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Duncan Disability Law S.C. is a family owned law firm that will help you with your social security disability, and workers' compensation claims. Although our office opened in 2011, our staff has many more years of experience; attorney Dana Duncan has 28 years of experience. We're local and respected. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Attorney Dana W. Duncan is a native Wisconsinite, whose family has lived in the state since the 1840’s. He comes from a family of hard-working people – his grandparents were dairy farmers and his parent’s factory workers. He grew up understanding hard work and earning a paycheck. Attorney Duncan has experience and understanding of what clients are going through – his mother was a diabetic who went blind due to retinopathy in her 40’s. He watched her cry over having to quit the job she loved. He also looked on as his father fought an insurance company over a back injury and then

ATTORNEY DANA W. DUNCAN

• Experts in Social Security Disability, inital claims and all levels of appeals through Federal Court representation

 

• Experienced in Wisconsin Worker's Compensation

 

• Local to Wisconsin

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Christine’s journey with Social Security Disability began years ago when she was called to help in Attorney Duncan’s office while he was in-between secretaries. Her love of people and her compassion towards those with disabilities began in her youth and developed after meeting her in-laws who suffered with blindness, diabetes, cancer and lung problems, and after her own father became deaf from Meniere's disease. Both merged into full-time work with Attorney Duncan in August of 2008 and there’s been no looking back.

CHRISTINE DUNCAN, SENIOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SPECIALIST/OFFICE MANAGER

Originally from the Wisconsin Rapids area, Josh in 2010, obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Capella University located in Minneapolis, MN. Josh started with Duncan Disability Law in 2013 as a medical coordinator and has had 4 promotions in his tenure with the firm.

JOSHUA T. PETERSON, BUSINESS MANAGER/SENIOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SPECIALIST

Attorney Roger A. Rustad has recently returned to Central Wisconsin after having worked in his own practice since 1985. He grew up on a farm in the Iola area, but left for law school and his own practice. He is excited to come back to what has always been home.

ROGER RUSTAD, ATTORNEY - WORKER’S COMPENSATION, SOCIAL SECURITY, ELDER LAW, AND ESTATE PLANNING

Thomas has been working with his family at Duncan Disability Law since its inception in 2011. Thomas has a Bachelor’s Degree from UW-La Crosse in Government with a minor in History.

 

As a teen, Thomas was already helping out the family business under its prior firm. Thomas has been instrumental in assisting the Federal Social Security department and its growth since 2013.

 

A side specialty of his is writing. He assists Attorney Duncan in preparing the federal briefs and doing much of their editing. In addition, he assists claimants in filing their federal claims and seeing them through.

 

In Tom’s free time he likes video games, comic books, super heroes and is a big sports fanatic.

THOMAS J. DUNCAN, FEDERAL SPECIALIST

Ally joined our team in 2012 as a senior in high school. She worked her way up throughout the years, not only as an employee here at DDL, but also in our hearts. Ally recently graduated from Western Technical College in La Crosse receiving an associate’s degree as a Paralegal.

 

When Ally isn’t working, she likes to spend time with family, friends, and her two dogs. Her hobbies include camping, fishing, and shopping. Along with enjoying the outdoors, she is an avid Packer fan and never misses a game.

ALLY KUHN, SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SPECIALIST

Steve began with Duncan Disability Law in January 2014. Steve has been in the customer service field for over 10 years before coming to us, and enjoys helping people in any way that he can. He started in the insurance industry helping agents and agencies with state licensing requirements and now works as a medical information coordinator here at Duncan Disability Law, where he continues to help people with disabilities. He has also been our in-house IT specialist.

 

Steve has personal experience with disabilities as he faces his own daily obstacles in life, so there is a personal touch in all of the work he does.

 

In his personal time Steve enjoys hanging out with friends, playing cards, sitting around a campfire, and enjoying high quality craft beers. Steve is an information guru when it comes to craft beers and can teach any newcomer about the world of craft beer. He also enjoys spending time with family and his cat Buddie.

STEVE SPARROW, MEDICAL COORDINATOR/INTERNAL IT

Barb works part time for Duncan Disability. While Barb’s past experience includes paralegal work as an executive secretary for various firms, administrator for a non-profit organization and various other administrative duties, she and her husband also volunteer for Builders for Christ which assists congregations in building churches. Their volunteer time has taken them to Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York. She enjoys the fellowship and purpose of these projects along with appreciating the scenery and history of each area they visit.

 

Besides travel, Barb enjoys keeping her skills updated, keeping up with the children and grandchildren, reading, and needlework.

BARBARA WOLFF, SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO MANAGEMENT

Geri was introduced to the Worker’s Compensation field several years ago while working for a local paper manufacturer. What she enjoyed the most was the investigative part, which included reviewing medical records to determine what was or wasn't work related, and then going out on surveillance with the private investigator.

 

Learning the ropes on the “company” side prepared her for the duties she needed to do on the “employee” side. She likes the personal contact she has with our clients; some of them feel like old friends, and the methodical aspects of her job which include obtaining information, filling out and submitting forms to the Department of Work Force Development, and helping clients obtain the benefits they deserve.

 

Geri is a long-time resident of Wisconsin Rapids, is married, and has a disabled daughter. She feels she was fortunate when her job at the paper manufacturer was “outsourced” as it enabled her to return to school and graduate in 2007 with an Associate Degree in Business Administration.

 

Her interests include scrapbooking, gardening, playing horseshoes, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her cat, Sweetie Hazel. Geri also likes to volunteer her time to organizations and has held positions with the Girl Scouts, Jaycees, Wood County Master Gardener, and several professional women’s groups.

GERI RYAN, WORKER’S COMPENSATION SPECIALIST

Alyssa Kuhn Steve Sparrow Barbara Wolff Geri Ryan

fought the Veteran’s Administration to give him his VA rating. Next, his father had to fight Social Security to give him disability benefits when his military injuries and age forced him to quit working later in life. These events profoundly changed him and changed his views about disability and Worker’s Compensation. He has built his career to assist those who need his aid. For these reasons, Duncan Disability Law was established.

 

Originally from Beloit, Wisconsin, Dana has lived in the Wisconsin Rapids area since 1994 where he founded Duncan Disability Law, SC. He has represented thousands of disabled clients throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota in Social Security law and Worker’s Compensation.

 

Attorney Duncan’s wife, Christine, and he have been married since 1988 and she is an integral part of Duncan Disability Law, serving as office manager and Non-Attorney Claimant Representative. He has three adult children who have worked in various facets of the practice.

 

When Dana is not working, you will find him reading, watching the Brewers or his beloved Packers (he’s a shareholder). As an amateur historian, Attorney Duncan loves books on history and biography & leads a civil war roundtable.

 

Attorney Duncan has become a well-known Social Security and Worker’s Compensation attorney. In 2011, and more recently in 2016, he was a speaker at the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives convention (NOSSCR) and also in 2017 at the National Association of Disability Representatives conference, speaking as an expert in his feild. He continues to lecture on the law, recording webinars and training tools for other attorneys and non-attorneys in the feild.

 

Social Security Disabiltiy Cases from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Division of NBI, Inc.)

Video Webcast, September 10, 2015

 

“Intro to Medicare, Medicaid, & Social Security Benefits”, Rossdale, Video Webcast, May 14, 2014

 

“SSDI Evidence Tactics”, National Business Institute, Video Webcast, September 25, 2013

“Preserving Issues for Appeal”, National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSCCR) Convention, San Antonio, Texas, November 2, 2012.

 

Dana W. Duncan is an attorney in Nekoosa who focuses on disability for clients in Wisconsin and southern Minnesota. He opened his own practice in May of 2011 with his wife and one other staff member. It has grown to now include two additional attorneys, two non-attorney claimant representatives & 20 support staff.

 

Education

Marquette University Law School – Law JD – Juris Doctor 1989

Beloit College – Political Science – BA Bachelor of Arts 1986

 

Admission

Wisconsin, 1969

Illinois, 1990

Federal District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2000

Federal District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2002

Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2003

Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2013

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Chicago, IL, 2002

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, St. Louis, MO, 2012

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Richmond, VA, 2015

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, San Francisco, CA 2015

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Cincinnati, OH 2015

Certification for Veterans’ Affairs, 2008

United States Court of Appeals, for Veterans’ Affairs, 2008

 

National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s representatives (NOSSCR) – Sustaining Member

National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR)

Member, Board of Education, Beloit School district, 1985-1986

Member, Board of Education, Port Edwards School District, 2008 - 2016, Board President 2010 to 2016

Member, Board for Village of Port Edwards, 2017 -Present

Christine and Attorney Dana Duncan were married in 1988 while Attorney Duncan was still in law school in Milwaukee and Christine was finishing her degree in Business/Human Resources at UW-LaCrosse. It is with her skills in business and Dana’s vision for helping others, that they created Duncan Disability Law in 2011, after working for other firms for over 20 years.

 

Christine was Dana’s sole assistant doing both Social Security and Worker’s Compensation from August 2008 until December 2009, when all levels of Social Security became her specialty. Christine has helped clients file initial claims and work through the entire administrative process, even into the Federal realm, filing District Court cases. Christine enjoys taking on the more trying clients and special cases that require a bit more knowledge to build the case. Since forming Duncan Disability law, she has taken and passed a certification exam through Social Security and has become a non-attorney representative, able to work with and represent claimants in their administrative law hearings and write briefs for the Appeals Council.  In addition to working with claimants, she manages the office, hires and maintains the staff, and works with the marketing aspect of the business.

 

The Duncan’s have three children who also work in the firm, mostly behind the scenes, so Duncan Disability Law is truly a family business. In her spare time, Christine enjoys reading, knitting, cooking and recently took up golf again after a 20 + year hiatus.

 

Education:

 

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse – 1989

Business Administration/Human Resources, minor: German

 

Member:

 

NOSSCR – National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives

NADR – National Association of Disability Representatives

His current position is as the Business Manager and Non-Attorney Claimant Representative.  Josh passed an exam through Social Security making him qualified as an Accredited Disability Representative and able to represent clients up to and including administrative hearings as well as write briefs for the Appeals Council.   This position requires a person to have significant knowledge of the Social Security laws and rules and be able to juggle client work and his duties running the financial end of the law firm.  He does both well.

 

Josh joined the professional Social Security organization, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) and National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR). Both organizations help gain insight into the profession Joshua has chosen with us.

 

He most enjoys spending time with his two children as well as reading various non-fiction books, watching various movies and films and keeping up with new social security disability laws and regulations.

 

Education:

 

Viterbo University – 2004

Bachelor’s in Integrated Studies

 

Capella University - 2010

Master’s in Business Administration

 

Member:

 

NOSSCR – National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives

NADR – National Association of Disability Representatives

Roger brings with him over 30 years of experience to Duncan Disability Law including the representation of clients in social security matters, estate planning and real estate issues. Roger and his wife have two adult daughters who are the pride of his life and keep him on his toes. His wife, Jan, has served as an Assistant Family Court Commissioner in Milwaukee County and will be joining him upon her retirement. He is a big Brewers fan and believes there are two seasons, baseball and waiting for baseball. Outside the office, he also enjoys gardening and still cares for the farm on which he grew up.

 

Roger learned about hard work from his father, who was a timber cutter and farm laborer. While in school, Roger worked a number of summer and part time jobs including work in a sawmill, farm labor and doing dishes in a restaurant.

 

Education

Marquette university Law School-Juris Doctor 1982

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point- Bachelor of Science 1979

 

Admission

State of Wisconsin 1982

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LINDA LOW, ASSISTANT OFFICE MANAGER

Linda is originally from Missouri where she spent her childhood on a small farm learning the value of hard work. Linda went to college in Arkansas where she earned a B.S. in Education at Central Baptist College in Conway. Linda met her husband Steve while attending Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Steve and Linda have been married for over 20 years and have adopted five boys out of Foster Care.  The boys are growing into fine young men that Mom and Dad are very proud of.  The family has several pets that cannot be left out of their life story.

 

Linda spent over 14 years teaching before adopting the boys, and she has worked part-time and temporary jobs doing things like being personal secretary for the owner of a group home, working as a Residential Aid to students in a Job Corp facility, library work, other clerical type jobs and working in the paint room at Harley-Davidson for a few months cannot be left out.

 

Linda is excited to be a part of the Duncan Disability Law management team and looks forward many productive years as a part of the team assisting clients receive the help that they deserve.