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.

James P. Ratchford


James has been representing Social Security claimants for over ten years, having started as a licensed non-attorney representative before becoming licensed in New York 4th Appellate Department in 2014. When not actively working on disability appeals, he can be found whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with his dog and unofficial firm mascot Jackson.


  • University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
    • Juris Doctor - 2013
  • Houghton College
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Major: Psychology

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Past Positions

  • Pasternack Tilker et al, New York, Contractor
  • Bill Gordon Associates, Washington DC, Contractor
  • Lewis Schwartz, Buffalo, Contractor
  • Ramos & Ramos, Buffalo, Contractor
  • Claimant’s advocate, US Advocates, 2011-2014
  • Binder and Binder, 2009-2011
  • Legal writer, Binder and binder, 2008-2009
  • Retail Sales Consultant, AT&T Mobility, 2006-2007
  • Electronics Technician, United States Navy, 2004-2006
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Contact Me:

Practice Areas:

  • Social Security Disability

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Springville Whitewater Park
  • American Whitewater