Elkind & Shea has been established to
serve the needs of those who are in need of
disability benefits. The practice of disability law is very complicated
and requires careful attention to changing law and practices of
private insurers and government agencies, especially the Social
Security Administration. This narrow focus allows our attorneys
to provide our clients with the highest quality representation,
information and advice concerning their rights to disability benefits.
Our attorneys have successfully handled thousands of disability
cases and have the requisite skill and experience to assist in any
disability benefits case.
Although the firm concentrates its Social Security and state disability
practice in the jurisdictions of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia,
and the District of Columbia, its attorneys have engaged in long
term disability work (private and ERISA) throughout the United States.
The firm works with clients to construct fee structures to suit
their needs and abilities to pay. Depending on the case, we may
be able to offer a retainer agreement on a contingent or hourly
basis, or even a combination of both.
Let us discuss with you how we can protect your legal rights. Our
phone and e-mail consultations are free.
possesses an extensive and unusual educational background. Prior
to attending law school, he received a Bachelors of Science in Biology,
with honors, from Union College, Schenectady, NY, in 1987, followed
by a Masters of Forensic Sciences from George Washington University
in 1989. Scott began litigating personal injury matters upon his
graduation from Catholic University Law School in 1992. Scott devotes
the vast majority of his practice to the representation of persons
wrongfully denied disability benefits.
Scott is a founding attorney of the Social Security Disability Law
Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), and
served as the Chair of the Section in 1999-2000. He continues to
serve on the Executive Board of the Section. Scott also serves as
the Co-Chair for the Social Security Disability Section of the Virginia
Trial Lawyers Association and has served as the Legislative Representative
for the Section for several years.
Scott is a frequent lecturer on the topic of disability benefits
before both large and small groups. He has also authored many articles
on related topics. He is called upon by practitioners and bar associations
nationwide to lend his advice concerning many topics in disability
benefits law and related issues.
Scott is a pet enthusiast who enjoys the companionship of both domesticated and exotic creatures.
Scott also enjoys scuba diving and playing baseball and basketball, in addition to keeping up on his reading,
which includes many unusual forensic topics.
Scott, in his working environment
with his weird vertical keyboard
Dah dum, dah dum...
Scott's "Wall of Shame"
grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and received an A.B. degree
from the College of the Holy Cross in 1983, where he majored in
political science and minored in mathematics. He rode an airplane
for the first time in August 1983, when he flew to Washington, DC,
to attend the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of
Law, where he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1986. He began working
on disability cases in 1984, as a law clerk in a firm in College
Park, Maryland, where he worked as a law clerk, associate attorney,
and partner, respectively, for over 17 years. He has experience
in a broad range of civil cases, including worker's compensation,
personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, estates,
contracts, domestic, landlord and tenant, and, of course, social
security. Steve left his former firm in April, 2002, to form Elkind
& Shea, where he handles social security cases, particularly
Steve is an avid sports fan, and is still waiting for the Red Sox
to overcome the "Curse of the Bambino" and must suffer
through Scott's incessant taunting concerning his beloved New York
Yankees. His interests include softball, basketball, and photography,
and he can often be found running from the night drop box at the
United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland on his way to
evening softball games.
Note from Scott:
Despite the two Red Sox World Series Victories, Steve remains the consummate New Englander who lives in fear of the "Curse of the Bambino," whereas Scott, the ever-optimistic New Yorker, waits impatiently for the resurgence of the Yankees and gloats about the recent Giants victory.
The stark contrast that is Steve's office.
Maybe some day Steve will put up some of these.