I started my legal career working for voting rights in Mississippi in the 1960s, while I was in college. There I came to understand the tragedy of poverty in America as well as discrimination against the poor and the disabled. I also have close family members with serious disabilities. Since leaving law school in 1978, my career has been devoted to ensuring that the poor, the disabled, and the disadvantaged are protected by the law and receive the help that they need.
After 20 years as a disability judge, helping people, I understand that the Social Security Administration wants fewer disabled people to receive benefits. I know, first hand, that the agency pressures judges to pay fewer cases. That is unlawful, and that is unfair. I have seen it with my own eyes. I represent disabled people who have been unjustly denied.
Before I was a judge, I was a trial lawyer, and I never lost a federal appeal. In 20 years as a disability judge, I had only 5 decisions overturned by a federal court. I cannot represent disabled people before the agency, but if the Appeals Council at the Social Security Administration rejects your intra-agency appeal, I can use all of that expertise to help you -- in federal court.
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|Sole Proprietor||Collier~Benagh Law, PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Administrative Law Judge||Social Security Administration||1994 - 2013|
|Senior Associate||Nixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle||1985 - 1992|
|Assistant to Commissioner and Attorney||Federal Energy Regulatory Commission||1978 - 1985|
|ALI/ABA publication||Peer Review||1977|
|Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Mississippi University for Women||History||MA - Masters||1970|
|Mississippi University for Women||History and English||BS - Bachelor of Science||1969|
|Spring Conference 2014||View From the Bench (others too numerous to list)||2014|