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Paulette Francine Balin

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Mentor, OH

3.8   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 43 years
    Ohio - OH 45 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1980
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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Paulette F. Balin is the Principal Attorney at Balin Law, LLC, an Ohio Social Security Disability law firm, founded in 1980. Attorney Balin solely focuses on Social Security Disability. She has broad experience and success in handling Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases.

Paulette is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio and Florida Supreme Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and has practiced at all administrative and Federal Court levels.

Balin Law handles disability cases including, but not limited to, the following impairments: arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, sciatica, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, emphysema, MS, kidney disease, cancer, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, interstitial cystitis, scleroderma, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), fatigue, seizures, migraine headaches, neuropathy, liver disease, lupus, insomnia, chronic pain syndrome (CRPS), schizophrenia, pressure induced urticaria, traumatic brain injury (TBI), ADHD, autism, Lyme disease, peripheral neuropathy, HIV, ankylosing spondylitis, oppositional defiant disorder, PTSD, hemophilia, obesity, necrotizing fasciitis, fibromyalgia, Long COVID, trigeminal neuralgia, and more.

Paulette is a frequent speaker on disability law and appears at many Multiple Sclerosis (MS), HIV, and Fibromyalgia support groups and conferences. She is also a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, and a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR).

We treat each client with respect and compassion. When we commit to a client's meritorious case, we carefully and tirelessly develop the administrative record. The process of filing for disability can be daunting and frustrating, so we will actually file the SSD application online for our clients. We will pursue the disability claim at the initial, reconsideration, and hearing levels as well as at the Appeals Council. We are one of the few firms which will litigate disability cases in Federal District Court where we have had a 75% win-rate.

We stay in constant communication with the client. We provide solutions to disability-related problems that may come up in the disability process including referrals to facilities that can assist with securing housing and medical care. For example, if a claimant is facing foreclosure, we can submit a "dire need" request to have the court expidite the case. 

There is nothing better than wisdom borne of experience. Paulette has truly been in the trenches for over 40 years practicing disability law. While every case is different, most standard problems have been addressed at some point in her career and she can bring a unique perspective. The combination of experience, compassion, and diligence allows Paulette and her firm of ace lawyers to be equipped to handle even the most difficult cases and bring home a win for our clients.

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The team of Disability Attorneys at Balin Law, from left to right, Melissa Yasinow, Matthew Shupe, Mira Chopra, Chad Delesk, Mark Dlugopolsky, and Paulette Balin.


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7372 Lakeshore Blvd
Mentor, OH, 44060
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500 S Front St, Suite 1200 B
Columbus, OH, 43215
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1300 E 9th St
Cleveland, OH, 44199
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Canton, OH, 44718
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820 Graham Road, Suite B
Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44221
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Sheffield Village, OH, 44035
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2302 Metcalf Drive
Unit 22-B
Ashtabula, OH, 44004
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241 North Superior St
Ste. # 200
Toledo, OH, 43604
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Youngstown, OH, 44514
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Beachwood, OH, 44122
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3.8 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Kevin | February 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Saved my life
OMG Attorney Paulette Ballin is truly an angel, she took the time to hear my particular problem and made me feel so much better. If you need an Attorney that will go far and beyond for you this is the one to get.
Response from Paulette Balin February 14, 2022
Kevin, Thank you so much. That means a great deal to me. I am delighted that I had the opportunity to work with you and to make such a positive impact on your life. It's the reason I chose this field. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions later on, and thank you again for the kind words. Sincerely, Paulette
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Posted by Gary | August 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disability Case
My disability case was won the beginning of 2018. I am very pleased with the results! I highly recommend Balin Law to always work the hardest they can to win your case.
Posted by Joann | July 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disability claim
My experience with Paulette was extremely positive. I was impressed with her professional and understanding demeanor. She explained the process, handled all ensuing issues and was thoroughly prepared for the court appearance which was a fully favorable decision. I recommend her highly.
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disability Claim
Having been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, my internal medicine doctor suggested I file for SSDI and recommended attorney Paulette Balin. She sat in on my free consultation and outlined the process. She explained it could be lengthy, and most people are denied in the first round. After filling out all of the paperwork and medical releases, the firm filed my application with Social Security, and periodically kept in touch with me. About five months later, I got a call that my application had been approved! I would definitely recommend Paulette Balin and her firm.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
taking case at application stage was a huge relief during stressful time
I hired this firm for my ssdi .I was so grateful for a lawyer to take my case at application stage. I was not able to do it on my own . They handled everything gather info and doctors documents all I had to do was let them know when I had been to the doctor so they could collect my papers .I just filled a few papers out . My lawyer seemed to be very informed of my case when we went to the hearing. They had gather around 1,000 documents to help me win my case. They talked about how the hearing would been handled so I had some idea of it. I had a very positive experience with this law firm and would recommend to others.
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Response from Paulette Balin February 13, 2018
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your positive review of Balin Law. We are with our clients every step of the way whether it's the initial application for disability benefits or taking a case to Federal Court. We are so thrilled you had a great experience with Balin Law.
Posted by Siobhan | June 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Ray of Hope
After being denied disability several times I felt as if no one believed I was even injured. I was at another doctor's appointment and I overheard a woman who had a similar story like my own. After she finished talking I expressed my current circumstance. She gave me Paulette Balin's office number. After a brief consultation my husband and I could see the energy and confidence this vibrant lawyer had. For the first time someone assured me that my injuries were valid and she was sure that she could not only help but win the case. After only a few months I received a letter from Social Security that my disability had been approved. I must have starred at this letter for days!!! I not only rejoiced and thanked God but also this wonderful lawyer who was simply a messenger sent by Him. My husband and I are eternally grateful for her giving me my life back!!! Paulette Balin is hospitable, energetic, confident and intelligent. I recommend her highly and her staff highly if you have any issues similar to mine.
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Response from Paulette Balin July 21, 2017
Siobhan, It was a pleasure to serve you and help you get the benefits you so deserved. Thank you so much for your kind words. -PFB
Posted by Gib | March 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disability for SS
Her office staff were very helpful although not real friendly or chatty.....they got me in and out...done.My neck,shoulders and arms were in a lot of pain,they contacted my doctors and SS personnel and my claim was settled in 5 months and for that I am grateful.
Response from Paulette Balin March 9, 2017
We are glad we could get you the benefits you deserved so quickly. Best wishes.
Posted by Lynn | March 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service from attorney Paulette Balin
I was referred to Ms. Balin by my dentist because I became disabled sometime in 2007. (Social Security had denied my cIaim.) I met with Ms. Balin and hired her right away. That was the best move I ever made. I have a very rare disease (Churg Strauss vasculitis), and obviously the powers that be never heard of it and had no code for it. Ms. Balin contacted my doctors, and the state required two different exams on me. Ms. Balin fought for me all the way, and she did finally get disability awarded to me. She and her office were wonderful to work with. I recommended her to several other people, and she took great care of them aslso.
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Response from Paulette Balin March 3, 2017
Lynn, Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful, positive review of your experience hiring Balin Law. We are so please that you had such a positive experience, and moreover, that we could win you disability benefits that you are so deserving of. Having such a unique, rare, disability can be challenging in court, but we believed, fought, and our hard work paid off.
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Posted by Donna | January 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Donna Nelson
When I first applied for disability i did it without an attorney and was denied. I was given the name of Paulette Balin from Signature Health and contacted her. She took my case and fought for me. She even took it to the Federal Courts because they kept denying me for things not involved in my case. It might have taken a few years to finally get my disability but she never gave up and won my case.
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Response from Paulette Balin January 26, 2017
Donna, Thank you for your kind words and review. Sincerely, Paulette F. Balin
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very disappointed...never felt represented.
Lost a SSDI case for the second time. I was on my own for the first one, thought Balin Law would make a difference for me on my appeal for the second one. My Balin case worker never called me, only responded to me when I sent in pertinent info. I was never contacted on how to complete paperwork, how and what I needed to convey to them or my Dr.. Never given an indication on progress...nothing. I feel like nothing was really done on my behalf. So here I am, at home, unemployed, in constant pain and I have no help. If I can afford to try again, I will certainly not go to Balin Law. A lost lost 4-5 months.
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Response from Paulette Balin January 11, 2017
Dear Anonymous, Unfortunately, winning is much harder with previous denial unless substantial worsening of condition and/ or landmark age change if physical case. We are sorry to hear about your experience with one of our case workers. We strive to exceed client expectations and it appears we have not met yours. We also encourage our clients to never give up. Please don't hesitate to contact us so we can discuss your options moving forward. We also want to learn more about your experience with us so we can make improvements where necessary. (866) 492-2546 or [email protected]
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Neglects the case then accuses clients of faking when their disabilities prove inconvenient for the courtroom
This attorney knew next to nothing about my SSDI case and the health issues going into it, ultimately telling me I was a bad client because I couldn't hold up my head or speak up well during the hearing--both issues I had brought up with the case worker on multiple occasions leading up to the hearing. The case worker seemed more concerned with telling me how I should fake additional limitations, such as getting up to walk around the room for whatever reason (not possible for me at that time, so it was an absurd suggestion, and I told her as much), so maybe that's why Ms. Balin assumed what she did. At the hearing, her arguments were trite and ineffectual. I have since been able to try a medicine that wasn't available to me before, and with it I've been able to review the paperwork this attorney filed for the case--she killed it, and not in a good way, putting the stress on conditions I only tangentially have dealt with rather than the ones that have actually disabled me, so I can't even take it to the next level. And it's not even a matter of my not telling her everything--I called the case worker regularly with updates, though I couldn't always get through, and my messages weren't always returned. I know now that I should have tried to change attorneys, but I didn't know if it was possible to do so and was in no position or condition to do the research on it--I was that disabled. I'm still disabled, though better off than before for now, and I'm not getting any of the support I earned because of people like her--no, she's not the only one who has let me down, but I really needed her to be in my corner. I've just lost all that time--years of my life just gone, with nothing but medical debt to show for it. And I'm just hoping for a silver lining, that maybe my doctors will start taking my conditions a lot more seriously now that they know I don't get to have that safety net I'm supposed to have.
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Response from Paulette Balin September 27, 2016
Dear Anonymous, I am truly sorry to hear of your experience with our firm. It is our priority to believe in our clients, take on meritorious cases which we felt yours was, and help our clients every step of the way. You mention that this is not the first time you've been let down as it seems you've been let down with other firms in your past and I want to apologize that this has been such an ongoing process for you and that nothing has been resolved in your favor. Please contact me directly so we can discuss further and look at your options moving forward (440) 257-0096 Sincerely, Paulette Balin
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Posted by matt | January 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
they take no pride or personalism in what they do.
This attorney should should be barred from defending people for SSI. I hired this lawyer to handle my case and lost souly due to her and her so called teams unprofessional actions and poor representation.when she lost my case she didn't even have the decency to call me and explain why or give me advise on any other options I could of had. The day of my hearing she new nothing about my case and in 13 months of wait time she never did one peice of research on my case week before court she decided to handle my case.she wasn't even the assigned lawyer on my case until the last minute. Everything in this law firm is operated by a glorified secretary so called case manager. This lady is not personable,respectful or caring at all about you as an individual that's depending on her and her team for much needed help.they are truly only in business for the payout in they end. They take no pride in truly helping people.i rate her and her! All the way not hire this law firm.
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Response from Paulette Balin October 25, 2016
Unfortunately, your case had an unfavorable decision after its second application and the Judge assigned to your case did not see you fit for disability as we did, which is why we decided to take on the case in the first place. We did try and manage your expectations as we had to prove a worsening condition for disability from the time you worked but unfortunately could not prove that. Our firm does fight tooth and nail for all of our clients as we handle cases from the Initial Claim all the way to Federal Court and we have a copious amount of highly favorable reviews ( I am happy to speak with you directly on this matter if you wish to discuss this further and we will take your review and your perspective into consideration with future clients we serve.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2013
When I initially filed my appeal for social security, the contract was for 25 percent of whatever I received in back benefits. After 6 LONG years, the case was won. Balin received 14 grand plus change taken directly out of what I was owed. Today I get papers that they are requesting AN ADDITIONAL 10 grand because "the case took so long ". Had they actually obtained all my medical records and forwarded them to social security in a timely fashion, as they are supposed to do, my case would've been won YEARS AGO. DON'T HIRE THIS LAWYER.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Balin Law, LLC
  • 1980 - Present


  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
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  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
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  • Lake County Bar Association
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  • Ohio State Bar Association
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  • Florida Bar Association
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  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paulette has been practicing law for nearly 40 years and has become a titan in the Social Security disability field. She took me in as a young associate 12 years ago and as my greatest mentor, I continue to benefit daily from her overflowing fountain of wisdom. She is so well-versed in the law that sometimes it seems as though she wrote it herself. She is a relentless advocate for the disabled and will leave no stone unturned. She is able to flawlessly and concisely present a case in both the courtroom and in her brief writing. She is highly respected by the federal judiciary, attorneys, and most importantly, her clients. She truly cares about the well-being of her clients and she is definitely someone you want fighting for you. There is no other disability attorney in the country that I would recommend more highly than Attorney Balin."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms Balin is a consummate professional in social security law because she is able to use her skills, intelligence and solid knowledge of medicine to advocate and win big awards for her social security clients and irrevocably change their lives for the better. Paulette wins her cases, no matter how tough."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paulette Balin for over 37 years when we first worked together at Berger and Kirschenbaum. In 1980, she began her own practice and has worked tirelessly since then, advocating for her clients as well as for people with disabilities in general. Over those many years, my respect for her has increased immeasurably. Not only is she a loyal and steadfast friend, but she extends that very same commitment to her clients, guiding them through the often frustrating process of applying and appealing their claims at all four levels of the administrative process and, if necessary, even to Federal Court. I would call her a lawyer’s lawyer because she exemplifies what is best about the practice of Social Security disability law, balancing her devotion to her clients while offering keen insight into their cases, and, for other attorneys, she presents a model of long term experience and crucial knowledge of legal acumen. She is dynamic and gifted and a tenacious advocate for her clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Paulette is one of the most effective disability litigators I've met to date. She is a zealous advocate for her Social Security clients at the initial level, the reconsideration level, the hearing level, the Appeals Council, and in federal court litigation. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Paulette has dedicated most of her career to representing clients before the Social Security Administration for the pursuit of disability benefits. Her knowledge base and passion makes her stand apart from other lawyers in the community. Paulette and her law firm can assist with all aspects of disability ligation."
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Mentor Social Security & Disability Lawyer Paulette Francine Balin
Paulette Francine Balin
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Mentor, OH
Licensed for 45 years
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