Brad Bledsoe graduated from the University of Georgia, cum laude, with General Honors, in 1976 and with double major degrees in Journalism and Political Science. In 1982 he received his Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George Law School of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Brad and Ernie Trammell were classmates in law school, and they have practiced law together since 1994. Brad’s practice is exclusively limited to Social Security Disability.
Brad is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and South Carolina, and he is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the South Carolina Bar, the American Association for Justice, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, and the Anderson County Bar.
At the beginning of his legal career, Brad participated in a general practice firm, primarily in the areas of real estate and contracts, and he was occasionally called upon for appellate work and brief writing for his firm and for other attorneys. None of these endeavors was particularly satisfying in the way that Brad had hoped the practice of law would be. In 1994, Ernie Trammell called upon Brad to come to Anderson and take over his partnerships Social Security Disability practice which Ernie had been juggling while at the same time being responsible for all the Workers Compensation cases for his firm. It was during the difficult process of learning a new area of practice, however, that Brad finally found his niche and his passion for the law, and that was Social Security Disability. Helping people who couldn’t help themselves was always what Brad had aspired to in law. Social Security Disability amply provided that opportunity. It quickly became obvious to Brad how truly horrible and broken the Social Security system was and is. It was especially disheartening to see time and time again how deserving people who had worked hard all their lives were simply being swallowed up and overwhelmed by Social Security rules, processes, and delays. Being able to explain to people what they are up against in battling Social Security and encouraging them not to be defeated by the many setbacks and disappointments along the way is a large part of what Brad does and a large part of what makes his work meaningful to him. Getting paid when claims are successful is the bottom line from a business standpoint, of course, but the thanks of grateful clients whom Brad has helped at long last prevail against Social Security are what really sustain him.
Brad was born and raised in the small town of Perry, Georgia, and although he has lived in Anderson for many enjoyable years and has made many wonderful friends here, his roots and family ties are still in Perry. Brad comes from a long family line of small town lawyers and judges who recognized and relished their calling to help others and who were instrumental in instilling that same desire in Brad. As much as work will allow, Brad loves to travel, and he especially loves the big sky West and traveling with his brother who lives in southern California. He is an active and die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan, and Saturdays in the fall will always find Brad down in Athens with his sweet Georgia Dawgs, as the song goes.