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Hannalore B. Merritt, Esq.

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Hannalore B. Merritt, Esq. 
Managing Partner
Oakmont, Pennsylvania

phone 412-794-8003 ext 405
866-438-8773 (Toll Free)
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Areas of Practice:
Appellate Division (Federal Court)

Bar Admissions:
Connecticut – 2009
Mississippi – 2019
Pennsylvania – 2017
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit – 2020
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut – 2013
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana – 2018
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan – 2018
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi – 2019
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi – 2019
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York – 2017
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York – 2020
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York – 2017
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio – 2019
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania – 2019
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania – 2015
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee – 2019
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin – 2020

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

Professional Associations and Memberships:
National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR)
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)
Allegheny County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements:
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) Annual Conference, 2019

Representative Cases:
Torres-Cruz v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 3:17-cv-01548, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1514 (D. Conn. 2019)
Goncalves v. Berryhill, No. 3:17-cv-01830 (JCH), 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 197973 (D. Conn. 2018)
Mattioli v. Berryhill, No. 3:17-cv-1409(WIG), 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 187063 (D. Conn. 2018)
Randall v. Berryhill, No. 3:17-cv-1354 (MPS), 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149957 (D. Conn. 2018)
Yarborough v. Berryhill, No. 2:17-cv-02823-JCM-NJK, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175249 (D. Nev.2018)
Terry J. M. v. Berryhill, No. 2:17-cv-00129-EJF, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145996 (D. Utah 2018)
Goldblatt v. Berryhill, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177645 (D. Nev. 2018), rec. adopted by 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176643 (D. Nev. 2018)
Givens v. Berryhill, No. 3:16-cv-2102(WIG), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191990 (D. Conn. 2017)
Ginda v. Colvin, No. 3:16-cv-00692 (JAM), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27450 (D. Conn. 2017)

A native of Rochester, New York, 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 and her husband, a Naval officer in the submarine force, were stationed in six states over the next ten years.

Hannalore completed her juris doctor degree at Seattle University School of Law, where she was named to the Dean’s List and as the Faculty Scholar of the Class of 2009. After law school, Hannalore worked as a judicial clerk for three years in the Superior Court of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court. She then joined Waller, Smith and Palmer, PC in New London, Connecticut, where she practiced primarily in the areas of litigation and municipal law.

Hannalore and her family moved to Pittsburgh in 2014 after their tenure in the Navy. She joined the partnership in 2021 and currently oversees the appellate division as well as serving as the firm’s managing partner. Outside of OBL Hannalore acts as the President of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association, volunteers with North Hills Community Outreach’s Ask the Attorney Program, and is a Key Communicator in the Hampton Township School District.

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