Sharon A. Christie is an attorney and a nurse. She is an advocate for people who can no longer work because of an illness or injury, but are too young to retire. She helps them get Social Security disability benefits.
Sharon worked as a nurse in both acute and long-term care settings prior to attending law school. In 1986, she graduated magna cum laude from The University of Notre Dame Law School. She has practiced law since that time and is licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Sharon is an AV rated lawyer; the highest ranking possible in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. In 2003, Sharon received the Judith P. Ritchey Achievement Award, presented by the Baltimore County Bar Association. In 2008, she was named a Maryland Super Lawyer in Baltimore Magazine. She was recognized as the Outstanding Alumnae of Mercy High School in 2010. In 2011, Sharon was named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Sharon is a frequent lecturer to professional and community groups, including the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, the Lupus Foundation and the Sinai Return to Work Program. Sharon lives in Cockeysville, Maryland with her husband, Joe. She is an avid runner and has completed the Baltimore Half Marathon and the Giest Half Marathon in Indianapolis. Sharon is also active in the community. A past president of the Executive Women’s Network, she currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Snyder Foundation for Animals, the National Association of Mental Illness Metropolitan Baltimore and the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. Professionally, Sharon is an active member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives, American Association for Justice, Maryland Association for Justice, Women’s Bar Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association.
Attorney Mary Gately Bodley joined Sharon in 2012 to handle Social Security Disability cases. Sharon and Mary have been friends since clerking together at a large firm more years ago than they would care to admit!
Mary is an experienced trial lawyer who knows her way around a courtroom and she’s a natural fit for these cases. She has a special needs child and know firsthand what it means to have a disability that limits your day-to-day activities.
Mary and her husband, Dennis, have three teenagers and live in Catonsville. Their oldest is a freshman in College. The middle child is a trail blazer, being the only student with Down syndrome to attend St. Clement Catholic school. She is now a high school student. Their youngest is also in high school. All three kids give Mary and Dennis different reasons to be proud and, at times, exhausted. With this background, Mary has a special empathy for clients facing difficult challenges and views her role as an attorney as being in a helping profession.
When she gets to catch her breath, Mary enjoys swimming, gardening, reading, travel, entertaining and taking time to spend with her family and friends.
What happens after you file your Social Security disability claim