Attorneys

All of the Social Security disability lawyers who handle SSDI and SSI cases in the offices of Elie Halpern & Associates, PLLC, are sustaining members of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). The Veterans' attorney and VA Advocate who handle VA benefits and disability issues for veterans are sustaining members of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA).


Elie Halpern

Elie Halpern – SSDI, SSI and VA disability attorney. Elie Halpern is the owner of the firm and represents claiminants in SSDI, SSI, and VA cases. Elie began his legal career as a legal services attorney in 1968, representing poor people in the State of Washington, Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk) and Palau. Elie obtained his undergraduate and law school degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 2006 and 2009, Elie and his wife of more than 40 years, spent just over two months doing volunteer work with human and environmental rights groups in Chiang Mai and Mae Sot, Thailand.




Timothy Kidd

Timothy Kidd – SSDI, SSI and VA disability attorney. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Tim received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and received his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in 2009. At the University of Wisconsin Law School, he was a memember of the Wisconsin International Law Journal and assisted in researching Civil Justice in Wisconsin: A Sourcebook. After law school, Tim joined Community Advocates in Milwaukee, providing legal representation in disability and health law matters for underprivileged Milwaukeeans. In 2010, Tim relocated to Dubuque, Iowa and entered private practice, focusing on Social Security Disability/SSI, Veterans Disability and Long-Term Disability/ERISA. Tim joined Elie Halpern and Associates in June of 2013. Outside of the office, Tim enjoys classical music, watching and playing tennis with his wife, reading and creative writing.


Courtney Lyon

Courtney Lyon – Social Security disability and SSI disability law attorney Courtney received an undergraduate liberal arts degree with a concentration in International Relations from The Evergreen State College in 2004. After college, she spent a year serving in the AmeriCorps program, helping underprivileged populations through Catholic Community Services. Courtney graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2010. During law school, Courtney not only continued to work at Elie Halpern and Associates, but also served as a board member and president of the Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project, which fund-raises money for student scholarships. She now practices Social Security and SSI Disability Law with Elie Halpern & Associates. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, exercising, baking, and reading.


Jamie Olivares

Jamie Olivares – Social Security disability and SSI disability law attorney Jamie began working with Elie Halpern as a Legal Assistant at the age of 17. Jamie earned her Paralegal degree from South Puget Sound Community College and her undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College by going to school at night and weekends while still working full time at Elie Halpern and Associates. From 2008 to May 2012, Jamie represented Social Security and SSI disability claimants as a Certified Non-Attorney Representative. Jamie completed a four year Law Clerk Program in January 2012, studying law at night and on weekends with Elie Halpern as her mentor, took and passed the Bar Exam, and became a licensed attorney in May 2012.


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