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WE HAVE TWO OF THE TEN ATTORNEYS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA CERTIFIED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAW

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Richard Culbertson

Orlando Office

About Richard Culbertson

Richard A. Culbertson is Board Certified in Social Security Disability Advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification which is accredited by the American Bar Association. Richard A. Culbertson graduated from Western State University College of Law in 1975 and was admitted to the California Bar that same year. He spent more than twenty years serving the Legal needs of the low income residents of Southern California and Central Florida working for various legal aid and legal service offices. Mr. Culbertson has owned and run his own Law office since 1996.

Since 1975, Mr. Culbertson has handled thousands of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income cases from pre application through the Federal Courts. He has also spoken at many seminars sponsored by community organizations county and State Bar Associations, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Social Security Committee of the Orange County Bar Association.

Area of Practice:

Social Security Law

Bar Admissions:

The Florida Bar
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
United States Supreme Court

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Bar Admission Memberships:

American Bar Association
The Florida Bar Association
The California Bar Association (inactive)
Orange County Bar Association

Memberships:

National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives

Sarah Jacobs

Orlando Office

About Sarah Jacobs

Originally from New Jersey, Sarah Patience Jacobs graduated from Monmouth University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  In 2011, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. In law school, Ms. Jacobs was an editor for the Barry Law Review.   Ms. Jacobs began working for Culbertson Law Group, P.L.L.C. directly out of law school. Since that time, she has successfully represented hundreds of claimants in their Social Security appeals to federal court.  Ms. Jacobs has also successfully briefed cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  Ms. Jacobs was co-counsel in the case of Culbertson v. Berryhill which resulted in a 9 – 0 favorable decision in the United States Supreme Court on January 8, 2019. In December 2016, Ms. Jacobs became a Board Certified Advocate in Social Security Disability by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  There are only currently ten board certified Social Security Disability attorneys in Florida. Ms. Jacobs limits her practice to exclusively representing claimants seeking Social Security Disability benefits throughout all stages of the disability process.  In her spare time, Ms. Jacobs enjoys spending time with her loving husband and five amazing children.

Area of Practice:

Social Security Law

Bar Admissions:

Florida Bar
United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
The United States Supreme Court

Bar Admission Memberships:

Orange County Bar Association

Memberships:

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

Barry C. LaBoda

Orlando Office

About Barry C. LaBoda

Barry C. LaBoda joined Culbertson Law Group after retiring as a federal administrative law judge. He presided over disability cases while serving for thirteen years with the Social Security Administration. He also served for two years with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. He previously practiced law in Orlando for twenty-five years, representing disabled people in social security disability cases. He has testified as an expert witness on social security matters in circuit court and workers’ compensation court. He was the first chairperson of the Social Security Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. LaBoda is a graduate of Columbia College and Boston University School of Law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979.

Area of Practice:

Social Security Law

Bar Admissions:

Florida Bar
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Memberships:

National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (sustaining member)
American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association

Katherine Schwartz

Daytona Beach Office

About Katherine Schwartz

Katherine Selima Schwartz graduated from Rollins College magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology in 2009. At the top of her class, she was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. While at Rollins College, Katherine made the President’s List during the fall of 2007, spring of 2008, and spring of 2009. Katherine attended Barry Law School where she earned her JD in 2013. While a student at Barry Law School, Katherine clerked for Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano, learning all aspects of civil law. A member of the Florida Bar since 2013, Katherine has been practicing and serving the law as a zealous advocate for others. Following her formal education and with the mentorship of her father Richard A. Schwartz, Katherine has learned all facets of social security law and is skilled at handling claims from the initial level through hearings with Administrative Law Judges. Additionally, she is a member of NOSSCR, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. Katherine is also an accomplished equestrian in the sport of Dressage. As a USDF gold medalist, she trains and competes at the highest level under the watchful eye of Olympian Laura Graves. When she is not in the office, Katherine enjoys spending time with her horses, fiancé, future step-daughter, traveling, cooking, and practicing yoga.

Area of Practice:

Social Security Law

Bar Admissions:

The Florida Bar

Memberships:

The Florida Bar

Jeremy Miller Hays

Daytona Beach Office

About Jeremy Miller Hays

A native of Campbell, Missouri, Jeremy Miller Hays graduated with dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Agriculture and Finance from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in May 2000. After assisting with his family’s farming operation for a number years, Jeremy obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2009. Having personally received disability benefits for a brief period of time. Mr. Hays now devotes his entire practice to the field of Social Security Disability Law. For over a decade he has utilized his unique personal experience and expertise to advocate and personally counsel his clients in their pursuit of disability benefits. During this time, he has successfully represented thousands of claimants throughout dozens of states and Puerto Rico. After moving to Central Florida in 2018 with his wife and three children, Jeremy is proud to call Mount Dora, Lake County and the surrounding area his home. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys competing in regional and statewide barbeque competitions with his children, while also passionately following The University of Arkansas Razorback athletic teams and the 11-time World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Area of Practice:

100% of Practice Devoted to Federal Social Security Disability Law

Bar Admissions:

The Arkansas Bar

Bar Admission Memberships:

Memberships:

The Arkansas Bar
Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

James Roughton

Daytona Beach Office

About James Roughton

James W. Roughton has practiced in the area of Social Security Law for more than twenty-five years. He is a native Floridian. In 1981, he graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1984, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary. He also engaged in graduate studies in American history, culture and religious studies at the University of Florida and the University of Virginia. In 1994, James Roughton earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida and became a member of the Florida Bar. Since 1995, he has represented thousands of claimants in their claims for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income in hearings with Administrative Law Judges, especially in North Florida, Central Florida and South Georgia. He has handled claims from the initial filing stage through the Appeals Council. Apart from representing claimants, he takes pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren.

Area of Practice:

Social Security Law

Bar Admissions:

The Florida Bar

Bar Admission Memberships:

Orange County Bar Association
Volusia County Bar Association

Memberships:

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

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If you have already filed for social security disability online or by mailing in forms, you can now seek representation. If you have been denied at the initial level of Social Security, the following required forms can either be filled out online, over the phone, or at the office:

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