David W. Parker, Salt Lake City Social Security Lawyer

 Motivation. Perhaps it isn’t the first thing you consider when choosing a lawyer, but the fact is, it is important to know why an attorney practices in a particular area of law. At Utah Disability, in Salt Lake City, Utah, our attorney has been assisting clients with legal matters relating to Social Security disability benefits for 30 years.

Why, you may ask, would a lawyer choose this area of law? What is his or her motivation? The answer is simple: Attorney David W. Parker loves the work he does. Motivated by a strong sense of dedication to helping people to obtain the financial benefits they are entitled to following life-altering physical and mental illnesses, our attorney has effectively assisted clients with a variety of SSD matters.

If you are disabled and have lost the ability to work in substantial gainful activity, you may be eligible for social security disability insurance benefits under federal law. In the state of Utah, one of our social security disability lawyers at Utah Disability, may be able to help you gain the benefits you need to cover your costly medical and living expenses. Call us at (801) 328-5600 or contact our disability firm online for a free initial consultation with a qualified member of our legal team. We take cases on a contingency fee basis so you never pay unless you collect benefits.

For over 30 years, our Utah disability law firm has been assisting clients throughout Salt Lake City, mental ailments and physical injuries including paralysis, blindness, lower back injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, manic depression, and other psychological and psychiatric illnesses.

At Utah Disability, we work closely with clients and their doctors to move cases through the application and appeals process in a thorough and timely manner. Our sole focus is on obtaining the benefits you need. Contact a social security disability attorney at our firm today for a free initial consultation and honest assessment of your case. We are ready to fight for you.

Areas of Practice:

  • Social Security is what we do. Social Security is all we do.

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Social Security Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Utah, 1987


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1987


    Law Review: Canadian/American Law Review, 1986 - 1987

  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1984


    Major: Organizational Communications

Published Works:

  • Independent Contractor Status, Willey Law, UT Section, 1991

  • Employment Law, My Educator, 2014 to Present, submissions and videos

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Utah State: 2014 to present: Employment Law, Human Resources, Business Law, Negotiations

  • Social Security, NBI, 2005

  • Utah Association for Justice: Many Social Security seminars and classes

  • Car Wars, Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 2004

  • Adjunct Professor Utah State University, 2014-Present; Employment law, Business Law, Human Resources, and Negotiations

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 - 2003

    Board of Governors

  • Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 - 2015

    Advisory Board

  • Utah Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 - 2005

    Legislative Committee

  • Utah Citizen's Alliance, 2004 - 2005

    Board of Governors

  • Workers Compensation Applicants Attorney Association, 1994 - 2005


  • Utah Trial Lawyers Association, Social Security Division


  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives


  • Founder Legal Medico Association

  • Founder Injured Workers Association of Utah

  • Utah Court of Appeals Utah, 1987

  • Utah Supreme Court Utah, 2987

  • US Federal District Court for District of Utah, 1987

  • US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2011

  • Judge PRO TEM: Sandy, West Valley, and Murray Courts Utah

Ancillary Businesses:

  • Advocate for the disabled


  • Italian

Attorney Benjamin A Johnston practices exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability law and has done so since 2006. As part of his practice, Mr. Johnston represents claimants at every level of the adjudication process from the initial application through the hearing level with an Administrative Law Judge. Mr. Johnston has also successfully represented claimants at the Appeals Council and Federal District Court levels.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Johnston received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah in 1999. He attended the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law at Arizona State University and received his Juris Doctor in 2006. While in law school, Mr. Johnston participated in the Disability Law Project, served as the Chapter Justice in the Black Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, and volunteered as a mediator in Maricopa County Justice Courts.

After returning to Utah in 2006, Mr. Johnston was admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Utah and in 2008 was admitted to the same in Nevada, though he is currently inactive in Nevada. In 2013, Mr. Johnston was nominated and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has also been named to the Utah Business Magazine Legal Elite several times, most recently 2016 and 2017.

In his spare time you will find Mr. Johnston on the golf course, in the stands of the University of Utah football games, or spending time with his wife, step-daughter, and dogs.