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Brian S Wayson

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Portland, OR

4.5   6 reviews

also known as Brian Scott Wayson, B S Wayson

  • Licensed for 20 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    85%
    Small firm law practice specializing in Social Security Disability, SSI , Veterans Disability Benefits, and related administrative law matters. We put our wealth of experience and sincere compassion for others to work for those who need or would like assistance navigating an administrative law labyrinth. We offer one-on-one interaction with your attorney and our personal commitment to doing everything in our power to assist you to restore your dignity and secure the benefits you have earned.

    18 years, 1,250 cases

  2. Administrative law
    5%
    Representing individuals and businesses at Tribal, State, County and City agency administrative proceedings. Including cases involving Land Use appeals, Code Compliance Hearings, Contested Case Hearings, Formal and Informal Conferences, Pre-hearing Conferences, Settlement Conferences and almost any other proceeding a tribal, state or local government agency may come up with.

    20 years, 160 cases

  3. Government
    5%
    Representing individuals and businesses at Federal, Tribal, State, County and City administrative proceedings. Including cases involving Veterans Disability Benefit appeals, Code Compliance Hearings, Contested Case Hearings, Formal and Informal Conferences, Pre-hearing Conferences, Settlement Conferences and almost any other proceeding the federal, tribal, state or local government may come up with.

    20 years, 160 cases

  4. State, local, and municipal law
    5%
    Representing individuals and businesses at Tribal, State, County and City agency administrative proceedings. Including cases involving Land Use appeals, Code Compliance Hearings, Contested Case Hearings, Formal and Informal Conferences, Pre-hearing Conferences, Settlement Conferences and almost any other proceeding a tribal, state or local government agency may come up with.

    20 years, 120 cases

 - Adept at sizing up situations, systematicallyanalyzing facts and developing alternative courses of action to achievesensible solutions.

- Considered a clear and effective oral and writtencommunicator with the ability to concisely interpret complex laws, regulationsand court opinions, using a common sense approach.

- Blessed with extensive experience in effectively working with clients andcolleagues from diverse backgrounds, allowing him to be a good listener.

- Well-versed in client counseling, claim analysis, case preparation, and hearing and appeal representation.

- Aware that while the journey is challenging,successful outcomes for his clients are particularly rewarding.

- Recognized for formingquality relationships quickly and instilling a high level of confidence among those with whom he interacts.

 -Acknowledged as a self-starter with aninvolved style of leadership.

-Most of all, thankful for all I have, including my awesome familyand wonderful friends.

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Location

Cascadia Disability Law LLC
4915 North Interstate Avenue
Main Floor
Portland, OR, 97217
Cascadia Disability Law LLC
po box 12028
Portland, OR, 97212
WaysonLaw LLC
PO Box 12028
Portland, OR, 97212
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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2013
Not sure how they do it, but they get it done without charging very much!
Came to them right beofre my appeal deadline, Brian jumped right on it and made sure I did not miss my deadline. Not only thatt, but after getting a lot of information from me about my medical providers he was able to make sure Social security got the records they missed before and Brian was able to get my doctor to right a letter to help my claim. Then Social Security approved my case before I had to go see their judge. SO, I get a lot of backpay and he just gets a small fee which seems too small for all of the work they did to make sure I did not miss a dead line to send in my appeal and then help my case so I could get my benefits and even get health coverage. Thanks to Cascadia DIsability and Brian for coming through for me when I was clueless.
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Posted by John | July 3, 2012
He Returned My Call On A Sunday!
I contacted Brian to see if he could straighten out a mess that another attorney had left me with. I left a message for him to return my call at his earliest convenience. As this was towards the end of the week, I didn't expect to hear back until the following Monday or so. You can imagine my surprise when Brian returned my call on a Sunday. I don't expect anyone to return a business call during the week-end. Brian listened to my problem & explained to me what needed to be done to respond to this situation. So far I have not had the pleasure of meeting with Brian in person, but I am very impressed with his knowledge, advise & the fact that he returned my call as promptly as he did. That was a refreshing change from my previous attorneys office. Thank you Brian.
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Posted by G Morioka | October 28, 2011
Great Advice, Timely and Complete
Brian, thank you for a very thorough response to my question about Social Security Numbers. I appreciate, not only the advice, but the helpful links to government sites to read more about this timely issue. I did not expect an answer so quickly and I do appreciate it! I would recommend you to anyone in Portland OR who may have a legal question or need help. Most importantly I appreciate the SERVICE that you provided to me--a member of the general public. Thank you very much!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2011
Excellent and knowledgeable response
Brian gave an excellent response to a question I had with social security, and with his response, it has given me a solid foundation in which, to pursue my appeal with them (SSDI) for an error they admitted to making after I discovered it and provided proof. Thanks Brian
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2009
A hard working good guy
Although I was a bit young to get my social security disability so I had a harder case, Brian worked hard and did a good job getting my case ready and telling the judge why I should get my social security disbaility. Brian came on to my case after the first attorney (in the same office) would not return my phone calls or meet with me. I am gratefule Brian was able to help me and did a good job doing it, I would have no problem recommending him to help somebody else.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Never met Attorney or Spoken to Attorney
I have not had the opportunity to meet this Attorney. I have not met anyone from this office. I have been denied 2 times by SSDI I feel like a fish out of water. I feel that with the experience this Attorney has he wouldn't have taken my case if he didn't think it was worth his time. I am very frustrated with the entire situation.
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Response from Brian Wayson April 8, 2021
Yes, things certainly have changed under COVID-19 Pandemic protocols, which began in March 2020. These changes have limited in person contact among everyone, including attorneys, Clients, law office staff and potential clients. In particular, it would be irresponsible, and probably unethical, for professionals working with vulnerable populations, such as individuals with disabilities, to increase their exposure and risks during a literal pandemic. We look forward to meeting with you inperson once the COVID-19 Pandemic protocols are removed. Your frustration with the Social Security system certainly is understandable. As you likely know, from the well-documented discussion of same, the system is quite inefficient and prolonged claims are the norm rather than the exception. It is the sad reality, that nearly 90-percent of Claimants are denied at the Reconsideration stage of the process (the second denial) and a significant majority of individuals who ultimately are approved for benefits, are approved after a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge (the third stage in the cycle.) Unfortunately, as with most things involving large government agencies, these three stages can take quite some time - about 24 months on average. As much as we wish we could, no attorney or law firm can control the bureaucratic inefficiencies of the Social Security Administration or the occurrence and duration of a global pandemic. That being said, our office continues to serve our Clients effectively and in a timely manner. Every workday, all of us speak with multiple Clients, potential clients, and others involved in the process over the telephone, as well as via email. We wish you all the best.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-450 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-25%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cascadia Disability Law formerly known as Brown + Wayson LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Owner
  • WaysonLaw LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Administrative Rule Writer
  • Oregon, Department of Human Services
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Human Resources
  • A Fortune 100 Company
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • City of Portland Attorney’s Office
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Intern
  • Natural Resources Law Institute
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Indian Summer Legal Intern
  • Bonneville
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Intern
  • United States Green Building Council
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Intern
  • City Commissioner Erik Sten’s Office
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Business Management
  • Businesses small and large
  • 1985 - 2001
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Education

  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Portland State University
  • MPA - Masters in Public Administration
  • 2000
  • Linfield College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998
  • University of California - Berkeley Extension
  • Certificate in Business Adminiatration
  • 1995
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Client v. Commissioner
  • Award of Benefits for 2004 to present
  • Client2 v. Social Security Administration
  • Remanded for a hearing on the merits
  • Client1 v. Social Security Disability
  • Award of Past-due Benefits for approx. 9 years

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Metropolitan Learning Center Educational Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • Faculty Meetings, Student Bar Representative
  • 2003 - 2003
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Non-Profit Law Committee
  • Student Vice-Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Journal of Small & Emerging Business Law
  • Research Editor / Editorial Board, Internet Editor
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Native American Law Students Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Student Advocates for Business and Environmental Responsibility
  • Member / Treasurer
  • 2001 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Moot Court Honor Board
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2003
  • Natural Resources Law Scholarship
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2003
  • Scholar List
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2003
  • Client Counseling Moot Court Regional Competition
  • American Bar Association
  • 2003
  • Best Brief - First Year Moot Court
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2002
  • Natural Resources Law Scholarship
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2002
  • Indian Summer Scholarship
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2002
  • Scholar List
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2002
  • Natural Resources Law Scholarship
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Education course
  • The ABCs of Social Security Disability Law
  • 2012
  • Circuit 9 Conference
  • Ethical Considerations in Social Security Disability Representation
  • 2012
  • Presentation to Students
  • Social Security Disability Law and You
  • 2011
  • Participants' Class
  • SSD, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (69)
Given (69)
Endorse Brian
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian always has timely and thoughtful advice and responds to Avvo questions incredibly quickly and in appropriate detail. His knowledge on Social Security issues is well demonstrated in his responses, as is his sensitivity to the nature of the problems facing the person presenting the issue. I would have no hesitation in recommending his counsel to potential clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to Social Security Law, I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. You can read his numerous answers to consumer questions on Avvo or his numerous Legal Guides or his favorable client reviews or what other lawyers have to say about attorney Wayson - and when you do you will realize that he has an extraordinary knowledge of Social Security Law. If you have a question about Social Security Law, he is your answer. Extraordinary knowledge = extraordinary lawyer. If his office is anywhere near you, I highly recommend him to you."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on his knowledgeable Social Security responses on Avvo."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Wayson."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Attorney Wayson without reservation."
Administrative law Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His AVVO posts demonstrate his deep understanding of complex legal issues. His answers are always thoughtful, accurate, and they evidence his genuine interest in helping people."
Administrative law Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. His postings on this site are clear, detailed and evidence his knowledge and skill."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Wayson. As evidenced by the number of questions he has answered on Avvo, he has a great understanding of the law. One can deduce through his many work experiences that he is a stellar attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enjoy reading Mr. Wayson's answers on Avvo as well as the other practice advice he shares. He is to the point, shows genuine care and demonstrates great knowledge of our shared practice area of Social Security law as well as his other chosen practice areas. I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Wayson is an excellent social security attorney. I have read 100s of his responses here at Avvo and he brings tremendous experience, insight and knowledge to the legal community. His practical approach to legal problems makes him an attorney that can be fully endorsed and recommended."
Government Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wayson has incredible knowledge and expert advice in all fields of government law. Not only does his advice benefit the people asking questions on Avvo, but his advice also assists fellow attorneys who are not as familiar with his areas of expertise. Simply an exceptional attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Wayson. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
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