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Eric Lane Buchanan

Insurance Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

5.0   4 reviews

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Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Insurance
    85%
    Eric and his disability team have helped disabled people fight for long-term disability insurance benefits, that were wrongfully denied by many insurance companies. Our team of attorneys can help you protect your rights, and recover the benefits you are due.

    25 years

  2. Employee benefits
    15%
    The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was enacted to protect employees’ rights to collect employee benefits, including pension benefits and employee benefits such as long-term disability, health insurance, life insurance and other benefits provided at work. Eric has a highly skilled legal team who is knowledgeable of ERISA procedures and has helped hundreds of people from across the country recover the benefits they deserve.

    25 years

Eric Buchanan represents disabled people and other policyholders across the United States in both ERISA and non-ERISA disputes, focusing primarily in the areas of disability, life, and health insurance. Eric has been peer-review rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell since 2007. He regularly teaches other attorneys about ERISA, disability law, social security law, and similar types of insurance law. Eric has spoken dozens of times at national conferences, including the national American Association for Justice convention, (AAJ, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, or ATLA), the National Organization of Social Security Representatives (NOSSCR) National Disability Conference, the AAJ national Social Security Disability Conference, and the American Conference Institute (ACI) annual disability insurance seminar.

Eric is a leader in the disability and insurance trial bar. He served as President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers (also known as the Tennessee Association for Justice) 2015-6. To learn more about Eric's time serving as President of the TTLA, click here. He formerly chaired the AAJ Social Security Disability Section and the AAJ ERISA Health and Disability Litigation Group. He also served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Disability Section and as president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers.

In 2007, he was Certified as a Social Security Disability Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He represented approximately 1,150 disabled people in hearings before the Social Security Administration. He has also represented hundreds of people in federal court lawsuits involving social security and ERISA disputes.

Eric graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of his class. Before law school, he graduated from 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-in-command, and mission commander of P-3C Orion sub-hunting aircraft. Among other positions, Eric served as his squadron’s legal officer, for which he was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal.

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"We thank all our clients who nominated us for the 2012-2013 Seal of Satisfaction Award in the attorney category for Chattanooga." - Eric L. Buchanan
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Licensed for 25 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/03/2022
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/19/2022

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Eric Lane Buchanan
414 Mccallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37402-2009
Eric Buchanan & Associates, PLLC
414 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37402
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT!
Great! The staff is awesome and their service is even better! I used them in my disability claim and they got it first try.
Posted by Jeff | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Eric Buchanan and Associates were very professional, helpful and courteous
Eric Buchanan and Associates handled a LTD and SSDI case for me. Eric was very courteous, knowledgeable and up front about the case. His team and staff were very professional in working on the case and Hudson Ellis always returned my calls promptly and kept me informed of the status. I really appreciated his efforts and that of the whole team in working on my case. The team has been very helpful with any ongoing needs or questions that I have and I really appreciated their efforts during a very difficult time. My experience with them has been excellent and I would easily recommend them based on my experience.
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Posted by Ramona | August 5, 2015
Eric Buchanan and Associates were a blessing to me!
All of the staff, from the secretary Barb to my legal rep Molina were awesome. They went up against great odds and won my case. I am so thankful. I cannot say enough nice things about Eric Buchanan and his staff. They made me feel at ease with constant communication and caring compassion. I highly recommend them.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2015
Eric Buchanan & Associates were Outstanding
Mr. Buchanan achieved a financial settlement in my LTD case that my previous lawyer indicated was unachieveable. Mr. Buchanan and his team went above and beyond my expectations in the areas of professionalism, compassion and client support. Mr. Buchanan restored my confidence that there is lawyer actually who cared about my welfare verses just looking out for themself at my expense. If you need a lawyer, your first call should be to Mr. Buchanan.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Law
  • 1997
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Associations

  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Life Time Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • President Elect
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Vice President, East Tennessee
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
  • American Association for Justice, ERISA, Health and Disability Litigation Group
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Disability Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Association for Justice, Social Security Disability Law Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2002 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Seal of Satisfaction
  • Services Select
  • 2015
  • BBB Torch Award
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • Seal of Satisfaction
  • Services Select
  • 2014
  • Seal of Satisfaction
  • Services Select
  • 2013
  • Seal of Satisfaction
  • Services Select
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Rating-Highest in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Peer Rating-Highest in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Peer Rating-Highest in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Certified as a Social Security Disability Specialist
  • Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization
  • 2007
  • Circle of Advocates
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2005
  • President's Club
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • 2004
  • Life Membership
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2003
  • New Lawyer Member - Circle of Advocates
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2002
  • Sustaining Member in Good Standing
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
  • 1998
  • Maude Cum Laude
  • Washington & Lee University
  • 1997
  • The Order of the Coif
  • Washington & Lee University
  • 1997
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Washington & Lee University
  • 1997
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1984
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Publications

  • Tennessee Trial Lawyer
  • The Social Security Administration has Created a New Malpractice Trap for Attorneys Who Handle Workers' Comensation cases
  • 2009
  • Thomson West's Auto Tort Litigation Manual
  • ERISA Subrogation and Recoveries
  • 2009
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyer
  • ERISA Collateral Disability Benefits at Work: What the Heck are they?
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • ACI 14th Annual Convention
  • Innovative Pre-Trial Strategies for Disability Insurance Claims: Settlement, Mediation, Attorney’s Fees and More
  • 2012
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Annual Convention
  • Discoveries and Protective Orders in Disability Cases
  • 2012
  • February Support Group Meeting
  • : Disability – How to file and what to expect.
  • 2012
  • TAJ The Subrogation Medicare & Lien Minefield
  • How to Tell if an Insurance Policy or Health Plan is Preempted by ERISA
  • 2012
  • AAJ Annual Convention
  • Social Security Disability Offsets in ERISA Disability Cases.
  • 2012
  • TennBarU
  • Attorney’s fees in Social Security Disability Cases
  • 2011
  • NOSSCR Conference
  • Erisa LTD Claims for Beginners Part I
  • 2011
  • NOSSCR Conferenece
  • Erisa Part II
  • 2011
  • AAJ Annual Convention
  • Is your Client’s Insurance Claim Preempted by ERISA
  • 2011
  • Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group - Nashville, TN
  • Disability Benefits – How to file and what to expect.
  • 2010
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group - Knoxville, TN
  • Disability Benefits – How to file and what to expect
  • 2010
  • Chronic Pain & Depression Support Group - Knoxville, TN
  • Disability Benefits – How to file and what to expect.
  • 2010
  • NOSSCR Conference - New Orleans, LA
  • ERISA Long-Term Disability Claims: What Social Security Representatives Need to know
  • 2010
  • Kentucky Trial Lawyers Conference - Louisville, KY
  • What trial lawyers need to know about subrogation and offsets in Long-term disability and Social Security
  • 2010
  • Tennessee Association For Justice Seminar - Johnson City, TN
  • ERISA & Subrogation claims
  • 2009
  • Tennessee Association for Justice Annual Review & Ethics Seminar - Nashville, TN
  • ERISA & Subrogation claims
  • 2009
  • American Association for Justice Conference - Las Vegas, NV
  • Social Security Disability
  • 2009
  • Memphis Bar Association CLE - Memphis, TN
  • Navigating the ERISA Mine Field: How to Avoid or Limit ERISA Subrogation in PI Cases and How to Litigate an ERISA Insurance Claim
  • 2009
  • NOSSCR Conference - Washington, DC
  • How to Ethically and Legally Charge a fee in a SS Case at the Administrative Level or in Court
  • 2009
  • Tennessee Association for Justice Annual Ethics - Chattanooga, TN
  • Subrogation
  • 2009
  • Tennessee Bar Association Law Seminar - Nashville, TN
  • Overview of the Social Security Disability Process
  • 2009
  • Tennesseee Bar Association Law Seminar - Nashville, TN
  • How to ethically and legally charge a fee in a Social Security Disability case
  • 2009
  • Tennessee Association for Justice - Nashville, TN
  • Social Security Disability Practice & Procedures
  • 2008
  • American Association for Justice Social Security Success! Seminar - Las Vegas, NV
  • Social Security Ethics and Fees
  • 2008
  • American Association for Justice Social Security Success! Seminar - Las Vegas, NV
  • Fees for Court Work
  • 2008
  • American Conference Institute Seminar - Boston, MA
  • Discovery
  • 2004
  • American Association for Justice Conference -Tornoto, Canada
  • Attorneys Fees
  • 2001
  • NOSSCR Conference - Orlando, FL
  • Social Security Disability
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (1)
Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Eric for approximately 5 years. He is a passionate and highly effective advocate for his clients in the niche practice area of ERISA long term disability benefits. I recommend Eric and his team without hesitation. I trust them with my own referrals."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Eric for about 10 years. He is an outstanding advocate for his clients, and well respected not only locally, but nationally. When it comes to Social Security and ERISA, there are few if any lawyers in the country that know the law as well as he does. I never hesitate to refer cases to Eric. Highly recommend."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employee benefits Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Eric as the "go-to" lawyer in the South on the areas of ERISA and the complex interplay of employee rights, disability and other benefits. He is always helpful to attorneys in sharing his vast experience in this areas."
Insurance Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric is well known throughout the state of Tennessee and on a national level as a leader in the area of employee benefits and insurance bad faith law. I worked on a matter with Eric and I saw first-hand the hard work, expertise and skill he will bring to any case he is involved in. He is dedicated to getting the best possible results for his clients. I recommend him without hesitation."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is a master of understanding the very complex field of insurance benefits and disability law. As ERISA and other private insurance plans have made dealing with disabling injury much more complicated, Eric knows how to make sense of it all in ways that help achieve maximum results for his clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric Buchanan’s commitment to the disabled client’s he represents is commendable. He passionately fights to obtain what they deserve. He is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of social security, workers’ compensation, disability and insurance law. He regularly shares his insights through speaking engagements and publications. Eric is someone I wouldn’t hesitate to refer potential clients to. Howard Spiva www.spivalaw.com"
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Chattanooga Insurance Lawyer Eric Lane Buchanan
Eric Lane Buchanan
Insurance Attorney
Chattanooga, TN
Licensed for 25 years