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Aline Iodice Gaba

Social Security & Disability Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   29 reviews

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Aline Gaba earned her Juris Doctorate from the California Western School of Law in 2007, graduating with honors in the Health Law and Policy concentration. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is a certified rehabilitation counselor. Aline has extensive legal experience in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury and disability law. She has served as a law clerk for the Dept. of Justice, investigating Medi-Cal fraud and elder abuse. Aline is dedicated to helping disabled and injured people obtain social security benefits and helps her clients through all stages of the disability application process.

 

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Licensed for 15 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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San Diego Disability Law Group
1901 First Avenue
Suite 104
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Julieann | May 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aline I. Gaba, impressive and affective representation
Aline Gaba represented my daughter in her appeal to the SSA for permanent disability status, ably guiding us through a process that lasted fourteen months. From the first meeting, and throughout the entire time, Ms. Gaba was calm, patient, and thorough as she outlined the process and advised us about what documents and records would be required to give our case the best chance of success. It was a lot. But she prepared me by being clear about the odds for cases like ours, and supported me by being accessible, responsive, and by sharing the benefits of her experience. This helped motivate me to organize the records I already had and to acquire the additional documentation that would strengthen our appeal. One’s first court experience can be daunting; mine was a positive one, handled well by a skilled attorney.
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Posted by James | September 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable & Experienced!
Through the very lengthy process of Social Security appeals, Ms. Gaba showed great patience with me and determined diligence to the end. After successfully crossing the finish line and winning my appeal, I look back and know I could not have done it without her. I am very thankful for her support and encouragement! I have already recommended her services and will do so again! Thank you so much Aline!
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2020
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Intelligent and Compassionate Social Security Attorney
I hired attorney Gaba to represent me at the Hearing level of my SSDI application. Attorney Gaba thoroughly prepared me for discussion of the evidence in my medical record with the judge. The time was finally here. Once we were all connected on the phone (hearing was conducted on the phone due to the pandemic), the judge alluded to a Summary Brief that attorney Gaba submitted on my behalf. After the formalities, the judge made an on-the-record approval. Her brief, succinctly and clearly summarized the evidence in my record for the judge, and was instrumental in him making a favorable decision from the facts without moving to the hearing. I would highly recommend attorney Gaba as your Social Security Attorney. Amazing!
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Posted by A. | November 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!!
I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with Aline for a couple of years on a disability case. She was always prepared for our meetings, discussed what type of information she needed from us, and we discussed our expectations both positive and negative. Additionally, the Judge responsible For making the decision on my case complimented Aline on her work and performance. I was and still am very impressed.
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Posted by Paula | October 1, 2018
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Uniquely Skilled and Dedicated to Your Case
When I had my first consultation with Aline Gaba her I found her very kind and patient with me as I explained my situation and why I needed her services for an appeal after having received two previous denials for disability. Aline let me know that I had a good case based on the extensive documentation I provided and my health situation. She was realistic with me so I had a ballpark time frame for when I would likely see a judge, when I would receive the decision, and when I would receive notice of benefits if I won my case. I hired Aline Gaba for my disability claim and her ballpark timeframes were right on all counts. While we waited for my court date, she prepared a list of things for me to provide her, like doctor’s notes and timelines, etc. I did everything she asked. When my court date came it was an open and shut case. I believe my case’s success was due to her organization, experience to what the court needs, and her thoroughness. She is a warm person, compassionate, and dedicated to your case. The thing that really stuck out to me was that, besides being a meticulous attorney, she makes sure that you are prepped and ready to show the court your case in an honest and complete way. I really felt like she represented me exactly how I would have represented someone I loved if I were an attorney. From the moment I met her I knew she would take care of my case and me. Aline Gaba is a uniquely skilled attorney and I will forever be grateful for her. My only regret is not calling her sooner.
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Posted by Jenna | August 30, 2018
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Aline was very helpful
I met with and ultimately hired Aline after the attorney I had for 2 years dropped my case just a few months before it was going to be seen in court. She was incredibly understanding, kind and helpful throughout the entire process. She prepared me about what to expect well and had good feedback after the hearing. After dealing with this for so long I had become numb to it so I wouldn't get my hopes up about the process so I wasn't sure what to think of how it went and she reassured me that it went well and that she felt optimistic. She was right, only took 8 days for the judge to issue his decision in my favor.
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Posted by Joanne | July 2, 2018
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I would highly recommend!
I filed for Social Security disability due to fibromyalgia. I was denied a few months later and given an opportunity to appeal. I knew I needed an experienced SSDI attorney to help me with my case. I met Aline Gaba for a consultation and she was very familiar with my condition. She was very professional and exhibited empathy towards me and my day to day struggle with this condition. She thoroughly explained the process of appealing the decision I received and requesting a hearing if the appeal is denied. My case ended up going to a hearing and due to the efficient preparation prior to the hearing, it went well and the judge ruled in my favor. I am very thankful for Aline’s help and would recommend her to anyone needing a disability attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2018
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Oustanding Disability Legal Services
Ms. Gaba provided exceptional legal support throughout my father's disability process. She is attentive to details and knowledgeable in her field by providing valuable feedbacks with regards to steps leading to final judgment day. More importantly, she is professional and respectful. We highly recommend her legal services.
Posted by Kim | June 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, compassionate and easy to talk to
I have severe social anxiety and was extremely apprehensive about talking with an attorney. I called Ms. Gaba’s office at the last minute, just weeks before my hearing. I was a nervous wreck about going to her office for our first appointment. I shouldn’t have worried. It only took about 5 minutes for her to put me at ease and to feel comfortable. My case had some extremely sensitive issues and she handled them with ease and diplomacy and never once did I feel awkward or embarrassed. I have recommended Ms. Gaba to several friends and will continue to do so. Along with being a wonderful attorney, Ms. Gaba is a wonderful and compassionate human being.
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Posted by yvonne | June 4, 2018
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excellent lawyer
Ms. Gaba was very strong in her responses to the judge and was very prepared in her defense of me. With my 2500 pages of medical records I was very impressed how well she new me. We won!
Posted by Michael | October 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Best lawyer to have on your side
I am a 44yr old male living with Multiple Sclerosis. After being turned down for SSI & SSDI as well as being denied after my appeal; I figured I would just have to live out the remainder of my years suffering. After a few more years of medical bills & no work, I was left financially broken believing I had nothing left to look forward to. So, I decided to apply for SSI & SSDI once again. To my dismay, I was again denied. At that point I made the decision to seek outside assistance. I spent the next couple weeks researching & contacting various lawyers about my situation. All of the lawyers I was able to speak with seemed to make me feel uneasy (as if they didn't really care about my situation)...feeling a bit discouraged, I moved onward with my search. I then came across "San Diego Disability Law Group" & clicked on the free claim evaluation they have on their website. After a few basic questions, clicked submit & waited in anticipation. The following morning I received a phone call from Aline. The 1st thought in my head was "great, another person i have to attempt to explain my situation to, who probably doesn't care"...Boy, was I ever wrong. As I spent the next hour or so speaking with her about my situation & troubles I had previously; she assured me that she would do the best she could to help me if I elected to have her represent me with my SSI claim. I could sense the sincerity, honesty & calming influence in her voice and was more than excited to have her represent me. I then explained to her that due to my mobility issues from the Multiple Sclerosis, I no longer had a drivers license & that I was unable to drive to her office. With that in mind she agreed to work through things with me via email & phone. we exchanged pleasantries & hung up the phone. About 1/2hr later I received the agreement forms from Aline in my email. My excitement started to grow & for the first time in years I had a feeling that everything was finally going to turn out alright. I filled out the forms Aline sent to me & returned them. Over the next few months I forwarded everything I got regarding SSI/SSA to Aline & followed the advice she gave me each step of the way. Aline was always very prompt & professional when responding to any of my questions or concerns. There was 1 time that another lady contacted me after I had sent information & was awaiting a response. The other lady was very courteous & wanted to inform me that Aline was unavailable at the moment & would take care of my questions as soon as she could or if it was something urgent, she could help take care of my concerns. This did not bother me in the slightest bit, because after all is said & done... Aline is out there fighting to help others who cannot help themselves. I hired Aline in mid-July, 2017. Over the next few months she was able to get the SSA organization to schedule the exams needed, collect additional medical history information required to help my case from my own doctors and probably a bunch of other things that I am unaware of. Here it is, the end of October 2017 & I received a letter of APPROVAL with a check for back pay from SSI. This was a very unexpected turn of events (since it has only been approximately 3mo's). To be honest, after talking with others who've attempted or have gotten awarded/declined SSI/SSDI or other programs. Almost everyone of them claimed it took them 1-2+ yrs to go through the process before receiving a final decision. Choosing Aline to represent me was the BEST decision I could have ever made with regards to the issues needing to be resolved. I believe she has the "Midas touch"... not because she can turn things to gold... rather because I feel like she has a true heart of gold & anything she lays her hands on to assist in will have the BEST outcome possible. I apologize to the readers for the long review. However, I felt it only proper to tell my story and share the experience I had after hiring Aline. best wishes to all
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2017
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Great Lawyer
She is very well organized and on the ball, she is very sharp in the court room I was very impressed and she won my case I would totally recommend her
Posted by Kerry | April 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Hired
Aline went over the case repeatedly each step of the way and followed up with me on the process knowing I was not able to comprehend or remember what I was to do. She made sure all filings were done and my rights were protected. At our initial consultation, she brought a very human element into what is a very difficult and emotionally draining process. I am still waiting for my determination from the judge, but feel that Aline has fought with me as though the retainer structure was quite substantial and that my personal outcome truly matters. Her emotional support has helped in ways I can't measure and I am grateful.
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Posted by Enrique | March 22, 2017
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Excellence
From the first meeting you have with Aline will note her sincerity & compassion and attention to detail. She was very thorough with all aspects of the case and communicated this with excellence. Very great follow up in all her communication! I even received an email back from her on the weekend which I did not expect till Monday or Tuesday. This was really surprising!! She and her staff will take good care of you and get your case settled, if you choose her to represent you. My hats off to her for getting this matter resolved for myself and my family. Enrique
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2017
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Compassionate and knowledgeable
I hired Ms. Gaba to help me with my SSA hearing. I am under the age of forty and suffer from a mental illness. Ms. Gaba had experience working with people like me. That was very reassuring. She also was easy to open up to and I did not feel judged. In addition, she was patient with my questions regarding the process and kept me informed. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Angie | March 31, 2016
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Excellent Service, Very Informative & Knowledgeable
I had met with a few attorneys prior to meeting Aline and her partner, the other attorneys seemed less interested in my actual case and were going to take my case no matter whether they seemed to think they would actually win. When I met Aline, I was thoroughly interviewed about my Disability and she and her partner discussed it before accepting my case, telling me that they only took cases they believed they could win. This really impressed me and gave me the confidence that she would work hard on my case to fight for me. My case lasted almost three years, and Aline was with me every step of the way insuring that I met all my deadlines and gave me realistic expectations as Sri what was coming next, even if it wasn't what I wanted to hear, she was correct every time! I really appreciated her professionalism and patience with me along the way. It has been a long path, but she gave me all the tools I needed to get through this and the court all of the detailed information of my complicated case they needed to finally approve me!! Aline was fantastic to work with and I would recommend her to anyone I know in my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2015
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Social Security-Disibility
Aline help me win my case. I tried to go it alone but didn't realize the extent that needed to be done. Aline walked me through each process. Aline got all the proper paperwork to the Judge before my hearing date which helped him with the facts of my case before I even seen him. Very helpful with all my concerns. Would recommend her highly.
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Posted by John | September 13, 2015
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Restoring hope
She heard some of my history and showed compassion. I know that I made the right decision once the interview had finished. Prior to interview I was confused and totally unsure if my medical history was enouph. She gave me a to do list, giving me a comfortabe feLing I never thought.possible. I have confidence this time. Thank You.
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Posted by Richard | September 4, 2015
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The Professional; D
Ms. Gabba represented me in my Social Security Disability Insurance case and she did a great job. I interviewed five Lawyers and worked with two before I ultimately chose her. I was super nervous and anxious when we went to the hearing with the Administrative Law Judge. But she he was very prepared and she laid out my case comprehensively and with confidence. The Doctor from Social Security was there (by phone) and it was obvious he had not studied the case very well. She successfully corrected him at least four times and pushed back assertively when he tried to marginalize my medical problems. The Judge even told her she had done a good job representing me which was a surprise. We won my case right on the spot! In retrospect it’s clear she had been doing everything possible to create this outcome. She told me everything that I needed to do and I did it. Also, I told her a bunch of stuff that was, for the most part, not relevant to my case, yet she was very patient with me. I RECOMMEND HER!
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Posted by Christina | August 31, 2015
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Disability
I Called and Mrs Gaba scheduled a meeting right away. I hired her , she and her colleague always answered my questions. She made me feel better about everything. Right before court she prepared me and made me able to go into court prepared. Wonderful Attorney.
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Cost

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

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • San Diego Disability Law Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Atcheson & Kepler Attorneys at Law
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • California Dept of Justice, Attorney General's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Heppner & Elwood, Attorneys at Law
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • California Western SOL
  • Law
  • 2007
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2001
  • Wake Forest Univ
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Claim for SSDI/SSI Benefits
  • Fully Favorable

Associations

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Greater San Diego Business Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego Caregiver Coalition
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Health Law Society
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • The Journal of Biolaw & Business
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Honors in the Health Law Concentration
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2007
  • Academic Achievement Award
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2007
  • Dean's List
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2007
  • Dean's List
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2006
  • Academic Achievement Award
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Bulletin of Health Policy & Law
  • Harlick v. Blue Shield of California: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Incorporates California's Mental Health Parity Act Into Health Insurance
  • 2012
  • Psychiatry Research
  • The Stability Over Time of Patient Attitudes Toward ECT
  • 2003
  • The Journal of Biolaw & Business
  • Coronary Drug-Eluting Stents May Cause Death and Myocardial Infarction
  • N/A
  • The Journal of Biolaw & Business
  • Study Finds Health Care Spending in the U.S. is Generally Worth the Cost
  • N/A
  • The Journal of Biolaw & Business
  • Legislation Encourages Donation of Umbilical Cord Blood to Provide Non-Controversial Stem Cells
  • N/A
  • The Journal of Biolaw & Business
  • Legitimacy of Mammograms in Preventing Breast Cancer Deaths
  • N/A
  • The Journal of Biolaw and Business
  • Face Transplants and the Difficulties of Obtaining Research Approval
  • N/A
  • The Journal of ECT
  • What Predicts Patients' Expressed Likelihood of Choosing Electroconvulsive Therapy as a Future Treatment Option?
  • N/A
  • The Journal of ECT
  • Non-Response and Early Relapse: Two Cases of Subsequent Response to Venlafaxine
  • N/A
  • The Journal of ECT
  • The Relationship between Changes in Learning and Memory After Right Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting for the Association of Convulsive Therapy
  • Seizure Length in Electroconvulsive Therapy Using Methohexital or Thiopental
  • 2004
  • Annual Meeting of the Association for Convulsive Therapy
  • The Stability Over Time of Patient Attitudes Toward ECT
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
SSDI Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Aline for social security and disability law matters. She is extremely competent, professional, and dedicated. She truly goes above and beyond to fight for her Clients rights. I have consulted with Aline on my own cases and worked with some of her past clients. Her clients have shared with me their great satisfaction with her knowledge, strong advocacy, and kindness. I have been equally impressed with Aline’s abilities and kindness."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Aline is professional and has extensive knowledge in her area of law. She is well respected in the San Diego legal community. Aline prides herself on caring for each one of her clients from the beginning of their case to the end."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Ms. Gaba as an attorney. She is intelligent, professional and extremely successful in achieving her clients' goals. Highly recommended!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aline Gaba is a talented attorney I have known for many years. She is a zealous advocate and very knowledgeable of her areas of practice."
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