Cheryl Cheffins

Ms. Cheffins has dedicated her legal career to pursuing the rights of adults and children with disabilities.

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Ms. Cheffins has concentrated her practice in Social Security Disability, conservatorships, special education and related civil matters in the administrative process and in federal court. Ms. Cheffins has successfully obtained appropriate educational programs, inclusion of children in the least restrictive environment, tuition reimbursement for private school placements, payment for independent educational evaluations and compensatory education for students and their families throughout Middle Tennessee.

Ms. Cheffins lives in Nashville with her son and his service dog, Addie.


Ms. Cheffins graduated with highest honors from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Nashville School of Law.

Honors & Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Autism Tennessee (2014 – 2016)
  • Member, Tennessee Disability Coalition on Education
  • Member, TALS Special Ed and Juvenile Justice Task Force
  • Member, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


M.H. et al v. Cleveland City Schools Board of Education, 1:16-cv-00333-HSM-CHS (E.D. Tenn. 2016) (claim brought under the McKinney-Vento Act on behalf of homeless student)

A.G. v. Tenn. Dep’t of Educ., No. 1:16-cv-00027, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4934 (M.D. Tenn. Jan. 10, 2017) (finding that student and his parent could pursue claims alleging systemic violations of IDEA)

S.H. v. Rutherford Cty. Schs, No. 3:15-cv-0809, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165399 (M.D. Tenn. Sep. 26, 2018) (school district denied student a free appropriate public education by failing to provide appropriate behavioral interventions for a student with Prader-Willi Syndrome)

B. et al v. Clarksville Montgomery County Schools System, 3:14-cv-01477 (M.D. Tenn., 2014) (student’s request for ‘stay-put’ injunction granted)

L.D. v. Sumner County Board of Education, Due Process Hearing before the Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education (2018) (Administrative law judge found that school district failed to provide student with autism a free appropriate public education. School district ordered to reimburse parents private school tuition.)

J.M. v. Wilson County Schools, Due Process Hearing before the Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education (2018). (Administrative law judge found that school district failed to find student eligible for special education and related services. School district ordered to develop IEP and award compensatory educational services.)

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