Jonathan O. PeñaAttorney
Jonathan has assisted disabled individuals for over a decade. First as a paralegal at a disability office, and then as a solo practitioner. Jonathan has joined forces with seasoned attorney, Dennis M. Bromberg, to provide experienced, up to date representation for disabled individuals applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Jonathan’s office is supported by seven legal assistants and two clerks.
Jonathan was raised in the city of Sanger, California in Fresno County. His migrant parents instilled in him the notion that we all deserve compassion, decency, and the ability to live with dignity. His parents aimed to teach him the very common lesson in migrant communities: work hard and study even harder. Jonathan worked during the summers and winter vacations in the chili fields and grape vineyards. Jonathan attended Fresno City College and then transferred to Fresno Pacific University where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership. He then attended San Joaquin College of Law where he obtained a Juris Doctor degree. Jonathan has a long history of advocating for the underprivileged. While attending Fresno Pacific University and the San Joaquin College of Law, Jonathan assisted disabled children and adults applying and appealing for Social Security benefits. After law school, Jonathan continued his fight to serve those who need it the most.
The Social Security Administration is bound to many regulations and internal instructions that often go ignored. Social Security often denies valid claims. Sometimes, claimants feel that if the agency denied it once, they are likely to deny it again. That is just not true. Social Security has a very high reversal rate once the case reaches the Hearing Level. The ability to navigate the minefield of Social Security law can be the difference between a never ending cycle of denials and a favorable decision, allowing a claimant to move forward with his / her life.
As a solo practitioner, and as a partner in the Peña & Bromberg office, Jonathan has used technology to provide a modern approach to representation, utilizing legal research tools.
At the offices of Peña & Bromberg, the staff is required to be well versed in the area of Social Security law. Jonathan provides ongoing continuing legal education opportunities for his staff.
Jonathan has previously stated, "My primary focus is helping the disabled apply or appeal for disability benefits under the Social Security Act or for Veterans Disability benefits. I represent disabled children, adults, workers, veterans, and the vulnerable. I do not charge my clients any upfront fees. We work harder than any firm because we use technology to the advantage of our clients. Our attorneys are well versed in the regulations that govern Social Security law and push for the enforcement of the regulations and administration instructions that the agencies too often ignore. We believe that a disabled individual already faces so many barriers, the law should be the vehicle by which the quality of life is improved, not made worse."
The fight for Social Security benefits is a long one. Jonathan believes that having a well prepared attorney by a claimant’s side is the best way to approach the Social Security Administration.
J.D., San Joaquin College of Law, 2010
B.A., Fresno Pacific University, 2006