Thomas D. Sutton
Thomas D. Sutton, partner, has been at the Philadelphia Social Security Disability law firm of Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein since 1994, after working 10 years for legal services programs in Atlanta, Georgia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). Mr. Sutton has represented thousands of individual disability claimants, and served as co-counsel in the United States Supreme Court in Sullivan v. Zebley, 493 U.S. 521 (1990), a nationwide class action on behalf of over 400,000 disabled children. Mr. Sutton has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in the federal courts, including precedential opinions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Ramirez v. Barnhart, 372 F.3d 546 (3d Cir. 2004), Markle v. Barnhart, 324 F.3d 182 (3d Cir. 2003), and Walton v. Halter, 243 F.3d 703 (3d Cir. 2001). Mr. Sutton has lectured extensively on disability law throughout the United States, has testified before Congressional committees, has participated in meetings with the highest Social Security officials, and has served as a faculty member for NOSSCR, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and numerous other legal education forums. Mr. Sutton graduated from Haverford College in 1978 and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984.