Chris Fortier


Chris Fortier is an attorney-adviser with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings 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 serves as co-chair for the Virginia State Bar TechShow and was the President of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (YLC). He expanded the YLC’s social media and web footprint. He also established a weekly video series dedicated to training new lawyers, and added automated features such as forms and directory lists to the YLC’s website. 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.

Chris also serves on the board for the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, where he (and a few dedicated individuals) established the Conference publication, Invictus, along with its social media presence.

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 in the executive cabinet. He chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, laying out the YLD’s Vision 2021 plan.

He graduated from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia 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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