Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Michigan State University - James Madison College with a major in Justice, Morality and Constitutional Democracy (1976), a Master of Arts Degree from Wayne State University - School of Education with a major in Rehabilitation Counseling (1979), and a Ph.D. (ABD) from the University of Michigan - Horace H. Rackham School for Graduate Studies with a major in Rehabilitation Counseling (1985). While attending undergraduate studies, he performed for four years on the snare drumline of the nationally recognized Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band
Mr. Smith has worked in the fields of advocacy, disability case management, vocational consulting, psychometric assessment and psychotherapy. He has contracted with large insurance companies, large self-insured employers, and various community based counseling agencies to provide the above services. For about 2 decades, Mr. Smith was on contract with the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review as a Vocational Expert appearing in over 4,000 hearings as an expert witness.
In 2001, he decided to focus solely on advocacy services through representation, outreach and community action targeting the population of indigent claimants attempting to obtain cash and medical benefits from the Social Security Administration and the Michigan Department of Human Services. In 2005, he became eligible for participation in SSA's Demonstration Project that has now become a permanent program as of 2010. He is an active member in the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR), having completed all continuing education requirements since 2006. He has also successfully fulfilled the requirements to be designated as an Accredited Disability Representative by NADR.
Of note, Mr. Smith was a co-founder of Michigan Injured Workers, which was a community action and advocacy program for disabled workers involved in Michigan's volatile Workers' Compensation system formed in 1985. He was also the principle founder of and administrative consultant to Our House of Recovery, which was a self-help program fashioned after the famed Delancey Street Foundation for individuals with severe and chronic drug/alcohol addiction in 1994. He was a board member and treasurer of The Information Center and Family Resource Agency from 2006 to 2010.
Mr, Smith is married and has 4 adult children and a grandson. He has lived in Michigan all of his life. His wife is a psychologist and is currently employed as the Director of Quality and Compliance at a Detroit area mental health agency. Mr. Smith is your only REAL choice for SSA benefit representation and he makes the following promises to you:
1) You and your case are important to me!
2) I will return your calls in a timely manner!
3) I will be working on your case and not someone else that you might talk with for the first time AT your hearing!
4) I will not ever charge you for any medical records that I have to purchase in order to win your case!
5) I am a local representative and have personally had hearings with EVERY Judge in your area!
6) If there is a way to win your case, I will find it!