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Deborah S. Spector, Lead Attorney

Deborah Spector is the lead attorney and managing partner at Spector & Lenz. Since the beginning of her career in public legal services, and continuing in private practice, Deborah has represented Social Security and SSI claimants in disability adjudications and on judicial review for over 40 years.

Deborah earned a Bachelor of Arts at Stanford University and a Juris Doctor at the DePaul University College of Law. 


She is admitted to practice before:

  • The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • The Supreme Court of the United States
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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Joseph Sellers, Senior Federal Litigation Attorney

Joseph Sellers is a native of Chicago. He is our Senior Federal Litigation Attorney and has represented clients before administrative law judges as well as in federal court since he began working at Spector & Lenz.

Joseph has represented over 40 clients in federal district courts in Illinois and Indiana appealing Social Security denials. He also represents clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on appellate review.

Mr. Sellers received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, where he studied creative writing and history. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law.


Joseph Sellers is admitted to practice before:

  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois,
  • The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois,
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Justin Poh, Associate Attorney

Justin Poh is an associate attorney at Spector & Lenz. Justin focuses on administrative litigation, primarily before the Social Security Administration.

Prior to his work with us, Justin worked in the City of Chicago Law Department. He represented the city government in municipal hearings.

Justin earned his JD at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He received Dean’s List honors there, as well as the CALI Excellence for the Future Award.

Mr. Poh is admitted to practice in Illinois and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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Ben Taylor, Federal Litigation Paralegal

Ben Taylor, our Federal Litigation Paralegal, is a native of Oak Park. Since joining Spector & Lenz in 2012 he has assisted with filing, management, and case development for numerous appeals before federal district courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Jonathan is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Johnathan Plotnick

Jonathan Plotnick, Paralegal

Jonathan is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. His area of focus is in the very first step of the disability process, the application.  He has helped dozens of families find their way through the government maze.

Nichole Lang, our office manager, received her Bachelor of Arts degree

Nichole Lang, Office Manager

Nichole Lang, our office manager, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois. She has developed a wealth of knowledge in the area of Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI adjudications. Nichole is skilled in developing and maintaining long term relationships with our clients as well as providing her expertise with the adjudication and appeal process

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Jocelyn Ceron, Office Assistant

Hola, mi nombre es Jocelyn Ceron.  Soy bilinguel y trabajo para los abogados de Spector y Lenz, P.C. Puedo ayudarle a obtener respuestas a sus preguntas sobre la discapacidad del Seguro Social- cómo presentar una solicitud, apelar y obtener beneficios. Por favor llame y pregunte por mí al 312-341-0711. Gracias.


Hi.  My name is Jocelyn Ceron.  I am a fluent Spanish speaker working for the attorneys of Spector and Lenz, P.C..  I can help get answers to your questions about Social Security Disability - how to apply, appeal, and get benefits.  Please call and ask for me at 312-341-0711.  Thank you.