Thomas G. Hill Attorney Bio

Biography and Resume for Steven R. Earl

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Steven Earl’s practice focuses on Social Security Disability Law. He has represented thousands of individuals in their claims for Social Security benefits. This representation has required over 1000 hearings before administrative law judges as well as appeals to the Social Security Appeals Council and in the United States District Court. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

Prior to working as a disability attorney, Steven focused primarily on administrative law at the local, state, and national levels working with government agencies, non-profit organizations and private law firms. After graduating from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Steven clerked for the Honorable Elizabeth Weishaupl, interned at the Attorney General’s Office, and at the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. During law school, he held leadership roles in various law student organizations, participated in several moot court competitions and worked as an editor for the University of Denver’s Water Law Review.

Steven enjoys spending his free-time recreating in Colorado’s mountains in such activities as hiking, snowboarding, and rock-climbing. He developed a passion for these activities from growing up in close proximity to the Wasatch Mountains surrounding Salt Lake City where he attended the University of Utah for his undergraduate education.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • SUPREME COURT OF COLORADO — 10/08
  • UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO0 — 4/10

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

APEX DISABILITY LAW, LLC - Attorney
Denver, CO
7/14–present

  • Started a Solo Practitioner law firm dedicated to assisting disabled individuals in their claims and appeals for Social Security Disability benefits
  • Responsible for all aspects of law firm management including human resources, accounting, marketing and IT

BURG SIMPSON ELDREDGE HERSH JARDINE P.C. - Attorney
Englewood, CO
10/11–7/14

  • Started a new Social Security disability department within Burg Simpson law firm which grew from zero to over 600 cases within the first two years
  • Hired, trained and supervised three staff members and created monthly financial and marketing reports for managing shareholder of the firm
  • Represented over 200 clients in disability hearings before administrative law judges

MCDIVITT LAW FIRM - Attorney
Colorado Springs, CO
10/09–10/11

  • Represented over 1000 clients in hearings before Social Security Administrative Law Judges in appeals for disability benefits
  • Managed Social Security Department handling over 1000 active cases and consisting of twelve employees
  • Appealed cases to the Social Security Administration Appeals Council and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado

DAVIS, GRAHAM, & STUBBS, LLP - Temporary Law Clerk
Denver, CO
07/09–12/09

  • Wrote research memoranda on complex constitutional and land use law issues regarding the limits of municipal police powers which were incorporated into trial court pleadings
  • Wrote sections of sample order and sections of motion for summary judgment which were filed in district court

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE - Legal Intern
Denver, CO
08/09–10/09

Consumer Protection Section, Office of Consumer Counsel Unit

  • Assisted with preparation of Office of Consumer Counsel’s testimony for formal hearing before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission regarding the Public Service Company of Colorado’s proposed rate increase
  • Wrote research memorandum on privacy considerations of smart-grid technology which was incorporated into comments filed in formal rulemaking before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission

ARAPAHOE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT - Judicial Fellowship
Centennial, CO
03/09–10/09

The Honorable Elizabeth A. Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District, Division 405

  • Responsible for duties of law clerk for Judge Weishaupl which included: evaluating and prioritizing case filings for over 600 cases using LexisNexis and Eclipse software, advising Judge Weishaupl on Orders of the Court and on all deadlines, responding to phone inquiries from attorneys and pro se litigants, and coordinating case scheduling with a division clerk
  • Researched and drafted Orders of the Court for all substantive motions and appeals

COLORADO SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION - Legal Intern
Denver, CO
10/08–03/09

  • Drafted memoranda used in comments to proposed change in Renewable Energy Standard regulations by the Public Utilities Commission of Colorado
  • Conducted statutory research used in proposed legislation regarding solar thermal energy production
  • Drafted research paper comparing Colorado’s solar access legislation to other states and countries
  • Reviewed discovery documents for hearing before the Public Utilities Commission regarding the Public Service Company of Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY - Legal Intern
Golden, CO
01/08–05/08

Office of Chief Counsel, Golden Field Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • Drafted memoranda discussing cost sharing and statutory authority for nationwide energy project proposals
  • Drafted concise statutory summaries of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, used by supervising attorneys in grant proposal determinations

EARTHJUSTICE - Legal Intern
Denver, CO
01/08–05/08

  • Drafted memoranda dealing with environmental, energy and public lands law used in trial pleadings
  • Performed extensive legislative history research on the Grand Canyon Protection Act used in appellate brief

GABLEHOUSE, CALKINS & GRANBERG, LLC - Temporary Law Clerk
Denver, CO
08/07–09/07

  • Authored rebuttal brief to industry-proposed rule changes to federal hazardous materials transport regulations
  • Drafted memorandum discussing federal preemption of state hazardous materials laws

WESTERN RESOURCE ADVOCATES - Legal Intern
Boulder, CO
07/07–08/07

  • Drafted memorandum on the National Environmental Policy Act’s requirement for an environmental impact statement to discuss mitigation, alternatives, and cumulative impacts
  • Drafted memorandum discussing right-of-way corridors under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act used in public comment to a programmatic environmental impact statement
  • Summarized comprehensive review of various state and federal agency best management practices for right-of-way corridor designations

OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR KEN SALAZAR - Legal Intern
Denver, CO
01/07–05/07

  • Wrote section of Senator Salazar’s Senate Floor Speech discussing the relationship between renewable energy and homeland security
  • Formulated questions for Senator Salazar to ask Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Alexander Karsner during Congressional Hearing
  • Researched and summarized in memoranda numerous renewable energy and energy efficiency topics used by legislative assistants in proposed legislation
  • Assisted in planning and preparation for The New Energy Summit 2007

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLINICAL PARTNERSHIP - Student Attorney
Denver CO
01/07–05/07

  • Represented non-profit organization in appeal of Endangered Species Act lawsuit
  • Performed extensive research and drafted memoranda, trial briefs, notice letters and complaint letters

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER STURM COLLEGE OF LAW - Research Assistant
Denver, CO
09/06–12/06

Professor Federico Cheever, Director of Environmental Law Program and Professor of Law

  • Edited and made stylistic suggestions to Professor Cheever’s article in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal
  • Conducted research for the textbook: Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property
  • Drafted memorandum on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s impact on environmental ethics

ADAMS COUNTY COURT - Judicial Intern
Brighton, CO
05/06–08/06

The Honorable Sabino E. Romano, 17th Judicial District, Division 1

  • Performed extensive research and wrote Orders of the Court for Judge Romano
  • Drafted minute orders for electronic case file and assisted Judge Romano and division clerks in file maintenance, dismissal orders and docket compilation

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER STURM COLLEGE OF LAW - Denver, CO

  • Juris Doctor - Awarded May, 2008
  • Staff Editor - The University of Denver Water Law Review
  • Board Member - Land Use Law Society (V.P.) & Environmental Law Society (Webmaster)
  • Participant - Hoffman Cup & Student Trial Lawyers Association moot court competitions

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH - Salt Lake City, UT

  • Bachelor of Science - Anthropology
  • Awarded - Full-tuition Departmental Scholarship in Anthropology for academic excellence
  • Awarded - President’s Award for outstanding academic achievement

PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

  • Presenter - Overview of the Social Security Administration's Benefit Programs - 07/13
    Colorado Bar Association Senior Law Day
  • Awarded - Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Annual Prize - 05/08
  • Awarded - Scholastic Excellence Award - 02/08
  • Awarded - CALI Excellence for the Future Award - 06/07
  • Authored - Court Report, Walker v. United States, 11 U. DENV. WATER L. REV. 231(2007)
  • Authored - Prairie Waters: Aurora, Colorado’s Water Recycling Plant, 11 U. DENV. WATER L. REV. 406 (2007)

ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS

  • Hobbies include scuba diving, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, gardening, and cooking
  • Extensive travel in China, Thailand and North America including work in five National Parks (Yellowstone, Mt. Rainer, Denali, Shenandoah, Rocky Mountain)