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Nicole Munoz, J.D.

Region & Category
Region: 
Statewide, Denver Metro
Job Category: 
Development | Education | Executive | Health & Mental Health
Summary

Genuinely committed professional with over 18 years of proven track record in human services dedicated to improving the lives of people with physical and/or mental disabilities. A fierce advocate for clients in a prolonged and complex legal system with a high level of success. Ongoing community outreach to assist clients in obtaining necessary resources, such as medical/mental health care, housing, food/clothing, and various organizations at the local, state, and federal level.

Skills
  • Social Security Disability / Disability Law (SSD/SSI)
  • Legal Research and writing
  • Advocate
  • Risk Awareness
  • Community Outreach
  • Civic Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Strategic
  • Organizational Planning
  • Medicare & Medicaid Proficient
  • Client Counseling
Experience
Contract Attorney
Sep, 2014 to May, 2019
Self Employed
  • Collaborated with Oregon and Colorado attorneys on over 100 Social Security disability (SSD/SSI/SSDI) claims: assisting with application process, obtaining state medical benefits, collecting supporting evidence, assessing viability of claims, and briefing case files.
  • Remained up to date on community resources for the disadvantage population, mental and physical impairments, caselaw, and state and federal regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Appellate writing at the administrative level and federal level with a 90% success rate.
  • Educated injured workers about the Social Security disability benefits.
  • Communicated with Social Security Administration and other government agencies on behalf of clients to resolve issues.
Partner
Jan, 2010 to Aug, 2014
HELZER, CROMAR, AND SCHNEIDER, LLP, Beaverton, OR
  • Litigated over 1,000 cases at the circuit court level and administrative level with a significant success rate: preparing and filing legal documents, collecting evidence, summarizing case files and medical records, depositions, mediations, settlement negotiations, planning effective trial strategy, writing trial memorandums, and preparation and examination of witnesses and experts.
  • Continued to increase firm revenue each year: at least $100K from Social Security disability, and $25K to $50K additional billable revenue from caseload of family law, business law, estate planning, and criminal law.
  • Played an integral part in the firm’s staff recruitment, hiring, and performance evaluations, along with setting firm goals.
  • Improved marketing for the firm, as well as increased client base and revenue, by participating in various networking events, volunteering, community activities, and presenting educational/legal seminars.
  • Established and maintained informational database for community resources: homeless shelters, food stamps/banks, sliding fee scale medical care, as well as nonprofit, charitable, and veteran’s organizations.
  • Client Counseling: Advise clients regarding compliance with applicable laws and regulations, help clients with strategic planning, provide realistic assessments, and keep clients apprised of progress/status of cases.
Senior Attorney
Jan, 2009 to Dec, 2009
HELZER & CROMAR, LLP, Beaverton, OR
  • Developed Social Security disability practice, including the creation and implementation of a marketing plan. Increased revenue by $100K within the first year working at the firm.
  • Nurtured and developed new client base - responsible for client management and communications.
  • Developed training and educational programs for attorneys, staff, and community organizations.
  • Coordinated, integrated and managed staff for effective utilization in the firm.
  • Worked with diverse population of people with disabilities to educate, provide information and assist with enrollment in healthcare programs and other necessary services.
Attorney
May, 2001 to Jul, 2008
SCHNEIDER LAW OFFICES, Portland, OR
  • Managed high volume of Social Security disability cases including initial intakes, correspondence, review of files, gathering and submitting evidence (medical and vocational records), interviewing witnesses, preparing affidavits, and writing appeals.
  • Exposed to a wide-range of hearing experience at the administrative level: formulating persuasive legal arguments (oral & written), representing clients, presenting testimony, and cross-examining experts (medical and vocational).
  • Introduced and conducted educational seminars within the firm regarding the Social Security disability process, as well as applicable rules, regulations, and laws.
  • Trained and supervised staff and other attorneys, which lead to increased performance.
  • Proficient skills identifying problems, creating multiple solutions, analyzing caselaw, statutes and regulations, team work, risk awareness, persuasive writing and speaking, juggle multiple responsibilities, meet deadlines, enhanced communication abilities, prioritizing, efficient organizational skills and file management.
Education
School and Location: 
University of Nebraska
Dates Attended: 
1997 to 2000
Degree: 
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Activities and Societies: 
Phi Alpha Delta, Executive Member, Philanthropy Chairperson and CLEP (Community Legal Education Program), Volunteer
School and Location: 
University of Nebraska
Dates Attended: 
1992 to 1996
Degree: 
Bachelor’s Degree
Field of Study: 
Communication Studies
Activities and Societies: 
Mortar Board Senior National Honor Society, Honoree Golden Key National Honor Society, Honoree Dean's List Arts and Science College (3 semesters) UNL Panhellenic Association, Executive Officer ASUN (UNL student government), College Senator Nebraska Union, Board Member and Women's Leadership Conference Planning Committee
Contact Info
Full Name: 
Nicole Munoz
Address: 
1445 S. Jasmine Way
Denver, CO 80224
State: 
Colorado
Email Address: 
NLMunoz14@gmail.com
Phone: 
503-957-1852
Affiliations & Community Involvement: 
Board of Directors- Washington County Bar Association (2011-2014); Board of Directors- Washington County Bar Association (2011-2014); High School Mock Trial, Attorney Judge (2009 – 2013); Legal Clinic (low-income), Volunteer Attorney (2001 to 2014) Pro Bono Attorney: Representation of minors on guardianship matters, contested custody cases, and education cases. Family Law matters for the low-income community. Social Security disability cases (Title II and Title XVI).