Attorney Profile – Social Security Disability
HAL TAYLOR is admitted to practice law in NEVADA, CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS. He has over 15 years experiencehelping Claimants secure SSD and SSI disability benefits, and over 25 years experience in professional licensing and other administrative law matters. Mr. Taylor practices primarily in two areas: Social Security Disability applications and Professional Licensing.
Social Security Disability Experience
Mr. Taylor has been representing Social Security Disability Claimants in their applications for disability benefits for over 15 years. Mr. Taylor has personally helped Claimants tell their story to Administrative Law Judges in well over 300 hearings.
The Social Security Administration administers two programs that may provide monthly benefits to those who cannot work because of physical or mental disabilities.
Claimants for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income disability benefits must prove they cannot “engage in any substantial gainful activity” because of one or more medically determinable physical or mental impairments lasting, or expected to last, for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, or to result in death.
Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSD” or “SSDI”) is financed through Social Security taxes. To be eligible for SSD, the worker must earn sufficient credits based on taxes paid to be "insured" for Social Security purposes at the time the worker becomes disabled. Disability benefits are payable to blind or disabled workers, widow(er)s, or adults disabled since childhood if they are otherwise eligible. Qualifying for SSD may also result in the Claimant receiving Medicare benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a program financed through general revenues. SSI disability benefits are payable to adults or children who are disabled or blind, and who have limited income and resources available to them. So a Claimant may qualify medically for benefits but not qualify financially. It is usually better to qualify for SSD rather than SSI. Qualifying for SSI may also result in the Claimant receiving Medicaid benefits.
Unfortunately, because of the huge number of claims being processed by the Social Security Administration, Claimants often have to go through an initial application review and a reconsideration appeal before they have the opportunity to tell their story in person to an administrative law judge who has the authority to grant them benefits.
With the help of experienced representatives like Mr. Taylor, Claimants can enhance their changes of being granted benefits earlier in the process. If they do have to go to hearing, working with an experienced representative will help Claimants to paint a picture for the administrative law judge of how their physical or mental disabilities limit their ability to work.
In addition to helping Social Security Disability Claimants to obtain their disability benefits, Mr. Taylor has over 25 years experience representing professionals too.
Professional Licensing Experience
“Professional licensing” or “Occupational licensing” refers to the granting of a license to practice a particular profession and the regulation of that profession by a state agency, usually a licensing board. Examples of professionals regulated would include the doctors, engineers, real estate brokers and salespeople, pharmacist, nurses, cosmetologists, and contractors. There are many others. Often not only individuals, but also legal entities, like corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, must be licensed.
Applicants for professional licensure have to meet certain criteria, which often require specialized training and testing. Once licensed, the professionals are subject to being disciplined for violations of the laws and regulations that govern the practice of these professions. Disciplinary complaints may lead to administrative hearings before administrative law judges or the licensing boards themselves. Those who practice without a license can be subject to criminal prosecution.
Hal Taylor has over 25 years of experience representing applicants and licensed professionals before licensing boards in Nevada, California, and Illinois. These include:Physicians and respiratory therapists before the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, the Medical Board of California and the Respiratory Care Board of California
- Physicians and respiratory therapists before the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, the Medical Board of California and the Respiratory Care Board of California
- Pharmacists and pharmacies before the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy, and the California Board of Pharmacy
- Brokers, salespersons, and property managers before the Nevada Real Estate Commission
- Security and process serving firms before the Private Investigators Licensing Board
- Contractors before the Nevada Contractors Board
- Salons, cosmetologists and cosmetology schools before the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology
- Social workers before the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers
- Nurses before the Nevada State Board of Nursing
- Optometrists before the Nevada State Board of Optometry, and the California Board of Optometry
- Disciplinary matters before the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design
Some licensing boards have the authority to serve citations or file criminal complaints with city or county prosecutors for unlicensed practice. Mr. Taylor has defended individuals charged with unlicensed practice in their criminal cases.
Previously Mr. Taylor was legal counsel for the Nevada State Contractors Board and the Nevada State Board of Optometry.
Before he moved to Reno in 1990, Mr. Taylor was the Chief of Prosecutions – Business Professions, for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
He has been a presenter on professional licensing issues at national meetings of the Association of State Agency Attorneys and Administrators, and the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, lectured at Nevada continuing education seminars, and he has taught Basic Administrative Law at Truckee Meadows Community College. Mr. Taylor recently wrote two articles: “A Primer on Professional Licensing Practice,” and “Nevada Administrative Procedure Act in Application,” for a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Nevada State Bar Administrative Law Section.
Admitted to Practice in NEVADA, CALIFORNIA, and ILLINIOS. Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Six and one half years working in commercial photography in Chicago before starting law school. Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School, Chicago. Four and one half years civil litigation. Five and one half years as prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. In October of 1990, I moved to Reno to became a litigation associate at Robison, Belaustegui, Robb & Sharp. In January of 1996, I opened my own law firm. On September 1, 1999, I was appointed Legal Counsel for the Nevada State Contractors’ Board, in which capacity I served until September 29, 2000, when I resumed private practice. Former counsel to the Nevada State Board of Optometry. Over 25 years experience in the professional licensing area, and over 15 years representing Social Security Disability claimants.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District and Appellate Courts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Northern District of Illinois, Member, Trial Bar
District of Arizona
District of Nevada
Central and Eastern Districts of California
Hal Taylor, Attorney At Law, January, 1996, to present.
Practicing primarily in representation before State and Federal agencies, including Professional Licensing law and Social Security Disability practice; and criminal law. In February of 1997, the firm became Hal Taylor & W. Kathleen Baker, Ltd. when W. Kathleen Baker became a partner in the firm. On September 1, 1999, I became the in-house counsel for the State of Nevada Contractors’ Board. On September 29, 2000, I resumed private practice.
Robison, Belaustegui, Robb & Sharp, Reno, Nevada October 1990 – January, 1996.
Litigation associate: general civil litigation, criminal law, professional licensure actions, Social Security Disability claims and administrative law.
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, May 1985 – October 1990.
Chief of Prosecutions – Business Professions Attorney, Design Professions Enforcement Unit Lead Prosecutor & Licensure Board Advisor for:
Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons
As Chief of Prosecutions – Business Professions, I oversaw attorneys prosecuting Public Accountants and Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons, in addition to the Design Professions.
Schwartzberg, Barnett & Cohen, Chicago, 1980-1984, Concentrating in civil litigation, including hearings before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Illinois Department of Unemployment Compensation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, administrative review of agency decisions.
Betar and Lamendella; federal civil litigation Ross; Reinstein; Block and Sherman; general practice Charlotte R. Goldfein; plaintiff personal injury available for speaking before professional and other groups regarding Professional Licensing issues.
Juris Doctor; John Marshall Law School; June 1980
Gavel Honor Society Honors Moot Court Program Vice-Justice; Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
University of Iowa; Bachelor of Arts; English Literature Colfax Community High School; Colfax; Iowa
Previous Professional Experiences
Devenny-Wood, Ltd., Chicago
Playboy Enterprises, Chicago
Vogue-Wright Studios, Chicago
Photographer’s Sales Representative: Camera Work, Ltd., Chicago
Chicago Bar Association
State Bar of California
Washoe County Bar Association
Until recently, IDEA Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer for State of Nevada.
Arbitrator in the Nevada Court Annexed Arbitration Program.
Association of State Agency Attorneys & Administrators
Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards.
State of Nevada Administrative Law Section CLE Seminar:
Administrative Law: ‘Where Do I Begin?’
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
State Bar of Nevada Committees and Sections:
Former Member: Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Current Member: Advertising Committee, Administrative Law Section.
Chicago Bar Association Committees:
Chairman: Professional Responsibility, 1985-86
Vice-Chairman: Professional Responsibility, 1984-85
Chairman: Young Lawyers Section/Regulation of the Practice of Law, 1983-84
Member: Professional Responsibility, 1980-90
Member: Civil Practice Executive Committee, 1982-86
Member: Section III, Civil Practice, 1980-88
Member: Trade Associations, 1988-89
Past Treasurer & Vice-President, Chicago Council of B’nai B’rith
National Council of Engineering Examiners
Law Enforcement Committee
Member: 1987-88, 1991
Consultant: 1988-90, 1992
Uniform Procedures & Legislative Guidelines Committee
Professional references furnished on request.