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Thomas Affleck, III
Attorney at Law

J.D. Georgetown University
B.A. Emory University

Thomas Affleck, III is the founding partner of Affleck & Gordon, P.C.  A cum laude graduate of Emory University in 1970, Tom received his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973.  He was a former managing attorney for Georgia Legal Services in Brunswick, Georgia.  Tom and his colleagues were instrumental in assisting local community citizens and their efforts were chronicled in a best-selling book, Praying for Sheetrock.  After spending three years serving a 17-county area in southeast Georgia, he relocated to Atlanta and opened his private law firm.  He also served as a former Administrative Law Judge and was a Hearing Officer for a variety of state agencies.  Tom has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.  He served as a past president and former longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.  Tom is a current member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the DeKalb Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR).
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Lawrence R. Gordon
Attorney at Law
J.D. University of Florida
B.A. University of Florida

Lawrence Gordon, an Atlanta native, attended the University of Florida for both his undergraduate degree and law school.  He also received a post-law degree in taxation from Emory University.  For five years, Larry worked for the Social Security Administration and is a former advisor to the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the national level.  Additionally, he was an advisor to the Atlanta Office of Hearings & Appeals.  He joined Thomas Affleck’s law firm thirty years ago and became a partner in the firm a year later.  He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida, the Bar of the District of Columbia and a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR). Larry focuses exclusively on Social Security disability cases. Having spent 35 years in practice, he has an advantage in the fact that he was a government employee and was the first Atlanta staff attorney from the Social Security Administration to move into the private sector.  Larry’s knowledge and expertise allows his clients the confidence in knowing that he understands Social Security disability from both the viewpoint of the client and the judge.  He also assists many people who may not even know they have a Social Security disability case to understand the law and why they may have a case for benefits.In addition to having written several articles and lectured at a number of Social Security disability seminars for continuing legal education (CLE) credits, Larry strives to remain active in the bar association and always stays up to date with the latest changes in Social Security disability law.  He has been the recipient of several awards for pro bono activities on behalf of low-income individuals.  Larry’s heart is in this work and his goal is to ensure that everyone who deserves Social Security disability benefits can receive them with his knowledgeable assistance.Larry and his wife reside in Atlanta: he has three children and three stepchildren, one of whom is an associate at Affleck & Gordon in Social Security disability.  He has served on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League, the Atlanta Track Club, and the Marcus Jewish Community Center.  Larry has run track competitively since his early teens and has been involved in local track clubs for the last 20 years.  He has run the Boston Marathon seven times.  He is currently the head of the Harris Jacobs Dream Run, an annual charity run that takes place each May, for which he has spent 18 of the organization’s 21 years as chairman.  Larry, a history buff, also enjoys watching baseball and cheers for the Atlanta Braves every year.
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Judy Bloom

Judy, who is originally from Mobile, Alabama, grew up in Dayton, Ohio and attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.  She worked for a non-profit organization after graduating and took a mentor’s advice to attend law school at Emory University.  She interned at Atlanta Legal Aid in 1987. After receiving her law degree the next year, she and her husband lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Judy worked at Southeast Tennessee Legal Services for seven years.  She was an advisor at the Chattanooga Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.  While in Chattanooga, Judy received an award from the Chattanooga Bar Association for her part in reinvigorating the Legal Aid’s pro bono program.  She was also featured in an American Bar Association article for her efforts to assist the low-income and underprivileged population.After she and her husband moved to Atlanta in 1999, Judy worked at several different law firms but eventually joined Affleck & Gordon in March of 2008.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and licensed to practice law in both the state and federal courts.Judy’s focus is on Social Security Disability cases and with 25 years of experience, she prides herself on her ability to put her clients at ease before seeing the judge.  She finds this work incredibly gratifying and rewarding, and her expertise in helping her clients meet the standard for Social Security disability makes her a key team member in the service Affleck & Gordon provides for the public.  She has also spoken at Social Security Disability Boot Camp seminars to assist other lawyers in the field in obtaining their necessary continuing legal education (CLE) credits.

Judy and her husband live in Sandy Springs and enjoy hiking, bicycling on the Silver Comet Trail and spending time on their cabin cruiser on Lake Allatoona.  Judy has a son and daughter, both of whom are attending the University of Georgia in Athens.  With her winning smile and infectious sense of humor, Judy brings a very human element to an otherwise rule-driven industry.  Her success brings her accolades as well as hugs from her grateful clients.

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Joel Thrift

Joel Thrift joined Affleck & Gordon in 2007.  He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and a 2003 graduate of Georgia Tech.   Joel practices primarily in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury.

Joel Thrift is from Marietta, Georgia and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning his undergraduate degree in International Affairs.  Always interested in pursuing law, Joel attended the University of Notre Dame Law School and graduated in 2007.  He joined the Affleck & Gordon team soon after passing the bar and practices primarily in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury.  He is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Joel lives in Brookhaven with his wife, baby daughter and their pets, a dog and cat.  A sports enthusiast, Joel enjoys attending the occasional Notre Dame football game but is mainly a family man and likes to spend time with his family in the great outdoors.

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Marci W. McKenna

Born in Dover, Ohio, Marci grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio and received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Akron.  She took a year off between college and law school and worked at a non-profit organization for vocational guidance.  Marci attended Ohio State Law School while working full-time and graduated in 1987.  While in law school, she was involved in a volunteer program that assisted people in the preparation of their tax returns.After working at several other law firms, she joined Affleck & Gordon in July of 2005.  Her primary focus is cases involving workers’ compensation and personal injury.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation section.Marci lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, a retired Marine, and their two German shorthair pointer puppies, Georgia & Annabel.  Marci enjoys traveling and has been to Italy, France, England and Switzerland; and she is planning a return trip to Ireland.  When she isn’t working her case load, she likes to spend time at her family’s farmhouse in Ohio.  Marci takes in an occasional opera, draws and paints in her spare time and loves to read a good spy thriller.  She also enjoys going to art museums where she can gaze at portraiture painted by the grand masters.

Harry Brenner

Harry Brenner is the newest member of Affleck & Gordon’s team of attorneys.  Harry is from Atlanta, GA and attended the University of Georgia, obtaining his degree in political science.  Unsure if he wanted to pursue politics or law, the fact that his stepfather, Lawrence Gordon, is a successful lawyer and the partner in this service-based law firm helped him decide.  He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 2011.  While in law school, Harry was the research editor for USC’s Real Property Trust and Estate Law Journal.  He also obtained the highest grade in his civil procedures class.  Harry started at Affleck & Gordon as a paralegal until he passed the bar in February of 2012, when he became an associate at the firm.Harry pursues cases in Social Security Disability, after being mentored by his stepfather and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.  His enthusiasm and desire to help others is evident in the number of pro bono cases he takes on for clients who are fighting for medical coverage.Harry lives in Dunwoody, Georgia with his family and as quite the animal lover, enjoys spending time with his German shepherd.  When he isn’t working his case load, he likes to watch football, both college and professional, but can find himself in quite a quandary when UGA and USC play each other.  Harry prides himself on going the extra step for his clients to ensure they get the benefits they deserve.
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