Eric L. Buchanan
Buchanan & Associates, PLLC
ERIC L. BUCHANAN is President & Partner of Buchanan & Associates, PLLC. Eric 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 is currently serving as President of the Tennessee Association for Justice (formerly TTLA) for the year 2015-6. Eric regularly chairs conferences and speaks to both national and local audiences on disability insurance, ERISA, insurance law, and Social Security disability. He has been the program chair and repeated speaker for the AAJ Social Security Section National CLE and at the AAJ Annual Convention’s Disability Law program. Eric has twice been program chair and has been a repeated speaker for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Disability law conference, has been program chair and speaker for several Tennessee Association for Justice CLE’s on Social Security disability and on ERISA litigation. Eric has also spoken ten previous times at the National Disability Law Conference held by NOSSCR. He has spoken seven times at the American Conference Institute Disability Law Conference. He has also spoken numerous times at local and regional CLE’s on Social Security, disability, insurance, and subrogation. In 2007 Eric was certified as a specialist in Social Security Disability Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. 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. He also represents disabled people before the Social Security Administration, having represented over 1200 people in Social Security hearings. Eric has also has represented hundreds of people in federal court law suits involving Social Security and ERISA disputes. Eric is the past-chair (2007-2008 chair) of the AAJ Social Security Disability Section, past chair (2006-2007 chair) of the AAJ ERISA Health Care Finance and Disability Litigation Group, is a past President of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers, and is past-chair (2005-2006 chair) of the Tennessee Bar Association Disability Law Section. Eric graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of his class. While in Law school he was also inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Omicron Delta Kappa honorary leadership fraternity. 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 (pilot), plane commander, and mission commander of P-3C Orion aircraft.