Skilled Legal Representation In Social Security And SSI Disability Appeals


Dear Rick,

I wanted to publicly thank you for your excellent representation. As a practicing litigation attorney myself for almost 20 years, I was very overwhelmed with the complexity of the SSDI/SSI system. Your representation was indispensable in getting my claim appealed and obtaining a successful result. You knew the procedures, informed the client, knew the court and always gave realistic opinions. I would highly recommend your firm to any individual with a SSDI/SSI claim. Thank you again.

– Carl R

“Richard, and the entire staff of Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C. have been instrumental in my SSDI/SSI awards – both in terms of winning them on appeal and with respect to maximizing their backpay. As soon as I brought my initial decline to Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C., realistic but ambitious expectations were communicated to me in the most thoughtful manner, and since bringing my case to the firm, my record against the SSA has been perfect.

Upon surprisingly winning SSDI/SSI awards after the first appeal, thanks to the collective expertise of Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C., Richard continued to devote ample time and strenuous efforts to maximizing my awards. Even after successfully being awarded benefits, Richard suggested that I nevertheless petition for a live hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to gain additional backpay.

Leading up to this hearing, they clearly analyzed all my medical records, which were, indeed, manifold. They brought to our attention potential weaknesses with our case so we could prepare accordingly. At the hearing, nothing unconsidered was raised, and I felt prepared in every sense of the word.

Unsurprisingly, the ALJ arrived at a fully favorable decision, increasing the backpay award by half a year to the very maximum amount possibly conceivable!

Perhaps most importantly, though, as someone who suffers from mental illness and psychiatric disabilities, Richard’s entire office not only treated me like a valued human being but also continuously offered the genuine care and stalwart support indicative of once-in-a-lifetime special caregivers who obviously chose this occupation as a true and effective means of helping those in need, money aside.

In fact, despite already having been awarded the $6k maximum fee, everyone at Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C. continues to treat my ongoing questions and concerns with the same level of enthusiastic attention and unparalleled rigor as before. It is truly refreshing to have enjoyed the altruistic representation of Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C.; it was one of the best decisions I have ever made to have retained them, and I couldn’t bestow on Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C. a recommendation as high as the fine folks there deserve! Go with Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C.; I promise you won’t regret it!”

– Chad F.


Thank you for your help, determination, courage, analytical skills and hard work. I appreciate that you didn’t give up on me or my case.

I will not hesitate to recommend your firm or anyone in need of a lawyer. THANK YOU again.

– Rafael U.

Dear Richard,

Hoping you know how much I appreciate you and all you do. We thank you for caring and helping us through a long 17-year battle. We are also grateful and will always remember your generosity. People like you do not come around in our lives every day! I know I will never be the same the rest of my life, but through all of this I will remember you and what you did for me. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

– Elizabeth and Richard B.