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Dianna Cannon

Dianna Cannon lawyer Salt Lake City UTDianna Cannon loves practicing disability law. She 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.


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, because disability cuts across all social categories.

For example, it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor or what your skin color is, you can have a disability. Likewise, disability can impact your life no matter your gender, age, or education level. She knew law firms should help those with disabilities. Applicants need help, because the SSA 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. And, they need to do it 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 and ongoing disability benefits.


Over 20,000 clients have won disability benefits with Cannon Disability Law. Cannon Disability Law’s main office is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their office is on South Temple. However, they also represent clients in Nevada and have a location there. Ms. Cannon’s firm is one of the best disability firms in Utah and Nevada. Learn more here about Utah SSD benefits. Nevada Disability Information can also be found on this website.

Additionally, Ms. Cannon’s firm is listed as one of the best Social Security Disability firms in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Cannon Disability represents claimant’s throughout the western United States. For example, we have clients in California, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, 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 also know how to build a good 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.”

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 those who need it. Because Cannon Disability Law serves clients throughout the West, Ms. Cannon is a member of the bar in Utah, Nevada, California and Washington state. Find out more about Utah disability information here. Learn more about Nevada disability information and California disability information on this site.


As an expert in disability law, Dianna 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.”

Additionally, it is important to hire a disability firm with good customer service. This can be hard to find. Attorneys are always busy. Therefore, it is important that they have a responsive staff. At Cannon Disability, we work hard to give all of our clients attention. We do our best to keep clients up to date on their case. Contact Cannon Disability for a free consultation today.

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. 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. When our clients take our advice, they usually have a good experience winning disability benefits.”


Most people ask their friends for a referral when they are looking to hire an attorney. While that is not a bad idea, there are a variety of things to keep in mind. For example, first you should find an attorney that you get along with. Likewise, make sure that support team at the attorney’s office is responsive and kind. You will be dealing with the attorney and support staff for many years, so it is always best to enjoy their company.

Second,  you should look for a representative who has experience in disability law. For example, Dianna Cannon states, “An important thing to ask about, when hiring an attorney, is whether they have experience doing hearings. Also, do they have experience at the Appeals Council and in Federal Court. If they do, then they have the experience to win your case. Not every lawyer has years of disability legal experience.”


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. Also, our success rate speaks for itself.”

Additionally, she explains, “we work with our clients as a team. No attorney can win a case alone. The client must help us obtain medical evidence. Also, they must be willing to prepare for their hearing. Clients who visit their doctor and work with us are usually happy with the outcome of their case. Because they win.”

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 B.A., Art History, 1989

Activities and Memberships

  • Member of the Board of Trustees at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2012-2022
  • Sustaining Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, 1992-2022
  • Accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to Represent Veterans Seeking Service-Connected Disability Benefits – 2010-2022
  • Member, Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-2022
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Disability Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2006-2022
  • Member, ACLU of Utah Legal Panel and Member of the Board, 1999-2007
  • Utah’s Legal Elite, Utah Business Magazine, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022
  • Contributing Editor, Utah Trial Journal, Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 2003


  • Social Security Disability Claims, Volumes 1 & 2, by Dianna Cannon, published by Thomson Reuters, 2021 Edition
  • Dianna Cannon: Changing People’s LivesAttorney 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

Presentations​​ 2022-2011

  • Panelist, Book Review, Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell by Paul A. Lombardo, for National Disabilities Awareness month. October 27, 2021
  • “S.J. Quinney Law School, 2L/3L Orientation Program, Group Panel Discussion, Administrative Law,” 2021
  • “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


For the past 30 years, Dianna Cannon has built a legal practice that focuses on winning SSD and SSI benefits for individuals with disabilities. She has also taken on some difficult Black Lung Disability benefits claims. Additionally, she  represents disabled Veterans in their claims for service-connected Veteran’s Disability benefits. Although these types of cases are not the heart of her practice, she enjoys learning about other areas of administrative law, especially in the disability benefits arena.

While awards and degrees are important, they don’t tell you everything. When seeking benefits, you also want to hire an attorney who you get along with. Also, you should hire an attorney who works with an excellent staff. Why? Because no attorney works alone. The law firm staff is crucial to your success in winning disability benefits.

The Cannon Disability legal team has many years of disability law experience. In fact, we have over 60 years of combined legal experience. As a result, we use our legal skills to do what we can to support our clients. You need an SSD attorney who works for you and also works with you. Contact us today. See if the legal team at Cannon Disability is a good fit for you.

Dianna Cannon, SSD Attorney in Salt Lake City Utah


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