We have changed our name — we are now Carolina Disability Advocates! Same attorneys, same location, same experience, and same zealous advocacy. Our telephone (919.286.9983) and fax (919.286.9984) have not changed. For more information on how to reach us, visit our contact page.

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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;
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care Reviews in Durham and Wake counties;
  • 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).

  • 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 attended law school at NCCU’s evening program. She was frequently 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 is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Billie’s previous legal experience includes immigration; Veterans’ issues; and international non-governmental organizations. Billie also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UNC. She has worked for many years in the mental health field, and as a case manager, policy advocate, and community organizer. She grew up in Blacksburg, VA, and is an avid Virginia Tech football fan. She now lives in Durham, NC with her best man, a Jack Russell Rat Terrier named Mister Big, who is a frequent visitor to the law office. Billie comes from a large and loving family who has helped shape her life-long commitment to social justice and civic participation. She loves to play volleyball, hike, and travel.

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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.