Jan L. Kodner & Associates, a history
Jan Kodner graduated with honors from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1978. After handling a bit of everything in his first years as a lawyer, Jan began receiving referrals from former law school classmates in the emerging area of Social Security Disability law because such cases were thought to be “too small” to handle. In the early 1980's, there were only a small handful of other lawyers handling Social Security disability cases and the referrals started flowing. By 1984, Jan launched his own solo practice.
After a few years, Jan was unable to handle the rapidly increasing case load on his own. Between 1987 and 2014, he was fortunate to employ several excellent associate attorneys who remained with the firm for many years, including James Leeny, Les Dombai, Steve Jackson and Greg Benker.
From December, 2014 through November, 2017, Jan and a friendly competitor, Jeff Rabin, joined forces and created Rabin, Kodner and Brown. On December 1, 2017, Jan amicably retired from the firm to take a brief sabbatical and to relaunch a small solo practice, thus bringing his legal journey full circle.
Jan has practiced exclusively in the field of Social Security disability law for over 35 years and has helped many thousands of clients qualify for the benefits they deserve. He looks forward to continuing to serve the disabled community for many years to come.
Jan is a lifelong Chicagoan. He graduated from Von Steuben High School in 1971 and from the University of Illinois cum laude 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. He graduated with honors from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1978.
Jan has been married to Roberta since 1980 and is the proud father of two wonderful, smart, funny and creative adult children, Rachel and Matt.
He is a past chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Subcommittee on Social Security Law. He was a long time 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 been a member of the Leading Lawyers Network, a peer review organization of Illinois attorneys, since its creation in 2003. The Leading Lawyers Network is open to persons voted to be among the top 5% of attorneys in Illinois. Additionally, Jan has been ranked the #1 Social Security lawyer in the state in all three top ten surveys conducted by the Network. For more information about this peer ranking and review process, go to http://www.leadinglawyers.com/meth.cfm
Jan has presented many talks and continuing legal education sessions for NOSSCR, Chicago Bar Association and Apex Continuing Legal Education (https://www.apexcle.com/faculty/22). He has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. He has served on the referral panels of the AARP Legal Plan, Chicago Bar Association, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, NOSSCR and The Ark.
From 2000 through 2008, Jan contributed about 50 song parodies to the dreaded Evanston middle school variety show, Haven Help Us. He served as producer and director of the show for four years in that span and swears he will never again set foot in a middle school auditorium. Songs include Hebrew School Dropout, Yellow Luncheon Meat, The Age of Asparagus and All Stuffed Up. And a few videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSPXYpZa74s (Locker Pop) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_YxNzfdqBs (Walk Like a Havenian) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFDImPH0rs8 (Addicted to Gum)