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Lucinda Merlyn Dunlap

Lucinda Merlyn Dunlap

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About Me

Lucinda Dunlap practices law exclusively in the area of
Social Security Disability and SSI.


Lucinda Dunlap obtained her law degree from Seattle University School
of Law, where she was a founding member of the National Native American
Law Students Association (NNALSA), a member of the Women's Law Caucus
and the Access to Justice Institute, and a semifinalist in her second
year Moot Court Competition. She also holds two Bachelor of Science
degrees from University of Washington in Zoology and Biology: Ecology,
Evolution, and Conservation. Lucinda worked for the King County Bar
Association's Family Law Mentor Program, Self Help Plus Program, and
Housing Justice Project. Over the course of her career, she has
received several awards for her pro-bono legal service from the King
County Bar Association. Before joining Chihak & Gustad, LLC,
Lucinda served as the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) Program
Director at Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC), where she represented
low income disabled and homeless clients before the Social Security
Administration. During her time with SCLC, Lucinda developed the DHAP
program extensively. Through outreach and close relationships with
shelters, DSHS, and service providers, she was able to expand a program
that served less than a dozen clients a year to one that now serves in
excess of 200.


Lucinda is admitted to practice law in Washington State. She is a
member of the King County Bar Association and Tacoma/Pierce County Bar
Association. Lucinda is currently a member of the Seattle Community Law
Center Board of Trustees.


Practice Areas


  1. Social Security: 100%
    9 years, 4 thousand cases



Contingent (25%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. I regularly refer clients to Lucinda Dunlap. She is skilled, experienced, kind and knows Social Security.


    Andrea Scheele Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Elizabeth C Ligon

    Lucinda came to work for me when I was serving as the executive director of the Seattle Community Law Center. Her role as director of the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project was to develop the project's capacity to reach out to and provide representation to disabled individuals in the homeless community. She approached this challenge with incredible energy, enthusiasm and compassion, and quickly grew SCLC's client base and increased the project's visibility in the community. She is an extremely effective advocate, and has a gift for connecting with some of the most marginalized individuals in the community. Lucinda and I currently serve together on SCLC's board of directors, where she continues to devote time and energy to serving the needs of those living in poverty. I would recommend her services without reservation.


    Elizabeth Ligon Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

130 NE 95th St
Seattle, WA, 98115



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Volunteer Lawyer of the MonthKing County Bar AssociationN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyChihak & Associates, LLC2009 - Present
Attorney, Director of the Disabled Homeless Advocacy ProjectSeattle Community Law Center2007 - 2009
AttorneyIntegrative Family Law2006 - 2006
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Seattle Community Law CenterTrustee - Board Member, Member of the Fundraising Committee2009 - Present
Seattle Waldorf SchoolTrustee - Board Member2007 - 2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJuris Doctor2005
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Huntinton's Disease Northwest Chapter ConventionHuntinton's Disease - Applying for SSA Disability Made Easy2011
Social Security BootcampWarrants and Fleeing Felons2010
Social Security BootcampWarrants and Fleeing Felons2009