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Ward Harper 
Salt Lake City, Utah
phone (800) 765-2141 (Toll Free)
(801) 272-7900
fax (801) 272-7906
email Email Me

I have been practicing Social Security law for a long time.  Disability cases have been almost 100% of my caseload since I opened my own practice in January 1994.  For the three years prior to that, I was a staff attorney at the Social Security Office of Hearings and Appeals, where I got to see how things work on the inside.  This hearing office all cases in Utah. I take cases from anywhere.   Prior to that, I worked for Utah Legal Services for seven years, the last three years at the attorney in charge of Social Security cases for the Salt Lake City office.  From January 2001 through September 2007, I won over 99% of my cases, 940 cases in all. There were only 8 losses during that time. I have won 1675 cases since 1994. In the early years, I did not keep track of our record on appeal, but we rarely lost an appeal.

I think that there are some things besides my experience and success rate that distinguish the way I handle cases from others.  My paralegal, Jody, has been working for me for six years and can answer almost any question you have.  Whereas some firms have paralegals review the file and make decisions about the medical evidence, or have junior attorneys handle the case, I am the one making all the decisions about your case and I will be the one who goes to court with you.  Some people think bigger is better, but don't you want the person who has the experience and expertise to be the one making the decisions in your case?  Also, some firms will take almost any case.  Now, I can tell that some cases can be won over the phone, but in many others I will investigate the case thoroughly before I take it.  So you know that when I take your case, you have a good shot at winning.  Third, I'm not going to give up if the Administrative Law Judge rules against me.  I always appeal to the next level, the Appeals Council, and usually appeal to Federal Court after that.  And some firms do not even meet with their client before they go to court.  I will meet with you and we will discuss the case in detail and I will answer any questions you have.  I don't think there is any other way to make the best possible presentation to the judge.

I've made it through a serious illness myself and know what it's like to spend a lot of time in the hospital and be stuck at home unable to do most things.  And I know dealing with the disability process is often frustrating and usually time-consuming.  The government doesn't move very fast.  I'd like to help you get the benefits you deserve.  So call my office.  I don't charge anything to evaluate the case and do not charge a fee unless we win.


Areas of Practice:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Claims and Appeals
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claims and Appeals
Bar Admissions:
Utah, 1988
U.S. District Court District of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1987

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1984
M.A., Philosophy

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 1978
Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works:
"Transferability of Skills and other Medical-Vocational Issues", Utah Trial Lawyers Conference, 2007

"Social Security Rulings, Old and New", NOSSCR Seminar, 2004

Cross-Examination of Medical and Vocational Experts", CLE Training, 2003

Panel Discussion on Social Security Law, Utah State Bar, 2003

"Social Security Rulings", NOSSCR Seminar, 2001

"Handling a Social Security Disability Case in Utah", NBI Seminar, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships:
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)
Sustaining Member

Utah Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions:
Attorney in Private Practice, 1994 - Present

Social Security Administrative Law Judges in Salt Lake City and Southwestern Wyoming, Attorney/Advisor, 1991 - 1994

Utah Legal Services, Salt Lake City Office, Attorney in Charge of Social Security Litigation, 1988 - 1991

Every legal matter is different. The outcome of each legal case depends upon many factors, including the facts of the case. An attorney's success in past legal matters should not be relied upon to predict a successful outcome in your own case.

Office Location

Ward Harper, Attorney at Law, Inc.
4001 South 700 East, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT

Send mail to:
PO Box 900458
Sandy, UT 84090

Phone: 801.272.7900
Toll-Free: 800.765.2141
Fax: 801.272.7906
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