Meet Marissa Granata of Nash Disability Law

February 1, 2024

A spotlight on one of the professional team members who works for you at Nash Disability Law.

A critical part of the Social Security Disability benefits process is ensuring that our clients who are awarded benefits get paid properly and promptly.

That’s a job that Marissa Granata, a Benefits Department case manager at Nash Disability Law, excels at.

“I help explain to clients what happens after they’ve been approved for their disability benefits,” she says. “I help them get their benefit payments set up. I also communicate with Social Security to be sure our clients are paid correctly.”

Managing benefits approvals is one of the most satisfying parts of her job, she says. “I love being able to give clients the good news when they are approved. Many of them are relieved to hear it.”

To best serve the clients of our team of Chicago disability lawyers, Marissa is not afraid to innovate and try new things.

“That’s also the way I like to live my life,” she says. “This quote from John A. Shedd resonates with me: ‘A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are for.’ This quote is all about taking risks and going outside what feels safe. It’s about experimenting and getting outside my comfort zone.”

A native Illinoisan, Marissa was raised in the suburbs and moved to Chicago three years ago. She remains close to her family. “My mother, father and older brother still live in Illinois, so I visit them frequently.”

Her free time is filled with a full slate of hobbies and activities. “I’m into things like crochet, sewing, baking and cooking. I also like reading—I started a book club with friends—playing video games, board games and Dungeons & Dragons,” she says with a sly smile.

Marissa is passionate about the arts (all kinds) and the LGBTQ+ community. “I’m pretty involved in LGBTQ+ events in my neighborhood and try to support local theatrical performances in my area.

If you work with Marissa, you will soon learn that she is eager to help you and is highly skilled at her job.

But don’t challenge her to video game duel. She’ll beat the socks off you (but will give you a “GG”—a compliment for a Good Game—at the end).