Cheryl F Coon

Cheryl F Coon

Refugee Disability Benefits Oregon
  • Social Security Disability
  • Oregon, Pennsylvania
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Summary

Sorry, I am no longer in practice.

Practice Area
  • Social Security Disability
Fees
  • Does Not Currently Practice Law
  • Not Currently Accepting Clients
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My practice is limited to refugees seeking disability benefits.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Executive Director; Attorney
Refugee Disability Benefits Oregon
- Current
Managing Attorney, Social Security Disability Team
Swanson, Thomas, Coon and Newton
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Conservation Programs Director
Portland Audubon Society
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Assistant Attorney General
Oregon Department of Justice
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Legal Counsel
United States Congress
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Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Justice
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Summer Associate, Associate after law school
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
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Education
University of Washington School of Law
LL.M. | Law
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Boston University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: cum laude
Bryn Mawr College
B.A. | Political Science
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Honors: Magna cum laude
Awards
Certificate of Appreciation
Oregon Labor Law Conference
Certificate of Appreciation
Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark
Certificate of Appreciation
Oregon Paralyzed Veterans
Certificate of Appreciation
Oregon Labor Law Conference
Certificate of Appreciation
Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon
Outstanding Service Award
Oregon Department of Justice
Certificate of Appreciation
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Pride Award
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Professional Associations
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Co-chair, Disability Committee
- Current
Disability Section of the Oregon Bar
President
- Current
Oregon State Bar # 871093
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Full Disclosure: The SSD Attorney's Duty to Disclose (or not) Adverse Evidence
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
A Day in the Life of a Disability Attorney
The Advocate: a publication of the National Association of Disability Examiners
A Piece of the Puzzle: SSD Benefits for your Injured Client
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
Are We Making Progress? New Social Security Ruling on CFS and Disability
Newsletter of the Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support Center
Early Retirement or Social Security Disability?
Oregon Senior News
Social Security, Workers' Comp and Personal Injury
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
There’s No Shame in Social Security Disability Benefits
Senior News
Your Medical Records: Do You Know What's in Them?
Oregon Senior News
Representing Refugees and Immigrants
Oregon State Bar Bulletin
Speaking Engagements
Children and SSI, Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, Portland OR
Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon
Understanding Your Patient's Disability Case, OHSU Grand Rounds Psychiatry, Portland OR
Oregon Health Sciences University
At the Corner of Law Practice and Disability, Oregon Women Lawyers Association, Portland OR
Oregon Women Lawyers Association
Brain Injury and Social Security Disability, Joint Conference of OTLA and BIAOR, Portland OR
OTLA/BIAOR
Understanding Social Security Disability, Beaverton Public Library, Beaverton
Beaverton Public Library
Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS and Disability Benefits, Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS, Portland
Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support Group of Portland
Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS and Disability Benefits, Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS, Portland
Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support Group of Portland
Social Security Disability, NASW Aging Network Breakfast Forum, Portland
NASW
Social Workers as Gatekeepers to Disability Benefits, Northwest Conference on Social Work, Portland
NASW
Social Security Disability Benefits Continuing Legal Education, Disability Section of the Oregon Bar Association, Tigard
Oregon Bar Association
Understanding Social Security, Workers' Comp and Personal Injury Law, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Brown Bag Luncheon, Portland
Portland
Social Security Disability in the Labor Law Context, 18th Annual Labor Law Conference, Portland
IBEW
Social Security Disability and the Vocational Counselor, Annual In-Service of Oregon Voc Rehab Services (OVRS), Salem
OVRS
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. How much can a disability attorney retain once a social security disability claim has been approved?
A: Fortunately for social Security disability clients, the law is very clear. Unless you and your lawyer agree to a different fee, your lawyer is limited to 25% of past-due benefits, with a cap of $6000. However, your lawyer does not "retain" this amount, as he or she never receives your back pay. Instead, if your fee agreement so provides, the Social Security Administration withholds the lawyer's fee from the back pay that is deposited in your bank account and sends only the fee to the lawyer.
Q. can my lawyer cancel my ssi hearing date? shes only recently involved ive done most work myself
A: Have you asked your lawyer why she took this action? Ordinarily, a lawyer would consult with her client first. She may feel that your case is not ready for a hearing because she only just became involved. I urge you to talk with her.
Q. What is the name of the position that first reviews an SSDI case? The person who first denies/aproves it?
A: Every state has a number of offices that decide Social Security disability actions. The first place is your local Field office; the second place that a decision may occur is at the Disability Determination Service of your State, and the third decisionmaker is the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
Q. SSA DDS approved my disability application, but with a different significantly later date for disability start.
A: This happens frequently. On the positive side, it sounds as though you were approved without having to wait for a hearing. However, Social Security frequently changes what you said was the date on which you became disabled, usually because they do not believe that there is adequate medical evidence to support an earlier date. You absolutely have the right to call them and ask, as well as to appeal for reconsideration. But if you choose to call, be sure not to let your appeal deadline go by, as your call will not extend the time available to you.
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