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Hannalore B. Merritt

Hannalore B. Merritt 
Managing Associate, Appellate Department
Oakmont, Pennsylvania

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Areas of Practice:
Appellate Division, Social Security Disability (Federal Court)

Bar Admissions:
Connecticut – 2009
Pennsylvania – 2017
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut – 2013
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania – 2015
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York – 2017
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York – 2017
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan – 2018

Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude – 2009
The Pennsylvania State University, B.A. – 2004


A native of Rochester, N.Y., Hannalore fell in love with both the State of Pennsylvania and her husband during her time as an undergraduate at Penn State. After graduation, Hannalore received a Fulbright Fellowship to study law and political science in Munich, Germany, where she lived from 2004 to 2005. Upon her return, Hannalore joined her husband, a Naval officer in the submarine force, and had the opportunity to be stationed with him in six states over the next ten years.

Hannalore completed her juris doctor degree at Seattle University School of Law, in Seattle, Washington, where she was named to the Dean’s List and as the Faculty Scholar of the Class of 2009. During her time in law school, Hannalore was actively involved in the Student Bar Association and the Public Interest Law Foundation. She worked for the Northwest Justice Project, Washington State’s legal aid provider, and in the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, International Human Rights Section.

After completing law school, Hannalore worked as a judicial clerk for three years, clerking for judges in the Superior Court of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court. She then joined the law firm of Waller, Smith and Palmer in New London, Connecticut, where she practiced primarily in the areas of litigation and municipal law.

After completing their tenure in the Navy, Hannalore and her family moved to Allison Park, where she and her husband are excited to raise their two children. Hannalore has always been dedicated to work in social justice and client advocacy, which is why she feels fortunate to be practicing in the appellate section at Osterhout Disability Law. Hannalore appreciates the opportunity to represent clients who have battled and continue to overcome challenges in their lives, and is inspired by them on a daily basis.