Joel Ban practices in the area of Veterans Disability, Social Security Disability, and Environmental Public Interest Law. Joel has always had a passion for protection of environmental resources and helping people fight powerful governmental entities. While in law school he worked at the Gonzaga University Law School Environmental Clinic representing citizen groups to stop timber sales proposed by the U.S. Forest Service, and to stop other wasteful projects such as the diversion of large quantities of water from local aquifers.
He started his legal career in 2003 in Salt Lake City at Wildlaw a not for profit Environmental Public Interest lawfirm. Here, Joel continued to represent citizen groups in Federal Court to stop proposed timber sales in opposition of federal public land management agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Joel successfully litigated appeals in the Federal District Court and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Such cases include Utah Environmental Congress v. Richmond and Utah Environmental Congress v. Troyer. More recently he successfully represented a coalition of Beaver County, Utah residents in the Utah Supreme Court. This group, BRAVE (Save the Beaver River and Varied Estates), was concerned that one of the country’s only proposed private condominium resort/ski-golf resort would pollute and over-consume scarce water resources in the Beaver River watershed. Joel helped BRAVE pursue and protect their constitutionally protected referendum right in the Utah Supreme Court. The Utah Supreme Court agreed that Beaver County and the Mt. Holly Developer could not take away BRAVE’s referendum right. You can also listen to Joel argue this case in the Supreme Court here.
Joel is dedicated to serving the needs of the disabled community and would be glad to be your disability attorney. Joel can handle both your Social Security Disability case (both SSDI and SSI) and VA Service Connected case also known as VA compensation. He has led a number of discussions to community organizations such as the National Organization on Mental Illness (NAMI), Parkinson’s Disease support groups, speaker at the Responding on the Home Front University of Utah School of Social Work, and the Disability Law Center.
He is also dedicated to serving the needs of the Veterans Community, and can help you win your service connected disability case. Whether you already have service connected benefits but your condition has worsened, you have a new claim, or your service connected condition has caused a different problem Joel can help. Joel has frequently met the needs of the homeless community and can come to mutually convenient locations to talk about your disability claim(s) with a qualified disability attorney. Also as a Salt Lake SSDI Attorney he is willing to come to your home to talk about your case.
Joel is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), and member of the Utah Association of Justice (UAJ), Utah State Bar, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney.
Joel is dedicated to making his community a better place and acts as pro bono legal counsel to the Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment (UPHE).
Joel published a law review article on fuel efficiency standards in the Temple Environmental Law Journal.