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Unemployment Services will refer unemployment appeal cases to professional unemployment appeal hearing representatives for first level hearings held in the following states.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington State
  • Wyoming

The case referral is free, but please understand the professional unemployment hearing reps  I refer cases to are independent, and although they offer an initial free consultation, they still will charge a fee, when/if you decide to engage their services at your lower level authority (tribunal e.g.) appeal hearing.   

They also charge a fee if all you need, is the dreaded written argument in support of an appeal to the second, or higher appeal authority, aka an Unemployment Insurance Board of Review .. if they too think you were denied erroneously by a tribunal hearing officer's decision.

Here's the average costs of the hearing representatives I refer cases to.

The email form to request a referral is at the bottom of this page.

Need Free Unemployment Appeal Help?

If you are unable to afford representation for an unemployment hearing, and trust me I get this is the case for many, I suggest googling the name of the state in control of your unemployment claim, +free unemployment attorney, or lawyer. 

You may be able to find a free legal unemployment non-profit serving that state.   Some offer representation services free, or at a lowered cost, based on a sliding income table.  When this is the case, that fee is usually comparable with what the independent (but highly experienced), hearing reps I work with charge.

Additionally, it's not going to hurt, when you must go it alone at a hearing, to search for and access and use free resources that really do explain what you need to consider about winning a quasi-legal administrative law hearing. 

Whether your hearing is held by phone, or in person, it helps when you're aware of your rights and your responsibilities, during that first hearing and of course before so you can prepare your case, and protect your rights to due process yourself, should pro se be your only option.

Free Resources

A Guide to Unemployment Insurance Benefit Appeals Principles and Procedures

27 Ways to Avoid Losing an Unemployment

Any other specific state unemployment explanatory resources you may find here.

Why most professional UI hearing reps are not .. unemployment lawyers.

The Cost of Unemployment Appeal Hearing Representation 

Professional hearing representation if your case is accepted as viable for representation, it typically costs between $350 and $550, payable before services are rendered.

(The price range is also applicable, if you lost a lower level hearing and now need a written brief that supports why a state unemployment board of review should modify, reverse, or affirm a tribunal hearing decision.   Or why what happened before, or at the hearing should be enough to allow your case to bereopened back down at the tribunal appeal leve,l for an additional hearing, or a de novo (new hearing, just as if the first hearing you lost, never happened).

When you fill out the form at the bottom of this page, you have the option to choose unemployment appeal representation, or coaching .. and coaching is not available for board level appeals.

Don't forget though that coaching may be available for lower level appeals, even if your state isn't listed below.

Unemployment Appeal Representation 

When you submit the request form you are sent an automated email from me.  The point being, to give you my personal email address (for documents) and my personal phone number .. in case you need to reach out to me.   Me, meaning Chris.

Whatever you decide to do, I wish you all the best, regardless of what an unemployment department decides about fault.

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