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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Social Security Disability Insurance →
Supplemental Security Income →

EDUCATION

Northeastern University School of Law (JD);
Youngstown State University (BA, cum laude)

Patrick Hartwig: A Profile

The lead and founding attorney at Hartwig Law Firm, Patrick Hartwig has a record of positive outcomes in SSDI and SSI cases. His favorite aspect of his practice is working directly with his clients, counselling them personally, and helping them to get the benefits they deserve.

In his years working in the field of Social Security disability, Mr. Hartwig has managed an active caseload of up to 500 cases at a time, and has trained and supervised over a dozen new lawyers and paralegals just starting out. As an attorney, he has represented clients at over 600 hearings before Administrative Law Judges throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. He has extensive experience in cross-examining medical and vocational experts in Social Security hearings, and has personally reviewed over 300,000 pages of medical records. This experience has given him a nuanced understanding of the objective medical evidence that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. Moreover, he knows the most effective ways to highlight that information for the decision makers.

When the time comes to appear before a Social Security judge, Mr. Hartwig is fully prepared, having spent many hours reviewing the entire Social Security file for his client. He submits a case summary memorandum to the judge prior to the hearing so that the judge has a clear roadmap to the case, as well as an outline of the legal arguments in support of an award of SSDI benefits.

At Hartwig Law Firm, personalized service begins with the first phone call, where you can expect to receive a free, comprehensive, one-on-one disability evaluation. Mr. Hartwig will complete the online application with you for your SSDI claim, and will work with you prior to the hearing date, walking you through every detail of what to expect at the hearing so you are confident and prepared. At your hearing, he will passionately advocate on your behalf, and once you are awarded benefits, he will guide you through the daunting benefits process.

In cases of a denial by the judge, Mr. Hartwig has experience in appeals through the Appeals Council, and has appeared before the United States District Court on behalf of his Social Security clients.

BACKGROUND HISTORY AND EDUCATION

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Patrick comes from a long line of steelworkers and pipefitters. He attended Youngstown State University where he earned a degree in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy. Patrick worked his way through college waiting tables at the local neighborhood restaurant and working between classes at the newsstand selling magazines, newspapers and lottery tickets.

Patrick came to Boston to attend Northeastern Law School. While in school, Patrick worked on Social Security disability cases at the Greater Boston Legal Services Health and Disability Unit, and developed an interest in advocating for the disabled. After graduation, Patrick worked as a real estate attorney, drafting purchase and sales contracts and conducting dozens of real estate closings each month all over eastern Massachusetts, before ultimately returning to his passion: working on behalf of the sick and disabled, and helping them to obtain the benefits they deserve.

Patrick and his wife have a young daughter, and he is a proud uncle to many nieces and nephews. In his spare time on the weekends, you can find him working with his barbecue smoke pit, experimenting with different rubs, wood chips and sauces and, of course, cheering for his favorite sports team, the Cleveland Browns.

PRACTICE AREAS

Mr. Hartwig focuses on helping his clients win Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. He serves as an experienced guide for his clients, assisting them as they navigate through the Social Security disability process from start to finish.

EDUCATION & BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Bar Admissions: Massachusetts, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Memberships: National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR), Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)
  • Education: Northeastern University School of Law (JD); Youngstown State University (BA, cum laude)

Q&A with Attorney Patrick Hartwig

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What is your hometown?
AYoungstown, Ohio
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Why did you choose to pursue a career as a lawyer?
AI attended law school so that I could help people, pure and simple. I especially wanted to help those who feel disenfranchised. I wanted to be the person who sits with them, learns exactly how they have been wronged and then set out to advocate for their rights. That is my favorite part of being a lawyer, being a counselor.
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How do you help clients in your daily job?
AI help folks apply for Social Security benefits. It is a frustrating process filled with red tape and I take pride in the fact that I can ease the tension associated with that process by guiding my clients through it by hand.

I also navigate the claims process by submitting tailored applications specific to each client, submit relevant medical evidence and medical source statements, and file timely appeals. Then, when it comes time to appear before a Social Security judge, I spend hours reviewing my client’s entire Social Security file and I submit a case summary memorandum to the judge beforehand to provide a road map to the case and outline my theory of disability.

I prepare my clients for testimony, walk them through the hearing, and advocate zealously on their behalves. Finally, if my client is awarded benefits, I guide him or her through the benefits process, which itself can be daunting when alone.

In the event that my client is denied by the Social Security judge, I have extensive experience appealing cases to the Appeals Council and I have succeeded in multiple federal district court claims.

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What prior professional experience has made you good at what you do?
AI have managed an active caseload of up to 500 cases, I have, over the years, trained and supervised nearly a dozen attorneys as they began work in the field of Social Security disability. I have appeared before Social Security judges in New England at more than 600 hearings, and have personally reviewed over 300,000 pages of medical records in preparation for these cases. I have a firm grasp of the objective medical evidence that meets Social Security’s definition of disability, and I know the most effective ways to highlight that information for the decision makers.
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What do you like the most about your law firm?
AMy priority is providing personalized service to each and every client, and I believe that’s what sets my firm apart from the rest of the field. Other firms can provide you a lawyer the day of the hearing; I strive to provide you one-on-one service from the start of the process to the finish. I believe that in seeing and listening to my client, I can better understand his or her case, and that this personalized service allows me to provide tailored, zealous advocacy throughout the disability process.
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What do you think sets the firm apart from others?
AGenuine, non-judgmental compassion for the difficulties clients face. Personal, face-to-face attention with the ATTORNEY, not a paralegal or receptionist. Help with transitional assistance, food stamps, health insurance before and after the claim. Experience handling Social Security claims up through the level of a United States District Court level, unlike many national advocacy groups and national firms. Hands on referrals for other legal needs. Meetings close to my client’s home or even in his home, instead of phone meetings for my sick/injured clients whose medical or financial situation makes travel difficult. Tailored applications, specific medical source statements and pre hearing memos created for each client, unlike bigger SSDI mills where that work is done with templates and done by paralegals, not attorneys.

It is now an adverse climate to apply for Social Security disability. The fact is that allowance rates have been dropping steadily for years. Claimants need better applications, tailored medical source statements and thorough testimony preparation. That kind of service is not currently being provided by larger Social Security disability volume practices, national advocacy groups, and newly arriving personal Injury practices.

Now, more than ever, clients need a LOCAL, EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY capable of methodically building a stronger overall claim through personal face-to-face interactions and individually crafted arguments in order to obtain a favorable outcome.

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What hobbies and interests do your pursue in your spare time?
AIn my spare time, you’ll find me with family and friends, watching sports, and honing my barbecue recipes. I come from a large Irish Catholic family and I am married with a three-year-old daughter. I remain very close to my parents and siblings, as well as my extended family, and I am a proud uncle to my many nieces and nephews.

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