he was right... I won my case and I was very happy with his help.. Thanks Matthew
Posted by Keith | January 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
peace of mind
Matt was my disability lawyer and won my case. I have major health issues .It took almost 23 months to go through the process . In which he prevailed .
Posted by Sheila | October 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best attorney!
A big thank you to Matt Shupe! Matt took my case when I lived in Ohio. Although I had to move to Ky Matt continued to represent me on my long journey to win my disability case. Even though I could have called Matt to speak over the phone when I had a question ( and believe me I had a lot of questions) I chose to email him because I know he is in and out of court and I knew he would get back to me as soon as he could. There were so many times that I wanted to give up with Social Security because I felt they did not believe that I was disabled but then I had Matt there to back me up and was with me every step of the way! Matt never gave up on me and I just hope he knows how much I appreciate everything he has done. If anyone out there is looking for an attorney I highly recommend Matthew Shupe. He will fight for you until the end! Sheila
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Posted by Noel | February 13, 2019
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Outstanding Lawyer
Attorney Matthew Jacob Shupe is a very outstanding lawyer he sat down with me and explained to me step by step how everything was going to happen from day one til the day of the hearing and the way he detailed it that is exactly how it happened . He is very honest , professional attention to detail he earned all my trust and respect and I will recommend his services to the world . Attention if anybody is looking for a very outstanding lawyer for Social Security case I recommend Matthew Jacob Shupe. Noel Cardona God Speed.
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Response from Matthew Shupe July 18, 2019
Thank you so much, Noel. It was a privilege to be able to help out with your case.
Posted by Cindy | October 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and caring attorney
After two years of the denial/appeal process, my daughter's SSI case was ultimately successful at the hearing level. The hearing was a nerve-wracking experience for our family but Matthew was superb. He was thoroughly familiar with the details of my daughter's complicated case and his calm, confident manner was very reassuring. To top it off, he is a warm, caring person with a calling to help people with disabilities. I highly recommend Matthew Shupe and the Balin office.  Hiring Matt was the best decision we have made!
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Response from Matthew Shupe October 11, 2017
Thank you very much for the kind words, Cindy. It was a privilege working with you and your family.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I've ever had
First of of it's been a person who thought if you can't explain something in layman's terms then you don't understand it yourself. Matt explained everything that was happening in a language that I was able to understand. When I first talked to Matt it was to appeal my denial from disability. The disability can be hard because you're just not the same person that you used to be. Talking to Matt he was on such a personal level with me that it was like we were going to go fishing after the hearing. One thing I can say is he definitely left a lasting impression on me. It's hard for people with multiple sclerosis to prove that disability a lot. But Matt did is digging and research and came to the hearing completely prepared. I would recommend Mr. Shupe for anyone who is looking to to hire a disability lawyer. His knowledge was impeccable.. is interpersonal skills sets him apart from most people,
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Response from Matthew Shupe September 22, 2017
Thank you for the thoughtful review, AG. I very much enjoyed working with you as well, and as I said after the hearing, winning your case was very meaningful to me. Here's to better MS treatments coming along in the near future!
Posted by Julia | May 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would Highly Recommmedn
I really can't say enough good things about Matt Shupe. He took my case, and was able to help me in a very, very short time. The only thing I regret is that I didn't come to him sooner. The rest of the staff is also helpful, Matt and everyone else always got back to me very quickly whenever I had a question or concern. I would strongly recommend Matt and Balin Law firm.
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Response from Matthew Shupe May 22, 2017
Thank you for the kind review, Julia. It really does help other clients find out about my services. I'm glad we were able to get your SSI sorted out. Best - Matt
Posted by Dale | September 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Social Security Appeal
Matt ,Has Done A Great Job, Helping My Son On His Appeal, The Whole Office Shows That Thay Are Very Interested In Helping Us With The Cases .
Response from Matthew Shupe May 22, 2017
And thank you and your entire family for your patience during the lengthy appeal process! Best-Matt
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
SSD case
I was very happy with the whole process, he made things as easy as they could be while dealing with the government. It took months and won my case straight out.
Response from Matthew Shupe July 25, 2016
Thanks for the feedback. Happy to have helped.
Posted by Melissa | January 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hardworking and Caring Attorney Who Gets Results
Matt is an incredibly hardworking attorney who cares about his clients. He works the cases and is hands-on with clients, making sure that their concerns are addressed and that they understand the process and their claims. Matt also fights for his clients and appeals cases that have wrongly been denied. He is respected by his colleagues and has made case law favorable to those who have been disabled. He is an excellent attorney.
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Response from Matthew Shupe March 29, 2016
Melissa, I greatly appreciate your kind words. You presented me with quite the complicated fact pattern, but we got it all sorted out in the end! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you or anyone else you know is experiencing similar issues with their benefits. Regards, Matt
Posted by Kenneth | November 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Matt Shupe
Matt was a great addition to my SSDI case. He was always available to speak with my wife and I whenever we had questions or concerns. He took the time to explain everything and talk to us, not at us. He knew the right questions and comments to bring up at the hearing to get our point across. Matt is an excellent attorney.
Response from Matthew Shupe March 29, 2016
Thank you so much, Ken. It was a pleasure working with you and your wife on your case. Best, Matt
Posted by Patrick | August 13, 2015
Not Just An Attorney !!!!
Matthew , Helped me through some difficult times , in these past two years. He wasn't just a legal council. But , a friend , helping me cope with not only my case , but my P.T.S.D. and depression. Support , that I typically didn't have in my life , he was a listening ear , relating what I was going through , with his own wisdom and experience. I trust very few people , but , Matthew, I trust with my life. He never treated me as a number or client , but that my concerns and fears were important to him. So for me , he is more than an attorney. He genuinely cares.
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Response from Matthew Shupe March 29, 2016
Patrick, Although it took a few years, I'm thrilled we were ultimately able to explain to the VA how difficult your experiences in the service make day to day life. Thank you for your continued patience. All the best, Matt
Posted by Delcenia | August 6, 2015
Social Security overpayment
Mr. Shupe appeared to be very knowledgeable in dealing with Social Security. He was very professional and kind.I was very satisfied with the outcome of the case which was the wrongfully overpayment being removed.
Response from Matthew Shupe March 29, 2016
Thanks, Delcenia! I still cannot believe Social Security wrongfully placed such a ridiculously high overpayment on you and your kids' accounts. What a stressful thing to have hanging over your head. Being able to help in cases like yours makes all our hard work worthwhile. Thanks again, Matt
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-25%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney, Appellate Advocacy Group
  • Balin Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Paralegal
  • Balin Law
  • 2009 - 2012


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • 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.
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  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • 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
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  • Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly
  • Altering the Framework for Recipients Who Receive Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Compensation
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • 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

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew Shupe is the managing attorney for the Appellate Advocacy Group at our office. He is a truly gifted writer and has had tremendous and consistent success in Federal Court litigation. He is also a caring person and takes the time needed to explain things clearly to clients and attorneys who have referred appeals to the office. His keen insight, strong work ethic, and can-do attitude are attributes that we all want in our best attorneys. I give him an unreserved thumbs-up."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a very hard working and knowledgeable attorney with a proven ability to succeed in Federal Court appeals."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matthew is a compassionate advocate for the disabled. He is an effective Federal Court litigator, routinely securing remands of unfavorable ALJ decisions. Despite his very hectic schedule, he always takes the time to talk to clients and to understand their concerns and hardships. I would highly recommend Matthew to anyone seeking disability."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt Shupe for several years and have come to both greatly respect what he does and who he is as a person. His love of law is exemplified by his commitment to justice and his tenacious advocacy in pursuing his clients’ interests. He is not only bright but is dedicated to excellence, and I frequently look to him for updates on the law and his take on a Social Security issue."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Matt Shupe. He is a highly skilled and successful attorney who works incredibly hard for his clients and the legal community in general."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a diligent and prepared attorney. His focus and dedication to appellate litigation is unparalleled in our community."
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Mentor Social Security & Disability Lawyer Matthew Jacob Shupe
Matthew Jacob Shupe
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Mentor, OH
Licensed for 10 years
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