Attorney Sara J. Frankel is a former Social Security Administration staff attorney at the Office of Hearings and Appeals, and therefore knows how the process works from an inside perspective. For more than 25 years, she has been specializing in the practice of Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) and Supplementary Security Income Disability Benefits (SSID) law.
Attorney Frankel graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988. She earned her Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law (New England Law), Boston, Massachusetts, in 1991.
Attorney Frankel attended law school with the intention of pursuing a career in public interest law. She became interested in the area of disability and the law while writing her Juris Doctor thesis concerning mentally challenged persons becoming involved with the criminal justice system. While working at the Social Security Administration she saw many claimants struggling to traverse the complicated disability application and appeals process without legal representation. She realized that there was both a lack of and tremendous need for well trained and knowledgeable disability claimants’ representatives. She opened her private practice specializing in Social Security Disability Law in February 1996, which she thereafter expanded to include immigration law matters.
Attorney Maria Diaz Sotomayor earned her Juris Doctor from Hostos School of Law in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in June 2010. She was admitted to the bar in Puerto Rico in March 2011, and since that time has worked in the area of disability law. She has represented disability claimants at hearings before the Social Security Administration in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island since 2011. She joined the Law Offices of Sara J. Frankel & Associates, PC in November 2014.
As a hearing associate, Attorney Diaz Sotomayor uses her detailed knowledge of the law to fully develop the evidence required to prevail in cases brought before the Social Security Administration. Above all else, she understands and believes that disability claimants and those seeking immigration assistance need and deserve patience, kindness and support throughout the entire application, appeal and hearing process, and she therefore strives to provide this to all clients of the office.
Attorney Diaz Sotomayor is fluent in both Spanish and English.
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