Our experience with Social Security disability claims in the Vancouver and Portland areas of Washington and Oregon

Marla Heikkala

I was born in Portland, Oregon but grew up in Vancouver, attending Vancouver Public Schools and graduating from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1973. After graduating from Clark College in 1974, it was on to gaining an undergraduate degree (BA) in Secondary Education at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, in 1976, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, in 1979.

I became a member of the Washington State Bar Association in 1979 and began the practice of law in Vancouver that same year. I have continued to live and work in Vancouver, concentrating on the representation of injured people by practicing in the areas of Social Security disability and Washington State Worker’s Compensation. Marla Heikkala and Associates was established in 1997.

I am very committed to providing service to my community and have served on various boards and commissions for such organizations as the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, George Fox University, Southwest Washington Medical Center, and the Washington Association for Justice. I am currently a member and chairperson of the Clark County Civil Service Commission.

My professional memberships include:

As for my personal life, I am married and have three grown children and four grandchildren. I enjoy gardening and have a yard full of roses. I also enjoy cooking, particularly Italian meals and desserts.

Of Counsel

John E. “Jack” Cahill III

Attorney at Law

Member of the Massachusetts State Bar

Jack Cahill joined the team here at Marla Heikkala & Associates in 2017. He is a great advocate, assisting our clients by preparing them for hearing and representing them before the judges at the Office of Hearings Operations

Jack is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts and attended that city’s public schools. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. He practiced law in his hometown and Boston for fifteen years, specializing in defense of felonies and complex civil litigation. He moved to Oregon in 2008 and since that time has concentrated his practice in the Social Security disability arena, appearing on behalf of hundreds of claimants in courts from Alaska to Southern California and throughout the United States. He lives in Portland with his patient wife and their four happy children.

Bennett S. “Ben” Engelman, ALJ, Ret

Attorney at Law

Member of the Michigan State Bar.

Ben also joined the team at Marla Heikkala & Associates in 2017.  Ben is a graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and a retired Administrative Law Judge.  He has heard and decided thousands of hearings for Social Security Disability claims.  We are happy that he assists us in preparing files for hearing, representing our clients at hearings and also drafting hearing appeals for submission to the Appeals Council.

Please contact me if I can help you with your Washington or Oregon Social Security disability claim.

Marla Heikkala & Associates
Vancouver Washington Social Security disability lawyers

Street address:
6529 N.E. Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA 98665

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 61749
Vancouver, WA 98666