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Chris A. Cornaghie, Attorney at Law has been in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee since 1984.   His practice is concentrated almost exclusively in Social Security Disability, Retirement and related matters, representing individuals before the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review throughout Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.  Attending Memphis State University, he received his undergraduate degree in 1972 and law degree in 1975. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1976 and is also admitted to the United States District Courts in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Commission on Specialization and CLE as a Social Security Disability Advocate.


 From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Cornaghie served as an Attorney Advisor of the Social Security Administration in the Memphis Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Federal Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, Family Services of Memphis and the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR). He has also served as President of the Federal Bar Association, Memphis Mid-South Chapter from 1986-87 and President of the University of Memphis Law School Alumni Association from 1999-2000. His Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Rating is AV (Highest Rating:  Legal Ability Very High to Preeminent; General Recommendation: Very High.)


Contact info

Chris A. Cornaghie

1407 Union Ste 1002
Memphis, TN, 38104-3664

Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 95%
    40 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Insurance: 5%
    21 years, 29 cases



Contingent (25-33%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • William Robert Bruce

    Chris is outstanding in his field. He has a depth and breadth of knowledge of the Social Security claim and appeal process beyond any other lawyer I've met. He was a consummate profession to work with and very focused on his client. I now refer any social security work coming my way to him because I know he can do an unsurpassed job for the client. Heartily recommend.


    William Bruce Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Stanley F. Denman

    I have know Chris Cornaghie for years, and know him to be an expert in social security disability law both in the Memphis Tennessee area and across the nation. I refer social security disability claimants to Chris with confidence knowing that they will be well cared for and well represented. I endorse Chris without reservation.


    Stanley Denman Social security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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Association namePosition nameDuration
Memphis Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Shelby County Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2001
Memphis Bar Association, Social Security SectionChairman1999 - 2000
Federal Bar Association, Health Law SectionChairman1993 - 1994
Federal Bar Association, Memphis Mid-South ChapterBoard of Directors1986 - 1990
Federal Bar Association (Memphis Mid-South chapter)President1986 - 1987
Federal Bar Association (Memphis Mid-South chapter)Vice President1985 - 1986
Federal Bar Association (Memphis Mid-South chapter)Secretary1984 - 1985
Federal Bar Association (Memphis Mid-South chapter)Treasurer1984 - 1985
Federal Bar Association (Memphis Mid-South chapter)Program Chairman1982 - 1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Memphis State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
University of MemphisN/AN/AN/A