Since 1994, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, LC, has offered professional, caring service to all of its clients. Now serving the Parkersburg, Charleston, Logan and Beckley areas. Jan Dils and her firm are experienced in all forms of Social Security and Disability benefits, Veteran’s Benefits and Personal Injury cases.
Jan Dils graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Marketing and Economics. She then went on to receive her Masters in Business Administration in 1991, and her law degree from West Virginia University in 1994. That same year, she was admitted to the West Virginia Bar, and began practicing in Parkersburg. The focal point of her practice has been helping clients with Social Security, Veteran’s Benefits and Personal Injury Law. Jan is a sustaining member of the National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).
Dedication to providing a voice for those who are not always heard is the driving force behind Angie Thompson and her work as an Attorney for Jan Dils. After personally meeting with her clients, Angie works on preparing each claim, then represents her clients at hearings. Prior to joining the Jan Dils team, Angie finished her law degree and completed an internship with The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.
Angie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Westminster College in 2004. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne Law School in 2008. Angie is also accredited within the Department of Veterans’ Administration, which gives her valuable experience, knowledge and insight into many areas of specific concern to veterans.
Giving top priority to each and every client is one of the keys to Social Security attorney Gowan Moise’s success. He enjoys talking with his clients and getting to know them, and says that understanding their individual circumstances helps him put together the most effective case possible.
Before joining Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Gowan gained an impressive roster of experience in the areas of civil litigation, Social Security and Medicaid. He even co-founded a firm that specialized in Social Security Disability law. As a member of the Jan Dils team, Gowan says that he enjoys the positive environment, efficiency, and organization that helps everyone work toward the same goal: helping clients receive the benefits they deserve.
In his spare time, Gowan enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and daughter, as well running 5k and 10k races, and watching college football. The self-described “fervent Liverpool FC fan” also watches, coaches and plays soccer.
Before returning to her home state of West Virginia, Heather gained a valuable mix of education and experience that make her such an important part of the Jan Dils team. She graduated from Hobart William Smith colleges (Geneva, New York) in 1999 with a double major in political science and environmental studies. She then attended Roger Williams University School of Law and graduated in 2002. Upon graduation from law school, Heather moved to Washington D.C. and was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Not long after that, Heather moved home to West Virginia and practiced law for over four years with the not-for-profit firm Mountain State Justice. There, she focused on helping low income families with consumer protection issues. Heather joined the Jan Dils team in the summer of 2007 and is now focusing on Social Security and Veterans benefits. Heather is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).
As a certified Social Security Advocate, for Jan Dils’ law practice, Shannan Hinzman shares her experience, knowledge and a caring attitude with each and every client. Having previously been contracted by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review of the Social Security Administration, she has thirteen years’ experience in the area of Social Security law. She graduated from WVU in 1995 with an Associates degree in business administration and psychology. On a daily basis, Shannan processes and reviews medical records looking for information that demonstrates our clients are medically disabled while arranging that information in a format that allows our attorneys and advocates to convince the Judges that our clients are disabled. She is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). Shannan is a dedicated worker and a great asset to our firm.
Yvonne graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio with a Personal and Transactional Law degree. Before she went to Dayton School of Law, Yvonne attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania studying criminal justice and pre-law. She graduated in 2011. While in law school, Yvonne worked as a clerk for a criminal defense firm. She completed an externship at the Erie County Court of Common Pleas and also volunteered as a CASA Guardian ad Litem. Now she focuses on social security law with the Jan Dils team since June of 2011. Prior to law school, Yvonne worked in social services working with individuals who lived independently in the community but needed assistance with medication, appointments, and other daily living. She also has prior experience working in a treatment center for juvenile girls and in behavioral intervention with children needing therapeutic support while attending school. Having a background in social services influenced her decision to go to law school to continue to advocate for individuals during times of need. Yvonne felt that she would be able to make a bigger impact by practicing law than staying in a social services related career. When Yvonne is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends. She also loves to travel, read, and experience new things.
When it comes to her success, attorney Tonya Hirsch values her clients’ experience as much as her own. She says that one of the things she enjoys the most about being part of the Jan Dils team is learning about the unique life experiences of each client. Before joining Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law in July 2012, Tonya worked in Operations Management for 12 years before attending law school at the University of Dayton. She cites preparation as one of the keys to her success, and it shows in her thorough preparation of each and every case she handles. Tonya spends hours going through medical records to build the strongest argument for every client, ensuring that she is ready to tackle even the most difficult questions or circumstances. When she’s not in the office, Tonya can be found spending time with her daughter Alexandra, as well as family and friends. She also enjoys running, skiing, volleyball, cooking, reading and writing.
Presenting a strong and well-planned argument for each client’s case at their hearing. This is the goal that attorney Ross Miltner has in mind when he begins working on every case. When asked what he enjoys most about working with his clients, Ross cited the sense of satisfaction he gets from helping make a difference in the lives of others. As a member of the Jan Dils team since December, 2012, Ross also enjoys the teamwork in the office, and the upbeat attitude of each team member. Prior to joining Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Ross earned his B.A. degree from Kent State University in 2007, and his M.Ed. from Kent State in 2008. From there, he obtained his J.D. from Ohio Northern University in 2012. Having watched family members and friends struggle with layoffs, illness, and medical issues, Ross understands that there are times when people need extra support and guidance to help navigate the complex processes and paperwork that come with applying for SSD or SSI. When he’s not providing that help and extra support to each of his clients, Ross enjoys spending time with his fiancé, as well as running, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Getting results for her clients is attorney Ambria Adkins’ first priority. And seeing those results come to life in the form of meaningful differences in a client’s life is what made Ambria want to pursue her career with Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law. Since joining the team in June, 2012, Ambria has used the unique skills she developed with her undergraduate degree in counseling to listen—and really hear—what her clients have to say. After earning her B.A. in Counseling from Marshall University in 2006, Ambria went on to earn her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 2012. She cites Jan Dils as an excellent role model for women balancing family with career, and her clients, who give her inspiration each day to fight for the benefits they deserve.
From his former position as a disability adjudicator for DDS, attorney Kevin Walker brings valuable knowledge of the disability process to his current role with the Jan Dils team. He understands what his clients are going through as they fight to obtain their benefits, and helps each person he works with by taking the time to fully explain each step. Kevin cites the positive working atmosphere and his co-workers’ genuine desire to help others as the thing he enjoys most about his new team. Before embarking on his career, Kevin earned is B.A. in History from Asbury University in 2004 where he graduated Cum Laude. He then went on to earn a Commonwealth Scholarship and receive his J.D. from Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2011. When he’s not busy helping his clients succeed in obtaining their benefits, Kevin enjoys watching spots and spending time with his wife, Janelle, their son Jackson, and daughter Lily-Rose.
By applying his written advocacy skills, Harold Carpenter, or “H.K.”, is able to bring together an entire case into a written brief that best demonstrates each client’s impairments. Since joining the Jan Dils team in May, 2012, this skill has served both H.K. and his clients very well. In addition to the hours he spends meticulously preparing each case, H.K. enjoys getting to know the clients he works with, as well as adding to the teamwork and “can do” attitude that the Jan Dils team has become known for. After majoring in Psychology, with minors in Sociology, Philosophy and Political Science at WVU, H.K. earned his law degree from WVU as well. This explains why he has become such an avid WVU fan. In fact, he enjoys almost all sports, particularly the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, as well as spending time with his fiancé.
Having experience on both sides of the table is just one of the many unique qualities that set Linda Pettit apart in helping her clients obtain the Social Security benefits they deserve. Prior to joining the Jan Dils team in May, 2013, Linda had constructed a strong foundation of legal experience in every aspect of disability benefits. “After so many years of handling disability cases, I can read medical records and quickly understand a client’s impairment and likely limitations,” she explains. “There are not many medical conditions that are unknown to me at this point, and I think my expertise and knowledge is reassuring to most clients.” With her wealth of experience, Linda had her pick of career opportunities, but chose to join Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law due to “the obvious dedication of the entire staff to fully developing our clients’ cases and working hard to obtain benefits for every client.” Having dealt with a serious medical issue as a child has also helped Linda better understand her clients and some of the struggles they may deal with on a daily basis. When she’s not fighting for her clients, Linda can be found gardening, hiking, reading, watching a movie, or traveling to visit friends and relatives, including two grown children and four step-children who live throughout the country.
Helping client navigate the complex Social Security system is something attorney Lindsey Bailey was practically born to do. Her father and brother are Social Security attorneys as well, so Lindsey grew up in a household where helping others obtain the benefits they deserve was second nature. She worked her way through school as a Law Clerk for Justice Menis Ketchum at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals before joining the Jan Dils team. Communication with coworkers and clients alike is the key to Lindsey’s success. A skilled listener, she pays attention to every detail that her clients share, and turns their stories into compelling cases in the fight to secure the benefits they are entitled to. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the legal system with clients, ensuring that they understand the process every step of the way. When she’s not meeting with clients or working on briefs, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband, an Army Veteran, as well as reading up on current events and foreign affairs, cooking, fishing, hiking, and playing volleyball and basketball.
Social Security Disability Attorney Michelle
Practicing law is a second career for Cheli, who previously worked as an educator, coach, and professional development coordinator and as the project director for multiple federal educational
technology grants in North Carolina. Cheli joined the Jan Dils team in February 2012 and within months transitioned into the lead appellate brief writer for the firm. Her skills as a former teacher also have benefited the firm well as she developed the attorney mentor-mentee training and professional development programs and continues to provide training sessions to attorneys and staff.
Even before Google and the Internet, Cheli had been fascinated by all kinds of research. For fun as a child, she often spent hours at her local public library researching everything from comets to wolves to the Korean War. In college, she was paired with a psychology professor who encouraged her to cultivate her research skills, which lead to several independent studies and an undergraduate thesis project in social psychology. During her teaching career, she investigated and designed resources to prepare children for the unfiltered media they unavoidably would experience with the onset of the Internet. This led to her being one of the founding members of the Alliance for a Media Literate America, now known as the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).
Cheli’s passion for legal research naturally flowed from her professional and educational experiences, and in her second year in law school, she earned a reputation as a strong legal researcher and writer when she discovered pivotal case law that changed the presumed outcome of a class assignment, surprising both the professor and the clerk of the state court of appeals who had written the assignment. Cheli’s work as a federal appellate attorney was predicted by her Civil Procedure professor, who was convinced Cheli would “grow up” to put her skills to use as a civil litigator.
When she is not researching or writing briefs, Cheli enjoys spending time with her children, running 5k and half marathon races, watching movies, and playing volleyball.
Area of Practice:
Social Security Disability
North Carolina Central University School of Law, Juris Doctor
The Ohio State University, Master of Education
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts with distinction
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