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Kerry Jane Spencer

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Southfield, MI

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1990
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kerry

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Practice area
  1. Social Security & Disability
    I have practice social security law exclusively for over 30 years, having handled thousands of social security cases at all levels of adjudication including administrative levels and the Federal Court levels.

    38 years, 300 cases

Ms. Spencer has exclusively practiced Social Security law her entire legal career.

Being in private litigation for over 25 years, and having handled thousands of social security cases, I have a lot of knowledge as to how a case should proceed and what short of proofs will be needed to accomplish the goal of favorably adjudicating a case. I meet with staff attorneys who work for the Administrative Law Judges, to explore settlement issues such as appropriate onset dates of disability, whether a claimant meets the listings of impairments, whether there are medical opinions or objective medical testing needed. When participating in these conferences, I find ways to clarify the issues of a case. More importantly, I try to resolve these issues. At the same time, I strive to get to the truth of the matters at hand while making sure the administrative record is properly created to insure the fundamental fairness of the process for the claimant. I extensively write briefs, both at the administrative level and the Federal Court level. I represent, on average, 20 clients per month, at their Social Security Administrative hearings. For each hearing, I write a Proposed Finding of Facts and Conclusions of Law. These briefs contain a detailed summary of the medical evidence in the administration file along with my legal arguments. If a claimant is denied by the Administrative Law Judge, I write an appeal to the Appeals Council. I file appeals in Federal Court, for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, which requires extensive writing of briefs in the form of Statement of Errors, Motion for Summary Judgments, Replies to Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, and Objections to the Magistrate’s Report and Recommendations. I also, on occasion, write appeal briefs for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have several published cases.

I handle all the Federal Court appeals which require me to evaluate whether an Administrative Law Judge’s decision merits appeal to the Federal Courts. I meticulously review hundreds of administrative records to evaluate whether errors have been made by the Administrative Law Judge in denying a Social Security disability claim. I identify the appealable issues based on the medical issues, current laws and procedural issues. I outline the appealable issues while weighing the likelihood of success of an appeal to Federal Court. After my thorough evaluation, I decide whether I will start a civil action in Federal District Court.

I regular teach seminars and believe that in order to be able to teach a subject, you must know it cold which means not only intensely studying the subject matter but regularly being in court to “practice what you teach”. What makes me unique is that I am one of the few attorneys that handle cases from the initial application to the Federal Court of Appeals. I have several published Federal Court cases and author a daily blog and Facebook that talks about new and pressing Social Security issues to keep people abreast of any and all Social Security topics. I have represented thousands of claimants in Social Security cases during the course of my professional career as I have exclusively practiced Social Security Disability and SSI law since 1990 and maintain an active Social Security caseload. I am currently a board member for the State Bar of Michigan Social Security Section. My goal is to help educate case managers and social workers so they can prepare for the difficult process of qualifying for benefits.

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Walkon Law Center PC
25925 Telegraph Rd Ste 100
Southfield, MI, 48033-2584

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Posted by Eddie | July 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Flawless Execution
Kerry Spencer is a true professional. My previous council lost my case and immediately dropped me as a client. Kerry took the time to COMPLETELY hear me out about the details of my case. I had other Attorney's tell me my case was not "financially responsible" to attempt. Apparently, not for Attorney Spencer who WON the case! The whole time the firm had great communication on what they needed me to do and they kept me informed on what they were doing. Kerry is also very patient. I'm a Disabled Veteran with many painful injuries which have a huge impact on my mood, more often than not. Kerry was cool, calm, and collected when addressing me, even when I was not. In 20/20 hindsight, I would have hired her from the beginning because Social Security is all she does. Why go to a "Swiss Army Knife" law firm when you can pick up a precision tool and get the job done right? Lesson learned on my part, do not make the same mistake I did. Thank you again, Kerry! I am forever grateful for everything you did for me!
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Spencer walked us thru the whole process as to what would happen...and since this was an appeal, we appreciated all of her efforts to guide us in the right direction. I highly recommend Attorney Spencer, as she was open and honest about the strengths and weaknesses of our case.
Posted by Rene' | February 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
very happy
Even though my case was extremely long, Kerry made an approval decision happen. I am so greatful to have the help that I needed! Great lawyer! I highly recommend!
Posted by Paul | November 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Could not be more helpful during such a trying time. It was a pleasure dealing with you and your team. THANKS!
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2018
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Very knowledgeable and thoughtful attorney
I consulted with Kerry Jane Spencer after she provided a very helpful and thorough response to a question of mine. I am extremely grateful and impressed by her knowledge base and the way she took the time to thoroughly answer my concerns regarding SSDI. This is such an important trait in an attorney that is hard to find!
Posted by Tanya | November 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Was great working with Kerry Spencer she was very helpful throughout the whole process.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Center for Social Secuirty Rights
  • 1990 - Present


  • Ms. Spencer received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Harrison v. Commissioner, United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (published decision).
  • The ALJ did not give good reasons for discounting the opinions of the treating doctors.
  • Seay v. Commissioner (published decision). United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • The ALJ relied on flawed vocational testimony to the extent that it was based on the assumption that Seay had transferable skills acquired from his past jobs.
  • Meurer v. Commissioner (published decision).United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Case No. 12-cv-12506.
  • The Sixth Circuit rejected the proposition that all afflictions must be spelled out but the hypothetical question should include an accurate portrayal of a claimant's individual physical and mental impairments.
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  • State Bar of Michigan, Social Security Lawyers Section
  • Secretary
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Social Security Lawyers Section
  • Chair
  • 2004 - 2005
  • State Bar of Michigan, Social Security Lawyers Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2002 - 2003
  • State Bar of Michigan, Social Security Lawyers Section
  • Tresurer
  • 2001 - 2002
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Leadership
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2005


Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Seminar on Social Security Law
  • Security Disability Law
  • 2018

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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kerry is a truly compassionate attorney dedicated to providing exceptional representation to her clients. She is active in continuing education and generously shares her knowledge with the legal community. Never backing down from a challenge, Kerry is someone you want to fight in your corner."
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