Annette Lee Rutkowski

Annette Lee Rutkowski

Indianapolis, Indiana

As a woman lawyer who owns her own firm, I believe I bring nurturing and caregiving skills to my cases. I grew up in a family of nursing professionals and spent much of my formative years volunteering in facilities with physically and cognitively impaired adults. I know that when a person becomes physically or mentally impaired and can no longer work, it impacts the entire family, No one wants to have to apply for disability, I know this. If you need to talk to someone about whether you or your loved one should be filing for disability, or have a claim in the process where you just have questions, call me. I can help.

I have successfully represented Social Security and Veteran's Disability claimants starting with initial filing, through administrative appeals and advanced appeals in the Federal Courts. I don't give up, I have done 1000′s of hearings and am keenly aware that judges are not swayed by attorney advertising bluster. Cases are won by careful preparation, and effectively arguing the application of the law based upon the fine details of the evidence. Preparation of cases must be attorney driven and not staff driven. I believe in the practice of law as an honorable profession, and not just another legal service business. I am a leader in the disability legal community, teaching and speaking both locally and nationally. I routinely accept referrals of advanced level Appeals Council and Federal Court claims from other firms.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security -- Disability
  • Veterans Disabilities

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D.
  • State University of New York at Oswego
    • B.A.
    • Major: Public Justice


  • Speaker, Disability Practice Clinic, Indiana University Law School
  • Speaker, Social Security Practice, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation
  • ICLEF Video Hearings, 2012 - Present
  • Social Security Bootcamp, National Business Institute, 2012 - Present
  • Preparation for Video Conference Hearings and Impact of SSR 11-1p, NOSSCR Conference, San Antonio, 2011 - Present
  • Reconsideration, ICLEF, 2007 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Accreditation as Veteran?s Attorney by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights
  • National Disability Lawyers Network


  • English