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Melissa M. Haggerty

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5.0   12 reviews

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Licensed for 10 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 10/10/2022

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Posted by Matthew | March 16, 2018
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Highly recommend
Melissa handled my SSDI case very professional, she explained the steps and process so that I understood it. She answered all questions promptly, extremely good at explaining what the process involves. It was nice to be talked to not talked at.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2017
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Highly recommend
I started my disability case with a different attorney in the firm, and my case was transferred to Melissa several months before my hearing with a judge. I was nervous about switching attorneys, especially because my health issues are complex, rare, and fairly unknown even within the medical community. Melissa took the time to understand my various diagnoses and how they affect me, and what symptoms are most disabling. As I said, my medical issues are complex, and it took me several years of research and seeing multiple specialists to gain a full understanding of my prognosis. Melissa was up to speed in no time (not an easy feat), which was instrumental in winning my case. She was able to communicate what my medical conditions are, and why and how they have made me unable to work. During our consults, she asked relevant questions and listened well. Emails and calls were always returned promptly. Before the hearing I had a chance to ask her questions, and I felt well prepared going into it. I was also impressed by her compassion. Talking about my disability, my future, and my daily hardships was very emotional. She displayed compassion, and that allowed me to open up about all those things (which is hard to do with even my closest friends and family). I'm so happy I got to work with Melissa, and her legal assistant Erin who is great also. I'm thankful for all their hard work and dedication.
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Posted by Tom | March 15, 2017
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Melissa is a Rock Star!
As a service-connected disabled vet, I know the Social Security system is VERY different than what I did disability wise through VA. That's why I wanted a high-end attorney who knew their stuff to represent me in my SSDI claim. Melissa and Erin really came through for me! Not only were they patient, answering all our questions, but they were outstanding advocates working with the SSA raters to ensure they had all the information they needed to decide my claim correctly. They actually won my initial claim, which is unheard of with SSDI claims. I can't thank the team enough. HIGHLY recommend these folks if you're doing an SSDI claim. They are ROCK STARS!
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Posted by Rob | December 12, 2016
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Can't thank her enough!!!
I hired Melissa to represent my son, who is an adult with autism. He was early in the process of applying for SSD/SSI benefits, and had been turned down because Social Security had determined he didn't have autism before becoming an adult... go figure. From the moment we met Melissa I knew we were in good hands. She is extremely intelligent, articulate, personable, and caring. She very clearly explained to us every step of the process, and what to expect as the case progressed. During everything, Melissa and her office were amazing. Not only were they consistently several steps ahead of the curve, but they responded promptly to all of my questions, and were always helpful and reassuring. When it came time for the hearing Melissa was great. She was totally prepared, and everything went perfectly. If you are reading this, and are in need of a Social Security attorney, I highly recommend Melissa Haggerty. She will be honest about your chances from the beginning, and will work tirelessly to get you a favorable ruling.
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Posted by Thomas | June 6, 2016
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Good to work with
Melissa helped me with social security disability benefits. First with initial determination to start receiving benefits. Then again to get the disability determination date to be pushed back by a full year prior to the initial determination of disability. This allowed me to start receiving benefits fairly quickly and allowed Melissa to continue to persue additional benefits in the interim. All goals were achieved and exceeded my expectations. Thomas
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Response from Melissa Haggerty June 7, 2016
Thank you for your thoughtful review, Thomas. It was good to work with you as well.
Posted by Brad | May 6, 2016
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Such an Excellent Lawyer
I came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which is a very controversial medical condition that many doctors don't even believe is real. I know it is because i can barely feed myself sometimes. Many doctors didn't believe i had a problem, but i was fortunate enough to find a specialist that believed me. I think you need two things to win disability for a problem that isn't well understood by the medical community, a good doctor and a good lawyer. I found Melissa Haggerty by randomly searching the internet for legal experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was very fortunate, since she won my case. I was so impressed with how intelligent and efficient she was as she dealt with my case. I was happy to be dealing with her and her legal assistant, because they always got back to me and took the time to explain all of the confusing aspects along the way. They took the time to include my, which is much more than i can say for some law firms. She spends her life helping people that deserve it to win disability. I feel ill every day of my life, and i can't change that. My case came down to determining whether I became completely broke and barely able to survive, or still suffering but getting disability, which means i can feed my self and have a place to life. My life is so much easier because of her. I had my life in her hands and she really saved me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2016
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Melissa is an Outstanding Attorney
Melissa’s expertise and guidance made all the difference in my case. Her preparation, attention to detail and follow-through are impeccable. She took the time to understand my situation and prepare the strongest case possible. I had a very complicated case and Melissa handled each aspect with care and professionalism. It has been a privilege to be represented by someone who not only shows compassion to her clients but whose quality of work is outstanding. I have great respect for the work Melissa does and I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Cindy | November 24, 2015
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Melissa Haggerty and Erin Daniels
Melissa and Erin were both great!! They made us feel comfortable and secure..always right on top of things..both were very willing to correspond and answer any questions we had. Our experience with these two was very positive!
Posted by Kevin | July 31, 2015
Exemplary lawyer
When my girlfriend and I were faced with the insurmountable task of finding a lawyer to represent her disability case, we were fortunate enough to retain the services of Melissa Haggerty. From the first time I met Melissa, I knew that we were in good hands. She came off as incredibly smart, kind and strong willed: all qualities that are critical to have in a lawyer. She tirelessly worked on our behalf so that we were as prepared for the hearing as possible, and she encouraged us to reach out whenever we had questions about the process. When we needed to determine the best medical providers, friends and relatives to write a statement on my girlfriend's behalf, she provided feedback to us that was both constructive and helpful. People don't realize that there are a lot of lawyers who meet their client for the first time right before the case, often making it very improbable for a favorable decision. When you retain Melissa's services, you are ensuring that you will be represented by an honest, dedicated and head-strong lawyer who has your best interest in mind. Melissa helped my girlfriend win her disability case, and we will be forever grateful to her for this. I highly recommend that you hire Melissa as your lawyer. Sincerely, Kevin
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Posted by Debra | July 8, 2015
Don't know what I would have done without her...
It was difficult for me to get to a point where I realized that I was no longer physically or mentally able to support myself as I once had, and to admit that I needed help. Physically and emotionally drained, I was unable to advocate for myself, and desperately needed someone to navigate the complicated and frequently frustrating journey through the Social Security Disability system on my behalf. Equally as important, I needed someone to believe that, based on my medical records and history, I was deserving of this critical assistance. After having spoken with two or three other SSDI attorneys with whom I was not entirely comfortable, I was referred to Swanson, Thomas, Coon and Newton where I was introduced to Melissa. From our first meeting, she was straight forward, thorough, professional, and--most important to me at the time--compassionate and easy to talk to. Melissa helped me to obtain additional supporting documentation from my providers, and was completely clear in what would be needed or helpful for my case to be successful. She consistently kept me informed of our progress, and was always patient with my frequent inquiries. I especially appreciated that she informed me of ALL possible outcomes, and that she helped me to set reasonable expectations, not only for what may happen, but how long it may take. In virtually every step of the process, her assessments were accurate, and frequently exceeded what I could have hoped for. It was a long, drawn out process, but Melissa managed to help me to sustain a sense of hope throughout, even when a second hearing was required to finally decide my case. We finally received a "Fully Favorable" decision, and I don't believe that I'm exaggerating when I say that it literally saved my life. Would my case have been as successful had I stayed with any of the other attorneys? I honestly don't know. But what I DO know is that working with Melissa and her caring, responsive staff instilled a comfort and confidence in me that helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life. I would not hesitate to recommend Melissa to anyone seeking competent, compassionate assistance with their SSDI claim.
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Posted by Amanda | October 6, 2014
really great attorney!!
Melissa helped me win my case for disability due to chronic back problems, and fibromyalgia, after i had already appealed my case that was originally denied. She was so kind and helped my anxiety fears, and went over everything with me for my hearing until i felt comfortable. I had a great experience working with her.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2014
Kudos !
Recently Ms Haggerty served as the social security disability attorney for my adult daughter "L" who has multiple physical and emotional challenges. My daughter reported that in their initial interviews, Ms. Haggerty was forthright regarding the chances of "winning the case," was thorough in her collection of records, was meticulous in reviewing the data and in ascertaining which portions would be most relevant, was consistently empathetic and respectful, and was punctual with returning phone calls and keeping appointments. She further went out of her way to accommodate my daughter's schedule. Once a hearing date was scheduled, Ms. Haggerty sought out additional sources of information from healthcare`providers as well as family. She responded promptly to my daughter's and my e-mails and spent additional time with my very emotionally anxious daughter to allay her fears of appearing in "court" and of testifying before a "judge." Following the hearing, Ms. Haggerty spent considerable time to "debrief" with my daughter as she kindly and professionally reassured "L" that "L's" testimony had been powerfully honest and clear. She further reaffirmed that the outcome, ie the judge's decision which could either rule in favor or dismiss the SS claim, won't be available for another 30 to 60 days but said she will call "L" as soon as she receives a copy and will go over it with her. Although I'm not an attorney, I do have M.Div. and MSW degrees which have given me the opportunity to work for many years among various "helping professionals," and therefore I believe my assessment of Ms. Haggerty's superb competency in her profession is accurate. My family is very grateful to her.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost
  • 2013 - 2019

Education

  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012

Legal Cases

  • Progressive Movement Disorder
  • Favorable at the hearing level
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis and interstitial cystitis
  • Favorable at the hearing level
  • PTSD and Depression
  • Favorable at the hearing level

Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. She is smart, focused, very good on her feet, well organized and dedicated to the best results for her clients. She knows the Oregon Social Security Judges, and they have high respect for her judgment, advocacy and credibility."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a smart and committed legal advocate for her clients. I strongly recommend her services."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a great attorney. She is intelligent, hard-working, and unwavering in her pursuit of her client's interests. I highly recommend her."
Administrative law Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa Haggerty is a great lawyer with a true passion for helping people."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is a spectacular advocate for her clients. She devotes her keen intellect, outstanding attention to detail, and tremendous compassion to every disabled person that she represents. Her work has changed the lives of hundreds of disabled people in the Portland area."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is absolutely committed to her goal of providing each of her SSD clients the highest possible level of representation at every step of the process, from the first application through hearing. It is rare to find an attorney who combines, as does Melissa, such great skill and credibility in the hearing room with compassion and genuine care for each individual client."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Haggerty is a compassionate attorney who is generous in contributing time to answering questions on the Avvo forum. Her contributions display a deep knowledge of the disability adjudication process and I would not hesitate to rely on her legal guidance."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When Melissa Haggerty started representing disabled people in social security cases, she hit the ground running. Her diligence and smarts have made her very successful in getting benefits for her clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is a smart, caring, wonderful lawyer. I endorse her without any hesitation."
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