Accredited Disability Representative

Accredited Disability Representative

Barbara S. Manna

Barbara S. Manna, B.S., EDPNA, ADR has been employed atBarbara S. Manna - Accredited Disability Representative Robert Peirce & Associates since 1989, working in the Social Security Disability and Railroad Retirement Disability Department for more than 20 years. She first appeared as a representative before an Administrative Law Judge in August of 1995, passed the first test offered by the Social Security Administration allowing her to be Eligible for Direct Payment of Fees (EDPNA) in 2005 and fulfilled the requirements of a Professional Accredited Disability Representative in 2009.

She has successfully represented thousands of clients in the Pittsburgh area and in other locations up and down the east coast. She has also prepared Appeals Council Briefs and drafted District Court medical and appeal summaries.

Ms. Manna has made a number of appearances before various advocacy groups regarding Social Security Disability and offered training seminars and presentations at a number of National Association of Disability Representative (NADR) Conferences since 2011. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors, and acts as the Legislative Board Liason at NADR, making several trips a year to Capitol Hill and to the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. She has been a Member of NADR since 2007 and a sustaining member of National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) since 2001.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security Disability Claims
  • Railroad Retirement Board Disability Claims


  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Marketing & Economics


  • Mock Hearing Session, National Association of Disability Representatives Conference, 2016
  • Featured presenter, National Association of Disability Representatives Conference, 2013
  • Pre-conference session, National Association of Disability

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Notary
  • Director-At-Large, National Association of Disability Representatives
  • Member, National Organization of Social Security Representatives
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Paralegal Association
  • National Association of Professional Women

Seasoned Professionals 

Standing Beside You
  • “My experience with Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. was exceptional. From the first day that I contacted them, I knew I made the right choice. Their entire team is very knowledgeable and guides you ...”

    - Kelly Weber
  • “Thank you all for the work you have done for my case! I really appreciate attorneys like you all!”

    - Jeannine
  • “Lauren & Adrian, I wish to thank you for your hard work on my SS Disability claim. I appreciate your help whenever I had multiple questions, your answers were clear which I could understand. I know ...”

    - Joyce
  • “Thank you for all your hard work and understanding - You made a tragic accident a little easier to deal with. I appreciate all you have done. And for all the time and patience spent talking to me. God ...”

    - Alberta
  • “This is an extremely long process, but I'm eternally grateful for this law firm and all the attorneys and other staff for their hard work on my behalf,thank you Robert Peirce & Associates, especially ...”

    - Angel

The Representation You Work With Matters

Featured Case Results & Recent Victories 
  • Toxic Exposure $200,000,000

    Industrial workers were exposed to toxic substances such as asbestos, silica, chemicals, and solvents.

  • Industrial Accident $7,500,000

    A 56-year-old man lost an arm and a leg but made an amazing recovery.

  • Oil & Gas Workers $6,000,000

    A national oil fracking company systemically failed to pay its workers overtime.

  • Industrial Accident $1,200,000

    A 45-year-old man was trapped in a piece of industrial equipment and died.

  • Lead Paint Exposure to Children $1,000,000

    A 9 and 10-year-old suffered brain damage and IQ loss as a result of exposure to lead-based paint.

  • Semi Tractor-Trailer Collision $1,000,000

    Represented plaintiff in a semi tractor-trailer collision

  • Hospital Liability $900,000

    Settlement in hospital liability case on behalf of a 90-year-old woman.

  • Railroad Accident $850,000

    Settlement for a railroad worker suffering foot amputation.

  • Medical Malpractice Settlement $850,000

    A 75-year-old man suffered cardiac arrest while undergoing cataract surgery.

  • Sexual Assault $800,000

    A bus driver assaulted the plaintiffs while they were on the bus.


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