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Elliott Andalman

Elliott Andalman

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My practice focuses on disability law, with an emphasis on disability benefits. I litigate at all levels from initial applications, through administrative appeal and court appeal: (1) federal employee and postal worker claims for disability retirement annuities; (2) Social Security Disability benefit claims; (3) Long Term Disability (LTD) and Short Term Disability (STD) insurance applications including ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) claims and (4) Teacher, State and County employee Disability Retirement benefits. I also handle other insurance disputes including life insurance claims and health insurance claims.

I have represented hundreds, if not thousands, of workers on disability claims arising out of numerous emotional and physical illnesses, including, for example, MS (multiple sclerosis), chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune system disorders, lyme disease, diabetes, heart disease, back injuries, depression, bi-polar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I assist federal employees and postal workers around the country on claims for disability retirement. I also assist in a broad range of related federal employment issues such as obtaining Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or other approved leave, obtaining reasonable accommodations, fighting AWOLs, fighting proposed removals and other discipline, and obtaining removals for medical inability to work. I also handle federal worker compensation claims for scheduled awards.

I handle a wide array of serious personal injury and employment cases. I have successfully litigated damage claims for individuals who were carelessly injured by their care givers at group homes, by drivers of cars, by defective car design, by defective sidewalks, by the use of medical products such as the drug Rezulin, or by sexual harassment or disability discrimination at work.

I have worked on cases with the Maryland Disability Law Center, the Maryland American Civil Liberties Union, University Legal Services, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. These cases have included claims for freedom of speech, freedom from racial discrimination, equal access to public facilities for individuals with disabilities, and enforcement of rights under IDEA for students with disabilities.

I am founding co-chair in 2008 of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) Section on Disability Benefits Law. I am co-editor of the MTLA Trial Reporters magazine for 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. I was chair of the 2003-2004 American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) Section on Social Security Disability Law, and was an executive committee member of this Section for five (5) years. I have presented seminars on disability benefits law at national meeting of the ATLA and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). I have lobbied Congress on behalf of Social Security disability claimants, and represented a claimant in testifying before the House of Representatives Subcommittee with oversight of the Social Security Administration. I am a faculty member of the Social Security seminar sponsored annually by the District of Columbia Bar Association. I mentored other attorneys handling Social Security disability claims through the District of Columbia Bar Association for 10 years. I have been on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland for ten years and was President from 2005 to 2008.

Professional Experience


  • Founding partner; June 1998 – Present


  • Of Counsel, Partner; September 1988 – June 1998


  • Associate; October 1987 – June 1988
  • The primary client of this labor firm was the United Transportation Union. My work included litigation of a successful federal court class action suit involving the duty of fair representation.


  • Founding Partner; 1973 – 1987

In 1973, I, along with two other recent law graduates, opened a law office in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with a focus on civil rights advocacy. I built and helped manage this firm for 14 years.

My practice included not only voting rights and employment discrimination claims, but also Social Security disability, personal injury, worker compensation, domestic relations and criminal defense work. My clients included the East Jasper County Consolidated School District, locals of the American Federation of Teachers, the International Woodworkers of America Local No. 5443, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 1317, the Gulfcoast Pulpwood Association and the Mississippi Poultry Workers Union.

The firm had a significant impact on Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the surrounding area, through its public interest litigation. I successfully represented the Plaintiffs in the following cases:

  • Boykins et al. v. City of Hattiesburg, C.A. No. H77-0167(N). Southern District of Mississippi, 41-page opinion issued February 29, 1984 after seven years of litigation. Cooperating counsel with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. First decision in State of Mississippi finding that the commission form of city government with at-large elections violated Voting Rights Act.
  • Beamon et al. v. City of Ridgeland et al. consolidated with Anderson et al. and United States v. Madison County School District, J84-0094(L) and J-3700(L). Southern District of Mississippi Consent Order, September 10, 1986. Cooperating counsel with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. Settlement reached at first day of trial wholly favorable to Plaintiffs pursuant to which the Ridgeland Municipal Separate School District was closed and the students re-integrated into the Madison County School System. This may be the first case in the country in which an operating school district was closed because of civil rights violations.
  • Ivy et al. v. Meridian Coca-Cola Bottling Company, C.A. No. E84-0022(L), Southern District of Mississippi (co-counsel). Opinion finding Defendant guilty of classwide racial discrimination in promotions, issued June 4, 1986 after a six-day trial.
  • Pittman v. Hattiesburg Municipal Separate School District, 664 F.2d 1071 (CA 5 1981). Decision for Plaintiff on claim of racial discrimination in pay, comparing individuals in similar jobs at different times. Significant decision for pay equity litigation.


  • B.A. in Economics, Stanford University, 1970.
  • J.D. cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1973.
  • Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Lawyers”, December 2007.
  • Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Lawyers”, December 2004.


E. Andalman & Z. Haamid, Disability Retirement Benefits for Federal Employees and Postal Workers: An Overview, © 2007, NOSSCR SEMINAR, SPRING 2007

E. Andalman, Vocational Experts Are Your Friends, © 2007, NOSSCR SEMINAR, SPRING 2007

E. Andalman & Z. Haamid, Disability Benefits Programs Summary, Vol. 13. No. 10/11 MWELA Monthly Newsletter, p.2-5, Oct/Nov. 2003

E. Andalman, Pre-Litigation Handling of Personal Injury Cases: Case Selection, Investigation, and Settlement, 2003 MTLA Young Lawyers Seminar

E. Andalman and Z. Haamid, Federal Disability Retirement Benefits: The Nuts And Bolts Of Representing Clients On Claims For Federal Disability Retirement Benefits © 2002, NOSSCR Seminar, Fall 2002

E. Andalman, Update on Judicial Review and Additional Evidence at the Appeals Council, p. 3, ATLA Social Security Disability Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 2002

E. Andalman, Claimant has the Burden of Proof to Show That Drug Abuse or Alcoholism is Not Material to The Finding of Disability, p. 4, ATLA Social Security Disability Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 2002

E. Andalman, Interplay of Social Security Disability and Long Term Disability: Application Timelines, pp. 5-6, ATLA Social Security Disability Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 2002

E. Andalman, Proving the Onset of Disability in Social Security Disability Claims, pp.1, 12, ATLA Social Security Disability Law Section, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2001

E. Andalman and J. Rabin, Work After Disability, p. 1087-1096, ATLA 2001 Annual Convention, Volume 1

E. Andalman and S. Elkind, Interplay of Social Security Disability and Long Term Disability, pp.825-836, NOSSCR Social Security Disability Law Conference, Spring 2001

E. Andalman, Building the Record Before the Appeals Council in Social Security Disability Cases, p. 9, The Law Clerk, Fall 2000

E. Andalman and D. Chambers, Effective Counsel for Persons Facing Civil Commitment: A Survey, A Polemic, and A Proposal, 45 M iss. L.J. 43 (1974)

Court Admissions

Elliott Andalman is admitted to practice law in the following jurisdictions:

  • Supreme Court of the United States;
  • Maryland: all state courts and all federal courts, including the federal District Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit;
  • District of Columbia: all local courts (Superior Court of the District of Columbia and District of Columbia Court of Appeals) and all federal courts, including the federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.