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R. Matthew Stewart

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Matthew Stewart

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About R.

Learn R.’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    50%

  2. Social Security & Disability
    50%
    Representing injured and disabled individuals

    23 years

Partner at Kraft & Associates, P.C., Attorneys at Law.  Representing inividuals with Personal Injury and Social Security Disability matters.

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Kraft & Associates, P.C.
2777 N Stemmons Fwy
Suite 1300
Dallas, TX, 75207
Kraft & Associates
2777 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 1300
Dallas, TX, 75207
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Posted by Londa | June 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
It's finally over!
The claim process is long and arduous. I got through the first two denials on my own but when it came time to appear before the administrative law judge, I knew I would need an attorney. Even though I had a legal background, I didn't know anybody in the disability field and my friends didn't have any referrals so I went to Google to look at reviews. I'm so glad that I did. I found Matthew Stewart and Kraft & Associates and the reviews were excellent. Obviously, they were true. We had the hearing this morning and my disability was approved. I'm so very thankful to Mr. Stewart and the staff at Kraft & Associates. They are attentive to your case and very responsive. I had a very positive experience and I will certainly recommend them to any one who needs disability counsel.
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Posted by Catherine | August 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kraft & Assc. Law firm in Dallas great help in Social Security Disability Benefits filing
I was recently approved for Social Security Disability benefits on my first application submission which, from all I've read and been told, is a definite minority of those who apply. Initially, most are denied and must appeal, sometimes more than once. At the recommendation of a lawyer I used for another matter, I hired Kraft & Associates this year to help me file for Social Security Disability benefits. The lawyer referring me had hired Matthew Stewart for his own wife's successful disability application, so it was more than just "I've heard these guys are good." The SSD application process, as you would expect, is time-consuming and overwhelming at times. I have been struggling with chronic pain and a long-term illness and my ability to deal with long, involved forms and detailed questions is limited and frustrating. Kraft Law's staff was extremely helpful in walking me through the process, answering my questions in quickly returned phone calls, and clearly explaining what I needed to understand in navigating the applications. They provided a short book by Stewart that addresses many of the most common SSDI questions and issues. I worked directly with Vera Hicks at the firm but received "checking in" letters from Mr. Stewart, just to let me know he was available and involved. Vera was readily available when I needed input and was quick to respond to emails and calls. She treated me with great respect, compassion and patience -- not what I was prepared for from a law firm. If she was not available when I called, I could talk to other staff members to resolve an issue. I will note that I had several of my health care providers committed to supporting my disability claim. Be aware that not all doctors will participate in the disability process because it requires their time for forms and input. Overall, I found the folks at Kraft Law to be very supportive in a very difficult situation for me. It gave me peace of mind to know I didn't have to navigate the application alone.
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Posted by David | June 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Unbelievable
We were beginning to give up after hearing horror stories about disability claims but our lawyer referred us to Matthew. His empathy and hard work paid off and my wife was awarded disability with back pay.
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Disability Expertise
Mr. Stewart knows his stuff. He knows the ins and the outs of Social Security Disability and was very helpful.
Posted by Dixie | September 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
For R. Matthew Stewart
"Anyone needing assistance with VA claims, Matthew is the BEST!!! He knows his stuff....He's always accessable and he does keep you informed during the whole process. He doesn't give up and always has encouraging words to keep plugging. His support has been priceless..."
Posted by Sandra | December 15, 2015
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Everyone in the office was efficient, courteous and genuinely care about their clients. I highly recommend this practice and appreciate everything they have done for us. I was amazed at how fast they got my husband approved for his disability.
Posted by Elizabeth | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Such a GREAT experience!!!!!!!
My husband has been very ill and having mini-strokes since a major stroke in 2007. Mr. Stewart and his amazing team including Vera and Tressa helped us to get disability for him. They walked us through every step of the process and we have been so pleased with the outcome. I will be able to take care of my husband and it has brought joy and hope to our entire family, as well as many of our friends who prayed daily as I did for this wonderful outcome!!!!
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Posted by Paula | December 8, 2013
Social Security Disabiliy Case
Matthew Stewart was my attorney for my disability case. He handled my case from start to finish, for three plus years. I lost my first case, and Mr. Stewart encouraged me to continue fighting. It was a very long process. He believed in me and my case and kept me informed throughout. His office handled all paperwork, and requests from the social security office. Because of Mr. Stewarts knowledge and insight of the social security process, we won our case. There is no way I could have done this on my own, with it being such a tedious process dealing with social security. The most important thing about Mr. Stewart was he cared personally about my case. I would highly recommend Matt if you have a social security case that you are trying to win. He will tell you upfront if he thinks you have a valid case or not, and he will stand by you and fight.
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Posted by Erin | October 8, 2013
Recommend HIGHLY!! So thankful I found him.
He was my disability attorney. Going in I was VERY nervous. I had actually contacted another well known firm. They expected me to basically PROVE my disability to them by sending them ALL my medical files PRIOR to them telling me if they would take me as a client. I guess they wanted to keep their stats up or something. Mr Davis was with Kraft and assoc and with them, the experience was very different. They wanted to know about my case but didn't expect me to hand the entire case over to them all done and in a pretty bow like the other firm. Later I met with Mr Stewart. He had all of my medical history there and the file was so huge I was a bit taken back. I knew I had a substantial history but to see it there on paper was a bit shocking. He had done such a thorough job of gaining all of my history for the claim. Mr Stewart was very informative. He explained the process to me very well. During the hearing I was pretty shaken up. The judges can be a bit rough in these cases. When my hearing ended I just wanted to get out of that room as fast as I could! I was standing out in the hall when Mr Stewart came out and told me that my case had been won. Having no experience in this, I had no idea that when the judge ended the hearing prior to having the vocational expert testify it meant my case had been established on the medical testimony already given. I was SO relieved. After my experience with the social security disability process, I was SO thankful to have Mr Stewart's help. I do not think I would have been able to get approved without him. Not because I am not truly disabled. I have advanced lupus with seizures and all the other things that come with it. PROVING that means you are disabled according to the guidelines of the social security office is a whole other thing! It is a very difficult process to get through, with lots of guidelines that you have to know and understand. Having an attorney that knows and understands exactly what they are needing to prove your inability to work is worth its weight in gold. I feel very very strongly that having Mr Stewart's help is why I was able to get approved within 1 year of filing. If I had retained his help when I did my original filing I probably would not have been denied in the first place. I have known others that have had attorneys help them and were never approved. The attorney's did not even meet with them except right before going in to the adjudication hearing. This is not how Mr Stewart handled my case at all. I could not recommend him more to anyone that needs an attorney. You need someone that is familiar with the social security system. You also need an attorney that treats you like more than just another number. Mr Stewart is absolutely one of those attorneys.
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Posted by Sharon | October 3, 2013
My experience with attorney R. Matthew Stewart
I cannot endorse Matthew Stewart highly enough. I had reservations about being able to receive my disability benefits. Mr. Stewart took the time to explain the strength of my particular case and encouraged me to proceed with my claim. He spent the time necessary to help me to feel comfortable before entering the courtroom as I found the experience intimidating. He was extremely professional and assured in the courtroom as we handled my hearing. I was so grateful to receive a favorable hearing and I feel that I owe it all to Matthew Stewart's abilities. You simply cannot go wrong letting him handle your case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kraft & Associates
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bailey, Galyen & Gold
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Kraft & Associates
  • 2001 - 2004

Education

  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of North Texas
  • MA - Masters
  • 1995
  • University of North Texas
  • BA
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bradley v. Barnhart
  • Case was reversed and rendered with orders to pay benefits by the Social Security Administration.

Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Continuint Legal Education Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • North Dallas Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Rockwall County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Texas State Representative
  • 2009 - 2010
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2001 - 2016
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Service Award
  • North Dallas Bar Association
  • 2015

Publications

  • MADD Victim Assistance Training Institute
  • Social Security Disability Programs, Giving A Voice: Advocating for the Injured Victim/Survivor
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Long-Hauler Support Group Webinar
  • Long COVID Cases As Evaluated by the Social Security Administration
  • 2023
  • FOSSCR Fall Conference
  • Effective and Equitable Practice in the Age of COVID
  • 2020
  • Oceans Behavioral Hospital of Abilene: In Service Continuing Education
  • Assisting Your Clients With Social Security Disability Claims
  • 2019
  • Victim Services Webinar
  • How Social Security Disability Can Benefit Your Clients
  • 2017
  • North Dallas Bar Association December Meeting
  • 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know In Representing Injured and Disabled Individuals
  • 2014
  • Contact: Professional Lecture Series
  • PTSD, Moving Beyond the Military Context
  • 2013
  • Rockwall County Bar Association
  • 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Social Security Disability
  • 2011
  • North Dallas Bar Association
  • Comparing Disability Programs: SSA and VA
  • 2011
  • North Dallas Bar Association
  • 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Social Security Disability
  • 2009
  • Handling A Social Security Disability Case in Texas
  • Disability Law
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I send all my social security disability cases to Matt."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and would recommend him to anyone in need of counsel for their Social Security claim in Texas. Mr. Stewart's responsiveness, knowledge of Social Security law, and dedication to helping those in need is evidence in his responses on this forum."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew and I co-presented a Social Security continuing legal education program, and I was extremely impressed with his depth of knowledge of the subject, as well as his ability to clearly communicate a complicated area of law within a very rigid timeframe. I beleive he would handle SOcial Security cases in his area of the country very competently, and I highly recommend him. Linda Ziskin"
Litigation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough and honest. His reputation is excellent."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt and I served on a panel together. His knowledge of his practice area was superb. I would highly recommend him if in need of someone to assist with Social Security matters in Texas."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently referred a client whom I was representing in a catastrophic injury case to Mr. Stewart . Mr. Stewart was able to assist the client in making a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Whenever I have a client that needs representation in Social Security matters, Mr. Stewart is the first lawyer I call."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this conscientious and knowledgeable lawyer. Matt Stewart has been practicing exclusively in the social security disability arena for many years, and is at the top of his game. We send our social security work to Mr. Stewart and his firm for this reason."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have worked with Matthew Stewart for 11 years, both before and after he became a lawyer. He has worked in the Social Security disability field all that time and as a lawyer he has handled hundreds of Social Security disability claims at every level. Matthew is thorough and extremely competent. He has an excellent success rate on his claims, and I recommend him without reservation."
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Dallas Social Security & Disability Lawyer R. Matthew Stewart
R. Matthew Stewart
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 22 years
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