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Alise M. Kellman

Social Security & Disability Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   19 reviews

Licensed for 44 years

About Alise

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Practice area
  1. Social Security & Disability
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    Social Security/SSI Disability, Continuing Disability Reviews, Overpayment Appeals and Waivers, Retirement Appeals, and Social Security Paternity Appeals

    40 years

I have had my own office since January 1984. I actually handled my first Social Security claim as a volunteer for a senior legal service in 1982. Over the years, the percentage of my practice working with Social Security claimants has increased until about 15 years ago it became the primary focus of my practice. Now, I only handle Social Security law matters, and although disability claims are the majority of the matters I handle, I also represent clients with Social Security retirement, overpayment or paternity issues. I try to have a hands on approach with my clients, and together we come up with a plan for proving their disability. I am also available for consultations when people just want advice on a Social Security related matter. After handling Social Security and SSI claims for over 30 years, I find it to be very fulfilling to know that I can have such a positive impact on the quality of life for my clients when we have a successful outcome. ...And I'm crazy about my two black pugs who are a constant source of entertainment and love!

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Licensed for 44 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 09/10/2022
State NY
Status Resigned
Acquired 1978
Updated 06/05/2022

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

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Alise M. Kellman
7710 Balboa Ave Ste 216E
San Diego, CA, 92111

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Janet | March 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social Security Disability Claim
I hired Mrs Alise Kellman after I applied for Social Security benefits and I was denied by the SS Administration. I have a number of health issues that have prevented me from working the last seven years. Alise listened to me and felt she could help me with my case. Alise is a very honest, funny and caring person. And most of all she was very easy to talk to. She was always readily available either by phone or email if I needed something or just had a quick question. That was so important because this is a stressful and lengthy process. Her Legal Assistant, Edward Gorner was so nice and quick to offer any assistance when needed. Alise genuinely cares about the people she represents.
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Posted by Kate | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Disability Lawyer!!
I was turned down by disability and went to Alise Kellman to help me to appeal. From the very first meeting Ms. Kellman was kind, efficient, knowledgeable and smart. She helped me to gather all of the relevant paperwork and documents, kept me informed as to the progress and met with me when necessary. I never felt alone or confused. We recently had the hearing and Ms. Kellman was a terrific advocate for me, strong but appropriate. I would have been lost without her. We got a favorable outcome and I will be forever grateful. Ms. Kellman is a gracious and empathetic person and I highly recommend her as a lawyer!
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Posted by R. | July 22, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thumbs up!
Even though I have not officially started working with Alise (I plan to soon), I have found her to be extremely knowledgeable on this area of law. In addition and perhaps more importantly, she is professional yet still REAL...aka personable. Rare these days. Thank you, Alise!
Posted by Patricia | March 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expert on Social Security
My sister and I contacted Alise’s office for guidance regarding SSI. Alise’s expert knowledge on Social Security makes her an invaluable resource. Her professionalism and easy to talk to manner made getting all our concerns and questions answered simple. She was thorough and gave objective honest advice bringing much needed calm and relief regarding the situation. I would highly recommend Alise for any Social Security questions or issues.
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Posted by Elena | March 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful!
Had a consultation with Alise on some SSA issues and her expertise in this area provided me with the information I needed in order to resolve my problem. She was professional, easy to talk to and answered all of my questions. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Nancy | January 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Informative
My attorney, Alise Kellman, kept me informed every step of the way. She explained in advance what to expect in the process. She assisted me in gathering all necessary documentation and ensured timely delivery to the Court. I felt total confidence in her throughout the process. We succeeded in winning my case.
Response from Alise Kellman January 5, 2022
We are pleased that we were able to successfully assist you with your claim. It was a pleasure working with you!
Posted by Joni | December 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So caring and helpful
Ms Kellman was a life saver for me. I had been through so much and navigating everything needed to get the disability SS I needed was a mountain I couldn’t and didn’t even know how to climb. Ms Kellman took charge and helped me navigate every hurdle. She is so incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. If you need a good lawyer that not only knows the law but cares about you., then Ms Kellman is the lawyer you need to be by your side to help you with a very difficult process. I’m so grateful to her for helping me when I needed it most
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Response from Alise Kellman December 27, 2021
Thank you for your kind words. If we can assist you again, please let us know. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by Lisa | December 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Experience and Outcome
Alise Kellman is an excellent attorney. I needed help with my disability case and she was very knowledgeable, and explained in detail the process, what to expect, always returns calls, keeps you in the loop as case progresses. Alise is patient and very easy to talk with, bottom line she knows her stuff and her staff is just as competent. Alise is up front on how you stand. In my case, we won! So thankful I picked her to represent me.
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Response from Alise Kellman December 27, 2021
Thank you for your kind words. If we can assist you again, please let us know. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by John | November 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Alise Kellman and her staff are super helpful. Thank you!
Finding Alise was a godsend. It is very difficult for me to jump through all the hoops, and I was very discouraged about being denied my original claim for SSDI. She picked up the pieces, and made sense of the mess I created. Alise and her staff patiently walked me through gathering my evidence, and doctor's information. I couldn't have done it without her help. I was happy to hear that I got approved today. Thank you so much Alise, and Mr Gorner for all the work you have done for me and my family.
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Response from Alise Kellman December 27, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review. I know you are going through some very hard times right now and I'm pleased that I was able to be there for you and to help you and your family.
Posted by Dave | November 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Alise Kellman review
I contacted Alise to get advise about a social security for a recently widowed Mexican national. Alise was extremely helpful, easy to work with, and patient in explaining the situation clearly to me over several phone calls.
Response from Alise Kellman November 9, 2021
Thank you for your review. I'm glad I was able to assist you and I hope you will contact me again if you need help in the future.
Posted by Fe | October 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Alise, Edward, and her team were amazing to work with. Every time I needed something from them, they were so responsive and answered quickly. They were accurate and fast with processing my case and paperwork, and they were so helpful throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend Alise, Edward, and her team to anyone needing legal assistance with social security disability. She made the process much less stressful and I felt so blessed to be able to work with her. She had great judgement and I could not have asked for a better attorney.
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Response from Alise Kellman October 22, 2021
We are pleased that we were able to successfully assist you with your claim. It was a pleasure working with you!
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
SSA Error
I consulted with Alise Kellman when SSA made mistakes regarding time periods and overpayments. She knew exactly how to accurately conduct calculations, what forms to use, and communicated such in a more comprehensive, simpler fashion. I would not have had the successful result without this consultation. I strongly recommend Alise Kellman.
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Posted by Janet | November 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Able to obtain Disability for my grown daughter
Alise is down to earth, straight forward, and truthfully knows the disability system inside and out. We tried first on our own to apply for disability for my daughter, and it was denied. At that point, we hired a health care advocate to help us with the appeal, The appeal was also denied. At that point, I went online and researched disability attorneys in San Diego and was very impressed with Alise. Hiring Alise was the best decision, she was able to call Social Security and reason with the staff to review their decision, and my daughter was awarded disability. I am very thankful to Alise.
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Posted by Terry | July 15, 2019
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SSDI Overpayment and denial
I had received a letter from SSDI stating I had gone over substantial Gainful Activity two years prior. As a result, I was threatened with a two year overpayment and removal from medicare. After a one hour interview she was empathetic, understood my case and told me how she would handle my case all on contingency. The resolution of my case was that SSDI had made an accounting error and all my benefits were restored. She is extremely knowledgeable and fair.
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Posted by Cathy | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Knowledgeable and Professional
She guided me through the processes from the beginning to the end of my case. She was personable and caring.
Posted by Peter | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Alise was knowledgeable and kind. She guided me thru a very confusing and difficult process. My disability was almost taken away but she helped me keep it. I have and would use her services again if necessary.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SSDI appeal successfully granted
After two SSDI applications were denied I realized I need to have a lawyer represent my case. After Ms. Kellman reviewed my medical records and prior applications she then advised me what else would be needed to appeal my case. She went to court with me and when need addressed the judge on my behalf. Her communication with me was timely and helpful. I was awarded SSDI.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2016
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How she helped us.
I went to see Alise about my grandson who is disabled. We applied for SSI but were turned down even though we had many records of his problems. His disability is hard to understand but when Alise met him she said SHE could see what his problem was. She then asked us to have him tested by someone she recommended. We got the results. Alise handled everything else. We went to court and they reversed the decision. She handled it so well. About 3 years later we applied for SSI for my other grandson who had been diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He went to an early intervention school program when he was two and a half. He was in special ed classes throughout his schooling. He graduated. He still had problems but when we got the decision back we were amazed that they said he was fine. THe courts had him go and get testing that lasted less than one hour! We again went to Alise and she advised that we get testing by the same person that tested his brother. We went back into court after many months and he was awarded SSI right away. As before after giving Alise all the background paperwork that we had on David, she handled all the paper work. Alise has helped us so much and I would recommend her highly.
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Posted by Mark | November 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
SSA/SSI
I signed with Alice waaaay back in like 2002 give or take during what were some of the most confusing and darkest hours of my life. Although I believe we had different opinions regarding whether or not I was actually disabled, she made sure things were on an even keel and would counsel me from time to time, " don't blow your case, watch what you are doing," when I would lose focus. I wouldn't have been awarded benefits by myself. She's good people and she really knows what she is doing.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-25%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Alise M Kellman
  • 1984 - Present

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • law
  • 1977
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • undergraduate
  • 1973

Associations

  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Social Security Section Chair
  • 2014 - 2015
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Social Security Section Co-Chair
  • 2008 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Leadership Award
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Leadership Award
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Social Security Disability Section
  • SSI Issues Beyond Proving Disability
  • 2015
  • Handling a Social Security Disability Case
  • Social Security Disabilit;y
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Alise for over 15 years through her leadership on the Social Security Disability section of the San Diego County Bar. She is knowledgeable about this area of law and helpful to her colleagues."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Kellman frequently answers Social Security questions on Avvo. Her answers show the depth of her knowledge on the subject matter and she is always very thorough in her responses. She is certainly an attorney I would recommend for someone seeking representation in a Social Security matter."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms Kellman for over 25 years. Although I retired in 1995, she worked with me as I handed over my practice to another attorney. I continue to refer cases to her and consult with her on personal matters."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a Workers' Compensation/ Injury Law Attorney I often have the need to refer my clients to a Social Security Attorney. I have been referring my clients to Alise Kellman for nearly 20 years. In fact, Ms Kellman is the only Social Security Attorney that I feel comfortable in referring my clients. Ms. Kellman is that good! I can therefore without reservation or hesitation enthusiastically endorse Alise Kellman!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Professionally acquainted for 30 years."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Alise Kellman. I highly recommend her for any Social Security Disability or SSI matters. She is very experienced and skilled in all areas of Social Security Disability law. I refer new cases to her if the potential client has an issue that is outside the scope of my practice. She is a zealous advocate, and goes above and beyond for her clients."
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