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Christine P. Benagh

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Washington, DC

3.7   3 reviews

also known as Tina Benagh

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Practice area
  1. Social Security & Disability
    Disability judge for 20 years--represent disabled people in federal court after their claims have been denied by Social Security. Anywhere in the country. Success rate is 80%. Every client receives my personal attention. Want the best? Call me

    29 years, 126 cases

Get the best!  I represent people in federal court ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, after their disability benefits have been denied.

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 in more than 8,000 cases, 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, where my success rate is about 66%.

I graduated in the top 10 percent of my law school class and was on the law review.  The U.S. House of Representatives published two of my monographs.  I worked for North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, as liaision with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, and provided active voter registration assistance to racial minorities in Mississippi, including testimony in federal court of unlawful gerrymandering and intimidation. I chaired the Sex Discrimination Committee of the Women's Legal Defense Fund and negotiated a major settlement with the United States Justice Department.  I represented consumers in multi-million dollar natural gas rate litigation, was with one of the top 50 law firms in the United States for eight years, and won a $1.2 billion dollar natural gas rate settlement for consumers.  I also chaired the Ethics Committee of the Federal Energy Bar Association and published in its law journal.  I was one of the first 100 women hired as an administrative law judge by the Social Security Administration, having achieved the highest score ever on the written examination, and was responsible for requiring the Social Security Administration to make their hearing offices handicapped accessible.  I have spoken many times on practice and procedure of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and of the Social Security Administration and remain active in community issues of poverty, disability, and discrimination.


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Licensed for 44 years
State DC
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 10/14/2017

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

Contact Christine

Collier~Benagh Law, PLLC
5185 MacArthur Blvd NW, Ste. 103 #572
Washington, DC, 20016-3441


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Posted by krchrds87 | December 11, 2014
Social Security Administration
Atty. Christine Benagh, has been extremely helpful with the advice provided for my situation. It is now being addressed properly by the SSA, and I am waiting for the final results. Thank you, Ms. Benagh.
Posted by wanda a kyler | June 7, 2014
christine p. benagh review
i highly recommend this lawyer. she knowledgeable, responsive, trustworthy and she kept me inform, and took the time to explain. she took the time return my calls. she cares
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hostile and Easily Confused
Was hostile, abrupt, and seemed easily confused. Would not recommend for anything remotely complicated or if you have a disability that needs someone to be even slightly patient or attentive.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-25%
  • Pro bono 80 %


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • 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
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  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • M.A.
  • 1970
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • B.S.
  • 1969

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • ALI/ABA publication
  • Peer Review
  • 1977
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Laws Implicated in the Proposed Panama Canal Treaties
  • 1977

Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Conference 2014
  • View From the Bench (others too numerous to list)
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Other
"Having tried Social Security Disability cases in front of her while she was on the Bench in DC & now working with her to help disabled workers ad their families with their Federal appeals, my staff & I find Christine Benagh to be a smart, straight-talking, experienced, & empathetic advocate on behalf of those who would otherwise have no voice. SHe's adroit at spotting the issues and the errors, & she does not suffer fools easily. Retired Judge Benagh's sense of humour is also a welcome strength when dealing with an administrative agency like Social Security!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christine is a highly skilled and knowledgeable Appellate Social Security lawyer. She is of the highest ethical integrity."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Other
"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!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Benagh is an excellent attorney and knows social security law inside and out. She was a highly respected social security judge for 20 years in Washington, DC. She has the knowledge and experience to provide excellent legal representation to clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Benagh is a very knowledgeable, experienced, and intelligent attorney. She dedicates much of her time helping people seeking answers on Avvo. She provides thoughtful and insightful information. I would recommend her to anyone who needs help with Social Security."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Benagh generously contributes to the Avvo community and provides invaluable assistance to people with Social Security issues. I would highly recommend her services."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Benagh has shown she is truly understanding of and compassionate for individuals with disabilities. While on the bench she also demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the SSA rules and regulations."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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