Title: U.S. Administrative Law Judge (Retired)
Location: San Jose, California, United States
T. Patrick Hannon, Retired U.S. Administrative Law Judge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in judicial and military law.
Mr. Hannon enjoys retirement after more than 45 years of legal excellence, including nearly 25 years of service as a United States Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration. He began his career in 1975 as an associate of N. Perry Moerdyke, Jr., rising to partner in 1982. Between 1984 and 1986, he was a partner of the firm of Attwood, Hurst, Knox, & Anderson, departing to focus on the private practice that he had established in 1975. Mr. Hannon was appointed a U.S. Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration in 1997, and he spent the remainder of his career presiding over matters of disability and military law until his retirement in 2021.
While he found success in law, Mr. Hannon also enjoyed a long military career, serving to the rank of Captain in the United States Navy Reserves from 1979 until 2008. His service included appointments as an appellate military judge in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, a judge in the United States Marine Corps and Court of Criminal Appeals, and an Admiral in the Texas Navy. Since 2009, he has been a Colonel in the California State Military Reserves and has lectured on topics in military law. Mr. Hannon considers his time in the Navy Reserves to have been the highlight of an exciting career, joking that he “sometimes has to pinch himself to realize it was real,” noting that he had the privilege of meeting some of the best lawyers he has ever worked with and opportunities to travel to Bahrain, Italy, Uganda, Korea and more.
Mr. Hannon studied at the University of Vienna before being awarded a full-ride scholarship to the University of Santa Clara, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1974. Committed to lifelong learning, he attended the Naval War College in 1988 and earned a Master’s degree in military history in 2015 and a Master of Laws in 2017. Mr. Hannon is currently a doctoral candidate in judicial studies at the University of Nevada, where he is completing his thesis. Though retired, he remains a member of the Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Kiwanis, and has previously held a number of leadership roles in the University of Santa Clara Law Alumni Association.
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