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Jennifer Helen Zorrilla

Social Security & Disability Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   39 reviews

also known as Law Office of Jennifer Zorrilla

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  • State Years
    California - CA 21 years
    Washington - WA 24 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Social Security & Disability
    100%
    Social Security Disability and SSI denials.

    17 years

PERSONAL ATTENTION TO YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME CLAIMS!

I have been an attorney since 1999. I am licensed to practice law in California, the State of Washington, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, and the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit. I have represented individuals in administrative hearings since 2003 and have experience litigating federal civil cases against the Social Security Administration. Before practicing Social Security disability law, I worked as a welfare and government benefits attorney and as an assistant public defender. I am a sustaining National Organization for Social Security Representatives (NOSSCR) member and enjoy attending their yearly conference. I am also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lawyer's Club of San Diego. 

As a sole practitioner, I represent clients with their Social Security Disability/SSI benefits denials.   I work closely with every client to ensure they have the best representation. You will only work with me during representation. I enjoy getting to know my clients and assisting them in the appeals process. I am from Washington State and have lived in San Diego since 2002. I love dogs and enjoy spending time with my Micro Mini Goldendoodle!

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2019,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2019 2016 + 2 ...

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Location

Law Office of Jennifer Zorrilla
Law Office of Jennifer Zorrilla
8880 Rio San Diego Drive Ste 800
San Diego, CA, 92108
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by CHRISTINE | January 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Happy and oh so grateful.
I highly recommend attorney Jennifer Zorilla for assisting and guiding you through your disability claim. Jennifer was very professional and knowledgeable from day one until the day of my actual hearing. This was a very stressful experience for me until the day I met Jennifer. Jennifer put my mind at ease, what a blessing.
Posted by Mark | July 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Social Security Attorney
With having to wait for nearly a year before going in front of a Administrator Law Judge at a SSDI hearing. You better make sure that you hire the best Social Security attorney in San Diego. That would be Jennifer Zorrilla. Ms. Zorrilla is extremely knowledgeable, hard working and very thorough in making sure all of your medical files are submitted to the ALJ prior to your hearing. The work that she did on my pretrial Brief was amazing and the pretrial meeting prior to the hearing was so helpful, making the hearing way less onerous. Ms. Zorrilla never once failed to respond to all the numerous inquiries I made regarding my case. She always responded, usually the same day, with detailed explanations, keeping in constant touch with me through out the whole process. Because of Ms. Zorrilla professionalisms, knowledge of the Social Security system, vast experience dealing with the judges (ALJ), I was able to go through the year long process with peace of mind and confidence of winning my case. I highly recommend Ms. Zorrilla if you want to go into your hearing with the best chance of winning.
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Posted by Teanne | September 3, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
When I met Jennifer I felt immediately at ease. She is knowledgeable and friendly. I knew that my case would be handled competently and that I would be kept in the loop regarding the progress of said case. Through the long, drawn out process of waiting for a hearing date (huge localized number of cases makes wait time quite long!) Jennifer kept in touch, and was always available for questions. I am so pleased with the outcome of my case that I have referred my daughter to Jennifer.
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Posted by Jennifer | August 25, 2016
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The best!
From the first phone call to the last letter, Jennifer was on top of everything, reassuring and professional. She is an expert in Social Security Disability. I give her the highest recommendation! I would send friends and family to her. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.
Posted by Christal | June 3, 2015
Jennifer really came through for me!
I approached Jennifer after I got my first denial letter from Social Security. We met in March of 2013 to consult with me, looked at my records and told me if she felt I had a case or not. After looking over all the information I had she began telling us what steps would need to be taken to forward my case and how she and we would have to go about completing them. We went through a process that she made very easy for me. Most of the legwork was on her side; she was very active in getting the information Social Security was asking for and keeping me up to date on my part. She kept in contact with me via phone and email; I felt the entire time that she was competent and working towards me getting a favorable decision. When Social Security made a mistake with my case and my calls to them wouldn't fix it, I got another denial notice. Jennifer sat down with me to discuss the appeal process and how long it would take. No time during this wait did she make me any promises that she wouldn't be able to fulfill. And she gave me a timetable that sounded insane but was completely accurate on how long it would be before my case would go to hearing. In September 2014 my hearing came up and Jennifer was knowledgeable of the judge I would be facing to tell me what I could expect from him. In preparing me for the date she sat with me and went over what the process would be, who would be in the room, and why they would be there. While in the hearing Jennifer was on point: knew my case, my medical history, and my social ability. She was able to answer all the questions the judge asked without any hesitation or having to shuffle through my account. I received my fully favorable decision in November 2014 at which time Jennifer explained to me what more would happen. She offered me help in case I had any problems with my settlement even though my contract with her ended with my decision notice. I was impressed throughout the entire thing with her professionalism and support.
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Posted by Joseph | January 19, 2015
Spectacular Attorney
Jennifer has been extremely helpful and is very knowledgeable. She has assisted me with my case from near the beginning until the end when we succeeded in winning the case. I would strongly recommend Jennifer as she reviews the information in your case and knows exactly what to do and what information is relevant for the case. She keeps you informed along the way and is always quick to respond to any questions you have as well as working for you to assure the best outcome with the greatest return for what you deserve. She is honest, trustworthy, dependable and, has the endurance to work with you and your case until the end.
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Posted by Steven | January 1, 2015
One of the best disability lawyers in San Diego!
I would recommend Jennifer Zorrilla highly. She won my case when another lawyer wouldn't even bother taking my case. She is very knowledgeable and professional, and has a great attitude. She returned calls promptly, and was very informative when I had many questions. Plus she was friendly, and caring. I felt that I wouldn't win my case, but she gave me hope with her knowledge and experience. There are not enough words to express how grateful I am for her help.
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Posted by Stacey | October 20, 2014
Excellent Customer Service with a caring spirit
I received a SSI review/denial letter. I was very upset and spoke with my psychiatrist. He filled out the form, sent out the chart notes and told me to go to the meeting the had set up for me with one of their "teams". He assured me it would be alright. We we're both shocked when the denied my SSI. My psychiatrist had work with Jennifer on several other disability cases and called her while I was in his office. I met with her, she was kind, caring and very knowledgeable about we needed to do. I signed all the necessary form for her to get all the records she would need. She explained what the step by step process of what was going to happen. First step when turn in all the paperwork, reports. Doctors findings. And they review it and can over turn it at that time, or if not, it can move on to a judge, etc. Jennifer did such a thourgh job, that the decision was overturned at the 1st level. She was amazing. So caring about me as a person and my situation. She truly saved my life.
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Posted by Rick and Leny Martinez | October 20, 2014
Highly Recommended
Atty Zorilla is somebody whom you can trust who will take care of your case to your best advantage..as if you are her family member. She is very knowledgeable on her area of expertise and provides detailed information to her clients regarding the nature of the case, possilbe outcome and options. My husband has tons of records dating back 15-20 years but she patiently reviews them and reviews the merits of the case. We just wish we have met her earlier- we could have avoided lost benefits resulting frol earlier rejections of our case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2014
Excellent : I highly recommend Jennifer Zorrilla as a Disability Attorney
I was a licensed attorney of the California Bar for over 20 years before I became unable to work due to disability. I graduated from one of the best law schools in the country; and after that, for over 20 years, I represented Fortune 500 companies in complex business transactions. Unfortunately, my world came crashing down on me when I became disabled and despite my advanced age and severe disability Social Security refused to award me benefits. I needed an attorney and my friends in Los Angeles did not know a good disability attorney in San Diego so I had to search for one with the help of my wife. My wife and I interviewed many disability attorneys before we selected Jennifer Zorrilla. As an attorney myself I knew I wanted an attorney with excellent experience. I also knew that I needed an attorney who was a caring person that I could trust and rely on to do a great job. As an attorney I could tell that the majority of the Disability attorneys I interviewed were unprofessional (that is putting it nicely). As a former attorney I can tell the difference between a first class attorney and a second rate attorney/hack, and I was surprised how many attorneys we interviewed were not acceptable. I believe that these second rate attorneys are only in business because consumers do not know any better. In my opinion, they take advantage of the fact that their clients simply are not sophisticated enough to know better. When my wife and I met Jennifer Zorrilla we knew immediately that she was not only highly professional, but also very experienced, and also, and most important, that she truly cares about her clients. The legal process is long and complicated and Jennifer Zorrilla fought for us every step of the way. In the end we won. I will put this very simply: if you need a great disability attorney who will be caring, and responsive, and protect your rights to the full extent, then simply hire Jennifer Zorrilla. I practiced law in California for over 20 years and I can tell you that you will be in the best of hands if you hire Jennifer Zorrilla to represent you in a disability legal mater. Finally, I would like to thank my wife who helped me write and post this review, and that my wife and I thank Jennifer from the bottom of our hearts for all the great work she did for us.
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Posted by Donna | February 28, 2023
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Excellent lawyer
Jennifer was kind, professional and extremely helpful with my claim. She was patient and supportive. Made a really scary procedure as easy as possible. She was there at every step holding my hand.
Posted by Benjamin | February 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic SSDI Attorney
Jennifer is incredibly professional, from the initial consultation to the completion of my SSDI case. She has a thorough knowledge of the SSDI procedures and kept me completely informed during the long tedious process. Her personable character is very reassuring and was greatly appreciated.
Posted by Johnny | February 7, 2023
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Jennifer Zorrilla is THE BEST
When I became disabled and unable to work, a friend recommended just file by myself for SSDI. After months, I got the interview, brought all the required and then some documents. The man conducting the interview, kept looking at, then setting aside all the docs, saying "no need, no need". My claim, a pretty much slam dunk but they love to deny on 1st go around, was denied. Other friends said try the big out of state firms that advertise. I researched them, but their ratings were dismal at best. I wanted someone local to me, I reviewed the top attorneys, and came upon Jennifer. We talked on the phone, and she asked a lot of questions, as did I. We agreed on her taking my case. I scanned, faxed, emailed all the documents for her to review and she got to work. She asked for more documents/info while she quickly put together the appeal it took a couple weeks [this during the covid panic]. She then filed the appeal, and my appeal was accepted within a month. She saved my bacon, as I was almost broke thanks to not being able to work. Jennifer was a god send for me and my family. The five-star rating should be a lot higher in her case. I am glad I found her and had her expertise, knowledge, and personal action. Thank you again so very much Jennifer.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2023
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Billy Layman
I would like to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation for the outstanding job you have done regarding my case. Your professionalism and understanding of the law made the whole experience a positive one. For me it was not the outcome it was the ability to talk with someone who would listen and understand my medical problems. Thank you for your help, God bless you.
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Posted by Scott | February 7, 2023
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OUTSTANDING SSDI attorney
Jennifer walked me through every step of the process, and made me feel at ease. My claim was approved, and I couldn't be happier.
Posted by Alex | July 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Helped with Disability
Jennifer helped me through the process of getting disability. She kept me informed through the entire process and at the hearing she was really prepared and she was able to help me get approved. I would recommend her services to anyone needing help with social security disability.
Posted by Theresa | July 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Disability case
Jennifer is such a great lawyer! She explained everything I needed to know to proceed is my SSDI appeal. She has such a vast knowledge that no question was difficult to answer. She is such a good hearted person. She treated me as an equal, I was very comfortable with her from my first phone call, until the close of my case. She stands up and does her best!
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Posted by David | July 2, 2020
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She's good!
Jennifer was very helpful and hard working. I felt like she was on top of everything all the time. I'm almost sorry my case was resolved because I liked working with her. Definitely recommended.
Posted by Lisa | July 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Jennifer Zorilla Lawyer Extraordinaire
I hired Jennifer Zorilla after being denied twice for my disability. She made the process very easy and kept me informed along the way. Her knowledge of the process is extensive and thorough. She made me feel comfortable with each step. Her interaction with each Judge makes it go smoother. I don't know that I could have found a Lawyer that was both excellent at her job and had such a warm and easy going personality. I will recommend her services to anyone I know needing help with Social Security Disability. Thank you Jennifer for all your hard work on my case. Sincerely, Leeanna Lisa Tucker
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Posted by joseph | January 29, 2019
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my lawyer
Did a very exelent job . always kept in contact phone calls meetings ext. was a long wait but well worth it. i would defenltly recommend her . very professional Lawyer. thanks very much..
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-25%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Jennifer Zorrilla
  • 2012 - Present
  • SSI Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego Inc.
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Welfare and SSI Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Of San Diego, Inc.
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Spokane County Public Defender's Office
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • City of Spokane, Office of the Public Defender
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • City of Spokane, Office of the Public Defender
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Moreno v. Astrue
  • 9th Circuit Remand

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2024 - Present
  • National Organization for Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Dean's List
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Brain Injury Group Monthly Meeting
  • Applying for Social Security Disability
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I also am a lawyer who handles Social Security cases, and if I needed a lawyer, I would not hesitate to contact Jennifer. I know that she works hard on her cases; she is very knowledgeable and conscientious."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Jennifer Zorrilla. I first met her when she worked for the San Diego Legal Aid Society. In my capacity as Chair and Co-Chair of the Social Security section of the SDCBA, I have had numerous opportunities to consult with her on various Social Security matters. I recommend her highly for representation on such matters."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Zorrilla would be an asset to any clients case of her chosen practice area. She is personable with her clients, fellow attorneys and members of the legal community, while maintaining her legal astuteness in the handling of her cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"This able practitioner has over a dozen years of tested trial and advocacy skills (criminal and administrative) in various state jurisdictions. Her genuine sense of caring and empathy to clients, is matched with her savvy attention for detail, organizational and art of persusasion."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability
Criminal defense
Social Security & Disability
Criminal defense