Tucker & Ludin, P.A.
Social Security Disability Attorney John Tucker has handled Disability and SSI claims before the Social Security Administration for over a 16 years. Mr. Tucker manages our Disability Section, which handles cases throughout Florida and in other states. We can handle your case from the date you file your claim all the way through the process to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, and even on appeal to federal court if necessary.
According to Social Security's website, "Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 3-in-10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age." Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are very different from other types of disability claims. Unlike private long-term disability insurance or disability pensions, the Social Security Administration has a well-defined procedure for obtaining benefits. Their rules are different from insurance and pension plans, and the process can often take over 2 years to obtain benefits if you have to go to a hearing before a Judge. We can assist in obtaining these benefits, and we can usually do this at the same time that we are handling other types of disability cases.
If you believe we can be of assistance in helping you obtain Social Security Disability benefits, please contact us. Please take advantage of the free consultation offered by Florida Disability Attorney John Tucker and our staff. Our Tampa Bay location is a central base of operations to assist Social Security claimants throughout Florida. Our office is staffed to handle much of your claim over the phone, by email and by mail, so you do not need to drive to our offices unless you want to do so. While many of our clients are in the vicinity of Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, New Port Richey, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Tampa, we currently have clients in most of the counties in Florida.
Tucker & Ludin is a law firm that provides counseling and advocacy for those harmed when others did not do what they should have done.
Tucker & Ludin provides a wide range of legal services for both individual and corporate clients. Its attorneys are committed to providing the highest quality legal services in a manner consistent with the firm's core values: honesty, communication, balance, excellence, and effectiveness.
Please Call: 727-572-5000
John V. Tucker has practiced as a disability attorney and bodily injury attorney for over 16 years in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Tucker's practice includes claim handling, litigation, and appeals related to:
- Long Term Disability Insurance
- Social Security Disability benefits
- Veteran's Disability benefits
- ERISA Disability benefits
- 401k and Pension Plan benefit disputes
- Individual and some group Health and Life Insurance benefits.
- Subrogation and Reimbursement Liens reductions and litigation
- Bodily Injury due to auto accidents
As a Florida Disability and Injury Attorney, John Tucker has represented thousands of people throughout the State, though he often represents people accross the United States, particularly in ERISA and Disability Insurance cases. While many of his clients are from the Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa areas, he has clients and former clients in every county in Florida.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Tucker studied at Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville before he moved to Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1988. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991. While at UF's College of Law, John wrote on to the Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Since being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, Mr. Tucker has been in the private practice of law, focusing his efforts on the representation of individuals in different types of insurance and employee benefit claims. He is one of a handful of lawyers in Florida that represent private citizens in all types of disability benefit claims. Mr. Tucker is also a former law professor, having served from 2001 through 2004 as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law teaching Employee Benefit Litigation Skills.
Mr. Tucker is admitted to practice before all State Courts of Florida, as well as the Middle, Northern and Southern U.S. District Courts of Florida. He is also admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. He has handled hundreds of administrative hearings before the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration. He belongs to The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Florida Justice Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives, the National Association of Disability Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans Advocates.
He has frequently been invited to give lectures to various groups, and has several published papers. He currently writes a chapter for a treatise called “ERISA Litigation,” which is published by BNA. During the year 2008, he will give lectures at national conferences on Social Security Disability law, Disability Litigation, and ERISA.
In 2007, John was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He also serves on Florida Bar Grievance Committee "D" hearing complaints filed against lawyers.
In the past, Mr. Tucker was elected by his fellow lawyers as President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association from 2002-2003. John has held several other positions with the St. Pete Bar, including 2 terms as Editor of the bar's magazine. He served as an officer of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation. In addition, he has been the President of his homeowners association, served a 5-year term on the Board of Directors of the Pinellas Opportunity Council (the organization responsible for supervising Head Start and other local programs), and served on the Board of Girls, Inc. (formerly called Girls Clubs). In 1996-97 he was the President of the High Noon Optimist Club of St. Petersburg, and served as Lt. Governor of the Optimist International, North Florida Region the following year.
Mr. Tucker's past honors include:
- “Boss of the Year,” St. Pete. Association of Legal Support Specialists, 2002-03
- “40 Under 40,” Tampa Bay Review, 2002
- “Respect for Law” Award, Northeast Optimist Club, 1998
- “Optimist of the Year” Award, High Noon Optimist Club, 1997
- “Distinguished Club” President, High Noon Optimist Club, 1997
Please Call: 727-572-5000
Please Call: 727-572-5000