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Partners

Christopher P. Doherty

Chris Doherty - Doherty, Cella, Keane, LLPChris has been working in the Social Security arena since 1981 and has been practicing law in this exclusive area since 1987. He brings a depth of knowledge and is a frequent lecturer on Social Security topics. He uses his vast experience to assist his clients in getting through the Social Security maze. He knows the ins and outs of the disability business. Chris practices out of our Massachusetts office and is a graduate of Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School. He is married and has five children.


Laura Cella-Donovan

Laura Cella - Doherty, Cella, Keane, LLPLaura has been representing clients before the Social Security Administration exclusively since 1992. She comes from an insurance industry background having been employed as a Claim Representative for Travelers Insurance Company. She co-authored West’s supplement to Massachusetts Administrative Law & Practice. She practices out of the Massachusetts office and is a graduate of Boston College, Suffolk University Law School, and Suffolk University School of Management. She is married and has two children.

Martin E. Keane

Martin Keane - Doherty, Cella, Keane, LLP Martin is a partner in the firm that has practiced exclusively in the Social Security disability field since 1992. Martin comes from an insurance industry background. His work in the insurance industry prior to private legal practice adds an important element to the firm’s service capabilities. Mr. Keane is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and is a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School. Martin is married and has four children.

National Director of Business Development

Barbara A. Mountain

Barbara Mountain - Doherty, Cella, Keane, LLPBarbara has over 17 years of disability claims and Social Security Disability experience. She is the primary contact with all National client companies, and she is responsible for customer satisfaction, retention, service, quality control and training.

Barbara began her career with the Social Security Administration where she worked for seven years as a Social Insurance Specialist with expertise in Social Security law and Supplemental Security Income law. In addition to her duties as a Social Insurance Specialist, Barbara acted as a Public Relations/Public Information liaison for the Social Security Administration.

She then moved on to a leading disability carrier as their Social Security Assistance Program Manager. Under her direction their Social Security program set the industry benchmark, assisting 99% of LTD claimants with applying for, and securing, Social Security benefits. Barbara held a variety of increasingly responsible positions from managing their Subrogation Unit to taking over as the Director of Training, while maintaining her stewardship of the Social Security Assistance Program. In her most recent role with disability claims, Barbara was an Assistant Operations Manager, directing Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability and the Leave Services Operation.

A Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Barbara is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives, the Disability Management Employer Coalition, and the New England Claim Association.

Director of Finance and Administration

Betsy Legasey, CPA

Betsy Lagasey - Doherty, Cella, Keane, LLPBetsy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Simmons College Graduate School of Management. Her financial and technical expertise has been developed in both public accounting and private industry. She is a former senior auditor at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) with an extensive financial service and high technology client base. She has also held management positions at BankBoston and Fidelity Investments and was the owner/operator of TrialMaker Software.

Managing Attorney

Matthew Pepp

Matthew Pepp - Doherty, Cella, Keane, LLPMatt has been working exclusively in the Social Security arena since 2005, and has extensive experience representing clients at all phases of appeal. A veteran of hundreds of SSDI hearings, he is driven by a desire to help claimants individually through zealous and effective advocacy, and to help claimants as a whole through creating efficient and scalable organizational processes. Matt is a graduate of Bradford College and Massachusetts School of Law, and is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar. He previously held several management positions at The Advocator Group (formerly Crowe, Paradis and Albren).

Associates

Jennifer Lane
Boston College
JD Boston College Law
Member of MA and FL Bar

Daniel Dolce
University of Rochester
JD State University of NY
Member of MA and NY Bar

Jennifer Paredes
Seton Hall
JD New England School of Law
Member of MA and NJ Bar
Fluent in Spanish

Matthew Rogers
Eckerd College
JD Northeastern University School of Law
Member of MA Bar

Amit Vagal
Boston College
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of CA and MA Bar

Jennifer E. Cronenberg
Ithaca College
JD The Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law
Member of MD and DC Bars

Melanie Lovell
Washington and Lee University
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of MA Bar

Danielle Banks
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
JD Massachusetts School of Law
Member of MA Bar

Jenny Sloas
University of Toledo
JD Capital University Law School
Member of OH and MA Bar

Richard Cummings
Northeastern University
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of MA Bar

Matt Wigginton
College of William & Mary
WVU College of Law
Member of DC Bar

Jonathan A. Heeps, Of Counsel
Texas Wesleyan University
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of TX Bar

Delon Lewis
University of Houston
JD Louisiana State University
Member of TX Bar

Sam Williams
Morehouse College
JD University of Miami
Member of GA Bar

Ozzie Mendoza
Colorado State University
JD Regent University School of Law
Member of CO Bar
Fluent in Spanish

James McNeill
College of the Holy Cross
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of MA Bar

Jesse Hayes
Bates College
JD University of Connecticut School of Law
Member of MA and CT Bar

Nicole Mendonez
Boston University
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of MA and NJ Bar

Kari D. Dickson
Tulane University
JD Tulane Law School
Member of IL Bar

Christopher Jones, Of Counsel
University of Kansas
JD Massachusetts School of Law
Member of MA Bar

Janelle Gordon
Western New England University
JD Western New England University School of Law
Member of MA and CT Bars

James S. Fleming

University of Massachusetts at Boston
JD Suffolk Univeristy Law School
Member of MA Bar

Michael F. Grimes

University of Massachusetts at Amherst
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of MA Bar

Paul Jenkins
Stonehill College
JD New England School of Law
Member of MA and GA Bars

Casey Cox, Of Counsel
Portland State University
JD Lewis and Clark College of Law
Member of OR Bar

William McBride
Rutgers University
JD University of Maryland School of Law
Member of MD Bar

Kelli Morris
University of Southern California
JD Concord Law School
Member of CA Bar

Adam Drye
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JD University of Alabama School of Law
Member of NC Bar

Bogumila Gatarz
Berklee College of Music,
JD Suffolk University Law School
Member of MA Bar

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