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John Edwin Haapala Jr

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Eugene, OR

5.0   5 reviews

also known as "J.J."

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Appealing disability cases after hearing to the United States District Court in the 9th Circuit.

    18 years

  2. Social Security & Disability
    Assisting clients with disability applications before the Social Security Administration in case development, hearings, and federal appeals.

    18 years

I have have been in the business of winning federal appeals for disability clients since 2005.  I also represent disability clients at hearings throughout the State of Oregon.  Prior to specializing in Social Security, I enjoyed trial practice in family law, criminal defense, and business.

I live on a farm outside Junction City, Oregon, with my wife, April (who helps me in the office).  I have lived in Junction City since 1989.  For twenty plus years I worked with Oregon Tilth, and other sustainability and organic organizations to prosper local, organic farmers.  We still enjoy farming, and currently grow lavender, hot peppers, and Christmas trees.  (Try my hot sauce!)

I enjoy spending time with my five children (Samara, Rowan, Summer, Dianna, and Stella), golfing, motorcycling, and playing guitar.  I am trying to learn to fly fish, and love to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Oregon.

I grew up in Richmond, California and moved to Oregon in 1984.  I attended John F. Kennedy High School, spent eight years in the Sea Scouts (The Farallon) and was a champion debater in high school (Nationals 1983).  I majored in International Studies at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  While at the University of Oregon School of Law I wrote for Keith Aoki and helped organize the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.  Go Ducks!


John Edwin Haapala Jr
401 E. 10th Ave., Suite 240
Eugene, OR, 97448

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Posted by Shannon | August 25, 2023
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Life Chaning Shannon Strong
The best in the Business. Very personable and thorough and experienced. Well researched my case and helpful to navigate through all of the SSSi . He made a 5 years of denials from previous attorney's look like a cake walk. He has changed our life with this win! He has given us hope for our future. We couldn't be more greatful. He will be highly recommended for any one who is in need of assistance with sssi and VA disability benefits and case's. The man is the best. Thank you is all we can say. The best ever!!!!!! Hands Down !!!!
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Posted by Bob | March 8, 2020
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Bob Bacolas
John has represented me for over a year in Federal Court. He has always available to me and makes time for me whenever I call. I ALWAYS get timely updates from him on the progress of my case. His pleadings are such that I can tell him went over all my evidence and was extremely knowledgeable about that facts and applicable law as he presented my case. I would recommend him in a heartbeat! He always seems more interested in my concerns over his own. Thank you John!
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Posted by Michael | April 19, 2019
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Excellent Legag Representation.
April 10th 2019 I was Represented by John Haapala Jr. at my scheduled Disability hearing. Prior to the hearing I was contacted by Mr. Haapala where he did an Excellent job breaking down the process of what was going to take place at the hearing. He put me at ease , with al the information we had and expressed he would see me at the hearing. Mr. Haapala met me at the hearing where he represented himself and his client extremely well. I would recommend Mr. Haapala to anyone in need of great counsel. Thank you John Haapala Jr.
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Posted by Kelly | October 1, 2018
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Kind, Caring, Compassionate and Knowledgeable
I had seen 2 lawyers that said I did not have a case. John told me we did not have the medical record to support my case at that time but told me exactly what to do to get my case ready for hearing. I did exactly as he suggested and he won my case. He and his staff were always kind and compassionate and always returned calls or e-mails within 24 hours. I never felt like I was left hanging or in the dark.
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Posted by Mark | May 29, 2013
Incredibly impressive
Honestly I've never been so impressed with a lawyer other than Domenic Romano, NY,NY. John knows what he's doing. I wasn't asked to review him. I came here on Avvo on my own due to how outstanding a job he did at my disability hearing. He knew everything it seemed. He rattled off laws, rules, codes, like a computer. I cannot give him a higher rating. If I could I would.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of John E Haapala
  • 2005 - Present
  • Assistant to Jim Nass
  • Oregon Court of Appeals
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Summer intern
  • Schroeder Law Offices, PC
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Research and Policy Director
  • Oregon Tilth
  • 1989 - 2014
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Reed College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ronald J. v. Comm'r, Soc. Sec. Admin. (D. Or., 2019)
  • Prevailed
  • Carol B. v. Comm'r, Soc. Sec. Admin. (D. Or., 2018)
  • Prevailed
  • Correia v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec. (D. Or., 2018)
  • Prevailed
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  • National Association of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2019 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Visionary
  • Oregon Tilth
  • 2002
  • Western Sustainable Ag Working Group
  • Greatest Individual Contribution to Sustainability of Western Agriculture
  • 2000
  • Using Genomics to Enhance Public Plant Breeding
  • IFAFS Grant Recipient with Cornell University
  • 2000
  • Fund For Rural America Grant Recipient
  • The Farmer Cooperative Genome Project
  • 1998
  • Enhancing the Breakdown of Residual Soil Contaminants
  • USDA SARE Farmer-Rancher Grant Recipient
  • 1996
  • Evaluating Methods to Breakdown Residual Soil Contaminants
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation
  • 1994
  • Center for Applied Agricultural Research
  • Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
  • 1993
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 11
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"He is a very skilled in writing and appellate advocacy."
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Eugene Social Security & Disability Lawyer John Edwin Haapala Jr
John Edwin Haapala Jr
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Eugene, OR
Licensed for 17 years