Attorney Valeen D. Hykes at Michael J. O'Connor & Associates Included in the 2012 Pennsylvania Rising Stars List

Frackville, PA -- September 15, 2012 -- It is with great pride that the attorneys at Michael J. O'Connor & Associates, LLC announce that Attorney Valeen D. Hykes has been selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in the field of social security disability.

Pennsylvania Rising Stars, as published in the June 2012 edition of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazines, represents the top 2.5% of attorneys across the state. To be eligible for selection as a Rising Star, an attorney must be age 40 or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.

Rising Stars recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. The Pennsylvania Rising Stars for 2012 were selected from the results of an extensive nomination and polling process conducted by Law & Politics and published in the June 2010 issue of Philadelphia magazine and in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers -- Rising Stars Edition. This is Hykes' first year to make the Rising Stars list.

Attorney Hykes is originally from Berwick, PA. She is the daughter of Lesley Dawson of Bloomsburg and Thomas Gross of Berwick. She currently lives in Blandon with her husband, Jonathon, their daughter, Kiersten, age 18 months, and their pugs, Mya and Bo.

The attorney team at Michael J. O'Connor & Associates has established a strong record of success. With a combination of integrity, reliability and trustworthiness, they have earned a reputation for the resolution of serious legal problems including work injuries, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect, and social security disability. Michael J. O'Connor & Associates can be reached toll free at 1.800.518.4LAW.