Larry Disparti took over his family’s business when he was just 27 years old and, in less than 10 years, has transformed a local office specializing in helping people deal with social security issues into a law firm with offices in four states and Washington, DC.
“I have always been interested in helping people,” he says. “I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.”
In addition to managing the law firm, Disparti’s areas of practice are personal injury, social security disability, and insurance coverage litigation.
Disparti had opportunities to join large law firms after he graduated from the Stetson School of Law, but he felt a calling to go home to manage a business his grandfather had started.
“We’re not trying to become a large law firm and will never grow too large for our clients,” he says.
Disparti holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of South Florida, and loves managing his firm.
Disparti’s ability to see both sides of issues makes him an effective attorney.
“I have compassion for people, and I take pride in what I do,” he says. “Current economic conditions are causing more and more people to apply for disability, and government uses more screening processes to discourage fraud. With government budgets in crisis, the process is slowing down, and clients often become frustrated.”
Most people who need to receive government benefits don’t have time to wait for government to process their claims, which can take months.
Disparti realizes he holds his clients’ lives and their livelihoods in his hands, and that adds meaning to his work.
“We are dealing with a government that is not customer-service-oriented, and patience comes down to compassion for our clients,” Disparti says. “I put myself in their shoes and ask myself, ‘What would I do?’”
Disparti’s skills, compassion, and desire to help others spill over into his community service initiatives. He is a leader in groups supporting the fight against cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, catastrophic injuries, and other causes.
Disparti is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Florida and the District of Columbia. He can also handle social security disability cases in all 50 states.
When he’s not serving his clients, volunteering or managing his law firm, he most enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.
A busy life and work schedule are not without rewards.
“The majority of our clients would trade their problems in for a chance to be healthy and able to work,” he says. “People are just trying to survive, and helping our clients get the help they need can change their lives.”