Jan L. Kodner

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Des Plaines, Illinois


Jan Kodner graduated with honors from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1978. He graduated cum laude from University of Illinois in 1975 with a degree in accounting. After studying the subject and finding it incredibly tedious, he vowed never to practice in that field and decided to try law school instead.

Recently, Jan was named the Top Social Security Disability Lawyer in Illinois, by the Leading Lawyer Network magazine.

Prior to this title, Jan was also ranked by other Illinois lawyers to be among the top 5% of all Illinois attorneys in the area of Social Security Disability law. Jan has maintained this honor each year since the Leading Lawyers Network was created in 2003. For more information about this peer ranking and review process, go to Leading Lawyers Network.

Jan is a past chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Subcommittee on Social Security Law. He is also a sustaining member of the National Association of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR). He served as a board member of the SSI Coalition for a Responsible Safety Net. Jan has presented many talks and continuing legal education sessions at NOSSCR and CBA conferences. He is a member of the AARP Legal Plan. Jan received a Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation in 1997. He is on the referral panels of the AARP Legal Plan, Chicago Bar Association, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, NOSSCR and The Ark.

Jan also served as producer and director of his children’s middle school variety show from 2001 through 2004. He has written such classics as The Age of Asparagus, Under a C, Hebrew School Dropout, and Yellow Luncheon Meat. He vows to never again set foot into a middle school auditorium.