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Jan Lane Kodner

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Jan Kodner is a lifelong Chicagoan.  He is a graduate of Von Steuben High School.  He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a degree in accounting in 1975.  After studying the subject and finding it incredibly tedious, he vowed never to practice in that field and decided to try law school instead.  He then graduated with honors from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1978. 


Jan has practiced in the Social Security Disability field for over 30 years.  He is a past chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Subcommittee on Social Security Law. He is also a sustaining member of the National Association of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR). He served as a board member of the SSI Coalition for a Responsible Safety Net. Jan has presented many talks and continuing legal education sessions at NOSSCR and CBA conferences. He is a member of the AARP Legal Plan. Jan received a Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation in 1997. He is on the referral panels of the AARP Legal Plan, Chicago Bar Association, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, NOSSCR and The Ark.


Jan also served as producer and director of his children's middle school variety show from 2001 through 2004. He has written such classics as The Age of Asparagus, Under a C, Hebrew School Dropout, and Yellow Luncheon Meat. He vows to never again set foot into a middle school auditorium.  He still writes ribald song parodies for friends and family, to their embarrassment.


His interests include bike riding, nature, pinball, nerdy fantasy fiction and his family.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 100%



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    I endorse this lawyer.Jan is an outstanding attorney in the field. He is recognized as an expert in the area. I have relied on him for advice and consult with him for his vast knowledge,


    Leon Fox Social security Attorney
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    I endorse this lawyer. Know and worked together for over twenty five years Top in his area, honest and hard worker, Always a good result.


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Contact info

Jan L Kodner and Associates

53 West Jackson Blvd.
Suite 760
Chicago, IL, 60604-3430


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Named #1 Social Security Lawyer in IllinoisLeading Lawyer Network2013
Distinguished Service AwardChicago Volunteer Legal Services1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJan L. Kodner and Associates, Ltd.1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leading Lawyer's NetworkMember2002 - Present
The ArkVolunteer Attorney1985 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember1984 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationChairman of Social Security Subcommittee1991 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Thompson v. Sullivan, 933 F 2nd 581 (7th Cir., 1991)Reversed and remanded--benefits awarded on new hearing
Iwachniuk v. Chater, 926 F Supp 753 (ND, Ill., 1996)Reversed and Social Security ordered to pay benefits
Flores v. Massanari. 2001cv02116Case approved after remand
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of IllinoisAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
APEX CLE Online PresentationManagement of Your Social Security Caseload and Practice2013
Social Security Disability BootcampSocial Security Disability2012
Helping Clients Through the Social Security Disability Process--Online PresentationSocial Security Disability Law2012
Your Aging Clients, Their Parents and YouSocial Security Disability2011
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesThe Essentials of Social Security Disability Law2008