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John G Kuhnlein

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Tucson, AZ

4.7   15 reviews

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Practice area
  1. Social Security & Disability
    I represent those persons seeking Social Security disability for physical problems such as bad backs and necks, neurological conditions, chronic disorders of the lungs, heart, kidneys, or liver. I generally work with people over the age of 50. At present, I am not taking children's cases nor any cases that are solely mental in nature (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.) I serve all the people of Tucson and Southeastern Arizona. I graduated from the University of Arizona Law School.

    28 years, 500 cases

I have been assisting people in Southern Arizona with Social Security disability claims for more than 20 years. I am prepared to do whatever I can to ensure that you get your Social Security disability benefits. This is a long and complicated process and you owe it to yourself to do everything you can to get the benefits you are due. Don't go to court without a lawyer.

Licensed for 30 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 03/17/2023

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

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John G Kuhnlein
123 S Stone Ave Ste 3
Tucson, AZ, 85701-1926


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  15 customer reviews
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Posted by John E. | February 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Compassionate
I have had a great experience with my attorney John Kuhnlein. John has been a total professional as we have worked through this process. His advice regarding the Social Security issues involved in my case and how best to handle them have proven to be of tremendous value. Time after time, John has provided me with solid and compassionate counsel that has allowed me to have a clear understanding of what lies ahead as we move forward with my case. I would feel very comfortable recommending John to anyone, including close friends and family members in need of an attorney specializing in matters relating to Social Security.
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Posted by Kathleen W | February 24, 2016
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Knowledgeable, Compassionate, Responsive
John Kuhnlein came strongly recommended to me and without hesitation I will recommend him to anyone who needs SSD support and representation. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and responds within minutes of any questions or concerns. He stays current with the ever changing landscape of SSD and in the areas of medical conditions and how they impact a persons every day life. I am confident that I am in extremely capable and trustworthy hands.
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Posted by Ericka R. | February 1, 2016
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Attentive And Responsive
John came to us highly recommended. We came to him after the first denial and he helped my wife achieve a favorable decision with full back pay through the second appeal and hearing process. He clearly knew his business and was attentive to all of our concerns. John was always very responsive when we had questions and he was open and honest with us. It was obvious that he was liked and respected court officers and the judge at the hearing. Although he took it all seriously, his quirky sense of humor helped to lighten a lengthy and difficult situation. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mary G. | January 22, 2016
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Couldn't Be More Pleased!
I went to Mr John Kuhnlein when I was advised to get an attorney after my first denial for SSD. He was polite, professional and let us know what to expect each step of the way. He was patient even though I have high anxiety and tended to ask a lot of questions all the time. We had a couple more denials which Mr Kuhnlein had prepared us for.The entire process is very slow and took aprox 4 years from start to finish. We won our case and were awarded back payments. I don't believe I could have won without the help of Mr Kuhnlein. He did all the work and I just had to do the waiting.I would recommend him especially if you have been denied already. I couldn't be more pleased!
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Posted by David | December 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I filed for Disability by myself and was denied. I looked in the yellow pages and Saw John in there . I read some reviews and all where awsome. I meet with him and within a month he got my claim awarded.
Posted by Gina Estrella | December 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
John has been working with me for awhile now and is making sure I get what I need. My experiences with John have been nothing but good. He's also a very nice person and well answer all your questions and give honest answers. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a good disability lawyer .
Posted by Kel | December 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I went to John for a consult after having two individuals refer me to him. He was very prompt in helping me file an appeal for my claim, and always responds right away when I contact him. He keeps me updated on my claim, and let's me know about any new developments. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Linda | December 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer....Very highly recommended
We retained Mr. Kuhnlein and he was awesome. He was there for us every step of the way. Very kind and compassionate man and lawyer.....I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a disability lawyer...He gets 10 stars from me
Posted by Michele | December 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Encouraged me and Walked me through it
You never can be sure when you hire an attorney if you are getting someone who is looking to make money, (fine) someone interest in helping (even better) of both (best case) I had a hard time getting disability because I had lots of work history in very responsible positions, and a college education. Mr. Kunlien didn't make me any promises, but he kept me informed, he answered all my calls, he appealed the judges decision based on issues that I hadnt even thought about. And I was a paralegal in the past, who so happened to study Administrative Law, with a focus on social security Admin. There were many times I wanted to give up. I was working so hard to hang on to my home that had been in foreclosure, which was extremely stressful. I finally took Johns advice and let him handle my case, while I handled keeping my home. After being denied by a judge after appeals it gets very scary. Again, while making no promises, John Kunlien took care of me in his quiet manner. He also helped three other people I know successfully, who also had a hard time dealing with the SSA system. Kudos and blessings to John. I really believe that any other lawyer would have shuffled papers and told me oh well, but John worked for me, and got me my relief. I cannot thank him enough. and I would and DO recommend him to anyone who is in a legitimate disability case. I cannot thank him enough. He changed my life. Thank you, John.
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Posted by Brandie | November 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
I hired John to represent me in my social security case. He was wonderful. He never rushed me, like some attorneys do. He took the time to listen and to explain any and all questions I had. He was always quick to return calls or emails. He is friendly and very helpful. He does not talk down to you or at you and he try's his best to make sure that you feel comfortable with each step of the process. I would definitely recommend him!
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Posted by Jaime | November 15, 2013
John Kuhnlein excellent SSI lawyer
After years of dealing with SSI, John was very knowledgeable and extremely informative in dealing with my case. My case was won the first time we went to court on a reconsideration. John was very professional and did all the interviews and paper work himself no going thru secretary's or agents. I was very pleased with his work and have recommended to others including my Sister.
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Posted by Gary | May 19, 2013
Kuhnlein Gets It DONE!!
John is personable, fast, does what he says and had my Social Security Permanent Disability claim decided in my favor with minimum fuss and good communication, either directly or through his staff. I enjoyed his respectful and witty personality, making the entire process a win=win situation. John is the antithesis of the kind of attorney that has inspired all the bad jokes deserved by disreputable attorneys. I now consider John a friend and would do business with him again without a second's pause!
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Posted by Penny | January 18, 2011
Mr. Kuhnlein won my son's case
My son is 30 and tried twice to get SSI but was turned down both times, so we went to Mr. Kuhnlein and my son won his case. Mr Kuhnlein was very great helping us understand everything. Definitely very pleased with his services.
Posted by Donald | October 21, 2009
presented my case with professionalism and won my case.
Posted by Diane | September 23, 2013
Mr. Kunlein did absolutely no research regarding my claims. He requested my medical records one month before my hearing and went back only ONE year. I have epilepsy, as well as interstitial cystitis, which is a chronic, extremely painful bladder condition. Kunlein never asked me one question regarding my health. I think he said 3 words during my hearing. That was "this is her " after the judge asked where is the claimant. The judge was being "funny 'by making a reference to my looks. I "looked too young to be 60 years old. I was thrown under the bus by attorney and the judge. I should have had better direction by attorney. I would have won if I had better representation.
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Response from John Kuhnlein November 11, 2015
I am sorry that this client lost her case. I did everything I could to help her. Unfortunately, sometimes even good claims get denied. I did appeal the unfavorable decision, but the client departed before I heard the result of the appeal. I take her criticisms seriously and will try to learn from them. /S/ John Kuhnlein 11/11/2015
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AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of John Kuhnlein
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Haralson, Kinerk & Morey, P.C.
  • 1990 - 1994


  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Michigan
  • AB - Applied Baccalaureate
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Cynthia B
  • Benefits Granted
  • Crystal S
  • Benefits Granted
  • Arturo M
  • Benefits Paid
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  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015

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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. John Kuhnlein has been a fantastic lawyer in Tucson for the 20 years that I have known him. He focuses his practice on representing disabled men and women in social security disability cases. What makes John such a special lawyer is that he cares deeply about his clients. He wants the best for his clients both in the legal realm and outside of what his excellent services can provide. John has tremendous personal integrity. He is a credit to the Tucson legal community and the entire community."
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Tucson Social Security & Disability Lawyer John G Kuhnlein
John G Kuhnlein
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Tucson, AZ
Licensed for 30 years