James P. Ratchford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Social Security Disability Attorney in Buffalo, NY

James Ratchford Law, PLLC
1207 Delaware Ave, Suite 208
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: 716-267-6275
Selected to Rising Stars: 2021
Licensed Since: 2014
Practice Areas: Social Security Disability (60%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney James P. Ratchford is the founder and owner of James Ratchford Law, PLLC, in Buffalo, New York. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than seven years of total legal experience, Mr. Ratchford provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Buffalo and Niagara areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Social Security Disability

· Disability

· Veterans' benefits

· Workers' compensation


· SSD federal appeals

· Personal injury and motor vehicle accidents

A staunch advocate for the rights and entitlements of those he serves, Mr. Ratchford has recovered substantial amounts of compensation and benefits for his plaintiff clients so that they can support themselves and their families following a debilitating injury or illness that has left them unable to work. A veteran of the U.S. Navy himself, he has also gained a reputation for his uncommon ability to assist those who sacrificed so much in service of their country during their times of dire need.

Over the course of his practice, Mr. Ratchford has represented hundreds of claimants before disability hearings, and he served as a claimant's advocate with U.S. Advocates from 2011 to 2014. Regardless of his clients' needs, he works hard to help them pursue their goals and the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve, and he encourages his clients to live life to the fullest regardless of their age or disability.

A 2008 graduate of Houghton College with a degree in psychology, Mr. Ratchford attended the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2013. He is an active member of several local, state and national legal organizations, and he supports his local community through his involvement with the Springville Whitewater Park and American Whitewater.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Social Security Disability
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents


1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2021

About James P. Ratchford

Admitted: 2014, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.jamesratchford.com/attorney/ratchford-james-p/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • American Whitewater
  • Admitted to Second Circuit Court of Appeals (federal), 2020
  • Springville Whitewater Park

Educational Background

  • Houghton College, B.A., Psychology, 2008

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Admitted Western District of New York Federal District Court, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Erie County Bar Association 2014-present, 2020
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Office Location for James P. Ratchford

1207 Delaware Ave
Suite 208
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: 716-267-6275

Last Updated: 5/18/2021

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