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Buffalo Social Security Disability Attorney

By focusing solely on Social Security disability law, I am able to apply my targeted knowledge and experience. I will take the time to explain the Social Security disability process to you in layman's terms, and help craft a successful strategy to help you achieve your goals. The Social Security disability application and appeal process is highly complex and frustrating - with me in your corner, you'll be able to navigate through the bureaucracy and avoid potential pitfalls that would otherwise scuttle your appeal.

Contact me today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Establishing an eligible disability
  • Managing complex cases or claims in conjunction with other benefit applications
  • Appealing premature and unjustified denials

Call 304-974-0523 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney James Ratchford

I am an attorney with a practical focus on Social Security Disability. I have been representing claimants in Social Security matters since 2008, when I began with a major national disability firm. Since then, I've represented hundreds of claimants in hearings before Administrative Law Judges for the Social Security Administration, and worked on the written appeals of thousands more. My practice today is focused on collaboration with other firms to provide written and oral advocacy services in hearings and administrative appeals.

When I'm not fighting to win benefits for my clients, you can find me fighting gravity on a river or a ski slope. I'm always glad to talk about whitewater and if you'd like to learn about kayaking or skiing, don't hesitate to ask me for guidance or company.


  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D, 2013
  • Houghton College, B.A. in Psychology, 2008

Office Locations

Buffalo Office
1207 Delaware Ave
Suite 101
Buffalo, NY 14209
Bruceton Mills Office
3062 Moyers Road
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

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James P. Ratchford

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Social Security Disability Since 2020
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