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John-Paul Gustad

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   216 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

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About John-Paul

Learn John-Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    I assist individuals in obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA). I also assist Veterans in establishing Service Connected Compensation with the Veterans Administration (VA) and in obtaining increased ratings in Service Connected Compensation.

    21 years, 4,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Gustad Law Group represents people who have been injured or suffered the wrongful death of someone they love. You may have suffered a life-change injury or be dealing with the loss of a family member.

    11 years, 77 cases

  3. Military law
    We are accredited by the Bureau of Veterans Affairs(VA) to represent Veterans in obtaining Service Connected Compensation Claims and increases for their Service Connected Compensation from the VA.

    12 years, 389 cases


John-Paul Gustad has represented more than 4,000 people in their claims for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits from the Social Security Administration.  Additionally, John-Paul is accredited by the Veterans Administration (VA) and represents Veterans throughout the United States in their claims for Service Connected Disability Compensation claims from the VA.  John-Paul works diligently for Veterans in all types of Service Connected claims.  John-Paul has developed expertise in assisting Veterans suffering from military sexual trauma (MST) and understands the complex nature of how to effectively work with the Veteran while aggressively pursuing the claim against the VA.

John-Paul represents individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another in personal injury claims.

John-Paul assists individuals in estate planning so that they are able to effectively protect their assets and plan for their future. 

John-Paul provides personalized and passionate representation to his clients and often represents an individual with multiple legal issues.

John-Paul is admitted to practice in the State of Washington, the United States District Court, Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

John-Paul is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Representatives, the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, as well as the King and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Associations. John-Paul graduated from the University of North Dakota, School of Law in 1999, obtained his Masters of Fine Arts in 2000 and obtained his BFA from the University of Minnesota in 1991. John-Paul is committed to representing individuals against institutional injustice. 

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Licensed for 21 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 02/01/2023

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Gustad Law Group
1102 "A" St.
Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98402
Gustad Law Group
1312 N Monroe St Suite #229
Spokane, WA, 99201
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4.9 / 5.0
  216 customer reviews
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Posted by CherieBeale | August 18, 2016
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Excellent service from an A+ attorney
Mr Gustad and his staff are very professional and people oriented. they handled my disability case even though it was complicated and far from a sure win. It took 5 years yet they stood by me and were always there for me. i cannot recommend him highly enough . thank you Mr Gustad !
Posted by Al | September 7, 2015
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Boeing medical layoff due to chemical sensitivity.
Mr Gustad and his staff helped me with initially obtaining SSDI benefits and later a retroactive SSDI award of about $30,000 after his fees. I worked for the Boeing company for about 22 years as a composites repair technician. I repaired aircraft parts for 747, 767, 777 and the latest 787 Aircraft. During my course of work, I was exposed to various solvent fumes, chemicals and composites repair/bonding cure fumes. This is new technology. In the latter years of my employment with Boeing, I developed severe headaches, dizziness, chronic sinus infections, and a few other medical issues. I was later diagnosed through MRI scans as having temporal lobe sclerosis. Most likely from epileptic seizures probably caused by MCS, Multiple chemical sensitivity('s). 2 independent psychologist reviewed my work and medical records, Including EEG and MRI from 2 Neurologist,s One physiologists professional "opinions" that my condition most likely resulted from daily chemical fume exposure during my work at Boeing. Another independent psychologist hired by SSDI performed 2 days of mental tests an in her final notes commented my future prognosis was poor. My treating neurologist performed several tests and made a diagnosis that overall my neurological condition is severe. Mr Gustad represented me at a SSDI Administrative Law Judge hearing, He provided records and other information from my medical history to support my disability indeed did occurred back in 2010 when I was medically laid off by Boeing. He presented an excellent case to the ALJ that I qualified for full "Retroactive" SSDI benefits. After the ALJ hearing and review, The ALJ later awarded $30,000 in retroactive SSDI benefits. I have to say, Mr Gustad and his staff did excellent work representing my disability. Al B (Gary).
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Posted by Liza | February 1, 2023
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Awesome job!
Mr. Gustad is so professional. He was so concerned about me and was willing to do whatever it took to help me win my case. He gave me tips on what to say or not say with the judge. To be honest and open and to the point with my answers. He made sure I was always informed about anything and everything pertaining to my case.
Posted by Marcie | January 19, 2023
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Gustad and his staff are caring and compassionate. They took the time to answer any questions I had. I was completely overwhelmed by the process and they took the burden off my shoulders. Mr Gustad is extremely knowledgeable very patient and has a great upbeat attitude. His staff is fantastic and I always felt better after speaking with them. He went above and beyond and I am very grateful I found him.
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Posted by Jana | January 9, 2023
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SSDI win
I highly recommend John Paul Gustad and his staff, they are very knowledgeable and he had won my SSDI case after being denied twice by myself. I was scared, nervous and thought I would forget about what we had talked about the day before the hearing but John made it so easy and helped me all the way through even when I was crying and upset he took the time to talk to me, listen and understood what I was saying. I have worked my whole life but tragedy struck when I was hit by a semi and became disabled and thank you so much John Paul Gustad and staff for helping me and being there every step of the way and winning my case. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a SSI/SSDI attorney.
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Posted by Christian | January 6, 2023
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SSDI Approval
Mr. Gustad was able to secure my SSDI approval prior to my 55th birthday. Which, as it turns out, is quite a feat. All the employees of the Gustad Law Group were very competent, professional, and polite throughout my entire application and appeal process. I cannot thank them enough and would strongly recommend them to anyone who is interested in applying for SSDI.
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Posted by Ryan | December 23, 2022
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I fully recommend Mr. Gustad.
I highly recommend Gustad Law Firm for anyone applying for disability. Mr. Gustad is a professional with 21 years of experience. I hired Gustad Law and succeeded in obtaining SSI. Every time I contacted Gustad Law I was helped and my questions were answered. Mr. Gustad and his team won my case by presenting a competent and honest assessment of my situation. I am fully satisfied with their service and representation.
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Posted by geneva | November 23, 2022
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SSDI appeal
Gustad won my son's third appeal; he is very professional and knows how to work within a tragically broken system. We originally found his contact through NAMI. Good luck and do not give up.
Posted by Mary | October 10, 2022
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Thank You
I needed help negotiating the SSDI system. John Paul Gustad and his team not only helped me, they helped me win my SSDI case! I feel real hope for the first time in years. Thank You
Posted by Ramon | October 5, 2022
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SSDI Claim
John Gustad and my case manager, Emma, were so helpful throughout the entire process! Originally, I was denied for ssdi but reached out to John and he agreed I had a case. Him and Emma took so much stress away from the process and are very knowledgeable when it comes to social security.
Posted by Gajun | October 5, 2022
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Very respectful and Awesome Lawyer
John-Paul Gustad is a great help with disability! I have battled for awhile with appeals, untill I came across him and the Gustad law firm. They took the stress right out of my hands and got everything covered. It was a bit of a wait but all worth it in the end with a won case, he was very helpful and didn't judge me. His staff is very helpful and respectful too Emma Harter was the main person I delt with and she was awesome! Thanks to them so much stress is released off my shoulders and they have made life so much easier. I 10/10 recommend them even when my anxiety got to me and I had doubts they always pulled through
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Posted by Brandon | October 5, 2022
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Veteran SSDI claim
Initially contacted for a SSDI claim. Followed through with remanded ALJ hearing to recieve a fully favorable decision. Mr Gustad clearly has a heart for Veteran and takes the extra steps for his clients. Very positive experience.
Posted by Henry | September 1, 2022
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Solid attorney
I’m so glad to have hired Gustad Law Group to pursue my SSDI claim. When I initially filed for disability insurance benefits, the process was overwhelming and my claim seemed to end up going nowhere. Then I got John Paul Gustad to come on board. He was diligent in analyzing the specifics of my medical condition, reached out to my treating physicians to gather documents that were relevant to support my claim, and successfully won my case at the SSDI hearing. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Kizzy | August 3, 2022
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He won my case
I'm so pleased to say that I was really excited to have Mr.Gustad as my lawyer. The one thing that sold me was that he would fight for his clients. And I believed that, and he did just that. I so appreciate him and the work he did for me. I'm so grateful it had been a long fight I had. And I almost gave up, but I didn't thanks to him. I eon my case on 7/21/22. Thank you so so much.
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Posted by Evangelina | August 3, 2022
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Helped me win!
Gustad law group was awesome! They helped me win my case in a timely manner & I’ll begin receiving benefits soon! Thank you so much
Posted by Matthew | July 21, 2022
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I was deeply grateful to have found Mr. Gustad having had a difficult time with an attorney in Texas. (A grievance process has been advanced to the Summary Disposition Panel there). I knew I needed a top pro and that is what I found in Mr. Gustad. WHAT a relief upon speaking with him. I knew I was in the best hands. He and his kind, supportive and most capable staff are simply the best.
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Posted by Shanon | June 24, 2022
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Fully Favorable Verdict
Mr. Gustad won my SSDI case that was on it's third appeal! Hearing was early May and I received my award letter and settlement check in late June. Mr. Gustad may not be the easiest to work with but he gets the job done perfectly. I'm also trusting Mr. Gustad with my Veteran's Disability appeal. Fingers crossed that goes well too.
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Posted by Lindsay | June 11, 2022
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Incredible Representation for my SSDI case
Hiring John Paul Gustad and his firm was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. His firm is run like a well oiled machine—with his staff making sure that all of the components of your case are collected and prepared ahead of your hearing. He advocated for me with intent and confidence during my ALJ hearing. I was highly impressed with his ability to explain my conditions and how greatly they have affected my quality of life, citing specific examples and situations I’ve dealt with. I felt incredibly prepared heading into my hearing thanks to John Paul—and I’m so grateful for his staff, who were there every step of the way during this long process to answer my questions and collect all necessary medical documentation ahead of my hearing. I received a fully favorable decision for benefits, and it’s all thanks to the excellent representation and service I received. My experience with John Paul was top notch and I cannot recommend him enough!
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Posted by Megs | May 12, 2022
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Attentive Thorough Lawyer
I had the best experience with JP Gustad . He is an EXCELLENT lawyer! I was denied for disability multiple times. I had lost all hope with getting disability. I had spoken to other lawyers and they denied to help me with my case however when I spoke with JP he took this case with not hesitation. With his help and the help of his team I was finally approved! He was helpful, informative, and encouraging throughout the entire process and I couldn’t have asked for a better legal team on my side! 10/10 JP Gustad all the way!
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Posted by Michael | May 9, 2022
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Best VA Attorney
I cannot say enough about John-Paul. He was truly a lifeline and helped me get what I deserved from the VA. When I reached out to Gustad Law, I was confused, scared, and overwhelmed at the daunting process of dealing with the VA. The cases are long and tedious, as well as triggering and stressful. JP and his team saw me through the entire process, helped me stay calm, and when I was ready to give up after a small win they didn’t want me to settle until they got me to what they knew was fair. They are extremely knowledgeable about cases involving the VA and adept at handling everything that needs to be done.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Gustad Law Group
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Robert A. Friedman & Associates
  • 2002 - 2007


  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • BFA
  • 1991


  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Consumer Law Center
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Seattle King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Alice Tweed Tuohy Scholarship
  • Alice Tweed Tuohy
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Social Security Disability: Best Practices and Overview of Procedure
  • SSDI & SSI: An Overview of the Programs
  • 2016
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington State Convention
  • Navigating the World of Public Benefits Programs SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicare
  • 2015
  • Stroke Survivor's Rehabilitation Forum
  • Medical Listings for Social Security Disability and Satisfying Disability After a CVA
  • 2012
  • Pike Market Clinic Staff Meeting
  • Perfecting Chart Notes; The Practitioner’s Objective Observations vs. the Patient’s Subjective Reports
  • 2011
  • WMCMA Monthly Meeting
  • Navigating the Social Security Labyrinth; A How to Guide to Assist Your Patients
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JP is a consummate professional whom others (such as myself) routinely consult for advice. He is a tireless advocate for his clients. I strongly recommend JP for social security disability appeals."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JP is an excellent attorney and runs a very competent firm. He really cares about the best interests of his clients and has helped 1000s of people get the best results in their SSDI and VA cases. Highly recommend."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked closely with Mr. Gustad. He cares about his clients and always has their best interests at heart. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal counsel"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Gustad cares about his clients and is willing to stand up to Administrative Law Judges who are not following the law. I think that Mr. Gustad is a very good attorney and I endorse him."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John-Paul is passionately committed to the effective representation of his clients; his success proves this. He is successful because he has the intellect to persuasively apply complex laws, rules, and regulations to differing and equally complex facts for each client; a skill every lawyer wants and John-Paul has. I endorse him and his work based on these skills and his honest compassion for his clients."
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Seattle Social Security & Disability Lawyer John-Paul Gustad
John-Paul Gustad
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 21 years
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