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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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  1. Social Security: 100%
    22 years, 3 cases



Pro bono (100%)

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  • Matthew T Famiglietti

    Christine is a highly skilled and knowledgeable Appellate Social Security lawyer. She is of the highest ethical integrity.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Judd S Nemiro

    This attorney is extremely well respected in the community and is looked up to by all fellow attorneys. Clients report fantastic experiences with this lawyer and their experience speaks for itself!


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole ProprietorCollier~Benagh Law, PLLC2013 - Present
Administrative Law JudgeSocial Security Administration1994 - 2013
Senior AssociateNixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle1985 - 1992
Assistant to Commissioner and AttorneyFederal Energy Regulatory Commission1978 - 1985
Publication nameTitleDate
ALI/ABA publicationPeer Review1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Mississippi University for WomenHistoryMA - Masters1970
Mississippi University for WomenHistory and EnglishBS - Bachelor of Science1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring Conference 2014View From the Bench (others too numerous to list)2014