Timothy Vrana (002) picture 10.16Attorney Profile


Timothy J. Vrana
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Admitted: 1982, Indiana; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Law School: Indiana University, J.D., cum laude 1982

College: University of Nebraska; Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude, with distinction in Political Science, 1973.

Member: Bartholomew County, Indiana State (Member Appellate Practice Section) Federal (Member, Social Security Section) and American Bar Associations; National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives; Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


  • Tim was born in Seward, Nebraska on March 4, 1952
  • Employed by the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative and Field Representative from 1974-1980
  • Columbus Human Rights Commission; Commissioner from 1982 to 1985 and Chairperson from 1984-1985
  • Award from the Indiana State Bar Association for leadership in improving the availability of legal services (1986)
  • Leadership Bartholomew County; class member, moderator in 1988-89, presenter, director from 1994-1996
  • William R. Laws Foundation, past board member
  • Bartholomew Area Legal Aid, Inc., board of directors from 1990-1996
  • Moderator of numerous candidate forums in Columbus, IN
  • Actor in community theater in Indianapolis and Columbus (1981-82, 1994-95)
  • Stand-up comedian from 1994 to 2005
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, board of directors from 1992-1997
  • Guest “Cat in the Hat” at Parkside Elementary School
  • Community Columnist for The Republic from 2003-2014
  • Board of Governors, current member
  • Presenter at a number of seminars for other lawyers
  • Author of several articles in law publications

Recently, when the Social Security Administration opposed my request for § 406(b) fees, United States District Court Judge David F. Hamilton wrote that

Mr. Vrana specializes in Social Security disability cases. In this case, as in all of the other cases in which the court has seen his work, he has done consistently excellent work. . . . The economics of Social Security cases . . . mean that this field of law, in this court’s experience, too often sees high-volume low-quality work in plaintiffs’ briefs on judicial review. Attorney Vrana’s work is consistently a welcome exception. His rate of success in winning remands, based on a combination of skill and case selection, has been unusually high in this court’s experience. The fact that he was able to win such a substantial victory for his client in this case with only 37 hours of work is a reflection of unusual skill and efficiency.

Attorney Vrana . . . invites the court to compare the quality of his work to the quality of work done by attorneys who charge twice [his hourly rate of $190 per hour] or more. The court accepts the invitation. His work compares favorably, and is among the highest quality work that this court sees across the range of cases, including much more lucrative lines of practice such as patent litigation or high-stakes corporate litigation, where lawyers with comparable skill levels charge two or three times that hourly rate.