John R. Heard

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  • 10715 Gulfdale Street, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78216
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John R. Heard received his B.A. with honors from the University of Texas in 1971, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Law School with honors in 1975. In Law School, Mr. Heard was on the Law Review, and also served as a Teaching Quizmaster. After serving as law clerk for a United States District Court Judge, he began his own law practice in San Antonio in 1976. Mr. Heard is a frequent lecturer at legal seminars addressing social security issues. He has successfully represented Social Security claimants for over 30 years.

Mr. Heard is the Past President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed to practice in all Texas Courts, the Federal Courts of the Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Court of Veterans Appeals. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States in 2001. He is a maintaining member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

(Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Social Security Claimants
  • Social Security
  • Social Security Appeals
  • Social Security Disability
  • Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Supplemental Security Income

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
855-203-4355  Phone
(210) 572-6007  Phone
(210) 820-3777  Fax
University Attended:
University of Texas, B.A., with honors, 1971
Law School Attended:
University of Texas, J.D., with honors, 1975
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court Court, Western District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; 1975, Texas; U.S. Supreme Court
San Antonio and American (Member, Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law) Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas (Member, Guardianship Committee, Estate Planning and Probate Council, 1983—).
Birth Information:
San Antonio, Texas, March 2, 1949
( Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization )
Hobbies & interests:
Phi Delta Phi. Member, University of Texas Law Review, 1974-1975. Teaching Quizmaster, Legal Research and Writing, University of Texas Law School, 1974-1975. Law Clerk to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1975-1976. Chairman, Bexar County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, 1985-1986. President, 1999-2000 and Sustaining Member, 1980-2007, National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR).
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