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Eric Lane Buchanan

Eric Lane Buchanan

Practice areas:

Social Security, Insurance, Employee Benefits

About Me


Eric Buchanan represents disabled people and other policyholders across the United States who have been denied insurance benefits, focusing primarily in the areas of disability, life, and health insurance. He also helps people who have been denied employee benefits, and can help with insurance claims that are provided through work, and thus fall under the federal ERISA law, as well as people who have individual insurance coverage. He also represents disabled people before the Social Security Administration, having represented approximately 1,150 people in Social Security hearings.


In 2015 Eric Buchanan was elected president of the Tennessee Association for Justice ("TAJ," formerly the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association) and will serve 2015-16. He is also a lifetime member of TAJ and has served in various board positions since 2001.


In 2007, Eric Buchanan was certified as a specialist in Social Security Disability Law by the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy. In 2008, he was selected by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification to be an examiner for the National Board of Social Security Disability Certification Exam. Eric has also been peer-review rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also represented hundreds of people in federal court lawsuits involving Social Security and ERISA disputes.


Eric Buchanan and Associates has been awarded the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2014, and has been awarded the Services Select Seal of Satisfaction award (based on nominations from our clients) every year since 2012.


Eric Buchanan regularly chairs conferences and speaks to both national and local audiences on disability insurance, ERISA, insurance law, and Social Security disability. He has been the program chair and speaker for the AAJ Social Security Section National CLE in Las Vegas, has twice been program chair and speaker at the AAJ (formerly ATLA) Annual Convention’s Disability Law program, has twice been program chair and a speaker for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Disability law conference, has been program chair and speaker for several Tennessee Association for Justice CLE’s on Social Security disability and on ERISA litigation.


Eric graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of his class. Eric is also a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1994 where he served as a naval aviator (pilot), plane commander, and mission commander of P-3C Orion aircraft.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Social Security: 50%
    18 years
  2. Insurance: 40%
    18 years
  3. Employee Benefits: 10%
    18 years

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Raymond Garth Best

    I endorse this lawyer!


    Raymond Best DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Donna Simpson

    Eric has provided sound legal advice in the areas of both Social Security and ERISA. He has generously volunteered his time to speak at seminars in the profession. He is well informed in both areas of the law and he is an excellent speaker. I have not hesitated to refer LTD clients to Eric.


    Donna Simpson Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

414 Mccallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37402-2009

Eric Buchanan & Associates, PLLC

414 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37402




GAActive Member in Good Standing 200308/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Seal of SatisfactionServices Select2015
BBB Torch AwardBetter Business Bureau2014
Seal of SatisfactionServices Select2014
Seal of SatisfactionServices Select2013
Seal of SatisfactionServices Select2012
AV Peer Rating-Highest in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Rating-Highest in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2008
Certified as a Social Security Disability SpecialistTennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization2007
AV Peer Rating-Highest in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2007
Circle of AdvocatesTennessee Trial Lawyers Association2005
Certificate of AppreciationTennessee Trial Lawyers Association2005
President's ClubAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2004
Life MembershipTennessee Trial Lawyers Association2003
New Lawyer Member - Circle of AdvocatesTennessee Trial Lawyers Association2002
Sustaining Member in Good StandingNational Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives1998
Omicron Delta KappaWashington & Lee University1997
The Order of the CoifWashington & Lee University1997
Maude Cum LaudeWashington & Lee University1997
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1984


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Tennessee Association for JusticePresident2015 - 2016
Tennessee Association for JusticePresident Elect2014 - 2015
Tennessee Association for JusticeVice President, East Tennessee2011 - 2014
Tennessee Association for JusticeSecretary2010 - 2011
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMember2007 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants' RepresentativesSustaining Member2007 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Disability Law SectionChair2006 - 2007
American Association for Justice, ERISA, Health and Disability Litigation GroupChair2006 - 2007
American Association for Justice, Social Security Disability Law SectionChair Elect2006 - 2007
Chattanooga Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Tennessee Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2002 - 2006
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Georgia Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Chattanooga Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Chattanooga Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Tennessee Association for JusticeLife Time MemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Tennessee Trial LawyerThe Social Security Administration has Created a New Malpractice Trap for Attorneys Who Handle Workers' Comensation cases2009
Thomson West's Auto Tort Litigation ManualERISA Subrogation and Recoveries2009
Tennessee Trial LawyerERISA Collateral Disability Benefits at Work: What the Heck are they?2009
Tennessee Trial LawyerEffect of Social Security Disability Awards on ERISA Disability Claims2007
AdvocateWorker's Compensation & the Social Security Offset2007
Tennessee Trial LawyerERISA - Update Disability Caused by Fibromyalgia2006
Tennessee Trial LawyerERISA Update: U.S. Supreme Court Ponders Key ERISA Subrogation Issue2006
Tennessee Trial LawyerERISA Update: ERISA Plans May Sue For Reimbursement, Supreme Court Rules2006
Tennessee Trial LawyerERISA § 502(C): Penalties for Failing to Provide Plan Documents2006
Tennessee Trial LawyerLitigating Claims for ERISA Welfare Benefits2004
Tennessee Trial LawyerWorkers' Compensation and the Social Security Offset2002


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawN/ALaw1997
Virginia Military InstituteHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
TAJ The Subrogation Medicare & Lien MinefieldHow to Tell if an Insurance Policy or Health Plan is Preempted by ERISA2012
Southern Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionDiscoveries and Protective Orders in Disability Cases2012
February Support Group Meeting: Disability – How to file and what to expect.2012
ACI 14th Annual ConventionInnovative Pre-Trial Strategies for Disability Insurance Claims: Settlement, Mediation, Attorney’s Fees and More2012
AAJ Annual ConventionSocial Security Disability Offsets in ERISA Disability Cases.2012
TennBarUAttorney’s fees in Social Security Disability Cases2011
NOSSCR ConfereneceErisa Part II2011
NOSSCR ConferenceErisa LTD Claims for Beginners Part I2011
AAJ Annual ConventionIs your Client’s Insurance Claim Preempted by ERISA2011
Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group - Knoxville, TNDisability Benefits – How to file and what to expect2010
Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group - Nashville, TNDisability Benefits – How to file and what to expect.2010
NOSSCR Conference - New Orleans, LAERISA Long-Term Disability Claims: What Social Security Representatives Need to know2010
Kentucky Trial Lawyers Conference - Louisville, KYWhat trial lawyers need to know about subrogation and offsets in Long-term disability and Social Security2010
Chronic Pain & Depression Support Group - Knoxville, TNDisability Benefits – How to file and what to expect.2010
Tennesseee Bar Association Law Seminar - Nashville, TNHow to ethically and legally charge a fee in a Social Security Disability case2009
Tennessee Bar Association Law Seminar - Nashville, TNOverview of the Social Security Disability Process2009
Tennessee Association For Justice Seminar - Johnson City, TNERISA & Subrogation claims2009
Tennessee Association for Justice Annual Review & Ethics Seminar - Nashville, TNERISA & Subrogation claims2009
Tennessee Association for Justice Annual Ethics - Chattanooga, TNSubrogation2009
NOSSCR Conference - Washington, DCHow to Ethically and Legally Charge a fee in a SS Case at the Administrative Level or in Court2009
Memphis Bar Association CLE - Memphis, TNNavigating the ERISA Mine Field: How to Avoid or Limit ERISA Subrogation in PI Cases and How to Litigate an ERISA Insurance Claim2009
American Association for Justice Conference - Las Vegas, NVSocial Security Disability2009
Tennessee Association for Justice - Nashville, TNSocial Security Disability Practice & Procedures2008
American Association for Justice Social Security Success! Seminar - Las Vegas, NVFees for Court Work2008
American Association for Justice Social Security Success! Seminar - Las Vegas, NVSocial Security Ethics and Fees2008
American Conference Institute Seminar - Boston, MADiscovery2004
American Association for Justice Conference -Tornoto, CanadaAttorneys Fees2001
NOSSCR Conference - Orlando, FLSocial Security Disability2000