Harvey has worked in the field of OPM Disability Retirement Law for 30 years of the more than 50 years he has been a lawyer. He was a pioneer in the field and has won the enormous bulk of his cases on either initial application, reconsideration, or appeal. He has also successfully handled hundreds of federal employment cases such as accommodation, removal, etc.
Nowadays, he spends most of his time working on this blog, providing advice to disabled federal employees, and writing his memoir.
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Harvey had a long career in civil rights (and lots of other things) before working in Disability Retirement. If you want to hear about Harvey's first disability retirement case, you can listen to the podcast below.
1965-JD University of Miami School of Law
1972-JSD Candidate, Columbia University School of Law
District of Columbia Bar
Professional Employment 1966 to 1978
Attorney, Civil Rights Division, US Office of Economic Opportunity
Attorney, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Attorney, National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
Attorney, National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence
Special Counsel, US Senate, Committee on the District of Columbia
Attorney, US Department of Justice
Director, American Bar Association, Special Committee on Crime Prevention and Control
Director, Courts Task Force, National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards
Assistant Professor of Law, (Detroit & Baltimore)
Private Law Practice
1978 to Present, Washington, DC
Private Practice Before Disability Retirement
Moscow Party is a podcast about one of the many security clearance cases Harvey handled. It features KGB Agents, monopoly, lesbian affairs, and much much more! An exciting story completely unrelated to disability retirement, but we hope you enjoy nonetheless. Listen below.
CBS AIDS in the Military Video
Before turning to Disability Retirement Law, Harvey was an attorney for members of the US Military, including some who were diagnosed with AIDS and then faced a legal battle with the US Government. In 1982, Dan Rather's CBS Nightly News reported on a number of cases Harvey won for service members with AIDS.
Harvey briefly discusses the issue at the end of the clip.
Jeremy is the webmaster. He runs the blog, keeps track of who is contacting us, and helps Harvey write his memoir. If you are interested in his work, check out his website at www.jmneff.com.
And here is a little interview that I, Harvey, did with Jeremy back in his school days when he first came to work for me.
AT OPM, WINNING OR LOSING DISABILITY RETIREMENT HAS ALMOST NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAW AND ALMOST EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WHICH SIDE OF THE BED THE OPM ADJUDICATOR GOT UP ON.
The law provides one single way to decide whether or not you are entitled to d…
ANSWER: Probably. While it is true that a typist whose hand is cut off probably will not need a lawyer to get disability retirement, most cases are not so clear-cut. Remember the case of the government attorney disabled by AIDS dementia that I discussed previously? If someone suffering from such a serious and incurable illness needed a lawyer to win, then most applicants probably need a lawyer. This is particularly true given that most government employees seek disability retirement for illnesses like chronic pain, depression, anxiety, phobias, allergies, chemical sensitivities, and the like -- all of which have a single common denominator: they are subjective. While such symptoms may severely disable the sufferer, they cannot be readily perceived by others, including the physicians who are called upon to diagnose and treat them. Employees with such difficult-to-prove symptoms have a particular need for strong legal advocacy.
I have focused on represented Federal government employees and Postal workers seeking OPM Disability Retirement for a long time. I also represent them in agency leave problems such as AWOL, FMLA, LWOP, etc. Leave problems often come along with being sick and disabled. I have stuck to this area of the law for more than 30 years of the 50 years I have been a lawyer.