We have moved to a new office! We are now at 321 E Chapel Hill St, Second Floor, Durham, NC 27701. We are in the Locale321 offices. The building is between the downtown Post Office and the Durham Hotel. There are two nearby city parking decks — the Chapel Hill St Garage and the Morgan-Rigsbee Parking Garage. Please let us know if you park there and we will provide you with a parking voucher.

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About Us

Disability attorneys Judith Romanowski and Billie Guthrie represent claimants at all levels of the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability process.

Judith and Billie met when they worked together as affordable housing advocates for a local mental health program in Orange, Chatham and Person counties. Billie, who is also a social worker, and Judith, who is also a nurse, are committed to assisting those among us who are disabled and in need of the income they deserve.

We are active in our community, and we do pro bono work. Some of the groups we work with include:

  • Durham Disability Work Group, a cross discipline committee, including the Duke University Medical Center’s Local Access to Coordinated Health Care (LATCH) program
  • Lincoln Community Health Center, and Housing for New Hope
  • 100,000 Homes Task Force in Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Social Security Disability section
  • National Organization for Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery)
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care Reviews in Durham and Wake counties

  • We frequently give trainings for providers and community members, and we welcome you to contact us if you are interested.

    Billie J. Guthrie

    Associate attorney, Billie J. Guthrie graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law evening program in 2011. She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, and is pending admission to the North Carolina Bar. Billie has been practicing Social Security disability law since 2013. While working her way through law school, she was on the Dean’s List, served as President of the International Law Society, and was a member of the Pro-Bono Law Program and Veteran’s Law Clinic. She also spent a semester studying international law at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in London. Prior to becoming an attorney, Billie was a social worker for nearly ten years, and has extensive experience working with persons with mental illness, as well as the public mental health system. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Billie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Threshold Clubhouse, a psychiatric rehabilitation program in Durham. She grew up in a small college town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and has a deep affinity for nature. Billie enjoys beach trips and walks in the woods with her best man, a Jack Russell Rat Terrier named Mister Big. She is committed to practicing yoga and meditation, and plays competitive volleyball.

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    Judith Romanowski

    Judith came to North Carolina from New York City by way of her volunteer work on an environmental project. She started her career in this area through managing housing programs for people with disabilities in the NC state mental health system. She quickly saw that she could better serve with her legal expertise, and she started a disability law practice in 2005. Judith is certified by the NC Bar as a specialist in Social Security disability law, and practices in this area exclusively. Her unique background in nursing and law make her especially well suited to handle disability cases. Her extensive experience in health care includes oncology, hospice, and pediatrics. She has also practiced employment law, representing employees with the NYC firm of Eisenberg and Schnell, LLC. Prior to that, she worked for the Legal Aid Society in NYC for more than ten years, and served as the assistant managing attorney for the Criminal Appeals Bureau. In addition to being committed to her clients, she is devoted to her family, friends, and pets. She loves to travel, cook, laugh, walk, run, ride her bike, and simply be.