Matthew D. Lane, Jr.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY
Matthew is the owner and managing attorney of Matthew D. Lane, Jr., LLC. He practices the areas of Social Security Disability.
Matthew has represented clients at hundreds of Administrative Law Judge hearings. In addition, he has represented over one hundred clients in United States District Court seeking appellate review of adverse decisions by the Social Security Administration.
Matthew served in the U.S. Army from 1989-1994 and achieved the rank of Sgt/E-5. He attended the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Air Assault schools and is a veteran of the first Gulf War. Matthew proudly served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1/509th (ABN) Battalion.
After leaving the service, Matthew attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), where he met his wife Roxanne and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He graduated magna cum laude and worked throughout college (waiter, bartender, pizza delivery driver, copy center clerk, motorcycle parts clerk, UPS warehouse employee, and National Guardsman).
In 2002, Matthew graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University’s College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Matthew attended law school on a full academic scholarship and was ranked first in his law school class.
Matthew began his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. (Ret.) of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Thereafter, he worked as a staff attorney at the Advocacy Center in Lafayette, Louisiana representing individuals with disabilities. Matthew also gained significant litigation and trial experience while working as an associate attorney at Juneau-David, APLC and Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLP. From 2010 – 2011, Matthew served on the Board of Directors of Acadiana C.A.R.E.S.
In 2015, Matthew was included in Acadiana Profile magazine’s list of Top Lawyers in Acadiana in the field of Administrative Law. Acadiana Profile’s list of Top Lawyers is based solely on an online peer-review survey sent to all certified lawyers in Acadiana and created by Professional Research Services.
- State of Louisiana (2003)
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2015)
- Lafayette Parish Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association, Acadiana Chapter
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), sustaining member
- Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (FOSSCR), former board member
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Acadiana Chapter
- 82nd Airborne Division Association, Acadiana Chapter
- 509th Parachute Infantry Association
- American Legion
Presentations, Speaking Engagements, and Publications:
Mental Impairment Claims (250 KB)
Understanding Social Security & SSI (141 KB)
- Presenter, “Mental Impairment Claims,” Social Security Disability Bootcamp (NBI CLE Seminar), June 12, 2013.
- Presenter, “Strategies for the Appeals Council and Federal District Court,” Social Security Disability Bootcamp (NBI CLE Seminar), June 12, 2013.
- Presenter, “Attorneys’ Fees – Sources and Methods of Recovery,” Social Security Disability Bootcamp (NBI CLE Seminar), June 12, 2013.
- Presenter at the Hemophilia Federation of America‘s (HFA) Symposium in Dallas, Texas on April 27, 2013: “Understanding Social Security & SSI.”
- Guest Speaker at the Louisiana Hemophilia Foundation‘s 36th Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 23, 2012: “A Basic Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits.”
- Member of Panel Discussion on Federal Court Practice in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) Spring 2012 Disability Law Conference on May 4, 2012.
- Guest Speaker at the January 25, 2012, meeting of the Lafayette, Louisiana area Support Group for Individuals with Crohn’s Disease and Colitis at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
- Author of “When Should Injured Clients Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?” Published in the August 2011 edition of the Promulgator, a publication of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association.
- Guest speaker at the Lafayette Paralegal Association’s March 22, 2011, meeting: “Seven Ways Social Security Disability Law Affects Your Clients.”
- Member of panel discussion regarding ethical issues in the practice of Social Security Disability law at the Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Representatives’ (FOSSCR) Annual Conference in Natchez, Mississippi on January 28, 2011.