Meet Tim Brandenburg
Tim Brandenburg is an attorney passionate about helping people. Tim believes firmly that there are two kinds of lawyers: those that “sit and read” and those that “stand and talk.” Even in law school, Tim knew he would be an attorney that would “stand and talk,” advocating for people, not for the government, the wealthy, or big companies seeking to victimize regular people.
Tim has represented Social Security Disability (SSD) claimants throughout his career, firmly believe that people that have worked hard their entire lives, paying more than 12% of their compensation in Social Security taxes, should not be denied the disability benefits they have paid for.
Although Tim also has significant experience representing people who have suffered personal injuries as the result of negligence, Tim has found that victories for SSD claimants are far more personally rewarding than obtaining monetary judgments in personal injury actions because SSD benefits often provide critical healthcare and urgently needed financial assistance to people that would have been forever beyond their reach without an experienced advocate at their side.
Tim has significant courtroom experience before both Social Security Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and civil court Judges. At ALJ hearings, Tim draws on his extensive courtroom experience, his experience in grilling hostile expert witnesses, and his experience in performing detailed reviews of medical records in hundreds and hundreds of cases.
Law is Tim’s second career, but his first love. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Management Information Systems in 1993, family obligations prevented him from going on to law school as planned, and Tim developed software applications for the next eleven years.
In 2002, Tim, with the support of his family, began pursuing his life-long dream of becoming an attorney. Tim, while working full time during the day, began attending the evening program at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, which entailed year-round studies for four years. Upon completing his first year of law school, Tim recognized he would need real world legal experience to accompany his legal education to fully prepare him for his chosen focus on helping SSD claimants and personal injury plaintiffs, and began working full-time during the day as a law clerk at an Arlington law firm while continuing his evening studies.
As a law clerk, Tim drafted the firm’s legal pleadings, performed legal research, took part in the written discovery process, and assisted in trial support. In 2004, Tim, while still in law school, became provisionally licensed by the State Bar of Texas to practice law. During this period, Tim honed his legal skills by taking and defending depositions and attending and taking part in hearings and trials.
Tim graduated magna cum laude from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2006, number seven in a class of over three hundred. Since full licensure, Tim has developed an effective style of aggressive representation coupled with persuasive courtroom practice. Tim, unlike non-attorney disability advocates and the many attorney advocates without courtroom experience, is ready, willing, and able to help shepherd his clients through the entire SSD process:
- Initial Application
- ALJ hearing
- Appeals Council
- Federal Court
Tim is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and in the Northern and Eastern Federal Districts of Texas. Tim is a member of:
- State Bar of Texas
- NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives)
- the Fort Worth Bar Association
- the Arlington Bar Association