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Social Security Success! Seminar Faculty 

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CLE Credits:  9.3

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Gregory A. Benker concentrates his practice in ERISA benefits, social security disability, employment, insurance, and health benefits litigation.  He is listed as a rising star in the area of ERISA litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers.  Mr. Benker is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.  He is a past member of AAJ’s Section Leaders’ Council and the current chair of the Social Security Disability Law Section.  Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant is located in Evanston, Illinois.

Sarah H. Bohr is an appellate attorney who has concentrated in social security law for 30 years and worked at legal services for the first 21 years of her legal career.  Her social security practice includes administrative representation, district court appeals, class action litigation, circuit court appeals, brief writing, and litigating before the Supreme Court of the United States.  Ms. Bohr is the author of Sarah Bohr’s Pocket Guide to Key Social Security Rulings, Winning Appeals Council Arguments (5th edition), Eleventh Circuit Social Security Cases 2011 Update, and Bohr’s Social Security Issues Annotated.  She is past president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and a 2007 recipient of NOSSCR’s Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award.  Ms. Bohr is a partner in the Atlantic Beach, Florida law firm of Bohr & Harrington, LLC.

Jeremy Bordelon concentrates his practice in social security disability, private disability insurance, and ERISA long-term disability benefits cases.  He currently serves at AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section’s Newsletter Editor.  Mr. Bordelon is a junior partner at Eric Buchanan & Associates in Chattanooga, TN. 

Eric L. Buchanan is a certified Social Security Disability Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and has represented disabled people and other policyholders across the United States in both ERISA and non-ERISA disputes.  He is a past chair of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section and a member of AAJ’s ERISA, Health and Disability Insurance Litigation Group.  Mr. Buchanan currently serves as the Vice President for East Tennessee of the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ), is a past President of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers, a past-chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Disability Law Section, and is a sustaining member of NOSSCR.  The law firm of Eric Buchanan & Associates, PLLC is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Scott B. Elkind concentrates his practice in the representation of persons wrongfully denied disability benefits.  He is a past chair of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section, serves on the section’s Executive Board, and is cochair of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Social Security Disability Section.  He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of disability benefits and has authored many articles on related topics.  Mr. Elkind is a partner with Elkind & Shea in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Donna Harrison Green is certified as a Social Security Disability Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.  She is a member of the Tennessee Bar and a sustaining member of NOSSCR.  Ms. Green is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has concentrated her practice in social security law for 19 years.  Donna Harrison Green, Attorney at Law, PLLC is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Benjamin A. Irwin is the managing partner with The Cochran Firm-Cochran, Cherry & Irwin, P.C., a national social security firm, a partner in Memphis based personal injury office of The Cochran Firm, and a practicing attorney with The Cochran Firm in Dothan, Alabama.  Mr. Irwin is the owner and president of PinPoint Media Inc., a national advertising and marketing firm for lawyers and law firms.  He is admitted to practice in all Alabama State Courts, as well as the Federal District Courts for the Middle District of Alabama, and is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, and NOSSCR.  Mr. Irwin was elected to the Board of County Commissioners for Dale County, Alabama and was the youngest person elected to serve as a County Commissioner.  He also served in the United States Army in Military Intelligence Operations, where he worked primarily overseas in South Korea, Germany, and Italy.

Michael T. Kelly concentrates his practice in social security litigation at the Dallas, Texas based firm of Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP.  He began his legal career in a general practice firm in 1988, representing clients in various state related matters.  He has conducted hearings representing claimants at the administrative levels, and has handled federal court Social Security appeals.  Mr. Kelly is a past president of the Dallas Association of Social Security Claimants’ Attorneys (D.A.S.S.C.A.) and is a member of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section.

Douglas K. W. Landau has tried Social Security cases throughout the East Coast.  A member of the bars in Virginia, DC, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida, this past chair of AAJ’s Social Security section concentrates his practice in disability claims in over a dozen states.  Mr. Landau joined AAJ while working for the ATLA Exchange.  Active in AAJ, the Virginia & DC Trial Lawyers Associations, and an All-American triathlete, his firm, ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., is located some 25 miles west of the White House in Herndon, Virginia.

Christopher Latham concentrates his practice in social security disability and long term disability benefits claims.  He is vice president of the New York Social Security Bar Association, past chair of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section, chair of the newly formed Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) Social Security Section, member of AAJ’s Insurance Law Section, and past chair of the New York County Lawyers Association Committee on Legislation and Governmental Regulations for the Estates, Trusts, and Surrogates Court Practice Section.  He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Brehon Law Societies of New York and Nassau Counties.  Mr. Latham is a partner with Pasternack, Tilker, Ziegler, Walsh, Stanton and Romano, LLP, in New York, New York.

Laura McKinnon has dedicated her life to fighting for the injured and disabled. Her litigation practice focuses on personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, and veterans disability law. She founded McKinnon Law Firm, based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in November 1988. Before that time she worked as an attorney handling asbestos, social security disability, and workers’ compensation claims.  Ms. McKinnon serves as chair-elect of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section and on AAJ’s Section Leaders Council. 

Susan M. O’Malley is a North Carolina Bar certified specialist in social security disability law and was an original board member of the North Carolina Bar’s Social Security Disability Law Committee.  Ms. O’Malley is a past chair of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section, is a past chair of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers’ Disability (NCATL) Advocacy Section, served on NCATL’s Board of Governor’s, and is a member of NOSSCR.  She has spoken on social security in North Carolina and across the country at numerous seminars and other continuing legal education programs.  Ms. O’Malley is a partner with Keel, O’Malley, Tunstall, LLP in Tarboro, North Carolina.

Krisi Probert, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., C.H.T. received her doctorate in Occupational Therapy in May of 2006 from the University of Saint Augustine.  Ms. Probert is a Certified Hand Therapist at a northeast Georgia outpatient clinic where she specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic trauma to the upper extremity, and is also a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator.  She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Brenau University’s Occupational Therapy Program.  As a former employee of a nationwide provider’s outpatient division, she earned the national distinction of Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics.  In addition to her work in the area of upper extremity orthopedics, Ms. Probert adds the following to her list of accomplishments:  developed and coordinated a therapeutic aquatics program; has authored and published a geriatric endurance measurement tool; provides OT services to ten area elementary schools; serves as a consultant for ergonomic accessibility; teaches a certification course in medical terminology at an adult literacy center; consults and lectures at two local school systems introducing secondary students to the professions of OT and PT; and has authored several occupational therapy advocacy articles locally and regionally.  Ms. Probert is currently the Director of Programs at BenchMark Rehab Partners in Georgia.

John V. Tucker represents disabled people in social security disability, supplemental security income, disability insurance, and ERISA disability benefit claims.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is ranked “Superb 10/10” by, and was named to Tampa Bay Magazine’s “Top Lawyers in Tampa Bay.”  Mr. Tucker is an adjunct law professor at Stetson University College of Law teaching employee benefit litigation skills and one of only a few ERISA lawyers in the United States that also handles social security disability and veterans administration disability claims and appeals.  He is past chair of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section and the current chair of the ERISA, Health and Disability Insurance Litigation Group. He belongs to the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, NOSSCR, the National Association of Disability Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans Advocates.  He is past president of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Mr. Tucker is a founding shareholder of Tucker & Ludin, P.A. with offices in Clearwater and Tampa, Florida.

R. Scott Wilson concentrates his practice in disability benefits law, including both social security disability claims and ERISA-governed long term disability insurance claims.  Since 2008, he has been certified as a specialist in Social Security Disability Law by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.  Mr. Wilson is licensed in Tennessee and admitted to the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee, as well as the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.  He has spoken at both national and local continuing legal education programs on social security disability and ERISA long term disability insurance cases.  Mr. Wilson is the past president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association and past chair of AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section.  He currently serves as Secretary for AAJ’s ERISA, Health and Disability Insurance Litigation Group.  He practices with Eric Buchanan & Associates, PLLC in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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