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Melissa Haggerty


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Melissa was born in Eugene, Oregon. She was homeschooled as a young child, which instilled in her a deep passion for learning by exploration. As a fifth grader, she entered the public school system when her family relocated to Seattle, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Willamette University and a J.D. at Lewis and Clark Law School.

Prior to law school Melissa held jobs painting houses, working at a reception desk, waiting tables, preparing museum exhibits, providing administrative support to lawyers, and as a photographer’s assistant.

At Lewis and Clark Law School, Melissa interned with the Office of the Metro Attorney in Portland where she worked on issues as diverse as land use, contracts, labor and employment, and solid waste. She also spent two years as a law clerk for the Lewis and Clark Legal Clinic. Experience with civil issues such as family law, tenants’ rights, taxation, and bankruptcy crystallized her passion for direct client service on behalf of those who may struggle to navigate the legal system independently.

Melissa earned a public interest certificate in law school with an emphasis in employment law. As a student, Melissa received the Dean’s Scholarship for excellence, the pro bono service award, and an award recognizing her as the most outstanding clinical student of her graduating class.

Melissa and her husband live in Southeast Portland and enjoy spending time in their vegetable garden and getting around town on their tandem bicycle.

Practice area focus:
Social Security disability benefits, both SSD and SSI, from initial application through federal court appeals.

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2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustment for Social Security Disability Benefits

Most years, Social Security adjusts monthly benefits based on increases in cost of living.  After 2017's paltry .3% adjustment for cost of living, the 2018…

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SSI Overpayment Due to Vehicle Value

At times, we have people who contact us because they have been issued a "Notice of Overpayment" due to resources.  Because SSI is needs-based, to…

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Social Security Training at NARA

TCNF Social Security attorney Melissa Haggerty recently led an educational meeting for mental health and primary care providers at NARA.  NARA is a local non-profit…

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Preparing for a SSI resource meeting

After you receive a favorable decision on your application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will contact you to schedule…

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We Support OTLA's Bike Helmet Safety Project

We know that head injuries can be devastating. For this reason, we are proud to support the Oregon Trial Lawyer Association’s Bike Helmet Safety Project,…

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Concerned About Losing Medicaid Coverage? Call Congress.

We have received many calls from clients who are concerned about losing their Medicaid health coverage.  If you are concerned about what would happen to…

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