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Susan Michele Schaefer

Susan Michele Schaefer

Cardea Law Group, LLC
  • Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy
  • Alabama, Indiana, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited
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Summary

Michele Schaefer has over 30 years of professional experience. She began her career as a trial attorney before establishing a decades-long career at the Social Security Administration (SSA). She is also accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

She has a wealth of knowledge about disability from extensive field experience at the Disability Determination Services, and at the Office of Hearings Operations as a Hearing Office Director, Supervisory Attorney, and Senior Attorney, and at Social Security National Headquarters as Deputy Director, Branch Chief.

Ms. Schaefer know how the system works and will help you get the benefits you need.

Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (1988) | Law
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Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.A. (1984) | English
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Professional Experience
Owner
Cardea Law Group, LLC
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We will provide you with advice and guidance throughout your case. We will advocate on your behalf and make a comprehensive presentation of your case. We know how the system works and can cut through complicated bureaucratic procedures to help you win your case.
Deputy Director, Branch Chief
Social Security Administration
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Provided disability policy advice to SSA executives. Also led research and drafting of regulations, rulings and policy guidance.
Hearing Office Director, Supervisory Attorney
Social Security Administration
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Supervised attorneys and paralegals in Social Security hearing offices.
Trial Attorney
Emerick and Diggins, PC
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Trial attorney in a general practice law firm.
Speaking Engagements
Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims, Social Security Ruling 16-3p , Chronic Fatgue Advisory Committee , Washington, D.C.
Health and Human Services
Drug Addiction and Alcoholism (DAA) and Disability , National Association of Disability Representatives Conference , Washington, D.C.
National Association of Disability Representatives
Certifications
Accredited Attorney
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Awards
Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Medical Policy
Social Security Administration
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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Indiana State Bar  # 14112-64
Member
Current
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Alabama State Bar
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alabama
Alabama State Bar Association
ID Number: 9216G15Y
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Indiana
Indiana Supreme Court
ID Number: 14112-64
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited
ID Number: https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/accredpeople.asp
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
  • Social Security Disability
  • Bankruptcy
Additional Practice Area
  • Veterans Administration Disability Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Cardea Disability, LLC website
Blog
Cardea Disability, LLC
Contact & Map
Cardea Law Group, LLC
P.O. Box 681586
Prattville, AL 36068
Telephone: (334) 440-6261
Monday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed