Opening Merits Brief for Petitioner in Culbertson V. Berryhill, No. 17-773

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Daniel R. Ortiz

University of Virginia School of Law

Richard Culbertson

Law Offices of Richard A. Culbertson

Sarah Fay

Law Offices of Richard A. Culbertson

Mark Stancil

Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

Matthew Madden

Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

John P. Elwood

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Jeremy Marwell

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Date Written: July 16, 2018

Abstract

In Gisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789, 793-94 (2002), the United States Supreme Court held that 42 U.S.C. § 406(a) governs fees for representation in administrative proceedings for individuals claiming Social Security old-age, survivor, or disability benefits, while § 406(b) governs fees for representation in court for those claimants. Section 406(b)(1)(A) allows a court, whenever a judgment is rendered in favor to a claimant who was represented before the court by an attorney, to determine a reasonable fee as part of the judgment for such representation, but “not in excess of 25 percent of the total of the past-due benefits to which the claimant is entitled by reason of such judgment.” This opening merits brief argues that a court should not consider fees awarded under § 406(a) as subject to § 406(b)’s 25-percent cap.

Keywords: Title II of the Social Security Act, judicial representation fees, administrative representation fees, 25-percent cap

Suggested Citation

Ortiz, Daniel R. and Culbertson, Richard and Fay, Sarah and Stancil, Mark and Madden, Matthew and Elwood, John P. and Marwell, Jeremy, Opening Merits Brief for Petitioner in Culbertson V. Berryhill, No. 17-773 (July 16, 2018). Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2019-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3403087

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Matthew Madden

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John P. Elwood

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