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