Kathryn L. Blevins Esq.

Kathryn L. Blevins Esq.

Owner
Location:
Bladensburg, Maryland
Phone:
301-508-9623
Email:

I began my disability career adjudicating Social Security disability claims for the Social Security Administration. My experience here gave me an insider's view of what evidence the Social Security Administration needs before it will approve a claim for benefits. However, I quickly began to see how challenging the process was for applicants and how devastated applicants were to be denied benefits.
 
Frustrated with the status quo, I left to spearhead a social services program developed to help applicants successfully navigate the Social Security process. All of my clients were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and diagnosed with serious mental illness. Most clients had little to no consistent medical treatment, and those that did were unable to provide many details. Many were also struggling with some form of substance abuse, which often complicates an applicant’s chances of approval. Despite these many challenges, while leading this program I increased the approval rating for my clients to nearly three times the national average, and trained other local service providers to do the same. This experienced led me to attend the public-interest law school, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  

After graduating cum laude from the David A. Clarke School of Law, I entered private practice handling post-conviction criminal defense matters. One of my greatest pleasures was helping clients who struggled with mental health impairments and substance abuse. Always one to root for the “underdog,” I found criminal defense work immensely rewarding. However, disability work continued to call for me. As a result, Blevins Law, LLC, was born.

In founding the firm, I was inspired by my prior work on behalf of individuals with disabilities, but also by my personal circumstances. As the spouse of a veteran, I often heard stories of veterans struggling with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to get approved for the benefits to which they are entitled. Consequently, my goal as a VA Accredited attorney is to make the VA fulfill its duty to every veteran who comes into my office.

Additionally, as the mother of two small children, I understand the many concerns parents have for how to provide for their children now and if the worst should happen. I particularly enjoy planning for parents of children with disabilities. Because there are additional aspects to consider when deciding how to devise assets to children who would benefit from needs-based Social Security benefits as adults, careful planning is a must. Without such planning a well-intentioned inheritance could prohibit your disabled children from receiving those much-needed benefits. However, through thoughtful planning and consideration of your family's particular circumstances, I strive to make estate planning a rewarding experience that will help you sleep better at night, protect everything you have worked for, and provide for those you love.

I strive to provide more than zealous representation and thoughtful legal counsel for every client; I treat each case as if it were my own.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security Disability
  • Veterans Disability Compensation
  • Estate Planning

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2014
  • District of Columbia, 2017

Education

  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. cum laude - 2014
    • Law Review: Univer. of the District of Columbia Law Review, Associate Editor, 2013 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Member, 2018 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member, 2017 - Present
  • National Org. of Social Security Representatives, Sustaining Member, 2018 - Present
  • VA Accredited Attorney, 2018 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Homeless Persons Representation Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2018 - Present

Languages

  • English