Massachusetts and Maine SSD Attorney, Tamara Norris-Gallagher
Practice Areas: Social Security Disability Benefits, Veterans’ Disability Benefits
Bar Admissions: Maine, Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Memberships: Maine State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
Education: Georgetown University (B.A., cum laude, 2003), University of Maine School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
Tamara Norris Gallagher speaks Russian, the language she studied in college. Fortunately for her clients, she also speaks the law in a language they can understand.
“I think the key is being able to explain legal issues in an understandable format for people who don’t have a legal background and to break it down to basic terms,” she says. “You also have to really listen to them because you learn from your clients.”
Tamara began speaking Russian at age 12, and she had the opportunity to spend time in the country as a child, which inspired her to study Russian as her major at Georgetown University. She also minored in U.S. government, graduating cum laude in 2003.
She entered the legal arena as a paralegal at a medical malpractice law firm and went on to attend the University of Maine School of Law, where she graduated in the top 10 of her class, magna cum laude, in 2008. While in law school, Tamara served as the articles editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal and co-chaired the school’s Environmental Law Society.
She also clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, developing the legal writing and analytical skills that have served her clients well at Jackson & MacNichol.
“As a clerk, no two cases were the same. You would be working on a criminal case one day, and then an education law or Equal Access to Justice Act case the next,” she says. “Here, you also have to be able to switch gears on a daily basis when you are working with clients, looking up records, writing and preparing cases for hearing.”
Tamara says she is glad that she has focused her legal practice on disability law.
“You help as many people as you can,” she says, “and it’s definitely rewarding when you know you’ve helped someone get back on their feet.”
Tamara is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Maine and Massachusetts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
She enjoys backpacking, hiking, biking and splitting firewood in her spare time.