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.
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.
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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
As a former Prosecutor, attorney Megan Fuller knows how to build the strongest possible case and see it through. That’s exactly what she is now doing for clients who choose the Charlotte offices of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law to represent them in fighting for the Veterans benefits they deserve.
After earning a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and completing law school at the University of Memphis School of Law, Megan fought for victims of domestic violence and animal abuse as a Prosecutor in York County, SC.
When asked what she enjoys most about working with her clients, Megan says she feels grateful to hear their stories of service to our country, and to help them win the benefits they deserve. When asked what she enjoys most about working with the Jan Dils team, she explains that her coworkers are genuinely good people who are dedicated to helping those same clients.
When Megan isn’t helping the brave men and women who fought for our freedom, she serves on the Childress Klein YMCA Board of Managers. She’s also actively involved in Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Carolina, completing the Trailblaze Challenge for the past two years, and started a sandwich-making event for area homeless at a local Charlotte brewery. She enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time with friends and dogs, too.
Please join us in welcoming Veterans Benefits attorney Megan Fuller to the Jan Dils family!
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B.A., Political Science, Rhodes College
J.D., University of Memphis School of Law
With a background that includes representation of Social Security Disability claimants and plaintiffs in personal injury cases, Social Security Attorney/Claimant Representative Meredith Johnstone brings a unique perspective to her role with the Jan Dils team.
After receiving her B.A. with honors from University of Kentucky, Lexington, Meredith went on to graduate from the West Virginia University College of Law.
She then participated in the Clinical Law Program where she began learning about the rewards of assisting claimants in Social Security Disability claims, and successfully represented her first claimant.
After working with two law firms, in 2013 Meredith joined the West Virginia Ethics Commission, a state agency, as Deputy General Counsel, serving in that capacity until she joined Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law.
“As an attorney, I have met many hard-working people whose lives have been changed by illness, injury, and unexpected circumstances so that they can no longer work,” said Meredith. “I imagine the help that I would want to receive in that situation, and offer that help to my clients.”
At her best when she is talking with clients about their cases and putting their minds at ease about what to expect from the claim process, Meredith works to capture all the important facts so that each client’s case can be presented well, and they feel that their personal story has been told.
When she’s not busy getting to know each client and learning about their life experiences, Meredith enjoys vacationing at the beach, watching movies, working in the garden, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and their two cats at home.
We think you’ll agree that Meredith is an excellent addition to our team—please join us in welcoming her to the Jan Dils family!
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1993 Graduate of University of Kentucky, Lexington, earned B.A. with honors
1996 Graduate of West Virginia University College of Law
Kelly Guice Attorney at the Jan Dils Law Firm
Charleston, West Virginia
phone 1-877-526-3457 fax 304-428-4500 Email Kelly
Help us welcome Kelly Guice to the Jan Dils legal team. Kelly comes to our firm with a wealth of experience. Kelly has a strong civil litigation background and has tried over 50 cases to verdict. Prior to joining our team, Kelly specialized in the areas of products liability and mass and toxic torts; however, her experience with personal injury claims of many types is diverse. Kelly provides legal services to clients throughout West Virginia and Ohio. She is a native of Parkersburg and has strong ties and active commitments to the community. Kelly has the experience, knowledge, and skills that make her an ideal addition to our Personal Injury team. Welcome to the family Kelly!
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