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Chris A. Cornaghie

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Biography

Chris A. Cornaghie, Attorney at Law has been in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee since 1984. His practice is concentrated almost exclusively in Social Security Disability, Retirement and related matters, representing individuals before the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review throughout Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Attending Memphis State University, he received his undergraduate degree in 1972 and law degree in 1975. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1976 and is also admitted to the United States District Courts in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the ABA and the Tennessee Commission on Specialization and CLE as a Social Security Disability Advocate; and has also drafted questions for the national examination.

From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Cornaghie served as an Attorney Advisor of the Social Security Administration in the Memphis Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Federal Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, Family Services of Memphis, National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR) and St. Peter Parish Council. He has also served as President of the Federal Bar Association, Memphis Mid-South Chapter from 1986-87 and President of the University of Memphis Law School Alumni Association from 1999-2000. He is a frequent speaker and author on Social Security law as well as an adjunct professor for the Skills Seminars at Loyola University School of Law New Orleans.

Currently, he is a member of the Memphis Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR) His Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Rating is AV for over 25 years. (Highest Rating: Legal Ability Very High to Preeminent; General Recommendation: Very High.)

Education

  • Memphis State University School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1975
  • Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1972
    • Major: Political Science/History

Past Positions

  • Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration, Staff Attorney, February 1978- March 1984

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association, 1978-Present- President, Memphis Mid South Chapter 1986-1987, National Council Representative, 1987,, 1986 to 1987
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator
  • Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association, 1978-Present- Co-Founder and Chairman, Social Security Section 1999, Board of Directors 2000
  • National Chairman Health and Human Services Section, 1993, National Chairman Social Security Section, 1999
  • National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives, 1987- Present. Board of Directors, Sixth Circuit Representative, 2005-2009
  • University of Memphis Law School Alumni Association, President 1999, 1985 to Present
  • Memphis Area Legal Services, Board of Directors, 1989 to 1995
  • Family Services of Memphis, Board of Directors, 1993 to 1995
  • St Peter Catholic Church, Parish Council, 1998 to 2001
  • Chickasaw Council BSA, Troop 55 Committee Chair, 2003 to 2005
  • Touchdown Club of Memphis, Board of Directors, 1992 to 1993

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified in Social Security Disability Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, ABA in the State of Tennessee, 2006

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Social Security Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1984
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1980

Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell rating: AV, 1996-2016

Classes & Seminars

  • “In the Courts” Memphis Bar Association, Newsletter- 1982
  • North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, Social Security Law Practice, 1987
  • Memphis State University Continuing Education, The Peoples Law School, 1988, 1989, and 1990
  • National Organization of Social Security Claims Representative (NOSSCR) Seminar Presenter National Conference Meetings, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007
  • American Bar Association Convention, Seminar Presenter, 1990
  • “Evidence and Disability Claims Under the Social Security Act,” Federal Bar Journal, October 1990
  • “Private Practitioners Guide to Social Security Disability Cases,” FBA Health and Human Services Newsletter 1990
  • “In the Courts Seminar” - Social Security, Memphis Bar Association, 1990
  • National Business Institute, Inc. Tennessee Elder Law, 1991
  • MBGH/UNUM Insurance Company Disability Conference, 1991
  • Social Security Disability, Memphis Bar Association, Luncheon 1992
  • Memphis Police Department Planning Seminar, 1993
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual CLE Review, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society- Social Security Issues May, 2000
  • Memphis Bar Association Social Security Section “Social Security Practice Guide and Update,” July 26, 2000
  • “Social Security Update,” Memphis Lawyer, Memphis Bar Association, September/October, 2000
  • “Alumni News President’s Column”, University of Memphis Lawyer, Fall, 2000
  • “Techniques for Winning your Social Security Case in Tennessee”- National Business Institute Seminar, October 2005, Memphis, TN
  • Elder Law Practice-Barristers Educational Services, 2006
  • “Social Security Disability Practice for the Novice and Veteran” NOSSCR-6th Circuit Seminar, Nashville, TN. July 23, 2007
  • 15th Annual Fifth Circuit NOSSCR Seminar, February 2008
  • National Business Institute, December 2014- Social Security Disability Bootcamp
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law- Adjunct Professor Skills Seminar, 2010-2015