Our Experience with Florida Social Security and SSI Disability Cases

David Lillesand

I began representing individuals with SSI disability claims in 1974, the very first year the federal program started. Since 1979, I have been a frequent lecturer for the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Florida State Guardianship Association and the Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education programs in the areas of Social Security disability, SSI, Special Needs Trusts, guardianship, and legal and financial planning for disabled children and adults.  I am a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

As part of my practice I have authored and presented in-service training on administration of Special Needs Trusts to trust officers of some of the country’s largest banks.  I am the co-author, with my partner, Marjorie Wolasky, of the 90-page chapter on “Special Needs Trusts” in the Florida Bar’s Lexis/Nexus CLE publication, Administration of Trusts in Florida (6th edition, 2010).  I maintain a law blog on Florida Special Needs law at

I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South America, for two years, and a full-time volunteer in the VISTA program, the domestic Peace Corps, for one year working with migrant farmworker families in Laredo, Texas.  Thereafter, I spent seven years in Legal Services programs in New Jersey and Florida, including two years as Executive Director of Florida Rural Legal Services.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1966 with a degree in Political Behavior, and the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1972.  I speak English and Spanish.

Please contact us if we can help you with your Social Security or SSI disability claim.

Lillesand & Associates, P.A.
Clearwater Florida disability attorneys
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Clearwater Office
635 Court St, Ste 202
Clearwater, Florida 33756
Phone: (727) 330-7895