Mr. Jackel has been practicing law in New York City since 1980, beginning with a clerkship with a Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. After a stint with a general practice firm in Manhattan, he took a hiatus to work as a journalist covering municipal labor unions. Mr. Jackel returned to the law as an Administrative Law Judge for two New York City agencies – the Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Parking Violations Bureau – and for years was part of the team at PVB training new judges. Using his experience in administrative law, he opened his own office in 1998 and began representing claimants fighting to obtain their Social Security disability benefits. He has maintained an 88%-success rate in the field, despite an increasingly difficult environment for disability claimants.
Mr. Jackel received his B.S. from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. He also has a Master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.