Donald J. Hanrahan was born and raised in Central Illinois. He attended Springfield College in Illinois (now Benedictine University), graduating with an Associate’s degree in the top ten of his class. He then obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (UIUC). He graduated from UIUC College of Law in 1981. Having worked as a clerk for legal aid during his law school days (first as a volunteer, then as a paid intern), he began his legal career as a staff attorney for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, until he became the managing attorney of the Springfield field office where he served for seven years. In 1994, he opened his law firm, and in 1998, he joined Gregory P. Sgro and Randy E. Blue to form Sgro, Hanrahan, & Blue, LLP - the precursor of the current firm. He concentrates his practice in the area of Social Security disability claims and appeals. Unlike many attorneys who practice in this area of law, Don Hanrahan represents clients at all levels of the process, including the federal courts. In the course of his lengthy career he has garnered significant recognition and awards.