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Joni Marie Derifield

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Poulsbo, WA

5.0   13 reviews

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Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 03/18/2023

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Joni Marie Derifield
PO Box 1459
Poulsbo, WA, 98370


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  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Jennifer Manlowe | November 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Joni is both gracious and frank
Joni and I met at my house to discuss options before I would hire her. She wanted me to know the details of what she needed and what to expect in court. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable and straightforward.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
Expertise with a friendly touch
The first time I spoke with Joni I was impressed by her expertise and also her ability to really listen. Initially, Joni made sure that I had realistic expectations by telling me the percentage of applicants who are approved, the worst-case scenario time-wise, etc. She is a very clear communicator, was really patient when I didn't understand something about my case, and was responsive when I called or emailed her with questions or concerns. I'm very aware that quality of professionals in any field varies, but I knew that with Jonie I was in good hands. She was always on top of the developments in my case and kept me up to date. Additionally, Jone related to me as a person, not just a case. That such a great lawyer was available on the Kitsap peninsula was a real surprise; I had assumed that I'd have to go to Seattle to have a chance at finding a lawyer with Joni's expertise. Thanks Joni!
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Posted by Wendy | July 8, 2015
Highly recommend!
I cannot express how grateful I am to Joni Derifield for the help she gave me with my fight for my disability benefits! She won my case after I had been denied. She is knowledgeable about dealing with Social Security, and made sure I knew exactly what was happening as well as options along the way. The thing I respect the most was the integrity that she brought to the process. She believed in me, and that is not something you are used to when dealing with SSA. I would highly recommend Joni’s services if you have to deal with Social Security.
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Posted by Lois | January 21, 2015
Best SSA attorney around
I have been battling lymphoma for 3 years and obtained Joni as my lawyer to help me receive SSD. Joni was very professional, helpful, knowledgeable and was timely in answering any question that I may have had. I received my decision in 3 months and am very grateful for her help. I am now able to get some much needed bills paid. Please, please, please hire Joni, you cannot go wrong.
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Posted by Kenneth | January 8, 2015
Helped with SSI disability
We had been working with Labor & Industries since 2008. After several surgeries and knowing that getting back to work may not happen, it was time to think about disability. Not knowing the ins and outs of Social Security it was time for help. We found Joni by word of mouth. She was extremely helpful filling out the confusing and in depth application. Some of the questions were hard to understand. Joni was there for us through the whole process and after. Thanks to her we didn't have to wait 6 months to receive SSI disability. We would recommend Joni Derifield to everyone we know.
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Posted by James | December 3, 2013
Best SS Lawyer available
She is a true professional, polite and a pleasure to work with. She took way less time than I thought it would take. Any Social Security situation should be done with Joni.
Posted by David | December 3, 2013
I had not expected to file for SSDI months after I left military service and felt overwhelmed by the process. Ms Derifield took the time to fully understand my complex medical condition and lifted a huge weight from my shoulders. Since my condition was unexpected I had a lot of questions, she quickly responded to all my emails and phone calls. She also kept me informed of each change in my case, what the next step would be and a realistic time estimate. Ultimately my case was decided months earlier than I had expected. Ms. Derifield has my total & complete trust, I highly recommend her to anyone pursuing a disability claim.
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Posted by Niki | December 1, 2013
Review of Attorney Joni Marie Derifield
I was diagnosed with leukemia and as a result, I am unable to work. Hence, I had to add the process of filing for disability to my list of urgent to do's. I first tried to file for disability on my own prior to contacting Ms. Derifield; however, after reading the paperwork, I realized the process was just too daunting. So, it immediately became clear that the quickest and best route for me to take would be to contact an attorney, which I did - Joni Derifield. Her diligence and knowledge made me 100% confidence in her ability to handle my case. Now, only several months later, because of Ms. Derifield, I am receiving my much needed SSDI checks that make it possible for me to avoid debt during this difficult time. I highly recommend Attorney Joni Derifield and would certainly suggest you contact her for your legal needs.
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Posted by Sandra | December 2, 2011
Social Security Expert - Derifield
Ms. Derifield was excellent to work with. She is highly knowledgeable and very helpful. This is a hard process and she made it very simple for me. I continually recommend her service to others who need her help.
Posted by Christopher | September 8, 2011
Great SSI Attorney that gets results fast.
I was denied twice in 2 years by SSI doing it myself. I hired Joni who was able to get my application processed and awarded benefits in less than 6 months.
Posted by Debi | August 14, 2011
Awesome service
I was given three months to find an attorney for my son. None of the attorneys I spoke with would take my son's case on contingency. Joni was hired, by me, just one day before our hearing. The judge was upset because he thought that I waited until the day before the hearing to hire someone. When I explained what happened, he rescheduled our hearing and Joni represented my son. She did an awesome job and my son receives his SSI check every month!
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Posted by Eugene | August 14, 2011
I am the guardian of a mentally challenged widow, 52 years old, who also happens to be my daughter. Somewhere I had heard something about her possibly being eligible to collect her husbands SS. So I called SS and they sent me the documents needed. She had been prior to me becoming her guardian, turned down for disability benefits. I felt I had a better chance of obtaining it with the use of an attorney who specialized in SS. I found 2 in Poulsbo,and looked up their profiles. When I saw Joni had worked for SS, I decided she would be the "go to person". I felt she might have an inside edge on other attorneys. So I retained her to represent my ward. I have to say this was one of the most effortless projects with an attorney I have ever encountered. Once Joni got the packet of data on my ward, I only had 3 phone conversations with her and 3 emails. She did everything she said she would do, and did so in a timely manner. We had a positive decision in 3 months and benefits started 2 months after that. To cap it off Joni found a $2800.00 dollar shortage [error] in SS back benefits, and secured that. Even my wards personal attorney hadn't advised us she was eligible for SS. I believe, to quote a great person, Joni walks softly but carries a big stick.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2011
Finally awarded SS after 18 long years
Filed for SS benefits and fought them for 18 long years. Hired Joni and within 8 months were in front of a SS judge in Seattle...we won our case...we could never have done it without Joni,she knew the laws and presented our case husband passed away less than a year later and without that award and widows benefit-I would be in serious trouble today. I wish we could have addressed this claim years earlier with Joni representing us...the days of representing yourself are over and SS has attorneys fighting to keep you from need agressive representation...I highly recommend Joni...............Linda Leonard
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Derifield Law Office, P.S.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Ann W. Cook
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Conflicts Analyst
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (cum laude)
  • 2003
  • Central Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • N/A


  • Kitsap Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Kitsap County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • Attorney, Contract Attorney Program
  • 2009 - Present
  • Member
  • Kitsap County Young Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • April 2015 meeting, Kitsap County Guardians
  • Social Security Disability Programs
  • 2015
  • May 2014 meeting, Kitsap County Young Lawyers
  • Social Security Disability Programs
  • 2014
  • October 2013 board meeting, Arms Around Bainbridge
  • Social Security Disability Programs
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Joni on many different fronts, as coworker, fellow student and friend. Joni is kind and compassionate, with a strong attention for details. Her experience with the Social Security Administration and as a solo practitioner is invaluable and makes her one of the best in her area of practice."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joni provides outstanding representation for Social Security Disability applicants. I have sent clients and friends to her, and have always been pleased with her knowledge and understanding of the law and how to use it."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer as she is compassionate and takes time with clients, returns phone calls, and knows what questions to ask in a hearing."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Derifield is an excellent attorney that I can endorse with confidence and would readily refer a client or friend to handle their legal matters. Moreover, Joni has a great touch with people and always leaves a positive impression."
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Joni Marie Derifield
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Poulsbo, WA
Licensed for 19 years