Meet the Staff of Duncan Disability Law, S.C.


Attorney Dana W. Duncan


Attorney Dana W. Duncan

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.


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


Attorney Duncan takes great pride in the founding of his office, but takes even greater pride in his family. His wife, Christine, and he have been married since 1988 and she is an integral part of Duncan Disability Law. He has three children, Thomas, Allyson and Sarah.


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


Attorney Duncan has become a well-known Social Security, Worker’s Compensation and VA attorney. In 2011, he was a speaker at the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) convention in San Antonio, Texas, speaking as an expert in his field. He continues to lecture on the law and consult with other lawyers on these issues.


Dana W. Duncan is an attorney in Wisconsin Rapids who specializes in disability for clients in Wisconsin and southern Minnesota.


Education


Marquette University Law School – Law JD – Juris Doctor 1969
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
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Chicago 2002
Certification for Veterans’ Affairs, 2008
United States Court of Appeals, for Veterans’ Affairs, 2008
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, St. Louis, 2012

Member, Board of Education, Beloit School district, 1985-1986
Member, Board of Education, Port Edward, 2008
National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s representatives (NOSSCR)


Christine Duncan, Office Manager Sr. Social Security Disability Specialist/Office Manager


Christine Duncan, Sr. Social Security Disability Specialist/Office Manager

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 nearly 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 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. Since forming Duncan Disability Law, she has become the Senior Social Security Disability Specialist for Federal Claims and is also the Office Manager.


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. Since family is the most important thing to both Christine and Dana, their love of family and keeping family connections is what makes them want to treat each client as if they were family, and they are – every client is part of the Duncan Disability family!


In her spare time, Christine is the Community Coordinator for an exchange student program and the Duncan’s have hosted 18 students from all over the world. She has managed more than 200 students from 30 countries during her tenure as a coordinator. Christine also enjoys reading, knitting and cooking, but more than anything she loves spending time with her kids – both foreign and natural.


Joshua T. Peterson, Business Manager/Senior Social Security Disability Specialist


Joshua T. Peterson, Business Manager/Senior Social Security Disability Specialist 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 3 promotions in his tenure with the firm. His current position is as the Business Manager/Senior Social Security Disability Specialist. As a specialist handles all aspects of the administrative side of Social Security claims and responds to clients on a daily basis during this process. This position requires a person to have significant knowledge of the Social Security laws and rules. Josh assumed the added responsibility of a Senior Specialist with passion and vigor, quickly grasping the intricate rules and regulations and serving as mentor to our staff. As Business Manager, Josh has duties involving purchasing, accounting, accounts receivable, collections, budgeting and other financial functions.


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.


An active member in the local Toastmasters chapter 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.


Jonathan Blum, Attorney - Worker’s Compensation, Elder Law, and Estate Planning


Jonathan Blum, Attorney  - Worker’s Compensation, Elder Law, and Estate Planning With stops in Madison and London along the way, Jonathan Blum has been proud to call Wisconsin Rapids home. He appreciates the hard work and Midwestern sense of community that have always been strong in his native town.


Jonathan had many interesting short-term jobs before becoming an attorney, from waxing buses, cleaning golf clubs, and officiating sports, to spending summers at the paper mill and a winter at a food distribution warehouse. He was also fortunate enough to spend four years working as the Administrator for his hometown church.


Attorney Blum founded a solo practice firm in Wisconsin Rapids in 2007. He closed the office and was away from work for a few years due to his own health issues before returning to practice with Duncan Disability.


When Jonathan is not working, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He loves watching the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers, and has had Badger football season tickets for the past 22 years. After six years of waiting, Jonathan and his daughters have a few years to go before getting their Packer tickets – they have inched up to 80,335th, 80,336th, and 80,337th on the Packer season ticket wait list.


Education

University of Wisconsin Law School – Juris Doctor 2006

University of Wisconsin-Madison – BS Economics, Math Emphasis – 2003

London School of Economics, London, England – Spring Term – 1995


Admission

State of Wisconsin - 2007


J. Greer Black, Non-Attorney Representative and Social Security Disability Specialist


J. Greer Black, Non-Attorney Representative and Social Security Disability Specialist Greer started with Duncan Disability in March 2014 as a disability specialist and has increased his job description to non-attorney representative.  Not only does Greer daily assist clients in their filing of applications and appeals for hearing, but he also is able to represent claimants at the hearing level and does some writing for the firm to the Appeals Council. A native of Illinois, Greer received his Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago and hopes to go on to Law School at the University of Wisconsin Madison within the coming year. In his spare time, Greer enjoys volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, hiking, reading, playing banjo and spending time with his family.








Thomas J. Duncan, Federal Specialist


Thomas J. Duncan, Federal Specialist 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.  As 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.







David Farmbrough, Social Security Disability Specialist


David Farmbrough, Social Security Disability Specialist David Farmbrough was born in England and had a long legal career there, eventually becoming head of property law in a London Solicitors. He saw his role as helping people transition to the next stage of their lives. From newly-weds buying their first small apartments to retired people moving to elder accommodation, he recognized that his clients needed not only legal expertise, but also kindness and a sympathetic ear.


Entering the University Of London as a mature student, David obtained a BA in English and an MA in film & visual media. On arrival in the USA he started working in media. Having been a radio presenter, newspaper editor, video director, and photographer, David resumed his legal career last year with Duncan Disability Law. He is currently a disability specialist for Social Security Disability claims.


David spends much of his time with his young son enjoying the central Wisconsin area’s natural beauty and diverse cultural and community life.  He also severs of the boards of several local non-profits, including the Central Wisconsin Literacy Council, and is a member of Mid-State Poetry Towers, River Cities 'Riters, the Wisconsin Rapids Library Board and the Wisconsin Writers' Association.


Pamela Parks, Social Security Disability Specialist


Pamela Parks, Social Security Disability Specialist Pamela joined our staff in September 2015.  She was born in Rancho Cucamonga California. As a youngster, her family moved to Oklahoma where I grew up. Pam moved to Wisconsin in 1984. I married and had two wonderful sons, Christopher and Nicholas.


For 10 years, Pam worked for Adams County Government. Herexperience there included, Support Staff at the Child Support Agency, Receptionist in the Behavioral Clinic and Legal Secretary for the District Attorney’s Office. Pam’s work at the District Attorney’s Office also allowed her to work closely with the Victim/Witness Coordinator assisting victims with the legal process of the cases in which they were involved.


In Pam’s spare time she enjoys camping, cooking, fishing, traveling, watching scary movies with her granddaughter and spending as much time with family and friends as I can.


Alyssa Kuhn, Federal Medical Coordinator/Disability Specialist In-Training


Alyssa Kuhn, Federal Medical Coordinator/Disability Specialist In-Training Alyssa, also known as Ally around the office, 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 is currently going to school at Western Technical College in La Crosse and will be graduating April 2016, receiving an associate’s degree as a Paralegal. She will then be joining us here full time as a Social Security Disability Specialist. For the time being, she is working part-time in the federal realm, preparing medical summaries for briefing.


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



Steve Sparrow, Medical Coordinator/Internal IT


Steve Sparrow, Medical Coordinator/Internal IT 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.

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.




Barbara Wolff, Special Administrative Assistant to Management


Barbara Wolff, Special Administrative Assistant to Management 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.







Sarah Duncan, Administrative Assistant


Sarah Duncan, Administrative Assistant Sarah Duncan has been with Duncan Disability in some way since its inception. The youngest daughter of Attorney Duncan, she recently joined the staff here full time. She assists all of the Social Security Disability staff and also serves as part-time receptionist. Sarah started as a high school intern and knows much about the family business. She recently returned from a year abroad studying in Germany and spent a semester in college before disappointment struck with an automobile accident, sending her studying habits into temporary hiatus. We are happy to have added her on to the staff here. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys corresponding with all her friends abroad, watching movies, reading, baking and hanging out with her family.








Geri Ryan, Worker’s Compensation and Veteran’s Disability Specialist


Geri Ryan, Worker’s Compensation and Veteran’s Disability Specialist

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 was not work related and 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 Wis. Rapids, is married and has a disabled daughter who lives in Florida. 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 2007with 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.


Karen Guck, Administrative Assistant


Karen Guck, Administrative Assistant||||

Karen is no stranger to customer service. Karen’s background includes more than 20 years’ service providing customer support for TDS Telecom and another 8 years as the front-line voice of Attorney Duncan’s former law firm. She now finds herself here at DDL, again providing customer support and general assistance to the staff as well as providing assistance in our Worker’s Compensation department alongside Geri Ryan and Attorney Duncan.

Karen is familiar with curveballs in life when the unexpected arises and has found that these circumstances have helped her to better aid people with their challenges. Her compassion is rewarded when she sees a smiling face or light in someone’s eyes or voice over the phone. She believes this previous experience lends itself to the values and goals of Duncan Disability Law.

Karen is married with two adult children and two grandsons. When she’s not watching her grandson’s sporting events, she enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, walking and taking care of their beautiful rural home.

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Duncan Disability Law, S.C.

 

555 Birch Street

P.O. Box 217

Nekoosa, WI 54457
Phone: 715-423-4000

Toll Free: 888-458-2406

Fax: 715-423-4001

 

525 Main Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: (608) 782-5020

 

Email: duncandisability@gmail.com


 

  • Social Security Disability
    Initial Applications through Federal Court Claims
  • Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation
  • Elder Law Wills, Estate Planning and Powers of Attorney