Michael T. Kelly has represented claimants before the Social Security Administration since 1990. He began his legal career in a general practice firm in 1988, representing clients in various state related matters. Mr. Kelly opened his own private law practice in 1994 where over 90% of his business was representing claimants before the Social Security Administration. He has personally conducted hundreds of hearings representing claimants at the administrative levels, and has handled federal court Social Security appeals for claimants and other experienced attorneys.
- Texas, 1988
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1988
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1994
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2003
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1996
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1991
- Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, 1987, J.D.
- University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1984, B.B.A.
- Southwest Texas State University, 1982
- W.T. White High School, Dallas, Texas, 1981
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- State Bar of Texas
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
- Dallas Association of Social Security Claimants' Attorneys, 1997
- Vice President
- Dallas Association of Social Security Claimants' Attorneys, 2000
- Vice President
- Board Certified in Social Security Disability Advocacy
- National Board Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC) Board Member
- Chair of the NBLSC SSD Advisory Committee
- NBLSC Standards Committee, Member
- February 25, 2006: Presenter at the 13th Annual Conference of the Fifth Circuit (F.O.S.S.C.R.), Grapevine, Texas. Topic presented: Cross-Examination of Medical Experts and Cross-Examination of Vocational Experts.
- October 27, 2005: Presenter at the legal seminar How to Prepare For and Succeed at the Social Security Disability Hearing in Texas sponsored by the National Business Institute. Topics presented: How to Decide Whether to Accept or Decline Representation of the Client, Medical and Other Essential Information You Must Gather, Obtain Necessary Reports and Interrogatories, Analyze Social Security File Documentation,
- August 17, 2005: Presenter at the Grand Prairie Bar Association. Topic presented: How to Deal with Functional Capacity Exams (FCE's).
- Higginbotham v. Barnhart, 405 F.3d 332 (5th Cir. 2005); Boaz v. Massanari, 2001 WL 1295426 (N.D. Tex.)