J. Kevin Morton
Since 1985, I have represented people all across North Carolina with Social Security disability claims. I am also a board-certified specialist in Social Security disability law.
(To be certified as a specialist, a lawyer must have been in practice for at least five years, devoted a significant part of his or her practice to the specialty area, attended continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.)
I also have extensive experience litigating cases at the Appeals Council (the highest level of the Social Security administrative appeals process), in the federal courts of North Carolina, and at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
I received my BA degree in religion from Davidson College and my JD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a member of the Disability Advocacy Section of the NC Advocates for Justice. I am also a sustaining member of the National Organization for Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR). I was the co-editor of the Social Security Advisory Service for a number of years. I am admitted to practice in the Western, Middle, and Eastern federal districts of North Carolina as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
I am married to Ruth Morton, who is a professor of legal research and writing at Wake Forest Law school. We are the parents of two wonderful children. I enjoy woodworking, hiking, music and using technology to get things done.
For attorneys or non-attorney representatives
If you're an attorney or non-attorney representative who doesn't do federal work, we have an active Social Security appellate practice and are always available to consult with you about appealing a disability claim to federal court.
For medical professionals
If you're a medical professional, we're happy to speak with you or your group about how the disability program works and what kinds of help you can provide your patients. Just give us a call at 336-725-0700 or email us at hello at mortondisabilitylaw dot com.
Debbie was born in Whitman, Massachusetts and lived in Massachusetts until 1990 when she and her husband and children moved to North Carolina.
Debbie attended college in Boston and received her AS degree from Chamberlayne Jr. College in 1976. She received her paralegal degree in 1992 from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies, was certified by NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals) in 1993 and obtained her Advanced Paralegal Certification in Social Security Disability Practice from NALA in 2006. She has also been a North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP) since 2006 and maintains her status as a North Carolina Notary Public.
Debbie has worked in the legal field since college and has been employed with our firm since August 1991. (That's a long time!) She is very involved in her church and has taken several short-term mission trips overseas. She is conversational in Spanish and enjoys painting.