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|MN||Authorized to practice||2011||04/04/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|MN's "10 Best" Social Security Disability Attorney Nomination||American Institute of Legal Counsel||2016|
|Avvo 2016 Social Security Clients Choice Award||Avvo||2016|
|Dean's List||William Mitchell College of Law||2011|
|Cum Laude||William Mitchell College of Law||2011|
|Public Service Award||Minnesota Justice Foundation||2011|
|Norelius Service Award||Gustavus Adolphus College||2008|
|Henry Benson Senior Scholor||Gustavus Adolphus College||2008|
|Psychology Honors Research||Gustavus Adolphus College||2008|
|Summa Cum Laude||Gustavus Adolphus College||2008|
|Dean's List||Gustavus Adolphus College||2008|
|Dean's List||Gustavus Adolphus College||2007|
|Dean's List||Gustavus Adolphus College||2006|
|Associate Attorney||Livgard & Lloyd PLLP||2017 - Present|
|Social Security Disability Attorney||Peggy L. Stevens and Stephanie A. Christel Law Office||2011 - 2017|
|Research Assistant for Professor C. Peter Erlinder||William Mitchell College Of Law||2010 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Ascheman & Smith, LLC||2010 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Peggy L. Stevens Law Office||2009 - 2011|
|Student Attorney||Anoka County Public Defender's Office||2009 - 2009|
|Law clerk||American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota||2009 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Associate of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Attorney Member||2017 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2016 - Present|
|MSBA Social Security Disability Law Section||Attorney Member||2016 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District of Minnesota||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of Minnesota||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Mitchell Hamline Law Review Alumni||Member||2009 - Present|
|National Psychology Honor Society||Member||2006 - Present|
|William Mitchell Law Review||Assistant Editor||2010 - 2011|
|Civil Advocacy Clinic Outreach||Student Attorney||2010 - 2010|
|Vale Corporate Law Moot Court||Member||2010 - 2010|
|Willilam Mitchell Law Review||Staff Member||2009 - 2010|
|American Civil Liberties Union - William Mitchell||President||2009 - 2011|
|Excellence Development Program||Member||2008 - 2011|
|American Bar Association||Student Member||2008 - 2011|
|Minnesota Justice Foundation||Volunteer||2008 - 2011|
|National Anthropology Honor Society||President||2007 - 2008|
|National Sociology Honors Society||Co-President||2007 - 2008|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2011|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||Criminal Justice and Psychology||Bachelor of the Arts||2008|
|Virginia High School||N/A||high school diploma||2005|
|CLE - Social Security Disability||Social Security Disability: Application to District Court Appeals||2016|
|CLE - Social Security Disability||Social Security Disability: Process and Practice||2013|
Posted by Douglas
I hired Stephanie to represent me in my ssdi case. Stephanie won the ssdi case for me. She is a very hands on lawyer and was always ready to talk about the case with me and the direction she was taking the case in. She frequently talked with me about the strategy she was planing and keeping me involved.
Posted by Jacob
As a young couple, my wife and I never expected to be in a situation where we would be navigating the Social Security Disability system. The extent to which we felt lost and mired in forms and protocols left us on edge and uncertain. After making the initial application and subsequent appeals, we reached out to our Worker's Comp lawyer for a Social Security Attorney recommendation, which is how we found Stephanie.
In the first several months, there was not a lot of communication between us and her, but that is the way this whole system works. A lot of the process depends on waiting with some uncertainty. That being said, any time there was any action that needed to be taken, Stephanie was right on top of it. She was always available by phone or email for all of our questions, and trust me there were many. She never made us feel that anything we asked was superfluous or dismissible, and she further reassured us regularly as to our position in the process and what to expect.
She was remarkably accommodating during our pre-trial testimony preparation. We met her at her office where she had thoroughly prepared for our meeting in order to ensure we progressed through the meeting quickly but without missing anything. When my wife became overwhelmed by her back pain, there was a sofa available for her to lay on while we completed the preparations. My wife felt very comfortable with Stephanie and was greatly helped by the preparation time. Neither of us had any idea what kind of questions to expect, but Stephanie gave us great guidance and suggestions on when to elaborate on answers and when to let a question pass rather than provide an incomplete answer. She even gave us some general information about the assigned judge so that my wife would know what to expect.
During the trial, Stephanie was competent, engaged, and totally focused on everyones' testimony. She helped to direct the trial as much as possible to our benefit, aggressively sought to clarify and turn expert testimony in our favor, and reassure my wife even as her pain began to interfere with her ability to concentrate.
After the trial, Stephanie continued her pattern of availability and engagement, reaching out to us whenever there was information to provide and suffering my many emails asking why the process of decision was taking so long.
My wife and I would, with absolute confidence and enthusiasm, recommend Stephanie Christel as counsel and representation to anyone facing the Social Security Administration, especially if you expect a high degree of attention.
Posted by Kimberly
Stephanie was incredibly thorough with my case. She gathered evidence from every provider, not only medical records, but specialized forms that detailed my disability. I firmly believe it was this evidence that allowed the judge to rule in my favor. Communication was clear and timely. I never worried about the state of my case and had every confidence in her abilities. I am relieved to have this over and I firmly believe that it is because of Stephanie. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friends or family.
Ross Russell, Arbitration Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Stephanie knows Social Security law. She is has built a solid reputation as an expert in the field and it is well deserved. She always works hard for her clients and makes sure their rights are protected. I endorse this lawyer.