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Nash Senior Case Manager Mitch Frazier is drawn to great sports teams, so he respects and admires solid teamwork. “I am a really big sports fan (Go Cubbies),” he will tell you, “but the Bulls are my team. I’ve been a huge Bulls fan my entire life even during the years when they haven’t been great.” Admiration for a high-functioning team carries over into Mitch’s professional life. All the attorneys at Nash will tell you they rely on Mitch because he is always willing to help out, always ready to go above and beyond, even if it means doing more than his assigned job duties.
After eight years with the firm Mitch covers a lot of territory at Nash Disability Law. “I help manage our clients’ cases that are not yet scheduled for a hearing with the ALJ (Administrative Law Judge)”, he explains. “It is my obligation to ensure our client’s claims are procedurally sound, but most importantly I guide our clients to get the best explanation of their symptoms and limitations from their medical providers. This is especially important, because from the start when we sign on as a client’s representative we know they are genuinely disabled, but we also know that Social Security has strict rules and regulations for a disability claim. It takes a combined effort of our argument on behalf of our client and support from our client’s medical providers to win a disability claim.”
Mitch also brings to the job a deep-seated empathy for the challenges facing those whose disabilities prevent them from being able to work and he develops a comfortable rapport with Nash clients almost instantly. “Most of our clients are going through tough times. They are used to working. They are used to having an income, and they are used to being able to pay their bills. Nobody plans on getting sick. Dealing with the government on your own can be extremely frustrating, especially when you are not feeling well, or you are in a lot of pain, or extremely depressed. It is very fulfilling to help a person that you know is struggling and to help them secure an income for themselves so they can focus on their health and taking care of their families.” When asked about his life philosophy, Mitch points to this quote from Plato: “Caring about the happiness of others, we find our own.”
In his free time when he is not cheering on a Chicago sports teams, Mitch likes to play music. “I’ve been playing guitar since I was 16 years old,” he says. “I like writing songs and learning how to play songs by some of my favorite bands.” He also enjoys the company of friends and family. “I have an 18 month-old niece and one of my favorite things to do is spend time with her,” Mitch says beaming with pride. “We take her to feed the animals near my parents’ house, and I got to take her trick-or-treating this year, she was a little pink lamb and it was pretty adorable.”