Mandy L. Kelly
Top rated Military & Veterans Law attorney in Troy, MichiganDisability Law Group
Attorney Mandy L. Kelly is a founding partner of Disability Law Group in Troy, Michigan. Disability Law Group is one of the fastest growing firms in Michigan. Mandy Kelly is a top-ranked and award-winning lawyer with more than 10 years of experience, Ms. Kelly provides invaluable counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the United States who have legal needs involving any of the following:
· Social Security Disability
· Military and Veterans law
· Veterans benefits
As an attorney, Ms. Kelly has gained a nationwide reputation as a staunch advocate for disabled veterans, and she works tirelessly to help her clients obtain the full amount of compensation and benefits they deserve. She has deftly handled numerous cases before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration, and she has recovered substantial awards for her clients to help them support themselves and their families when they can no longer work.
In honor of her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Kelly was selected as a 2023 Super Lawyers Rising Star for the third consecutive year. She earned a Lead Counsel rating along with designation from Michigan Top Lawyers as a Top Lawyer for Social Security Disability. She has also received excellent client ratings on Avvo and has received the Avvo Client's Choice Award for 2022. Mandy Kelly was also awarded the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Legal Counsel's Social Security and Disability Law Division. She has also been recognized by Hour Detroit Magazine as a Top Attorney & Rising Stars In Michigan and one of the Top Women Attorneys In Michigan. One of Mandy Kelly's main passions is giving back to those in need. To help serve the local community, Mandy Kelly hosted a Legal Aid and Community Resource Fair for three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023. This event continues to grow each year, allowing her to serve even more of the disabled community.
Mandy Kelly has received a multitude of testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients, and she finds great reward in being able to help so many people during their times of dire need.
A 2007 graduate of Michigan State University, Ms. Kelly obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2010. While there, she worked for Project SALUTE, and she worked to train attorneys across the country on how to best serve the needs and interests of disabled veterans. She is also a VA Accredited attorney.
Active in her legal community, Mandy Kelly is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates. She is also a member of the Macomb County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, among her other professional affiliations. She continues to volunteer regularly with the University of Detroit Mercy's School of Law's-Veteran's Law Moot Court team. In March 2022 she presented as a panel member for the Veterans Law Clinic Boot Camp at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Practice areasMilitary/Veterans Law, Social Security Disability
- 50% Military/Veterans Law
- 50% Social Security Disability
First Admitted: 2011, Michigan
Professional Webpage: https://disabilitylawgroup.com/disability-social-security-cl...
- Admittance to Michigan State Bar, 2010
- University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2010
- In a significant victory, Partner Mandy Kelly obtained half a million dollars in retroactive benefits for a veteran who had been battling the VA since 2011. The veteran, having sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service, struggled for proper compensation until Mandy Kelly intervened, successfully establishing a service connection for his subsequent schizophrenia. The veteran, plagued by the long-standing consequences of a TBI suffered during active duty, faced years of unsuccessful battles with the VA. Mandy Kelly's intervention proved pivotal, addressing the veteran's unmet compensation needs. Mandy Kelly strategically linked the veteran's TBI to the emergence of schizophrenia, a crucial move that had been overlooked in previous legal proceedings. This connection not only secured ongoing benefits for the veteran but also triggered a long-overdue payout of half a million dollars in retro benefits. This case spotlights the challenges veterans encounter in obtaining rightful compensation for service-related injuries. Mandy Kelly's success emphasizes the pivotal role attorneys play in advocating for veterans, ensuring they receive the support they deserve. Mandy Kelly's accomplishment in securing retroactive benefits and establishing a service connection for schizophrenia underscores her dedication to justice for veterans. The victory not only brings financial relief to the veteran and his family but also stands as a testament to Disability Law Group's commitment to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those who have served. For veterans facing similar challenges, Disability Law Group, under the guidance of Mandy Kelly, stands ready to provide expert and compassionate legal representation., 2023
- Since Mandy Kelly started her firm in 2019 she has obtained millions of dollars in retroactive benefits for her disabled veteran clients. , 2022
- In May 2021 Partner Mandy Kelly received a win on one of her most difficult cases to date. After several years of fighting, Disability Law Group was able to obtain service connected disability payments for her client retroactive to 1995! Many Veterans reach out to the Disability Law group seeking assistance with obtaining their VA disability claim, but many others contact our attorneys because they are not happy with the date that their benefits were paid back to. In this case, Mandy Kelly’s client was discharged from the military in 1995 after treating several times during service for anxiety and self-induced vomiting. The Veteran filed for service connected benefits within a year of his discharge. Filing within a year of discharge would normally allow for a veteran to be granted benefits retroactive to the day after he was discharged from the military, but the VA did something that is unfortunately all too common, they sent him on a VA Compensation and Pension examination to confirm he was still suffering from anxiety. This doctor, although provided with proof of several years of anxiety documentation, determined he was not suffering from any signs of mental health symptoms and denied the claim for not having a current diagnosis. The Veteran feeling defeated and lacking the knowledge on how to fight the Department of Veteran’s Affairs received the decision and failed to file an appeal in a timely manner. Years later in 2015, the Veteran refiled again for benefits and was immediately granted service connection, but only retroactive to 2015. After receiving this decision he hoped that there was something that could be done so he contacted Mandy Kelly. After a thorough review of his file, Mandy Kelly found the evidence she was looking for to support that the Veteran was entitled to an earlier effective date. The basis for an earlier effective date is that under the provisions of 38 C.F.R. § 3.156(b), VA was in “constructive possession” of relevant VA inpatient and outpatient treatment records within one year of the otherwise final 1995 Rating Decision. A Board of Veterans’ Appeals hearing was held in November 2020 and all legal arguments were presented. Ultimately, the Judge agreed with Mandy Kelly and granted the Veteran his retroactive benefits. If you or someone you know was recently granted service connection for PTSD, anxiety, or any other service connected condition, and believe you are entitled to an earlier effective date, contact Disability Law Group today for your free consultation. Our attorneys and staff specialize strictly in disability benefits, and we will fight to help you win every benefit you deserve. Whether you were already denied or if you would like advice from the very start, contact us today and speak with one of our attorneys to understand your rights and get the representation that you need. , 2021
Office location for Mandy L. Kelly
625 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083
- Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023