Rachel E. CohenAttorney
Rachel E. Cohen is the leading advocate and chair of NST’s Social Security Advocacy Practice Group. She grew up in Akron, Ohio and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice and received the “Undergraduate Sociology Student of the Year” award. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated cum laude. In law school, she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Environmental Law.
Ms. Cohen is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Tennessee. Prior to joining Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, she worked with a disability law firm based out of Wakefield, Massachusetts. She moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 2010 and has since made a home for herself in this community. She joined Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz in 2013. Ms. Cohen is currently a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and the Memphis Bar Association.
As an attorney, Ms. Cohen has specialized in helping individuals obtain Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. She has represented hundreds of individuals at disability hearings before Social Security Administrative Law Judges both locally and across the country.
If someone suffers from serious medical conditions that prevent them from working, they may be entitled to benefits from the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, to obtain these benefits, one must navigate the complex, long, and overwhelming disability process. To start, this involves filing an application with the Social Security Administration, completing Social Security forms, and potentially having to file appeals and attending a disability hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge. Often it can take years for a case to be decided. Ms. Cohen can help guide you through this long process by providing honest, direct, and compassionate advice throughout.
Despite public perception, it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain disability benefits. The standard of disability varies depending on your age, education, and work history. As a general rule one must have a serious medical condition(s) that prevents one from being gainfully employed for 12 consecutive months and medical evidence to support his or her claim of disability.
Ms. Cohen also assists individuals who have previously been awarded Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits retain those benefits when Social Security stops payment of those benefits.
Competent representation by a skilled lawyer will assist one in building the best possible case based on one’s individual situation and presenting that evidence to Social Security on one’s behalf. The majority of individuals who file and are approved for benefits must attend a disability hearing. At this hearing Social Security may hire experts to testify. These experts can be job or medical experts. Ms. Cohen has the experience, knowledge, and skill to represent individuals at disability hearings. She will advocate for individuals and ensure that one is prepared to testify before the Administrative Law Judge.
If you want a committed and knowledgeable attorney to assist you with the disability process, Ms. Cohen is the attorney for you.
J.D., New England School of Law, 2009
B.A., University of Akron, 2005
Sociology/Law Enforcement summa cum laude
National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR)