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Since 1977, the law firm of Affleck & Gordon, P.C. has successfully represented thousands of Georgians suffering due to disability or injury.  Our experience includes working with both medical and psychiatric evidence and with difficult claims for Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veteran's disability, personal injury, and other matters where people are losing income and quality of life due to illness and accidents.

The firm was founded by Thomas Affleck, III who previously was Managing Attorney for Georgia Legal Services in Brunswick, Georgia. Partner Lawrence R. Gordon, with the firm since 1983, was Attorney Advisor to the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Social Security Administration at the national level.

Mr. Affleck and Mr. Gordon are frequent lecturers on disability and injury matters.  Their dedicated staff of 18, including attorneys, legal assistants, and support personnel, with their extensive knowledge of the legal and medical process, has been particularly successful in achieving favorable outcomes for clients.  Because of that success, the firm's greatest source of new clients is referrals from old clients, as well as referrals from physicians and fellow attorneys who are aware of the firm's excellent reputation.


The Attorneys:

  • Thomas Affleck, III
  • Lawrence R. Gordon
  • Eugene C. Bessent
  • Melinda K. Hart

  • Thomas Affleck, III

    Founding partner Tom Affleck is a 1970 Emory University graduate and obtained his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center in 1973.  As Managing Attorney for Georgia Legal Services in Brunswick, Georgia before starting private practice, Tom represented indigent clients throughout a 17 county area of Southeast Georgia.  Some cases handled were so significant they were written about in the acclaimed 1991 book Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene.  Tom sits as an Administrative Law Judge for matters before the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance.  He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation - Georgia, and is a past president of the board.   He is a member of 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

    Larry Gordon obtained his B.A. (1974) and JD (1976) at the University of Florida and his L.L.M. in Taxation at Emory University in 1982.  Prior to joining Tom Affleck in private practice in 1983, he was Attorney/Advisor to the Social Security Administration's Office of Hearings & Appeals where he served as Advisor to the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Social Security Administration at the national level as well as an Attorney/Advisor to the Atlanta Office of Hearings & Appeals.  Larry is a sought-after lecturer on matters of Social Security law and has been victorious in numerous District Court cases and in 11th Circuit cases.  He has also received several awards for pro bono activities on behalf of low-income individuals.   In addition to being a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR), he is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida and the Bar of the District of Columbia.

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    Eugene C. Bessent

    An Associate at Affleck & Gordon, Gene Bessent is a 1972 graduate of Emory University, obtained an M.A. in English from the University of Florida in 1974 and obtained his JD from the Georgia State College of Law in 1990.  Gene has represented clients in administrative, state, district, and appellate courts and has extensive experience in the areas of Social Security disability, workers' compensation, personal injury, and professional malpractice law.  Before joining Affleck & Gordon, Gene worked in the Office of General Counsel, Social Security Administration, and for a prominent Atlanta insurance defense firm.  He has made seminar presentations in the areas of professionalism and Social Security law.

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    Melinda K. Hart

    After graduating from Georgia State University in 1992, Melinda Hart attended Cumberland Law School in Alabama, where she received her JD in 1995 and was Assistant Justice of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board.  Before joining Affleck & Gordon as an Associate in 1997, Melinda was in individual private practice with a particular emphasis on veteran's disability and Social Security disability. She is the current Section Chair for the Military/Veterans Section of the State Board of Georgia.   She also is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates and has received several awards for pro bono activities on behalf of veterans.  Melinda is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Veterans Appeals, The Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, the Middle District of Georgia, and the Superior and State Courts of Georgia. Melinda also is a lecturer on Veterans and Social Security law.


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    Affleck & Gordon, P.C.
    In Georgia Call
    (404) 373-1649

    Outside Atlanta Call
    (800) 866-5660
    150 E. Ponce deLeon Ave.
    Decatur, GA 30030


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