I specialize in helping people meet their legal needs, specifically in the areas of Bankruptcy, Social Security for Disability, and Workers Compensation. 

Contact me today and let's discuss how I can help you. 


James Johnson has represented individual debtors and businesses in bankruptcy for over 30 years from his home office in State College, PA. Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which a person or business who cannot pay his or her bills can get a fresh financial start.

  • representation of all debtors in chapter 7
  • representation of debtor businesses in chapter 7 or chapter 13
  • representation of debtors in all federal bankruptcy courts

A decision to file for bankruptcy should be made only after determining that bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your financial problems. The following brochure should serve as a resource, but cannot explain every aspect of the bankruptcy process. If you still have questions after reading it, you should speak with an attorney familiar with bankruptcy or a paralegal working for an attorney.

Answering Common Bankruptcy Questions

What the Consumer Debtor Needs to Know Before Filing Bankruptcy



James Johnson represents claimants for workers compensation benefits out of his central office in State College, PA. Workers' Compensation law provides automatic coverage for loss of income, as well as medical coverage to employees who are injured on the job.

  • representation of injured workers for wage loss and medical claims
  • representation of injured workers for lump sum settlements and for specific injury awards
  • representation of injured workers in all appellate courts. 

The Workers’ Compensation Act which governs workers’ injuries in Pennsylvania and most states is a compulsory system and not a matter of election by or contract between your employer and you. The purpose of the law is to provide automatic coverage for loss of income and medical coverage to injured employees who are injured on the job without having to prove the fault of the employer. In return, the worker gives up the right to sue the employer for damages

Worker's Compensation: What you Need to Know


James Johnson has represented disability appeals from social security denials since 1988 from his office in State College, PA. Commonly referred to as SSI or SSDI, the Social Security Administration provides benefits to those who qualify. The process, however, is challenging at best. 

An attorney can increase your chances of receiving benefits by as much as 60%.

  • representation of social security disability claimants who have been denied benefits on initial claims
  • representation of social security disability claimants in all appeals when necessary
  • only representing social security disability claimants from the central Pennsylvania area to include the counties of Centre, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Clearfield. 

When people talk about disability benefits, there is often confusion. There is a difference between social security disability insurance and social security supplemental income (SSI).

The Social Security Administration administers both programs, but the programs are different.

The social security disability program (SSDI) that workers, employers and the self-employed pay for with their social security taxes provides disability benefits based on your work history, and the amount of your benefits is based on your earnings.

SSI is a program paid for through general tax revenues, not through the social security trust funds. SSI disability benefits are paid to the people who have a disability who don’t own much property or have income over the limit allowed, or do not have a sufficient work history to qualify for SSDI.

It is possible that many people receive benefits from both programs under certain circumstances. The disability benefits from both programs is primarily the same. Children can receive benefits under the SSI program. The tests for disability for children are different than the tests for adults obviously because most children do not have a work history or a work record that can determine whether they can still work based on the disability that they have.

Appealing Social Security Disability Appeals

Importance of Picking the Right Attorney to Represent You for Social Security Disability Benefits

Our Specialties in Personal Injury Include:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Vehicle Passenger Claims
  • Death Claims
  • Drunk Driving Victims
  • Pedestrian/Bicycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Claims & Questions\
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • Dog Bites
  • Defective Products
  • Workers Compensation

In any case where an insurance company is involved (and they are involved in practically every case where there is an injured party) you can assume that a file is opened immediately with a trained insurance company adjuster attempting to get every fact that will lesson their liability and the damages they have to pay. Most adjusters will attempt to settle your case as quickly as possible even without knowing the full extent of your injuries.     

What you Need to Know about Peronsal Injury


Jim Johnson

Barbara Johnson

Office Administrator & Legal Assistant


Ever since moving to State College in 1970, Jim has been an active member of the Centre County community. Early in his career, he worked with the disabled community to help establish a transit facility for Centre County disabled citizens, which is in existence to this day.

While at Keystone Legal Services, he was instrumental in bringing forward special education issues on behalf of disabled children at a time when these issues were just being established in local school districts.

At this time, Jim is a solicitor for Centre County Children and Youth Services and continues his work in the consumer-related fields, having done so since 1975.


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1901 East College Ave
State College, PA 16801