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John-Paul Gustad

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   255 reviews

also known as JP

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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John-Paul

Learn John-Paul’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    40%
    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.

    23 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Military law
    20%
    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.

    14 years, 509 cases

  3. Personal injury
    20%
    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.

    14 years, 101 cases

  4. Car accident
    10%

  5. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    4%

  6. Slip and fall accident
    3%

  7. Wrongful death
    3%

SEATTLE PERSONAL INJURY LAW, SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY & VETERANS AFFAIRS REPRESENTATION NATIONWIDE

John-Paul Gustad has represented more than 5,000 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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Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017
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Location

Gustad Law Group
1102 A St.
Suite 300 #28
Tacoma, WA, 98402
Gustad Law Group
1312 N Monroe St Suite #229
Spokane, WA, 99201
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  255 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kira | December 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A fantastic lawyer.
He went beyond and above going out of his way to get facts and records took his time explaining everything to me to the point where I could understand. He made me feel very welcoming and comfortable and so appreciate him calling me by my preferred name. Thank you so much foamazing
Posted by Brittney | December 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Fully favorable verdict!
Mr. Gustad was amazingly patient and stuck in there with me through my whole case. Everyone in his office was always very helpful and patient with any and all calls I made. It took a long time and a lot of hurry up and waiting, but we ended up getting a fully favorable verdict. I absolutely recommend Gustad Law Office if you're looking for counsel!
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Posted by Todd | January 18, 2024
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Excellent Result for Me
I was badly injured while riding my bicycle onto the Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle. The railroad tracks are depressed into the blacktop and are not clearly visible and there was no signage identifying this hazard. I went down hard on my bicycle and badly injured my knee, fractured my shoulder and nearly required a total shoulder replacement. I called J.P. Gustad at Gustad Law Group and explained what happened. Gustad never hesitated and got to work right away, identifying who was responsible for maintaining the tracks, as well as the trail, and he put forth a demand for my injuries. Gustad was responsive and efficient, and he kept me well informed. I was extremely happy with the settlement Gustad Law Group recovered for me and this far exceeded my expectations. I happily recommend Gustad Law Group to anyone who is injured by someone else’s negligence. Dr. Todd Edwards
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Posted by Denise | February 26, 2024
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Ms Grace
Awesome lawyer for “winning” social security benefits. Don’t try it alone get yourself a good lawyer like Gustad
Posted by Arthur | February 25, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend John-Paul Gustad and Gustad Law Group for effective and successful representation for SSDI/SSI denials.
“I would highly recommend Attorney John-Paul Gustad and the Gustad Law Group to anyone that is looking for effective, individualized representation if their initial application for SSDI/SSI benefits is denied. Attorney John-Paul Gustad and the Gustad Law Group has extraordinary experience and expertise, along with their staff’s skill, knowledge and ability to provide the most effective zealous legal representation and attention possible regarding SSDI/SSI claims for disability from the initial intake through the award of benefits and the post-entitlement process. As a US Navy Disabled Veteran, I was extremely pleased with my successful outcome in obtaining my benefits and I was particularly moved by their unwavering support and compassion for my service. While the process can be challenging, and perhaps an impossible uphill battle otherwise with adjudication during my reconsideration appeal, I was pleasantly surprised upon receiving a fully favorable decision without further denial, or delay. I was greatly reassured, and remained informed all the way through the entire process by John-Paul Gustad and the Gustad Law Group upon successfully winning these benefits for me, whom not only eliminated any remote uncertainty I may have had, but rather provided me with a great deal of peace of mind. My family and I are eternally grateful for John-Paul Gustad and the Gustad Law Group, and again I would absolutely recommend them without reservation.”
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2024
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Grateful
I highly recommend John Paul Gustad when I reached out to the lawyer his staff really showed they cared and as result the positive outcome was tremendous and I am forever grateful
Posted by Janis | February 2, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Two Thumbs Up
I very pleased with my services from this attorney and his office. They handled everything I needed to win my SSI case. They made things very easy and comfortable to work with. Thank you to my attorney, and the rest of the help he had in his office assisting him on my case.
Posted by Nataliya | January 23, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer to hire for Social Security and Disability!
I’m writing this review with gratitude in my heart. I hired Gustad Law in 2021 to assist me with applying for SSDI. As many of you find out, it's a long and bumpy journey that takes time and patience. The Gustad law team provided me with invaluable support and guidance. I communicated with Maddie, Juan, and, of course, John-Paul Gustad. At one point I was out of the country and even under the circumstances they made themselves available through virtual meetings. Maddie and Juan timely reminded me what documents and records were needed, and updated me on the upcoming deadlines. Before hearing, Mr. Gustad called me and we had a thorough discussion in order to prepare me for the possibility of being questioned by the judge. He gave me important advice. On the day of the hearing Mr. Gustad not just acted on my behalf but fought for me by pointing out significant facts that testifying doctors missed. He called me after the hearing and let me know that I won. What a relief! Mr. Gustad also spent more time explaining the next steps and process essentials. During the whole application process, I was supported by Gustad Law Group. They fought for me!
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Posted by Tom | December 19, 2023
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Great lawyer
Best thing I could have done ,was to hire John. Gustad as my lawyer.He help me through the COVID epidemic. And my court appearance.
Posted by Margie | December 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I would highly recommend Mr. Gustad and his team to any person seeking assistance with a disability claim. He was very personable, knowledgeable, and has a unique ability to provide calmness in an anxious situation. His staff was consistently friendly and informative. Thank you to him and his entire team for a positive outcome that will make all the difference to my life.
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Posted by Jason | November 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
fought for us every step of the way
Today we won our case against social security. This case was very tiring and drawn out case. Denial after denial leaving us to have to administrative law hearing with a judge. JP stood by us kept the faith and we kept trucking along. Finally today this journey comes to and end and we are beyond grateful to JP and his law group. We would recommend them to anyone seeking out representation for a law issue they work on. Amazing job every there.... thank you
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Posted by Howard | November 17, 2023
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Amazing law firm
This law firm is simply amazing and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a disability lawyer. Super helpful and very polite and easy to understand. I had the pleasure of dealing with Angela and John Paul and I have nothing but praises for them. Thank you again
Posted by Stefan | November 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Disability for migraines
Mr Gustad and his office were professional, courtesy, and extremely helpful. He won my disability case after I was denied twice. I couldn't speak more highly of him and would recommend his office to anyone applying for disability.
Posted by Barry | November 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I Highly recomend Gustad Law Group
John-Paul Gustad won my case for me! The staff at Gustad Law Firm are wonderfully helpful and always very friendly when I call with questions or concerns. With the knowledge, experience and professionalism JP has, my case went smoothly with a win at the end. He is very knowledgeable with operations when working with V.A doctors and collecting necessary documentation from the V.A. I was disabled due to wear a tear serving as a construction electrician for 35 years. He understood what I was up against after suddenly loosing my job due to physical inability to perform the work. The Gustad Law Firm are well prepared and showed genuine concern for my me and my case. JP expressed to me his appreciation for veterans. I Highly recommend Gustad Law Group for ssdi cases, as well as Veteren disability.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Get Schooled in Disability 101
John Paul Gustad provided a complimentary and valuable how-to on navigating the Byzantine SSI process as well as state-funded options I had not considered. While my particular circumstances aren't likely to merit consideration by an Administrative Law Judge I know who I am going to call when it's time to appeal.
Posted by Stacey | September 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
True God send!
JP Gustad helped me when no one else would. I did not make it easy for him to help me either. I disappeared from life for a year, yet he was still there ready to help me when it was go time. I almost didn’t answer my phone when the court called me, it was by the grace of God that I decided to at the very last second. I’m thankful to Gustad law for everything they have done. This has seriously changed my life for the better. Thank you X 1,000!!!
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Posted by Douglas | September 8, 2023
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Veteran claims
Hired Gustad Law firm in 2016. Filed a claim for reduced pulmonary function due to burn pit exposure. The law firm won my case six years before the Pact Act became law in 2022. In 2018 filed a claim for an increased rating. Claim decision awarded in my favor. Gustad Law called me in 2019 after reviewing almost 6,000 pages in my C file. Discussed an echocardiogram the VA performed in 2016. In the Findings: among the list was "mild pulmonary hypertension". Gustad Law was beneficial in filing this claim. VA denied the claim as "most likely due to non service connected COPD. Requested a Higher Level Review. Ultimately awarding a maximum rating. I highly recommend their Veteran services.
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Posted by Shar | September 6, 2023
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We won!
Like most, I was denied after my initial SSDI application that I completed on my own over 2 yrs ago. After that, I decided I needed an attorney to help me with an appeal. In researching attorneys who specialized in disability cases, I came across Mr. Gustad. After chatting with him about my case, I felt extremely comfortable and hired him on the spot! The wait has been long, but after over 2 years, I am very happy to say that I finally won my case because of my amazing attorney! The communication throughout the whole process was beyond my expectations and his staff was great as well! If you’re looking for an attorney who will work hard for you and get what you deserve, I highly and wholeheartedly recommend Gustad Law. I can’t thank them enough!
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Posted by Paul | September 4, 2023
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SSDI
Gusted Law are quick, courteous, and efficient. They made the SSDI process understandable for me and always kept me informed. I would 100% recommend their services to friends and family.
Posted by Robert | August 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The Attorney that Changed My Life
My story starts like most of us Veterans. In 2009, I was forced out of the military from budget cuts. They were finding any reason to let myself and others out of their enlistment. I had initial issues with pain while walking, and short-term memory loss. The Navy pumped me full of steroids to see if it would help with my leg issues. It did have a good reaction and made me start feeling better, but at the same time my weight exploded. The Navy excused me from the yearly PRT, but not the body weight. They discharged me with an honorable discharge because of weight issues that were brought on by my medical conditions. The VA had me do an initial examination for service connection disabilities. Like most of us, I was sent to a doctor that just looked me over and sent me on my way. They serviced connected me for symptoms of a bigger issue. As time passed, I screamed at the Spokane VA telling them something was wrong with me. I had more normal day functions becoming difficult. The VA at that time miss diagnosed me with Parkinson’s Disease brought on by family history of having the disease, but none of the treatments they were giving me had any effect on my progression. It wasn’t until about 8 years went by, they finally did a MRI on my brain and saw it full with scar tissues, and I also had two active lesions on my brain. It was Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I filed for VA disability compensation at that time. The VA denied me because I was passed the presumption period of diagnosis of the disease. That is when I started to seek legal advice. I searched all over the Pacific Northwest for any attorney that would help me to fight the injustice that the Veterans Affairs was giving me. It wasn’t until John-Paul Gustad and Corey Davenport heard my case that they immediately said they would sign on to represent me in my fight for the rights and what I am deserved. John-Paul personally told me that he would fight all the way up to the Supreme Court if needed. I like most of you Veterans have seen horrible things or told to do things that would put yourself in danger of disease or injury for our call to serve our amazing country. I just one minute we could be sent into dangerous conditions like myself in Navy Shipyards or injured in the line of battle. We sit at home after our service and scream for someone to hear our cries in our personal battle of the scars our service left on our bodies. The only people that listened was Gustad Law Group. Where everyone turned and ran, they stepped up to fight for me. They took my case all the way to the Board of Veterans Affairs, and during the hearing I heard first-hand how John-Paul took this fight on. He stood in front of the Board’s Judge, and he spoke about the entire injustice that was given to me. How the VA system left me out to dry while I suffered so many years of pain. How when everyone tried to tell me I was not service connected---He told them how I was. I won my case because of Gustad Law Group. They stood beside me for the years it took to get justice. They were there from the first time spoke with Corey Davenport until today. I firmly give my recommendation for any Veteran out there that feels like nobody cares or will listen. Gustav Law group will listen and fight for you.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Gustad Law Group
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Social Security Disability Associates
  • 2002 - 2007

Education

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

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Garcia v. Island County
  • Case settlement of $2,750,000

Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • 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

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Social Security Disability Leadership
  • Disability Awards National Top 500
  • 2023
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Social Security Disability Leadership
  • Disability Awards National Top 500
  • 2022
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Alice Tweed Tuohy Scholarship
  • Alice Tweed Tuohy
  • 1989
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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

Received (6)
Given (5)
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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."
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 | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"JP Gustad is an excellent lawyer who truly cares about his clients. He's also an ethical person you can trust. I've referred several people to JP and they've all been pleased with how they were treated - and I've been impressed with the results he has achieved for his clients, sometimes under difficult circumstances. He's smart, he's tenacious, and he's energetic. What more could you want?!"
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"
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Seattle Social Security & Disability Lawyer John-Paul Gustad
John-Paul Gustad
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 22 years
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