Firm Overview

The Law Office of Richard A. Sly is dedicated to helping people get the SSI and disability benefits they need and deserve. We are also handle appeals cases.

The Law Office of Richard A. Sly is dedicated to helping people get the SSI and disability benefits they need and deserve.

A Perfect Presentation of Your SSI or Disability Case

Do you love music? Attorney Richard A. Sly does. As a jazz fan and general music lover, Mr. Sly views our firm’s approach to Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSD/DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) proceedings through the metaphor of musical performance.

Any good musical performance — from a jazz concert to an opera staging — requires months of diligent preparation and passionate follow-through from beginning to end. Hundreds of hours of practice and preparation are needed for a flawless 90-minute performance.

Likewise, the proper and effective handling of a Social Security claim can take months or, in the case of repeated denials and appeals, even years. Yet at an advanced appeal hearing, a lawyer often has approximately one hour to present his or her client’s case.

Taking the metaphor further, while a jury trial is more like an opera, meticulously planned out down to the last detail, a Social Security hearing is more like a jazz performance, requiring the attorney to improvise in response to who is at the hearing and how the facts have changed.

Assisting You With Your Application and Representing You on Appeal

When the hour of “performance” arrives, we are ready. Portland SSD and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly has fought for Oregon and Washington clients’ rights for more than 30 years. We will work tirelessly to win the benefits you deserve the first time through by taking steps such as:

  • Getting timely and accurate information from your doctor
  • Working with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Obtaining evidence from friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers

If your claim is denied — as 65 percent of all new claims are — we will fight through each layer of the Social Security Administration’s appeals process so you can obtain the benefits that are yours by right of law and by right of the money you have personally contributed to the system.

If you have any questions or concerns, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or e-mail us today. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and work on a contingency fee basis, so that you pay nothing out of pocket.