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Joseph Jonathan Duerst

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Joe Duerst

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Disability Hearings, SSDI, Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB), Child Disability, Disabled Widow’s Benefits (DWB)

    12 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Workers compensation


Joe grew up in Bend, Oregon, where he worked as a legal assistant for his father, Jonathan Duerst, an attorney. After graduating high school with honors, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Film & Music Production at Oregon State University. He became an award-winning writer and filmmaker before enrolling at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, one of the top-ranked law schools in the country.

​While at Arizona State, Joe focused on litigation and interned at the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office in St. Louis, MO, where he obtained the highest pro bono distinction while litigating DUII license revocations and working on a murder prosecution. He also traveled abroad to Italy as a student of Arizona State’s Australian sister-school, Monash University School of Law, and developed a love of travel.

After obtaining his Juris Doctor at Arizona State in 2012, Joe became licensed in Arizona and worked at the Law Offices of Stephanie Lake, P.C. (Now American Disability Law), where he managed the office and represented thousands of claimants in disability hearings.

​In 2019, he decided to start J Disability with the goal to provide a more positive experience for his clients.

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J Disability Law Firm
18444 N 25th Ave
Suite 420
Phoenix, AZ, 85023

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Posted by Patty | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney!
Joseph did an amazing job with my disability claim! From first contact to that amazing day we received the letter stating our case was approved, he was honest, open, available, and informative. I never felt like I was in this alone. He always took time to answer my questions in a clear and non-confusing way and explained every step before and during the process. I highly recommend Joseph!!
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Posted by David Drndarski | August 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fully Favorable Decision
He answered my add, it said Need Help With Social Security Disability Appeal this month. I fired Premier Disability for being denied my disability insurance three times. I was beaten and bruised with a broken back and no hope. I filed the appeal with my iPhone in the lobby of the SSAdministrations Needles, California Offices. The poster said Not Happy with SSA’s Decision? File an appeal now! So I did. Without an attorney. Four hundred days later, at the appeal by phone COVID Style, the judge told me to better her understanding and search for the truth I should get the help of an attorney. Too much at stake for me to pretend I was one. Joseph Duerst came in with a month to understand four years of medical reports, and dozens of doctors, and three surgeries to cram into the hour long appeal we had ahead of us. The appeal came and went. I was penniless, depressed, and angry, with an eight year old daughter I’m completely responsible for. I get a phone call from Joe he says the Judge made a Fully Favorable Decision. I said what’s that, he says, she went all the way back to the day you became disabled forever. April 1, 2017 four of the worst years of my life. I had worked 40 years for my record and I got every penny and then some. The Maximum according to social security guidelines. With predated Medicare and Medicaid to pay for all the medical bills I couldn’t pay for. When I said Joe you saved my family’s future and changed our lives he was humble and said the case won itself and the Judge found the truth. With Joe’s guidance. When I got the request for his fee. The amount was $ 3,200.00 dollars, his time spent working and winning my case. There are horror stories of Big shot attorneys taking tens of thousands of dollars after winning a case like mine. SSAdministration kept $18,000.00 to pay any lawyers claims. Honest with integrity and perseverance, I don’t know any lawyer other than Joseph Duerst that I would trust with my daughters life and her future. It took me six months to write this review because of the damage to my head and spine. Sorry Joe, you deserve a better client. Your the best. See ya.
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Posted by Steven | June 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with
I called many lawyers searching for help with my disability case, most seemed uninterested if they even got back to me. After almost giving up on my search, I decided to make a few more phone calls and am really glad that I did, because one of them was Joesph Duerst. Before the first phone call was over I knew that Joe was going to represent me and what steps I needed to take before the hearing. He was ready to get to get to work for my case right away. I found Joe to be knowledgeable of both the process of applying for disability and what was needed to win my case in particular. In addition, he seemed very concerned with ethical practices including making sure I did not have to pay for any medical records as there was a new law in Arizona he helped pass regarding these records when applying to disability. Because of COVID-19 we had a telephone hearing with the judge. Joe prepared me for the hearing and was professional and courteous throughout the process. After the hearing, Joe stayed up to date with my case and immediately notified me when the decision came back from the judge as fully favorable! I highly recommend Joseph Duerst of J Disability to anyone that needs help with their disability case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
On point.
Joe is as direct as they come, which is extremely helpful in a difficult time. He is one of few attorneys in AZ that specializes in SSA disability, which allows him to dig in deeper on issues that generalist lawyers wouldn't get into. On top of that, he's a genuinely nice person and is very fair in his pricing.
Posted by Debb | March 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Joe was so helpful and I was never in the dark. He was great every step of the process! I am forever grateful for his hard work, highly recommended 5 Stars only because I can't give anything higher Thank you Joe !!!
Posted by Jack | March 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
I honestly didn’t know where to begin with my disability case. I was frightened, confused, and had difficulty speaking because of my disability. I kept apologizing for needing to take a talking break, and he was so patient and kind saying “please don’t apologize. When you need a break, I will just tell you about myself and my experience in the field.” That level of compassion is not found often, and for it I am eternally grateful.
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Posted by Vera | February 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Joe is such a nice guy and a smart lawyer. I really felt that he did everything possible to win my case, even after I went back to work. He was able to get me payment for the time that I wasn't working, which I did not believe was possible. Also, even though I live in California, he was able to represent me much better than my old attorney that lost my case and was there in person for my hearing!
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Posted by Charles | February 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Joe is the man!
Joe is a fantastic attorney. He attended my disability hearing despite having little notice because it was already scheduled. Rather than getting it contined he managed to kep the date so my case didnt slow down. Jdisability got all my records quickly and ata lower cost then my attorney on my last case, who didn't do much. Joe questioned the so-called expert on the stand and got them to admit I was disabled. Plus he got me extra back pay! Couldnt be happier, highly recommend1
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-25%
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Owner
  • J Disability Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Scott McWilliams
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Stephanie Lake
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Intern
  • St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Film School Liaison
  • Arizona State University College Of Law
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Shootout Media
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Podcast Director
  • Oregon State University
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Legal Assistant
  • Duerst & Springer P.C.
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Peer Advocate
  • Benton County Health Department
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Peer Advocate
  • Deschutes County
  • 2002 - 2004
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  • Arizona State
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Oregon State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts in Film and Music Production
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hundreds of cases


  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Highest Pro Bono Distinction
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2012
  • Certificate in Law, Science and Technology - IP Specialization
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2012
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property
  • ASU Science and Innovation Center
  • 2012
  • Highest Pro Bono Distinction
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2011
  • Top 10 Finalist: Jenckes Closing Argument Competition
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2010
  • Pedrick Scholar
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2010
  • Top 5 Law School Competition Finalist
  • Access Group
  • 2009
  • Top 10 Commercial Producer
  • Paulisch Homes
  • 2008
  • First Prize
  • SAE Oregon State Unversity Student Film Festival
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Health Promotions Conference
  • Marketing to Youth
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (12)
Endorse Joseph
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Duerst is an excellent attorney with substantial experience in Social Security disability law."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a top notch disability attorney. Though I am in Ohio and he is across the country in Arizona, whenever I get a call from someone looking for assistance with an SSD or SSI claim in the Grand Canyon State he is the first and only attorney I think to send people to."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph is an excellent asset to Social Security disability applicants. He provides knowledgeable and thorough representation."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on her thorough and knowledgeable responses on Avvo."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is very well versed in social security disability matters and is a strong advocate for his social security clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is an incredibly smart and honest lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Joseph worked in my office for several years. He is extremely intelligent and is able to review medical reports and file materials in a comprehensive manner. He has good “people skills” and is able to relate to his clients concerns in a caring manner. His trial skills at disability hearings are extraordinary. If you are looking for a highly qualified social security disability lawyer who you can trust, I highly recommend Joe."
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