Rick Fleming

“I derive great pleasure in assisting clients through challenging times. By providing our clients with the proper information they need, they are then able to make well-informed decisions about their case.”

- Rick Fleming




Vice President & President Elect of NOSSCR

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North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist – Social Security Disability Law

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Recipient of multiple NCAJ Order of Service Awards

Attorney Rick Fleming (Partner)

Rick Fleming joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2002. He became a Partner at the firm in 2008 and currently heads the Social Security Disability Department. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Rick received his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and his M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rick is fluent in Spanish and takes pride in representing many injured people in the Latinx community. He has discussed legal topics at various Hispanic events and on several local radio programs. He is active in the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Following his tenure as NOSSCR’s Secretary in 2020, Rick became the organization’s Treasurer in 2021 and its Vice President in 2023. He is set to begin his tenure as President in January 2024. He concurrently serves as the Fourth and D.C. Circuits Representative, a member of the Board of Directors, and a member of NOSSCR’s PAC. Rick has also served as the former chair of NOSSCR’s Distinguished Service Committee and as a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee for the new members of the 2019-20 Board of Directors. He is a past chair of the NC State Bar’s Social Security Disability Law Specialty Committee, which drafts and grades the exams for those who wish to become Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.

Rick is a Past Chair of the Disability Advocacy Section for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2010-2011) and former member of the organization’s Board of Governors (2010-2011). He has received multiple Order of Service awards from the NCAJ.

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Order of Service award, multi-time winner


  • 16th Judicial District Bar Association
  • American Bar Association*
  • Durham County Bar Association*
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Board of Governors*
    • CLE Co-chair, Disability Advocacy Section, 2004-2008*
    • Past Chair, Disability Advocacy Section
    • Executive Committee, Disability Advocacy Section
    • Workers’ Compensation Section*
  • American Association for Justice*
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
    • Board of Directors
      • President (Jan. 2024)
      • Vice President (current)
      • Treasurer (former)
      • Secretary (former)
    • Fourth and D.C. Circuits Representative
    • Nominations and Elections Committee*
    • Distinguished Service Committee, Chair *
    • Legislative Initiative Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • Political Action Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Workplace Injury Litigation Group*

Specialization: Social Security Disability

  • Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar
    • Chair, Social Security Disability Committee, 2017
    • Vice Chair, 2016

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • US District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Law School

North Carolina Central University School of Law
Durham, NC
2001 J.D.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
1995 M.A. in Hispanic Literature

Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI
1992 B.A. in Hispanic Literature and Philosophy

Universidad de San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador

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I am so glad that I chose to contact the Law Firm of James Scott Farrin to handle my disability claim. I am more than satisfied with the services that I received.1 I was treated with dignity and respect at all times. 1
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I was referred to Mr. Rick Fleming
I was referred to Mr. Rick Fleming for my Social Security Disability case by another attorney I knew, and I couldn't have been happier. From the initial appointment with their office in Fayetteville, James Scott Farrin, Rick, and his paralegal Amy Casey have been nothing but outstanding to work with. 1

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