Diana Chaikin

Attorney · Seattle University School of Law

Diana Chaikin is a legal editor specializing in disability law at Nolo. She started writing articles as a freelancer in 2021 and joined the staff in 2022. Diana has worked as a solo practitioner based out of Seattle representing claimants before administrative law judges in Social Security disability hearings.

Education. Diana received a B.A. in Political Science from New York University and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where she served as article editor on the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. During law school, Diana interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska and Corbis Corporation. She also wrote an article on the Visual Artists Rights Act and how it pertains to outsider artists.

Disability experience. Fresh out of law school, Diana worked as Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration Office of Hearings Operations (formerly Office of Disability Adjudication and Review). While there, she worked for several administrative appeals judges to ensure disability decisions met the administration’s standard for quality. She then decided to work on the other side of the bench, successfully representing disability claimants for over 10 years before coming to Nolo.

Goals and interests. Diana finds satisfaction in making complex areas of the law seem intuitive to nonlawyers. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), and is on the board of the Washington Lawyers for the Arts.

Articles By Diana Chaikin

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Corticobasal Degeneration?
Corticobasal degeneration that severely affects your movement or mental capacities should qualify you for disability benefits.
Is Age a Factor in Social Security Disability Claims?
Your age can play a significant role in determining whether your claim for Social Security disability benefits is approved.
The Importance of Vocational Expert Testimony at a Disability Hearing
The testimony of the vocational expert at your Social Security disability hearing can make or break your case.
How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Hearing
Here are some tips to help you prepare for questions the judge may ask at your disability hearing.
What Are Transferable Skills for Social Security Disability Purposes?
Skills that you learn from a job that can be used across many fields of work are considered transferable skills.
Getting Social Security Disability Based on a Medical-Vocational Allowance
If your disability doesn't meet a listing, Social Security may award you benefits based on your inability to work.
Applying for Disability at Age 55-59: What Social Security's Medical-Vocational Grids Say
Disability applicants over the age of 55 have an easier time getting Social Security benefits thanks to the grid rules.
Applying for Disability When You're Under Age 50
If you are under the age of 50 when you apply for disability, it will be much harder for you to win your claim than for an older person. However, there are some tactics you can use to increase your chances of being approved.
Can You Get Disability Benefits for Pancreatitis?
The pain and weight loss associated with chronic pancreatitis can make it difficult to work full time.
Can You Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Anemia?
If your anemia or related conditions are severe enough to keep you from working, you may be able to get disability benefits.