Live Your Life To The Fullest

Aging and disability does not mean you need to resign yourself to a life of mundane repetition and poverty. SSDI and SSI claims can be your path to a full and thriving life.

Meet My Firm’s Dedicated Legal Team

Hi, I’m James Ratchford. I am a New York Social Security attorney with a practice focused solely on helping people in need get Social Security Disability benefits. I have been representing claimants in Social Security matters since 2008, when I began with a major national disability firm. Since then, I’ve represented hundreds of claimants in hearings before administrative law judges for the Social Security Administration and worked on the written appeals of thousands more.

Together with my paralegal Melanie Flintjer, the James Ratchford Law, PLLC, in Buffalo represents claimants at all stages of the Social Security Disability appeal process, from the initial application through, if necessary, appeals to federal appeals court.

Read more about me and my firm’s team in the bios below:

James Ratchford

Melanie Flintjer

When I’m not fighting to win benefits for my clients, you can find me enjoying adventures in nature, such as whitewater kayaking, rock climbing or hiking with my dog Jackson. In fact, the whole firm loves outdoor activities, and instead of golf we have our off-site meetings outdoors. We believe that everyone should live their best life, whatever that means to them, and we are committed to helping our clients live their best lives with the help of Social Security benefits.

Helping Clients With Social Security Claims

Discover how I can help you by arranging an initial consultation at my Buffalo firm. Call 716-267-6275 or send in this quick email. I look forward to helping you enjoy the best life has to offer you.