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Benjamin Samuel Burton

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Maryville, TN

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2006
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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Prior to becoming a criminal defense lawyer , Mr. Burton was a police officer for the City of Sevierville and a federal agent. Today his hands-on law enforcement experience and intimate knowledge of criminal law make him uniquely qualified to fight

    18 years

  2. Family
    At Burton & McKinnish, PLLC, we understand what is at stake and take control of the situation to find solutions that protect your property and finances as well as your parental rights.

    18 years

  3. Social Security & Disability
    Benjamin Burton is the only board certified social security attorney in Blount County, Tennessee and one of only 59 board certified social security attorneys nationwide.

    18 years

  4. Adoption
    Burton McKinnish specializes in providing adoption law services.

    20 years

  5. Personal injury
    At Burton McKinnish, PLLC, we pride ourselves in not being ambulance chasing attorneys. You will not seek our services and be forced into a quick settlement with an insurance company.

    18 years

Benjamin S. Burton is an East Tennessee defense attorney who brings a wealth of specialized knowledge to his practice and the firm.  Mr. Burton has always been drawn to positions that offer a sense of livelihood through community service.  He began his career as a police officer with the city of Sevierville, where he became drawn to the intellectual rigor of the study of law.  Becoming an attorney has allowed him to continue fulfilling his life-long goals of helping people through interpreting and practicing law. Mr. Burton is a strong advocate keenly focused on defending his clients’ rights.  He relies on insightful law enforcement experience to help advise clients in need of an aggressive criminal defense.  He also worked as a federal agent for the Social Security Administration (SSA).  His time spent in this role directly impacts his social security disability practice and offers his clients the benefit of an attorney with a comprehensive knowledge of the law and the SSA system.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Burton is a former adjunct professor with South College in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He has taught Constitutional Law and Evidence and has taught Legal Studies and Criminal Justice and Cyberlaw courses.

Mr. Burton recently co-authored the textbooks Administrative Law in Tennessee and Tennessee Criminal Defense Strategies currently used by the National Business Institute. He is also a frequent lecturer with the National Business Institute.

Mr. Burton is a long-time practitioner of various martial arts.  He is a 4-time Tennessee state champion and has trained with the U.S. Olympic team.  Years of advanced training have given him the high-level skill, stamina, and focus necessary to take on the formidable challenges in life—in and out of the courtroom.

Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee State Bar, 2006
  • Admitted to practice in Federal District Court
  • Veterans Administration
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • Juris Doctor, Nashville School of Law

Professional Organizations

  • Sevier County Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers
  • National Association of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Tennessee Association of Justice

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Burton McKinnish, PLLC
118 Parliament Dr
Maryville, TN, 37804-6209

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  • Nashville School of Law
  • Doctorate
  • 2006
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Masters
  • 2000
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor
  • 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012

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Maryville Social Security & Disability Lawyer Benjamin Samuel Burton
Benjamin Samuel Burton
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Maryville, TN
Licensed for 18 years