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Cheryl F Coon

Cheryl F Coon

Practice areas:

Social Security

About Me

At my website, I offer information that you may find helpful, including:


1)  Tips on Applying for Social Security disability benefits

2)  Advice with regard to specific medical conditions

3)  Information about drugs and alcohol -- and how they affect an application for disability benefits

4)  Information about the financial limits on income and resources to qualify for SSI benefits

5)  Information about immigrants and refugees who qualify for disabilit benefits

6)  An explanation of  what you can do to earn income -- AFTER you are found disabled -- without losing your benefits.


Check out my blog -- I post at least weekly on topics of interest.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Photos and Videos

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Social Security: 100%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Charley Bevens Gee

    Cheryl's abilities as a Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income attorney and litigator never cease to amaze me. Her work for her clients, during some of the darkest and hardest times of their lives, serves as an inspiration for how all attorneys should advocate and fight for the people they represent. The experience she brings to a client's claim file and to the hearing room has a depth and character that ensures her clients' cases are presented fully and accurately.


    Charley Gee Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • D K Kevin Dugan

    I endorse this lawyer. Very hard working and knowledgeable.


    D Dugan Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

820 SW 2nd Ave Ste 200
Portland, OR, 97204


DCSuspended - Non-Payment of Dues198607/19/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of AppreciationOregon Labor Law Conference2014
Certificate of AppreciationNorthwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College2012
Certificate of AppreciationOregon Paralyzed Veterans and the Brain Injury Organization of Oregon2012
Certificate of AppreciationOregon Labor Law Conference2012
Certificate of AppreciationBrain Injury Alliance of Oregon2011
Outstanding Service AwardOregon Department of Justice1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing Attorney, Social Security Disability TeamSwanson Thomas Coon & Newton2010 - Present
Senior Assistant Attorney GeneralOregon Department Of Justice1987 - 1997
Adjunct ProfessorLewis & Clark School of Law1987 - 1989
Staff Director, Chief Counsel, Legal CounselUnited States Congress1981 - 1986
Assistant Attorney GeneralUSVI Department of Justice1978 - 1980
AssociateDrinker Biddle & Reath1977 - 1978

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oregon State BarChair, Disability Section2015 - 2015
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-Chair, Section on Social Security Disability2014 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember2010 - Present
Environmental Law AllianceBoard Member, Past Chair2010 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Traumatic Brain InjuryFavorable
Bipolar, DepressionFavorable

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Publication NameTitleDate
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)Social Security, Workers' Comp and Personal Injury2014
Oregon Senior NewsEarly Retirement or Social Security Disability?2014
Oregon Senior NewsYour Medical Records: Do You Know What's in Them?2014
The National Association of Disability Examiners: The AdvocateA Day in the Life of a Disability Attorney2014
Newsletter of the Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support CenterAre We Making Progress? New Social Security Ruling on CFS and Disability2014
Senior NewsThere’s No Shame in Social Security Disability Benefits2014
Social Security brochureEsta Usted Discapacitado?2013
Oregon State Bar BulletinRepresenting Refugees and Immigrants2012

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Laws1981
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor Cum Laude1977
Bryn Mawr CollegePolitical ScienceB.A. Magna Cum Laude1974

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual In-ServiceSocial Security Disability2014
18th Annual Oregon Labor Law ConferenceSocial Security Disability2014
OTLA Brown BagUnderstanding Social Security, Workers' Comp and Personal Injury Law2013
Oregon State Bar, Disability Law SectionSocial Security Disability Benefits2013
Northwest Conference on Social WorkSocial Workers as Gatekeepers to Disability Benefits2013
NASW Aging Network Breakfast ForumSocial Security Disability2013
Local MeetingsFibromyalgia-ME/CFS and Disability2013