Dianna Cannon loves practicing disability law and has done so for the past 30 years. During that time, she has won thousands of disability claims. She has also won disability claims under the Black Lung Act, before the Railroad Retirement Board, and the Veteran’s Administration.
She is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives. Ms. Cannon is a member of the Board of Trustees for the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She is also an adjunct professor for the law school, where she teaches Disability Law. Recently, her colleagues voted for her inclusion in Utah’s Legal Elite in Utah Business Magazine. In 2019, Thomson Reuters published Dianna Cannon’s book, Social Security Disability Claims, Volumes 1 & 2. Her book is an attorney’s guide to practicing Social Security Disability law.
FOCUSING ON DISABILITY
Ms. Cannon’s interest in disability law began during law school. At that time, few firms were representing individuals with disabilities. Ms. Cannon knew this was an important area of the law. She knew law firms should reach out to help those with disabilities. Applicants need help, because the government makes it difficult to obtain SSD benefits.
In order to fight government agencies like the SSA, you need a lawyer. This means clients who can’t work due to disability, need to hire an attorney without coming up with a lot of money. Cannon Disability Law was born to help those seeking disability benefits. Since then, her firm has won over $100 million in client’s past-due disability benefits.
As a past president of the Women Lawyers of Utah, Ms. Cannon also encourages women and young lawyers to open their own law firms. Small, local firms can provide affordable legal services to everyone. Because Cannon Disability Law serves clients throughout the West, Ms. Cannon is licensed to practice law in Utah, Nevada, California, and Washington state.
Over 20,000 clients have won disability benefits with Cannon Disability Law. Cannon Disability Law’s headquarters is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their office is on South Temple. Ms. Cannon’s firm is one of the best disability firms in Utah. Additionally, her firm is listed as one of the best Social Security Disability firms in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her firm represents claimant’s throughout the western United States, including Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, and Washington.
Dianna Cannon has won thousands of disability cases at the hearing level. Additionally, she has won hundreds of cases at the Appeals Council. She also has extensive experience in Federal Court. While winning disability benefits is the ultimate goal, “helping people navigate Social Security’s system is the most important thing we do. Thirty years practicing disability law makes us experts. This means we understand medical issues and the law. We know how to build a case. Likewise, we are good at obtaining crucial evidence. We work hard to collect all of our client’s medical evidence. Also, our clients know we are behind them 100%, during what is the difficult process of winning benefits.”
DIANNA CANNON EXPLAINS EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS RATE
As an expert in disability law, Ms. Cannon has good advice for her clients. She states, “If you are looking for a disability attorney, make sure you hire an expert. Your future depends on hiring the right representative. If your disability prevents you from working, then you need a monthly disability payment in order to live. You don’t want to hire the wrong attorney. Especially when your future income is at stake.”
Ms. Cannon explains, “You need to connect with your attorney, but your attorney is not your best friend. She is there to give you advice and if you listen, your chances of success in your case are high. The clients who follow our advice typically win their disability benefits. However, we can’t force people to do what we ask of them. When our clients take our advice, they usually have a good experience during this difficult benefit’s process.”
There are things people can look for when seeking to hire an attorney. For example, she explains, “An important thing to ask about, when hiring an attorney, is their success rate. If they have a high success rate, then they have the experience to win your case. Experience is crucial in court. Likewise, your attorney should know the facts the judge is looking for to grant the case. Because of our extensive experience and hard work, we win the majority of our cases. Not many firms have such a high win rate over thirty years. Our success rate speaks for itself.”
State Law Licenses
- Admitted in California, U.S. District Court for District of California, 2009
- Admitted in Nevada, U.S. District Court for District of Nevada, 2008
- Admitted in Washington State, U.S. District Court for District of Washington, 2004, inactive status
- Admitted in Utah, U.S. District Court for District of Utah and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1992
- University of Utah Law School, J.D., 1992
- University of Utah Honors B.A., English and Art History, 1989
Activities and Memberships
- Member of the Board of Trustees at the S.J. Quinney College of Law
- Sustaining Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, 1992-2021
- Accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to Represent Veterans Seeking Service-Connected Disability Benefits – 2010-2021
- Member, Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-2021
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Disability Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2006-2021
- Member, ACLU of Utah Legal Panel and Member of the Board, 1999-2007
- Utah’s Legal Elite, Utah Business Magazine, 2016, 2017
- Contributing Editor, Utah Trial Journal, Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
- Social Security Disability Claims, Volumes 1 & 2, by Dianna Cannon, published by Thomson Reuters, 2020 Edition
- Dianna Cannon: Changing People’s Lives, Attorney at Law Magazine, Volume 6 No. 2F (2018).
- Contributing Writer, Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits – An Essential Part of Protecting Your Future, Attorney at Law Magazine – 2016
- “Risk Takers: 30 Women to Watch,” Utah Business Magazine, 2003
- Maximizing Disability Benefits in the Case of Worker’s Compensation Offset, Utah Trial Journal, 2000
- “An In-Depth Look at the Social Security Process and How to Assist Claimant’s with Mental Disability,” Disability Law Center Mental Health Advisory Board, 2019
- “Understanding Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits,” National Conference of Adrenal Insufficiency United, 2019
- Featured in Women in Law 2018 Salt Lake City – Attorney at Law Magazine, Volume 6 No. 2F
- “Reopening: How to Get More Benefits for Your Client,” National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives, 2017
- “How to Win Your Social Security Disability Case” – 10th Circuit Winter Meeting – 2014
- “Encouraging Conversations about Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace” – 5th Annual YWCA Women’s Leadership Summit – 2013
- “Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Issues for Children with Cystic Fibrosis,” The Cystic Fibrosis Parent Outreach Clinic, Primary Children’s Hospital, 2009
- “Documenting Disability Training for Medical Providers, The SSA Disability Determination Process,” Association for Utah Community Health, University of Utah Student Programs in Family Medicine, 2007
- “What Family Law Lawyers Need to Know About Social Security Disability and the Utah Retirement System,” Utah State Bar Family Law Section, 2005
- “Social Security Issues Related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals,” The Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2002
- “Statutory Blindness and Reopening Your Social Security Claim in Federal Court,” Social Security Conference for the Blind or Visually Impaired, Blind Center, 2002
- “Handling a Social Security Disability Case,” National Business Institute Seminar, 2000
- “An Introduction to Social Security Law,” Multiple Sclerosis Society Annual Meeting, 1998
- “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Social Security Disability Case,” CFS Society, 1997