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California Social Security Disability Lawyer

California Social Security Disability Attorneys

Trust Your SSD Case with Attorney Roger Drake

Attorney Roger D. Drake

Cases involving SSDI or SSI benefits are handled primarily by Attorney Roger D. Drake, who is widely recognized as a leading SSD/SSI attorney. After graduating cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2002, Roger knew he wanted to focus his career on one of the most complicated yet important areas of the law: Social Security Disability. The outcome of an SSD or SSI case can directly shape a client’s financial future and well-being, which is something that Attorney Drake has always taken to heart. When he works on a case at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, he acts as if he is representing himself because that’s what he’d expect if the situation was reversed.

Attorney Roger Drake leads our SSDI team and is trusted by his clients and peers because:

  • He has more than 15 years of practice experience focused on SSD cases.
  • He can take an SSD case to federal court if you have an Appeal Council denial.
  • He has helped more than 1,000 clients in SSD cases and proceedings.
  • He is a member of Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars℠.

Help for SSD Claims, Appeals & Hearings in California

At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, we know the struggles that you can face when injuries or disabilities prevent you from working, ranging from rising medical costs to growing debt. That's why it's critical to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits promptly.

If you require legal guidance to steer through the Social Security claim procedure, our team of California SSD lawyers, led by Attorney Roger Drake, is ready to jump in and lead the way. Our firm was built by dedicated attorneys who have a wealth of experience in aiding clients throughout California in applying for SSDI and SSI, appealing denials, and delivering persuasive presentations at disability hearings. We understand that you’ll rely on us to get the necessary benefits you need to gain some financial stability, so we’re committed to providing highly effective legal services.

Speak with our California SSD lawyers about your options. Call (702) 505-8115today to request a FREE consultation.


In the event of a disability due to an accident, ailment, or any form of physical or mental impairment that prevents you from working, you might qualify for federal benefits through Social Security. At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, we are skilled in guiding clients through the intricate process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), whichever is better for their situation.

Let us determine which of these government assistance programs will be right for you:

  • SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program that grants benefits based on disability and work credits. To be eligible for SSDI benefits, you need to fulfill the disability criteria set by Social Security and must have made tax contributions, which are typically taken automatically out of your paychecks.
  • SSI: On the other hand, SSI is a distinct program that awards benefits based on age/disability and income. To receive monthly SSI payments, your income and resources must be limited. Your tax contributions through monthly paychecks are not considered, so SSI might be available to people who have not worked before or in years.

Determining your eligibility for Social Security benefits can be challenging. That's why our team at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen offers complimentary consultations. Get in touch with us today to discuss your qualifications and how we can assist you.

Support from Trusted California SSD Attorneys

The process of obtaining Social Security Disability benefits is known for being intricately complicated. Many people who try to manage the claims or appeals procedures independently often face challenges leading to claim rejections or postponements in receiving vital benefits. With Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, our devoted SSD attorneys are committed to guiding clients through every aspect of the California Social Security disability system.

We offer extensive services designed to provide you with the representation necessary to:

  • Determine your eligibility for SSDI or SSI.
  • Fill out all forms accurately and completely.
  • Collect the necessary medical records and evidence to support your claim.
  • File the claim to the right Social Security Administration (SSA) office.
  • Response to inquiries or requests for more information.
  • Act on your behalf in SSD hearings.
  • Represent you in an appeal if your claim is denied.
  • Discuss the possibility of a federal court appeal if necessary.

Social Security Claim Appeals in California

Our committed team of California SSD lawyers can support you if your claim is denied for any reason. We are ready to act on your behalf during the hearings and appeals stages. We can work relentlessly to defend your interests by collecting vital evidence, bringing robust arguments to the court or hearings, and championing your rights. Contact us today and let us help you in obtaining the benefits that you need.

Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen offers assistance to clients through all phases of the SSD appeals procedure, which includes:

  • Reconsideration
  • Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings
  • Administrative appeals to the SSA Appeals Council.
  • Federal court appeals.

Get Answers for Every SSD Question – Call Now

Don't forget that you're not alone in navigating the legal complexities of an SSDI or SSI case. Our SSD team at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen in California is ready to stand beside you, offering tried-and-trusted advice, guidance, and legal advocacy during challenging times. When a physical or mental health condition prevents you from working, we want to be the law firm you trust to set things right again by securing financial benefits on your behalf.

Talk to someone from our firm today about your California SSDI or SSI case. Call (702) 505-8115.

Our Promise to You

Why You Can Count on Our Firm
  • Experience You Can Trust
    Our attorneys, paralegals and support staff leverage decades of experience across a diverse range of backgrounds on behalf of our clients.
  • Legacy of Client Satisfaction
    Word-of-mouth referrals and repeat clients account for more than 85% of our business, which is a testament to the level of service we provide.
  • Client-Centered Approach

    We strive to treat our clients with integrity, compassion, and respect and provide them with clear communication every step of the way.

  • Proven Record of Results
    We have recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for injured clients throughout the state of Nevada.

Client testimonials

Real Stories From Real Clients
    “Seamless and caring service.”
    I was involved in two car accidents within a year, both work comp related. I'd never used an attorney for personal injury before, but now I'll always choose Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen. They made everything seamless and easy, and were always available for questions or reassurance. This law firm clearly cares about what they do and their clients.
    - Aimee W.
    “They truly care about their clients.”
    A close family friend referred us to Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen and spoke highly of the firm. They made us feel very at ease about the situation. They truly care about their clients and making them feel at ease through the entire process. Overall, the experience has been exceptional.
    - Pete S.
    “Handled my case excellently.”
    I'm very thankful for meeting the team at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen regarding my motor vehicle accident. They helped me in a very difficult time, provided excellent medical treatment assistance, and represented my best interests. Best law firm in Las Vegas!
    - Kristina Y.
    “Best with phenomenal work ethics.”
    Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen is the absolute best. The entire crew is efficient, and their work ethics are phenomenal. For any legal needs, they are the people to go to. Thank you for all that you do for me and my family.
    - Minas M.
    “Great settlement and so happy with results!”
    Thank you so much for your help resolving my case. Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen helped me settle my case after another attorney messed up my medical treatment. They spent hours explaining legal matters and guiding me. The loyalty of this law firm was beyond my expectations. Great settlement and so happy with the results! Thank you for all your hard work!
    - Mahir S.
    “Utmost in professionalism”
    I've used Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen on a few occasions and always experienced professionalism. Their office staff is polite and informative throughout the process. Highly recommend the team. Thank you for always answering questions and being easy to work with.
    - Steven P.
    “They always made me feel like a member of their family and not just a client.”
    “The kindness and compassion they showed during my case was amazing! They always made me feel like a member of their family and not just a client.”
    - Ryan W.
    “So seamless and easy for me.”
    “I was involved in two car accidents within a year. They made everything so seamless and easy for me and were always available for questions or reassurance. This law firm clearly not only cares about what they do, but the clients they do it for. Thank you, ”
    - Aimee W.

A Proven Record of Results

Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • $100 Million Product Defect and Fatality from Helicopter Crash
  • $30 Million Fatality/Burn Disfigurement from Helicopter Crash
  • $19.5 Million Brain Damage from Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $18.5 Million Wrongful Death from Aircraft Accident
  • $16 Million Motor Vehicle Accident, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • $12 Million Negligence Security leading to Sexual Assault
  • $10.8 Million Brain Injury, Premises Liability
  • $10 Million Brain Injury, Premises Liability