Chanlor Akins believes an attorney must fight for what the law represents: fairness. That guides his work helping disabled persons get the benefits they legally deserve from the Social Security Administration.
As a Social Security disability attorney for Jim Adler & Associates’ Dallas office, Chanlor is “passionate” about his work. “It’s a very challenging job, but it’s also very rewarding,” he says.
Inspired to become an attorney by an uncle who’s an attorney in Kansas City, MO, Akins attended law school at the University of Kansas and worked for his uncle while in school. “I learned the foundation of what makes a good attorney: patience and honesty.”
Now he helps clients who have severe medical conditions which prevent them from maintaining full-time employment.
“I help them get the disability benefits to which they are entitled from Social Security,” he says. “The compassion and dedication I have for each and every client make me stand out as an attorney.”
Gaining Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for his clients is just part of Chanlor’s job.
“Being unable to work creates major financial issues, and these can lead to multiple legal issues,” he says. “In addition to having a disability case, my clients often have to deal with evictions/foreclosures, parole violations due to an inability to pay, or jail time due to unpaid child support.”
Lack of income due to a disability also can make his clients unable to afford medical treatment. “Yet medical treatment is the evidence needed to prove their case,” Chanlor says. Such cases are among his most challenging and rewarding, “since they are strong in client credibility and need, but weak from an evidentiary standpoint.”
Chanlor wants his clients to know he has their best interests at heart, and he hopes they’ll work with him to get their case awarded.
How important are such cases? “For many clients, receiving disability benefits can be the difference between life and death,” Chanlor says.
A graduate of Paris High School in Paris, Texas, Chanlor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in psychology, before receiving his law degree from the University of Kansas.
He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.