To Michael P. Mazanetz, the greatest personal professional reward comes when a client’s long wait for oftentimes badly needed Social Security disability benefits comes to an end with a decision in their favor.
“Some of those people have worked 25-30 years, and they’ve had some accident at work or at home or they’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness, and all of a sudden the money stops coming,” he says. “It can be a long process to go through, so when they get that news, it’s always a highlight.”
Atty. Mazanetz is a Mahoning Valley native, raised in Newton Falls, where he still lives. As a boy, Michael knew that he wanted to be a lawyer who would help the kind of working people he knew — his father worked in a bearing factory — and he focused hard on his studies to achieve that goal.
He graduated magna cum laude from Mount Union College in 2005 with a B.A. degree in political science, and then attended the University of Akron School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Akron Law Review and graduated cum laude in 2008.
“Every Social Security disability claimant deserves to have their interest represented in a diligent, comprehensive, and personal manner,” he says. “It is my goal to provide this exhaustive representation for each and every client I work with.”
When he’s away from the office, Atty. Mazanetz contributes to his hometown of Newton Falls in two ways: He is an assistant coach for the Newton Falls High School Tigers varsity basketball team and also takes appointment work representing indigent criminal defendants in Newton Falls Municipal Court when scheduling permits.