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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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1978||05/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Named #1 Social Security Lawyer in Illinois||Leading Lawyer Network||2013|
|Distinguished Service Award||Chicago Volunteer Legal Services||1997|
|Owner||Jan L. Kodner and Associates, Ltd.||1980 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Leading Lawyer's Network||Member||2002 - Present|
|The Ark||Volunteer Attorney||1985 - Present|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives||Member||1984 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Chairman of Social Security Subcommittee||1991 - 1992|
|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. 2001cv02116||Case approved after remand|
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|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|University of Illinois||Accounting||BS - Bachelor of Science||1975|
|APEX CLE Online Presentation||Management of Your Social Security Caseload and Practice||2013|
|Social Security Disability Bootcamp||Social Security Disability||2012|
|Helping Clients Through the Social Security Disability Process--Online Presentation||Social Security Disability Law||2012|
|Your Aging Clients, Their Parents and You||Social Security Disability||2011|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives||The Essentials of Social Security Disability Law||2008|