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Meet the Wettermark & Keith Team:

James Wettermark

James Wettermark

Senior Founding Partner

James H. Wettermark is the senior partner of Wettermark & Keith, LLC. He has spent his entire 25 year legal career representing individuals who have been injured…


 

Chris Keith

Chris Keith

Founding Partner

Originally from Panama City, Florida, Chris appreciates the warm weather and sunshine. Growing up 90 miles from Tallahassee, Chris has a strong passion for…


 

John McElheny

John McElheny

Associate Attorney

After receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology from Auburn University, John moved north to Baltimore, Maryland. There, he worked for…


 

Jessica Brooks

Jessica Brooks

Associate Attorney

Jessica was born in Birmingham and raised in Florence, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama on a full academic scholarship, double majoring…


 

Stephanie Balzli

Stephanie Balzli

Associate Attorney

Stephanie is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and received both her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Alabama. As a double major…


 

Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson

Associate Attorney

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama with a major in English and received my law degree from Birmingham school of law…


 

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Social Security
Case Manager

After spending almost four years with the State of Alabama adjudicating Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims…


 

Brian Conrad

Brian Conrad

Case Manager

After obtaining a marketing degree from The Mississippi State University, Brian moved north to Birmingham, Alabama. He initially worked for Nationwide…


 

David Barnes

David Barnes

Railroad Investigator

John “David” Barnes graduated Jackson High School and attended Jackson State Community College. He worked 32+ years with Illinois Central and Canadian National Railroads…


 

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Field Manager

Mike is the firm’s field manager who is responsible for the initial investigation of cases and meeting with potential clients who contact the firm looking for assistance…


 

Robin Burpo

Robin Burpo

Receptionist

Robin is the pleasant voice that welcomes Wettermark Keith clients on a daily basis when they call into the office and visit the office. A native of Louisiana, Wettermark Keith…


 

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Wettermark & Keith secures a reversal of judge's decision by the Appeals council for their client

Wettermark Keith is pleased to announce exciting news from the Social Security department. While our attorneys have an extremely successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients, sometimes the journey is longer than others. When a client receives an unfavorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge, the available recourse is to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, the body responsible for reviewing cases for mistakes made by the previous judge as to the law or facts. Unfortunately, due to the strict standard of review, the Appeals Council fails to find a reason to overturn or remand the prior determination in the vast majority of cases. However, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

This month, Attorney Jessica Brooks secured a reversal of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Council for her client. A more common outcome when the Appeals Council takes issue with a judge’s decision, is a remand to the judge in order to conduct a another hearing, a process which is time consuming and does not always result in a positive outcome. A reversal constitutes an outright order of payment of benefits to the claimant and only happens in 2% of cases! Ms. Brooks added, “I understand that this is often a long and frustrating process for my clients. This was a case that went to hearing in November of 2011 and we received the Appeals Council reversal in February of 2014. However, the fact that my client will be compensated for that time in back pay makes the determination and hard work worth it.” Wettermark Keith looks forward to future Appeals Council reversals as we continue to provide our expertise and experience to our clients.

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