Eric L. Buchanan

Attorney in Chattanooga, TN
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. He also represents disabled people before the Social Security Administration, having represented approximately 1,150 people in Social Security hearings. He has also represented hundreds of people in federal court lawsuits involving Social Security and ERISA disputes. Eric has been peer-review rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell since 2007. Eric has spoken at many national conferences, teaching other attorneys about ERISA, disability insurance, and social security disability. He has spoken several times at 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 in Boston and New York City.

Mr. Buchanan is also past-chair of the AAJ Social Security Disability Section and the AAJ ERISA Health and Disability Litigation Group. He has also been past-chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Disability Section, is past-president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers, and in 2013-14 Vice President with the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ).In 2007, Eric Buchanan was certified as a specialist in Social Security Disability Law by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. In 2008, he was selected by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification to be an examiner for the National Board of Social Security Disability Certification Exam.Eric graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of his class. Eric is also a graduate of 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.
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Areas of Law

Social Security DisabilityERISADisability Insurance
Social Security Disability
Disability Insurance


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in Social Security, Employee Benefits and Insurance
3.0 out of 5.0

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  • Recommended by 2 Clients
  • Last reviewed on 12/13/13
Posted by a Consumer on 12/13/13
1.0 out of 5.0
It took forever! No phone calls or contact from them at all during the waiting time. And now they get my money every month and I still have to wait every month before getting my money.I have to call and call every month. DO NOT USE THEM!
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Posted by a Consumer on 05/13/13
3.8 out of 5.0
Slow on getting someone on the phone to talk to about questions, etc., but overall good at their jobs.
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Admission Details

Admitted in 1997, Tennessee
1998, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
1999, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
2000, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
2002, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
2003, Georgia
2004, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida and U.S. Supreme Court

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  • Law School Attended

    Washington & Lee University
    Class of 1997
    magna cum laude

    University Attended

    Virginia Military Institute
    Class of 1989

    Birth Information

    Born in 1967
    Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, January 20, 1967


    Lieutenant, Naval Aviator, Plane Commander, and Mission Commander of P-3C Orion Aircraft, 1989-1994, U.S. Navy

    Associations & Memberships

    Tennessee Bar Association (Chair, Disability Law Section, 2006-2007), Chattanooga and Federal Bar Associations; American Association for Justice (Chair, Social Security Section, 2007-2008; ERI... More

    Representative Cases

    Buchanan v. Apfel, 249 F.3d 485 (6th Cir. 2001); Gisbrecht v. Barnhart, argued in S.Ct. March 20, 2001, of counsel in brief for Amicus NOSSCR; London v. Halter, 134 F. Supp 2d 940 (E.D. TN 2001); Bennett v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, 321 F. Supp. 2d 925 (E.D. TN 2004).

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    Eric L. Buchanan
     414 McCallie Avenue,
    Chattanooga, TN 37402-2066


    Eric Buchanan & Associates, PLLC (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

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