ABOUT THE ATTORNEYS
David S. Bross and Richard L. Frankel are trial attorneys in private practice, who concentrate in Social Security Disability/SSI claims, Veterans Benefits, and disability insurance (LTD) claims.*
The firm maintains offices in Cherry Hill, Mount Holly, and Philadelphia, along with “satellite” offices at other locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The attorneys have represented thousands of satisfied clients over the years, litigating numerous cases throughout the tri-state region (New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania).
*Bross & Frankel also represents individuals in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.
Mr. Bross is the founder of Bross & Frankel, P.A. He has been licensed in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1981. Before opening his own office in 1995, Mr. Bross was the chief New Jersey partner for 10 years for the civil litigation firm of Marks, Feiner, Fridkin & Bross. Mr. Bross was formerly a Benefit Authorizer for the Social Security Administration, and has utilized his experience to compile an outstanding record of success representing clients before the Social Security Administration.
Mr. Bross is a sustaining and active member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), the New Jersey chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), and various county associations. Mr. Bross has served as an insurance arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and the court-administered arbitration programs in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Philadelphia counties. He is also a certified arbitrator for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (federal court), where one of his recent victories against a long-term disability insurer was published in the New Jersey Law Journal.
Mr. Bross speaks frequently on disability and insurance issues to various local support groups as well as to physicians and attorneys. He most recently lectured on Social Security Disability/SSI issues to other attorneys on behalf of the National Business Institute. He has been selected by his colleagues as one of South Jersey’s “Top Attorneys” (SJ Magazine), and has been voted by the readership of South Jersey Magazine as an “Awesome Attorney” in each of the past 10 years.* He also has written a regular column for the Camden and Burlington County Woman newspapers for the past 10 years.
Mr. Bross volunteers his time, resources, and expertise to a number of local charitable and service organizations, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Arthritis Foundation, and various veterans’ groups. He is proud to have worked for Trial Lawyers Care, providing free legal services to victims of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack.
A graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick and Rutgers School of Law in Camden.
Richard L. Frankel
Phone: (856) 795-8880
Fax: (856) 234-4848
Rich Frankel is the managing partner of Bross & Frankel. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars. He has focused exclusively on disability and compensation benefits since 2005. Mr. Frankel joined what is now Bross & Frankel after having watched his father struggle with disability, fighting a lengthy illness. Mr. Frankel founded the firm’s veteran’s law practice and substantially grew the disability insurance practice, focusing Bross & Frankel’s ability to fight for all of the disability benefits available to his clients. Mr. Frankel additionally fights for clients in court, obtaining frequent victories in Social Security appeals and against insurance companies in Federal court.
He has been selected multiple times by his colleagues as one of South Jersey’s “Top Attorneys” (SJ Magazine), and has been voted by the readership of South Jersey Magazine as an “Awesome Attorney.” Mr. Frankel speaks and writes about disability benefits issues to various groups and other attorneys nationwide. Some recent events have included:SSDI Appeals: Top Arguments and Defenses in Federal Court: A National teleconference for attorneys on effective handling of federal Social Security Appeals and Handling a Social Security Case: A full Day “bootcamp” to help new practitioners learn the nuts and bolts of representing Social Security claimants from application to appeal.
Mr. Frankel graduated with honors from the University of the Arts and is a 2005 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Mr. Frankel participated in the Beasley School’s nationally acclaimed “Integrated Trial Advocacy Program” and was the founding president of the law school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society. Mr. Frankel was also a Certified Legal Intern at the Temple Legal Aid Office, where he successfully represented clients in Social Security/SSI cases.
He is also an accomplished musician who plays trumpet and keyboard. He resides in Media, PA with his wife, daughter and son.
Additionally, Mr. Frankel authored a chapter of a book for attorneys interested in representing veterans: Navigating Legal Issues for Military Veterans, in which he discusses the representation of veterans in compensation and pension claims. The book is available at Amazon and other popular retailers. An excerpt from Mr. Frankel’s chapter is available as a free download here: Inside the Minds Excerpt
District of New Jersey – Federal court vacated Unfavorable Social Security Decision where the ALJ failed to adequately explain the impact of non-exertional limitations (i.e. fatigue, pain, concentration limitations, ability to stay “on task”) on the occupational base.
District of New Jersey – Federal Court vacated Unfavorable Social Security Decision where the ALJ failed to address the impact being off-task around a half hour per day in addition to “normal breaks” would have on the ability to work. Specifically the ALJ failed to address apparently conflicting testimony where a 6 minute difference in the amount of time off-task rendered an individual capable or incapable of work.
Bradley v. Liberty Life – Federal Court reversed the decision of long-term disability insurer where it arbitrarily refused to credit the opinions of the Plaintiff’s treating physicians, erroneously found that she had not been under appropriate treatment, and arbitrarily tacked on new reasons for a denial in its final decision, unfairly preventing the Plaintiff from responding to its erroneous conclusions.
Ellseworth v. Harleysville Life – Federal Court reversed the decision of a long-term disability insurer where it improperly calculated the Plaintiff’s benefits based on a 5-day workweek, despite his 6-day work schedule and failed to adequately consider submitted evidence of his impairments and the nature of his disability. The Court also ruled in Plaintiff’s favor in interpreting the statute of limitations under State Law.
Kelly A. Ohlert
In addition to her disability advocacy, Kelly Affannato Ohlert focuses her practice on the firm’s employment discrimination and Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation clients. A member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Plaintiffs’ Employment Panel Pin the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Ms. Ohlert served as a Mental Health Rights Attorney at the Nevada Disability Law and Advocacy Center, where she co-founded a Blue Ribbon Panel on mentally ill prisoner re-entry with the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.
Ms. Ohlert graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a M.S.Ed. in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Like Mr. Frankel, Ms. Ohlert is also a 2005 Temple Law graduate. A Dean’s List student, Ms. Ohlert received an Outstanding Oral Advocacy commendation and was a founding member of the Rubin Public Interest Honor Society.
Ms. Ohlert has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Nevada, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of Nevada, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She lives in Philadelphia with her daughter and an unreasonable number of pets.
Kathryne Hemmings Pope
Kathryne Hemmings Pope primarily assists with the firm’s workers’ compensation and Social Security disability matters. Mrs. Pope has significant hearing experience, and worked as a public defender in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties prior to her time at Bross & Frankel. She was also employed as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Linda L. Lawhun, P.J.Cr., in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Mrs. Pope graduated with honors from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In May 2015, she graduated cum laude from Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. While in law school, she acted as an Associate Editor for the Drexel Law Review and President of the American Constitution Society. She was a member of the Dean’s List, and was recognized as a CALI Excellence Award Winner for best student performance in Trial Advocacy and Sentencing Law.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mrs. Pope is a zealous advocate for her clients, as well as a passionate Clemson University sports fan. She lives in Audubon, New Jersey with her husband.
Jennifer Stonage primarily assists with the firm’s Social Security disability matters.
Ms. Stonage graduated from Northeastern University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. While attending Northeastern University, Jennifer participated in the co-operative education program, spending time as a research assistant for the Massachusetts State Sentencing Commission and as a judicial intern for the Norfolk County Family and Probate Court. During her time with the Massachusetts State Sentencing Commission, Jennifer’s research was published in both the “Massachusetts State Sentencing Commission’s Survey of Sentencing Practices” and the “Governor’s Commission on Sentencing Reform.”
In May of 2010, she graduated from New England Law│Boston. While at New England Law, Jennifer worked for Greater Boston Legal Services in their Health and Disabilities unit, handling Social Security and Disability Cases. She was a member and Magister of Phi Delta Phi, chair of the Student Bar Association’s 1L Affairs Committee, a Student Ambassador to prospective law students, as well as making the Dean’s List.
Following her graduation, Jennifer worked as an associate attorney with Orlando & Associates, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she handled a variety of civil litigation and personal injury matters. While at Orlando & Associates, Ms. Stonage ran the firm’s Social Security Disability practice, where she handled claims from intake to resolution.
In April of 2016, Ms. Stonage decided to return to New Jersey, where she was born and raised. Prior to joining Bross & Frankel, Ms Stonage worked for Nass Cancelliere Brenner, a Philadelphia law firm handling asbestos litigation. Although she enjoyed working with asbestos victims, Ms Stonage wished to return to the work she was always passionate about, helping those who are no longer able to work.
Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Stonage is a zealous advocate for her clients, as well as a passionate Philadelphia Eagles and Boston Red Sox fan. She lives in Maple Shade, New Jersey.
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