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Joanna L. Suyes focuses her practice on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. She also handles personal injury matters. When working with clients in SSDI and SSI cases, Joanna can assist with everything from filing the initial application to going through the appeals process, including representing clients in hearings before administrative law judges.


Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 95%
    5 years
  2. Personal Injury: 5%
    8 years



Contingent (25-33%)

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  • Lori Lohr Smith

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a fantastic social security attorney.


    Lori Smith Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    I endorse this lawyer. I went to law school with Joanna and have known her sense. She is one of the most honest, ethical people I know. I have referred several friends to her for legal advice, a few of who she has formally represented. Every one of them was very satisfied with her assistance, and obtained a positive outcome. She is top notch.


    Robin McVoy Government Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Marks & Harrison

1500 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA, 23229


DCActive 200805/25/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law200709/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2015
Bruce T. Rasmussen Trial Advocacy Memorial ScholarshipVirginia Trial Lawyers Association2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Instructor, Paralegal Certificate ProgramVirginia Commonwealth University2015 - Present
AttorneyMarks & Harrison, PC2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember2010 - Present
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of CourtMember2009 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember2008 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2007 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
American Association for Justice, Social Security SectionMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia LawyerWhy Should Attorneys Care About Pro Bono?2014
Virginia LawyerIs There a Pro-Bono Gap in Virginia?2014
Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationChildren and the Law: How to Handle Infant Settlements2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Baptist Theological Seminary at RichmondTheologyN/A1997
College of William and MaryGovernmentB.A.1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia State Bar WebinarMeeting the Legal Needs of Clients Facing Serious Illness Through Pro Bono: Social Security Disability2014
Virginia State Bar Pro Bono WebinarWe Can All Do Something...Ethically2013
Law Over Lunch ProgramUnemployment Insurance Benefits2013
National Business Institute SeminarHow to Succeed at the Administrative Law Judge Hearing2011
Advanced Worker’s Compensation RetreatHow to Spot a Wage & Hour Case2011
Annual Paralegal SeminarEthics: Meeting Your Attorney’s Demands While Protecting You, Your Attorney and Your Office2010