Ronald B. Eskin
Ronald B. Eskin, B.A. University of Pittsburgh, with high honors (1974), J.D. University of Buffalo (1977). Bar memberships: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 3rd and 6th Circuits, U.S. District Courts: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Western District of Michigan, Central District of Illinois, District of Colorado, and Northern District of Florida.
Mr. Eskin has practiced for over 30 years, primarily in the areas of public disability benefits and private disability benefits. His practice includes representation of workers who suffered illegal discrimination and students with special needs who have not been properly served. He has been recognized by his peers and others, by being awarded:
-the New Hampshire Bar Association annual award to an attorney who is
recognized for distinguished service, in 1989;
-the 2001 Central New England Multiple Sclerosis Society citizen's award, recognizing his contributions to its mission through his legal work;
-the Lowell Bar Association award in 2005 to an attorney who has been outstanding in performing pro bono legal work;
-the designation as a "Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine, in 2006 and 2007 and
-the Norman D'Amour Attorney of the Year Award in 2010, by the Greater
Lowell Bar Association.
He regularly presents cases through the various U.S. District Courts across the country, representing Social Security disability claimants in thirty states. He has won significant victories there and in the U.S. Courts of Appeal.
Over his legal career, Mr. Eskin has successfully brought numerous class
actions, including those on behalf of:
-tens of thousands of disabled applicants and recipients of general relief in Massachusetts General Relief whose benefits were unfairly and illegally cut off or denied;
-hundreds of food stamps households whose benefits were illegally
-inmates in a large county jail who were confined in inhumane conditions which constituted cruel and unusual punishment;
-dozens of students in a school district in Michigan who were denied class credit and the right to graduate;
-thousands of Medicaid recipients in New Hampshire whose services were
severely limited; and
Mr. Eskin often is selected to train other lawyers in the practice of social disability law, and has also presented trainings regarding special education, school exclusion and practice in federal courts. He has written articles published in bar journals, which concern social security, child welfare legislation, and how to handle a "high volume" legal practice.
Anita M. Coll
Anita M. Coll, JD Massachusetts School of Law and admitted to the bar in
Massachusetts in 2006.
In October of 2007, Anita Coll joined the Law Offices of Ronald B. Eskin where she represents clients in social security disability matters. Her early practice at law included representing low income families involved in the probate and juvenile courts as well as acting as guardian ad litem for children and youth.
Prior to her work at law, Ms. Coll had an extensive background in community organizing, advocacy and non-profit administration. From 1982 to 1989, Ms. Coll directed the development of battered women’s and rape crisis services at the Women’s Resource Center of Lawrence and Haverhill, Massachusetts. Through her advocacy and leadership efforts the Women’s Resource Center grew to providing safe shelter to women and their children, education programs in conflict resolution and Latina specific rape crisis services. In 1987, Ms. Coll successfully advocated and organized the inclusion of battered women and rape survivor’s testimony of their experiences before the Governor’s Special Committee on Women’s Issues. This Committee and the final report on Women’s issues led to a permanently established Governor’s Advisory Committee in 1991.
In 1990, Ms Coll directed the Southeast Asian Birthing and Infancy Project (SABAI) in Lowell, Massachusetts. This non-profit community health program provided case management, health education, medical interpretation and prenatal services to Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian refugee families in the Lowell area. Prior to the SABAI project, Southeast Asian women were not provided full access to health services due to a lack of understanding of their cultural beliefs by healthcare facilities, a lack of interpretation services in Lao, Vietnamese, and Khmer in health care clinics and hospitals, and no language specific health or public benefits materials. Ms. Coll developed services and advocated recognition of the health needs of Southeast Asian and their families, their inclusion in health care decision-making and education services, as well as culturally appropriate and available services throughout the state. After 6 years of service and advocacy through the SABAI Project, Ms. Coll successfully led the integration of all SABAI specific health and education services into the Lowell Community Health Center.
More recently, Ms. Coll worked in rural Southwestern New Hampshire designing
health and community services for low income and isolated elderly. She also
advocated within state and federal agencies for health services that would be
brought to rural areas where the elderly and low income families could access
program. This resulted in the family home visiting services, rural outreach and
health education for isolated elderly, respite care for family members caring
for Alzheimer’s patients, senior exercise programs, and the design and
delivery of therapeutic meals for seniors.
Marisol Garcia, JD Northeastern University School of Law and admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1997. Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation awarded her the Bart J. Gordon Fellowship in 1997 for her work at the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts. Legal Intern for Judge Bruce M. Selya of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar at Providence College BA in English, Magna Cum Laude.
In February of 2012, Marisol Garcia joined the Law Office of Ronald B. Eskin where she represents clients in Social Security Insurance and Social Security Disability matters. From April 1999 to January 2012, she focused on her own law practice where she represented clients as attorney and Guardian Ad Litem on juvenile delinquency, special education, as well as children and family law matters. Attorney Garcia is a member of the Lowell Bar Association as well as National Organization of Social Security Claimants (NOSSCR).
Marisol Garcia is an adjunct professor for masters students in Consultation
and Testimony in Forensic Psychology at Massachusetts School of Professional
Psychology, Boston, MA. She is also an adjunct in the Political Science
Department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA. She has trained
attorneys and law students for the American Bar Association, Massachusetts
Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Trial Attorney Association,
Massachusetts Bar Association as well as Suffolk University School of
Sorat Chan Ly
Sorat Chan Ly has been the paralegal in this office since 2001, with a broad knowledge of Social Security Administration operations and routines. He speaks Khmer and Vietnamese, and has deep roots in the Asian Community in Lowell and Boston. In recognition of his valuable background, Mr. Ly was asked to serve a term on the Governors' Asian American Commission. His knowledge of the circumstances of low income people has been formed not just from his own experience as a refugee from Cambodia, but also from his past employment as a:
- case manager at Lutheran Child and Family Services;
- a receptionist at Merrimack Valley Legal Services;
- a social services worker at Lowell Community Health Center; and
- a leasing representative for subsidized housing at River Place Towers
In his spare time, Mr. Ly teaches martial arts and traditional lion dancing at the Shaolin Hung Gar Fu School in Boston. Under his leadership, it has become internationally recognized, and has performed widely, including before several universities in the Boston/Cambridge area, the Democratic Convention and the Taiwanese Embassy. He also runs a successful business with his wife in Boston's Chinatown.