Ruth F. Kolb, Esquire has been practicing Social Security disability law since 2003 handling every level of representation from initial claims through all stages of appeal.
Prior to forming Ruth Kolb Law Offices, LLC she was affiliated with Osterhout Disability Law, LLC and conducted policy work on behalf of children and families through the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development.
Ruth’s career has focused on providing individuals with access to critical benefits and resources which are essential life lines for both themselves and their families.
“The Social Security disability program was initially designed to promptly and efficiently pay benefits to people who are unable to work, but it has now become extremely difficult to navigate; people who “go it alone” are frequently denied their rightful benefits. Having legal representation offers individuals both guidance and advocacy during the complicated application process. We can, and often do, have a direct effect on a claim’s outcome.”
Ruth is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law (JD 1984), Carnegie Mellon University (MPM 2000) and Purdue University (BS 1981). When not working, Ruth enjoys hiking, gardening and spending time with family. In addition to representing clients, Ruth is a frequent community speaker on the subject of Social Security disability benefits. Schedule a presentation for your community group by calling 1-866-600-7070.
James Kolb is a non-attorney representative who has been certified to conduct hearings before the Social Security Administration after passing a rigorous qualifying exam in Baltimore, MD. Learning the wealth of technical information to pass this test allowed James to build upon all of the practical, hands-on experience from his prior work with the firm. James graduated with a degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh and has always had an interest in public policy and social justice issues. In addition to representing claimants at hearings, James is often the first point of contact in preparing and submitting applications. James knows the process from start to finish and applies his knowledge and skills to make sure each client gets the best representation at each step of the way.
“I was new to this field when I started, but quickly realized that my natural instincts to help people coupled with my competitive desire to win were a great match for this work. I have realized that being a good advocate is more than just completing forms or winning hearings – helping someone with information and resources in other areas such as health insurance is important too. Of course, the best is when we win the case and I know I have helped them get benefits.”
In his free time James loves to read, enjoys participating in sports leagues, and enjoys attending concerts and music festivals with friends.