Disability Law Leadership

Immediate Past Chair
Chris George
George & George
PO Box 8130
Gallatin, TN 37066

Chris has B.S./B.A. degrees from the University of Richmond and received his J.D. from the University of Tulsa. He has practiced Social Security Disability law for over 10 years and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Kentucky.


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West TN Delegate
Beth Bates
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.
210 West Main Street
Jackson, TN 38302

Fellow American Bar Association Foundation and Tennessee Bar Association Foundation. Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women - President 2015-16;Tennessee Bar Association - Disability Law Section Executive Council; Chair 2017-18; member Howell Edmunds Jackson American Inns of Court - Master (member); Board Certified Social Security Specialist by the National Board Of Trial Advocacy 2006-...

John Dreiser
Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser
1356 Papermill Pointe Way
Knoxville, TN 37909
John Dreiser is an attorney with the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Mr. Dreiser focuses his practices in the area of personal injury, Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, products liability, Short-Term/Long-Term Disability, and Veteran’s Disability.
He is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee...
East TN Delegate
Emma Drozdowski Webb
Drozdowski & Rabin PLLC
717 N Central Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

Emma Drozdowski Webb is certified as a specialist in Social Security Disability law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Emma has been recognized as a Top Attorney for her work in Social Security Disability law by her peers in the Knoxville Bar Association. She is an executive council member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Disability Law Section. Emma is a member of the National...

East TN Delegate
Forrest Jackson
Jackson Law Firm, PLLC
P.O. Box 11508
Chattanooga, TN 37401
East TN Delegate
Karen Jernigan
East TN Disability
4671 Old Niles Ferry Rd.
Maryville, TN 37801
Middle TN Delegate
David Ettinger
Admin Law Judge SSA, Office of Hearings Operations
3520 Byron Ave
Nashville, TN 37205-2502
Middle TN Delegate
Rachel Moses
Legal Aid Society
9 S Jefferson Ave., Ste 102
Cookeville, TN 38501

Rachel Moses is a 1999 graduate of Centre College and a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. In law school she was the founder and coordinator of the Family Justice Project and the Pet Project (which assisted victims of domestic violence by establishing a network of veterinarians and others who could keep pets) and was coordinator of the VITA taxpayer assistance program...

Middle TN Delegate
Donna Simpson
Law Office of Donna Simpson
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PO Box 2327
Cookeville, TN 38502


 Donna Simpson is a solo practitioner with an office in Cookeville, Tennessee. A 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School, after two years practicing with Rural Legal Services of Tennessee, Ms. Simpson has been in private practice for 36 years with a primary focus in Social Security disability cases. She represents disabled claimants at...

Staff Coordinator
Chelsea Bennett
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Chelsea Bennett is a Sections, Committees and CLE Coordinator for the Tennessee Bar Association. She brings the association eight years of diverse work experience in the education sector. Previously, she worked as the head studio teacher and welfare agent with the child actors starring on the television show “Nashville.” Bennett received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State...

Philip Burnett
Smith & Burnett Pllc
300 Thurman Ave
Crossville, TN 38555-4553

Philip attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and graduated in 1995. He is an executive council member of the Disability Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and he is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.  Philip practices at Bean, Smith & Burnett in Crossville, TN.