Debra S. Shifrin

Phone: (330) 255-0704
Fax: (330) 286-9807

Debra Shifrin leads the Firm’s Social Security Disability practice. She has over 37 years of experience representing disabled
individuals before the Social Security Administration. Debra assists her clients in navigating every aspect of the Social
Security Disability process. In addition to practicing law, Debra often presents to groups throughout the country about the Social Security Administration, law firm management, and how law offices can become paperless. 

Debra is married to Steve Newman, and they have two sons.  One works as an attorney for the Medina County Domestic Relations Court, and her other son works in non-profits.  When not at the office or in hearings, Debra loves to spend time with her grandson, travel, read, sing, and cook. 


  • Fellow, Akron Bar Association Foundation
  • Ohio Legal Aid Association Funds Pro Bono Award
  • Athena Award Finalist, 2015
  • Past President, Jewish Community Board of Akron 


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Supreme Court of the State of Ohio
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Past President, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) 


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, J.D. 1981
  • The American University, B.A. 1977