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Greg Degeyter hails from Bridge City, Texas – a small town of 8,000 in the oil-refinery region of southeast Texas. Having both a disabled father and son, he has experienced the trauma of lost income caused by serious workplace injuries and he knows firsthand the difficulties that people have when dealing with complex Social Security laws. He focuses his practice solely on representing ill and injured people seeking disability relief. He combines an acute understanding of their situation with a technical background that few other disability lawyers have. “One of the things that makes me different from most other Social Security attorneys is that, for me, law was a career change from meteorology,” he said.
Because of his scientific background, he is able to support the addition of further limitations that are not readily apparent from looking at the injuries and illnesses someone suffers with. That can make the difference between winning and losing a client’s case before the administrative law judges that evaluate Social Security claims. “If I see something and I think, ‘That just doesn’t make sense,’ or it doesn’t pass the ‘sniff test,’ I’ve got no problems going and doing medical research and finding medical-journal articles to submit to support a claim,” he said.
From Meteorologist to Law School
Since childhood, he had dreamed of being a television meteorologist. However, while working at the EPA in 2001, he was injured in a car accident and had to stop working for seven months. When he returned to the work force, he took a job troubleshooting computers for an international company, Service Zone. His supervisor was an attorney who suggested he had the makings of a good lawyer and urged him to take the LSAT, a test required for admission to most law schools. He took the LSAT “just to humor him,” did well on it and was accepted to the South Texas College of Law in Houston where he received his J.D. in 2007.
Big City Experience, Small Town Service
He launched a solo practice out of law school and initially handled personal injury cases, but because of his family background and own injury history was soon drawn to the practice area of Social Security. Although he is now the Houston Market Manager for Packard LaPray and flies across the nation to do Social Security hearings he still remembers his small town roots and the difference in quality of service between the big city and his roots. To him, you’re an ill or injured individual, not a Social Security number or case.