John Anthony Vessel

Social Security Disability Law
Marc Whitehead & Associates
5300 Memorial Drive
Suite 725
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 228-8888

Anthony initially began working for Marc Whitehead & Associates as a law clerk while earning his law degree. For two summers during law school, Anthony clerked for Criminal District Judge John B. Stevens. After passing the Texas Bar Exam, Anthony had the honor of being sworn in by Judge Stevens.

Anthony is also an active mediator, and has mediated several cases in The Honorable Judge Dale M. Gorczynski's Court. Anthony studied cross-cultural dispute resolution at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He was active both in South Texas College of Law's Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution programs. He competed in several tournaments, including the 2012 International Mediation Competition held in Chicago, Illinois; his team placed in the top ten advocates of forty-six teams from across the globe.

As an associate attorney for Marc Whitehead & Associates LLP, Anthony spearheads the Social Security Disability team and has successfully represented clients in hundreds of Social Security Disability hearings, and has written many Social Security Disability appeals. He also handles the firm's ERISA discovery and litigation, representing clients who have been denied disability benefits in state and federal court.

Educational Experience

South Texas College of Law: Dean's Merit Scholarship Winner - Doctorate of Jurisprudence
Texas A&M University: Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication
West Brook Senior High School: Cum Laude

Admitted to Practice

Texas State Bar
Texas State Court
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

Professional Activities and Associations

Councilman - Houston Bar Association's Social Security Division


The National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association