Skip to Content

J. Christopher Deem is Of Counsel at Nyman Turkish PC and directs our Florida Social Security practice operations and the Firm’s Social Security Appellate practice nationwide.

Since 1984, Chris has handled Social Security claims with a strong commitment to helping people with disabilities navigate the Social Security Administration complexities. Chris is recognized as a national authority and expert on representing claimants before the Social Security Administration and the federal courts. He is also among a select few attorneys to have successfully represented Social Security claimants in the United States Courts of Appeals. He is estimated to have appeared at more than 4,500 Social Security hearings and 100 federal court appellate oral arguments in his more than 37 years in practice.

Chris received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and then returned to Columbus, Ohio, to attend the Capital University College of Law. After graduation, he started and ran the Florida offices of Barkan + Neff, the Ohio law firm where he was a law clerk while in law school. He handled workers’ compensation and personal injury cases, but his primary practice area was attending hearings and taking appellate arguments for social security claims. Chris became a partner and managed the Central Florida offices until 1990.

Next, Chris spent 14 years at Prugh, Holliday & Deem, where he handled social security and personal injury litigation. In August 2004, he opened a successful boutique trial practice, J. Christopher Deem, P.A., which he ran until 2016 when he joined Nyman Turkish PC.

Chris is licensed in Florida, with the Social Security Administration courts, and in the federal courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. He is also a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and has lectured twice, in 2006 and 2011, at their national convention. Chris is a past chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Social Security Section and has lectured on Social Security topics locally and as a guest lecturer at the University of South Florida.


  • University of Michigan, B.A.
  • The Capital University College of Law, J.D.


  • Florida Bar
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • Sustaining Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)