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the Salem, OR area for over 25 years.

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Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

...but don't just take our word for it!

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality service possible and love hearing that our clients have been pleased with our work.

At McGinty, Belcher & Hamilton, your peace of mind is our business.

When I met Ryan Belcher, I was in tears over the frustration of SSI paperwork and rejection. He reviewed my case and gave me complete peace of mind when he took over. He kept me up to date on all correspondence with SSI and compiled my medical history from all my doctors.

He walked me through the process and helped me prepare for my court date. Thanks to Ryan Belcher I was able to prove my disabilities and I won my case. I’m so grateful and appreciative of Ryan’s hard work and tenacity in helping me with my case.

Forever grateful! Thank you Ryan.

Brenda M

Mr McGinty was the first SS attorney I happened across in the yellow pages back in 2002. He and I won my case and since that time he has always been there for advice regarding my SS.

I think he is a very compassionate man and also a very busy man. My advice to those I send to him is always to let him speak and answer his questions and only elaborate when told to do so. It helps move the process along much quicker.

He will always ask if you have any questions and answer them fully.

The office staff is excellent also.

Madina W.

Mr. McGinty is a trustworthy attorney who knows what hes doing.

He was helpful, efficient, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him to anyone dealing with social security.

Very satisfied.

Dawn H.

Kathy and Sonya have assisted our family on numerous matters, for nearly a decade.  These two are very knowledgeable and genuinely care about their clients and their needs.

I cannot even begin to express how appreciative I am for these two and all they have done for me and my family. 

Joyce G.

Richard consulted with me regarding my Social Security Benefits. His consult was at no charge. He spent considerable time with me and explained the entire process. His office staff treated me with utmost respect. I only had to make one visit to his office as Richard and his staff did all the paper work, faxing, telephone calls, etc.

I was awarded social security benefits. I was amazed how easy they made it for me to be awarded. It is always a stressful time when you have to see an attorney for anything. There was absolutely no stress involved. They made it so easy on me. If ever I need to see an attorney again, I will definitely call Richard. Thank you so much for all you did for me.

Linda S.

This firm and Kathryn Belcher have been our lawyer for several years.

They schedule appointments quickly & help with many issues.

We really appreciate their services!

Kathryn Z.

Mr. McGinty counseled us about the probability of our grandson’s case being viable. He outlined what we should do and say, making us aware of our responsibilities to provide documents, releases and information as needed. Then he prepared the case in a timely manner so that we were ready at the hearing.

He presented the case to the judge in a few minutes and we had a favorable result within the hour.

The long wait times for the Social Security Administration to process paperwork were expected because Mr. McGinty is well versed in the way their system functions. We had few if any surprises during the entire time that we worked with him.

We would recommend McGinty, Belcher & Hamilton for work regarding Social Security Disability Claims.

Bob & Frances S.

I contacted McGinty, Belcher & Hamilton Attorneys during one of the most emotionally difficult times in my life. After my initial meeting with Kathy, I was confident that she was the attorney that I wanted to help navigate me through the probate process.

I quickly recognized that Kathy and her legal assistant, Sonya, were not only people I could trust, but they truly cared about me and the difficult situation I was facing. I appreciate these two like crazy.

Carma H.

About Our Team

At McGinty-Belcher, we specialize in high-quality, compassionate service.

That isn’t possible without the hard work of our dedicated team of attorneys and support staff.

Richard McGinty


Who is Richard?

Richard McGinty came to Oregon in 1983 after a stint as a US Army Signal Corps Officer to attend Law School at Willamette University. Richard, along with three other students, was in the first group of students to ever graduate from Willamette Law School in two and a half years instead of the three years traditionally taken to complete law school. Richard also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Georgia, Augusta Campus.

Richard has been representing individuals with injuries and disabilities since 1986. He initially focused on Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Social Security law. Since 2000, Richard has limited his practice exclusively to Social Security law and Veterans benefits. Richard’s Social Security practice involves helping his clients get benefits relating to Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Widows/Widowers benefits, Disabled Adult Child benefits and Children’s benefits. Richard litigates well over a hundred contested hearings each year before the Social Security Administration. Richard’s Veterans Law practice involves representing Veterans at the Board of Veterans Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Richard is a member of the Marion County Bar Association, Multnomah County Bar Association, and Oregon State Bar. Richard is licensed to practice law in the State of Oregon, the Federal District Court of Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Richard is a past president and current member of the Advisory Commission for Center 50+ (involved in new programs; lifelong learning; monitors activity) and a Board member and treasurer for the Barbara Knudsen Foundation.

Richard presents a class on Social Security Disability Law every Fall to Willamette Law School students.  Richard also gives presentations about Social Security law and Veterans benefits to interested organizations. Richard is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Representatives (NOSSCR) and the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA).

Kathryn Belcher


Who is Kathryn?

Kathy Belcher is a partner with the firm. She was born and raised in Liverpool, England, and came to Salem, Oregon, in 1980. Kathy received her under graduate degree from George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, and her Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon. Kathy is licensed to practice law in the State of Oregon, the Federal District Court of Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon State Bar’s sections on Elder Law and Estate Planning and Administration, the Marion County Bar Association, and Oregon Women Lawyers. In addition she is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Kathy’s law practice focuses on all areas of estate planning with emphasis on the planning needs of the elderly and their families, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, long term care issues, Medicaid planning, guardianships, conservatorships, and probate. She is a frequent speaker on estate planning and elder law topics, regularly presenting educational seminars for public and private groups.

Kathy is a founding board member and past president for Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon & executive committee member for the elder law section of OSBAR.

Ryan Belcher

Certified Claimant Representative

Who is Ryan?

Ryan M. Belcher is a certified Non-Attorney Claimant Representative.  Ryan started working for the firm in October, 2009.  Working with Mr. McGinty, Ryan gained a thorough understanding of the Social Security Laws and the expertise necessary to be successful in helping his clients get approved for disability benefits.  As Ryan progressed so did his passion for helping persons with disability and he decided to take a more hands on and personal approach to Claimant advocacy.  In January, 2012, after passing a rigorous exam demonstrating his knowledge of the Social Security laws, Ryan was certified by the Social Security Administration as a Non-Attorney Claimant Representative.  Along with the additional training and certification, Ryan is a proud and contributing member of the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR) and National Organization for Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR).

Ryan’s Social Security practice involves helping his clients get benefits relating to Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Widows/Widowers benefits, Disabled Adult Child benefits and Children’s benefits. Services which Ryan provides include appealing determinations at the initial and reconsideration levels, as well as, preparing and litigating claims in front of an Administrative Law Judge at the hearing level.  If necessary, Ryan can appeal a case denied by the Administrative Law Judge to the Appeals Council.

Ryan Belcher was born and raised in Keizer, Oregon, and continues to have strong ties to the community.  He attended McNary High School and was a member of the McNary High School 2001 State Championship football team.  While earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in legal studies from Western Oregon University, he also earned honors playing football for the Wolves. Ryan was a 3 time all conference player in the GNAC.  After college, Ryan had a brief stint playing arena football and was a member of the 2009 ArenaCup Championship team, the Spokane Shock.  Currently, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, while being “daddy” to his beautiful daughter, Riley.

Cassie Hutton

Case Manager for Richard McGinty

Who is Cassie?

Cassie joined the firm in September, 2009, as the front desk receptionist, and transitioned into her current role as case manager for attorney Richard McGinty.  Prior to joining McGinty, Belcher & Hamilton Attorneys, Cassie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Western Oregon University.  Her experience and knowledge of the Social Security system make her a invaluable member of our firm family.

Cassie was born and raised in Oregon, and the Willamette Valley has always been her home.  She truly loves spending time with her adorable son, Gabe. Together, the two enjoy baking, hiking, trips to the beach, and any activity where they can enjoy time together outdoors.  Cassie is also an avid reader, with an interest in science fiction and fantasy.  She is always interested in traveling to new places and one day hopes to travel to Greece.

Christina Luedtke

Assistant to Kathy Belcher

Who is Christina?

Christina is a graduate of Willamette University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and has been with our firm since 2012.  She initially began working with the firm as file clerk.  Christina’s role at the firm has evolved over time, and she now works as a legal assistant to attorney Kathy Belcher.  Her incredible work ethic, attention to detail, and drive to learn make her an integral member of our firm family.

Christina is originally from Meridian, Idaho, but quickly became captivated by Oregon’s natural beauty and endless opportunities to explore.  Christina enjoys spending time with her family, including her dad/best friend, and her two younger, much taller,  brothers.  During her junior year, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy.  While abroad, Christina fell in love with the Itallian cuisine, the culture, and  the fascinating history.  Some of Christina’s favorite memories include taking Italian cooking classes,  devouring gelato, and taking weekend adventures to Florence, Tuscany, Capri, Pompe, Serrento, and Naples.

Melissa Humphries


Who is Melissa?

Melissa is currently a senior at Willamette University and began working for McGinty, Belcher & Hamilton Attorneys during her freshman year. She is working to complete her Bachelor of Arts in politics, with a minor in French.  Melissa’s role at the firm is constantly evolving.  Melissa began working with the firm as a file clerk, and her duties have quickly expanded.  Her warm smile and enthusiasm make her a wonderful addition to our firm family.

During her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, eating new foods, and exploring new places.  She also takes any opportunity to spend time with her family, which includes her mom/best friend, dad/life coach, adorable twin sisters, and inspiring little brother.  During her junior year, Melissa studied abroad in Angers, France. She instantly fell in love with the culture, the people, and the cuisine.  Melissa made life long connections during her time in France, and the challenge of learning a new language was one of the most fulfilling experiences of her college career.

Sonya Apodaca

Legal Assistant to Kathy Belcher

Who is Sonya?

Sonya has been with the firm since 2007 and is a graduate of Oregon State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology. Sonya is the legal assistant to attorney Kathy Belcher, and plays an essential role in the operation of the firm. Sonya recognizes that no two clients are the same and goes above and beyond to meet their individual needs. She sees the firm as an extension of her own family and cherishes the relationships that she has built not only with clients, but also other members of the office. Her incredible work ethic, warm energy and compassionate nature make her a vital member of the firm family.

Sonya was born and raised in Oregon, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Marcos, and two-year-old twins Jordyn and Payton. Sonya and her family have a hobby farm and raise miniature animals including donkeys, Nigerian dwarf goats and Indian runner ducks. When not chasing after her little ones, Sonya enjoys reading, testing new recipes, and working on her second children’s chapter book.







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(800) 542-4320 (503) 371-9636  

694 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: (503) 371-2879

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