Chris Fortier


Chris Fortier is an attorney-adviser with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearing Operations in Falls Church, Virginia. He supports the national hearing operation through working with forms, templates, and applications (of course, the views he expresses do not reflect those of SSA or the federal government).

Chris was the President of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (YLC). He previously oversaw the Professional Development Conference and has expanded the YLC’s social media footprint. He also established the Professional Development Series, a weekly release of videos dedicated to training new lawyers on the basic tasks of lawyering, viewable on the Youtube channel. He also won the Edwin Burnett Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2013 and is currently a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

He has served in various capacities for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division including as a delegate representing Virginia to the YLD Assembly and as a director and coordinator in the executive cabinet. He was chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, laying out the YLD’s Vision 2021 plan.

He graduated from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy where he served as its Alumni Association President (and starting its social media presence). He is also a proud graduate of James Madison University. He is the husband of Brittany Fortier and father of Ansley Fortier.

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