Disability Advocacy Section

Our section consists of knowledgeable professionals who provide legal representation to individuals pursuing or maintaining disability benefits through Title II or Title XVI of the Social Security Act, whether it be before the Social Security Administration or the federal courts. Additionally, our members assist with matters pertaining to retirement, dependent, and other benefits under the Social Security Act, as well as ancillary issues involving entitlement to benefits, such as workers’ compensation offset and overpayments. Our highly skilled members represent clients at administrative hearings with the SSA, but they also handle appeals of benefit denials before federal district and appellate courts. Our section provides a Fall Social Security Disability Continuing Legal Education (CLE), a section-specific listserv, and in-person networking events held throughout the state.

Executive Commitee Leadership | 2023-2024

Eric Goodale | HensonFuerst, PA
Vice Chair
Ashley Hartman Sappenfield | Lanier Law Group, P.A.
Brian Hogan | Legal Aid of North Carolina
Immediate Past Chair
Chad Brown | Chad Brown Law, PLLC
Agency Liaison
Brian Hogan | Legal Aid of North Carolina
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
Ari Sibrey | The Clauson Law Firm
Education Co-Chair
Charlie Hall | The Law Office of Charles F. Hall, IV
Education Co-Chair
Christine Latona | Martin, Jones & Piemonte
Legislative Chair
Eric Goodale | HensonFuerst, PA
Membership Chair
Ari Sibrey | The Clauson Law Firm
Rick Fleming | Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
Public Education/Community Service Chair
Billie Guthrie | Billie J. Guthrie, PLLC

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