Robert GillikinDisability Attorney
Attorney Robert Gillikin has spent almost two decades helping social security disability and veterans' disability clients get the benefits they need and deserve. He began his legal career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has since passed the bar in three states, lending to his legal expertise and professionalism. Over the years, Rob has seen first-hand how frustrating and difficult the application process for disability benefits can be. Balancing his legal tenure and skills in social work, he strives to get the best possible results for clients who have been unjustly denied. He prides himself on being a strong advocate for those who feel they have no one in their corner, dedicating himself to ensuring the people who need and deserve benefits get them.
"Out 400-600 case closures, around 18% will be denied. It may seem like a small percentage, but in those denials are real people with real problems. They are at risk of losing their homes and going without lifesaving medical treatment. " - Rob Gilliken
Since 2003, Mr. Gillikin has handled over 7,000 disability claims cases, successfully representing clients before the Social Security Administration and in appeals to federal courts. He also works with hundreds of veterans who've been denied benefits from the VA get the help the deserve. Robs commitment to this area of law is cemented by the sheer number of applicants who desperately need an advocate fighting on their behalf. Regardless of his caseload, Rob meets with each client individually and remains an accessible and caring steward throughout the claims process.
His dedication to the local community doesn't stop at law; he also serves as a member and officer of the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, the West Ghent Civic League, and formerly with a number of non-profits such as the Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition. A true Virginian, Robert Gillikin hails from the beach but loves the Blue Ridge and is proud to call both the coast and the mountains home, often visiting his mountain cabin with his wife and two daughters.
BA 2000, Virginia Wesleyan College: Magna Cum Laude
JD 2003, School of Law, University of Richmond
National Organization of Social Security Disability Advocates (NOSSCR)
National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA)
Virginia Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
Martindale Client Distinction Award
Martindale Client Distinction Award Published/reported cases:
- Pieczynski v. Barnhart, 430 F.Supp.2d 503 (W.D.Pa. 2006)
- State, ex rel. Crist v. Cline, 632 S.E.2d. 358 (W.Va. 2006)
- Pickett v. Astrue, 895 F.Supp.2d 720 (E.D.Va. 2012)
- Biller v. Colvin, 962 F.Supp.2d 761 (W.D.Pa. 2013)
- Weitzel v. Colvin, 967 F.Supp.2d 1069 (M.D.Pa. 2013)
- Bisceglia v. Colvin, 173 F.Supp.3d 326 (E.D.Va. 2016)
- Krinjeck v. Saul, __ F.Supp.3d __ (W.D.Pa 2021)
- Babyak v. Berryhill, 385 F.Supp.3d 426 (W.D.Pa. 2019)
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia
West Ghent Civic League
Formerly Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition
Formerly Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Council
Formerly Hampton Roads Pride
Formerly Sierra Club Chesapeake Bay Group
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