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Speaking Engagements

April 3, 2024

Barbara Comerford will answer questions regarding disability for participants in the Rossdale Seminar program

January 17, 2024

How to Prove Long Covid – ERISA and Non-ERISA Long Term Disability Insurance Claim

July 26, 2023

Ms. Comerford will speak at a telephonic webinar sponsored by Rossdale CLE on “Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security”

July 18, 2023

Barbara Comerford and Dr. Gudrun Lange PhD will present the following webinar in two parts for the Open Medicine Foundation:

“The Nuts and Bolts of How to Apply for Disability Benefits if you have Disabling ME/CFS or Long COVID” on July 18, 2023

Fall 2023

Open Medical Foundation-Applying for Disability Benefits in Long Covid and ME/CFS cases-Nuts and Bolts.

January 17, 2024 On Demand Webinar

“How to prove the Long Covid ERISA and NON-ERISA Long Term Disability Insurance claim with a review of most recent federal caselaw throughout the United States.”

October 10, 2023 On Demand webinar EST

“ERISA Based Long Term Disability issues in the ‘post pandemic’ world including the impact of the end of the COVID-19 national emergency on certain ERISA Long Term Disability benefits related relief and extensions under the DOL regulations.”

Thursday November 9, 2022 at 1 pm PST and 4 pm EST

Barbara Comerford
“Long COVID and Fatiguing Illness Recovery ECHO”: Centers for Disease Control, Family Health Centers of San Diego, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, UW School of Medicine, NMU Health Sciences, Program ECHO (A large scale national monthly CDC funded ECHO webinar series of presentations by subject matter experts) On November 9, 2022, Ms. Comerford will speak at the ECHO webinar to discuss documenting disability in Long-Covid and fatiguing Illness cases.

October 31, 2022

Brenda Flanagan
Patients with long COVID-19 fight for disability benefits

May 19, 2022

Emily Taylor 
“Long COVID: Research, Policy and Economic Impact, a joint project between the Global Interdependence Center and the Solve Long COVID Initiative.

February 8, 2022

Barbara Comerford
“A Brief Overview of Long COVID Social Security and Long Term Disability Insurance Claims” on behalf of the National Center for Health Research.

April 28, 2021

Carlissa Prettyman and Barbara Comerford
“Body Politic” on proving the Long Covid SS disability case

October 21, 2021

Long-Haul Covid-19 Disability Case Law Review

February 16, 2021

NJICLE/NJ BAR Association
Long-Haul Covid 19-Proving the Long Term Disability Claim

January 11, 2021 Lawline

Proving the Long Haul Covid-19 ERISA Long Term Disability Claim

April 10, 2020

Bergen County Bar Association
Hackensack, NJ
a seminar on “Representing a client with a NJ Division of Pension Disability Case”.

March 16, 2020, Monday,  11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (60 minutes)

Proving TBI Claims
61 Broadway, Suite 1105 (11th Floor), New York, NY 10006

Lawline Presentation on February 20, 2020 on “Using Neuropsychological Testing in Cognitive Disability Claims”

February 20, 2020, Thursday,  1:00 – 2:00 P.M. (60 minutes)

Basics of Neuropsych Testing
Barbara B. Comerford and Dr. Gudrun Lange, PhD will present a seminar for Lawline on 2/20/19 titled the Basics of Neuropsychological testing

November 15, 2019

“How to Prep and Win: A Social Security Disability Hearing”
Bergen County Bar Association
15 Bergen Street, Hacakensack, NJ 07601

October 26, 2019

Barbara Comerford is serving as a Moderator and Speaker at the Color of Justice Program at Rutgers Law School on Careers in the Law which is sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges.

October 17, 2019

ERISA Based Long Term Disability Benefit Claims Soup to Nuts; and a review of the Updated 2018 Department of Labor Regulations
Barbara Comerford is teaching a Lawline webcast seminar.

August 2015

Insurance Law Boot Camp
“Long Term Disability Insurance Law” presented on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

August 2014

NJ Institute of Continuing NJ Bar Legal Education  “Insurance Boot Camp” “Proving the LTD Insurance Case”

October 2014

National Organization for Social Security Claimant’s Representatives Conference Las Vegas, Nevada “Proving the CFS case under SSR 14-1p”

January 2014

Disability Law, Inns of Court,

Essex County, NJ

October 10, 2013

“Proving the Fibromyalgia Case under Social Security Ruling 12-2p” at the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives Conference in San Diego, California

September 10, 2013

“Proving the Traumatic Brain Injury Case with Neuropsychological Testing”, presented at Bergen County Bar Association, Hackensack, NJ

October 5, 2012

“Proving the Traumatic Brain Injury Disability Case”
Presented at The American Association of Administrative Law Judges Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

August 15, 2012

“Social Security Disability Boot Camp”
National Business Institute

June 14, 2012

“Proving the Social Security Disability Case; and Recent Ethics Revisions” Bergen County Bar Association CLE

May 9, 2012

“The Brain Concussion Case: From Medical Documentation to Issues from both the Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives.” NJICLE

October 12-15, 2011

Speaker on “ERISA Long Term Disability Issues”
Association of Administrative Law Judges Annual Conference, San Antonio TX

August 23, 2011

“Insurance Law Boot Camp”
New Jersey Bar Association ICLE Seminar
Ms. Comerford spoke at the New Jersey Bar Association ICLE Seminar “Insurance Law Boot Camp” on the topic of Disability Insurance Proving The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Case
Insurance Law Boot Camp

February 2010

Social Security Sequential Evaluation Process
New Jersey ICLE
Barbara Comerford addressed and presented a Paper on the Social Security Sequential Evaluation Process to lawyers on behalf of the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Saddle Brook, New Jersey

May 12, 2010

Barbara Comerford addressed and presented a paper to a national audience of lawyers and other SS practitioners at the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives Conference in New Orleans on the topic “Proving the CFS case under. SSR 99 2p or under an Equivalency argument utilizing the most recent studies on XMRV”

September 2010

Barbara Comerford appeared on TruTV (formerly known as Court TV) as a Disability Law Commentator the Show “In Session” to discuss a murder case in which the parents’ efforts to collect SSI bnefits on behalf of their deceased child was the alleged motive for murder.

October 10, 2010

Barbara Comerford addressed a Conference sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center and the NJCFSA on the topic of Disability Rights including ERISA LTD benefits, Disability Insurance and Social Security Disability Benefits

November 13, 2010

Barbara Comerford will speak on the topic of Disability Insurance Law for the New Jersey
Institute of Continuuing Legal Education in New Brunswick, New Jersey

November 14, 2010

Barbara Comerford will serve as a Judge for the American Bar Association Annual Labor and
Employment Law Moot Court Competition held in New York City

December 7, 2010

Barbara Comerford will serve as a Moderator for the Bergen Bar Association on the Topic of
“Common Ethics Pitfalls for the Small and Solo Practitioner”

April 8, 2010

Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance Featured Speaker on Social Security/Mental health advanced directives and mental health law—Temple Shalom  215 South Hillside Ave.  Succasunna NJ  07876

February 10, 2010

ICLE seminar on SS Disability Law

December 1, 2009 

MS Support Group Presbyterian Church located at 65 South Street in Morristown, NJ @ 7pm. Contact information – Evelyn 973-784-3733 or 973-727-7175.

December 7, 2008

National Multiple Sclerosis Metro Chapter -Navigating the Disability Process: Social Security
Disability and ERISA and Individual Long Term Disability Insurance.” Hilton Hotel, East
Brunswick, New Jersey

November 14, 2008

Women Lawyers in Bergen County
“Overview of ERISA and Individual Long Term Disability Insurance in the Context of Metlife v. Glenn” Cole Schotz Law Firm , Hackensack, NJ

October 28, 2008

Testimony before the US Department of Health and Human Services CFS Scientific Advisory
Committee-“Adolescents and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” Hubert Humphrey Building,  Independence Ave Washington, D.C

July 9, 2008

Federal Reserve Bank “ERISA and Private Long Term Disability and Social Security Disability”

May 22, 2008

Bergen County Bar Association “The Nuts and Bolts of Social Security and Selected Topics in Long  Term Disability”

April 29, 2008

East Orange General Hospital Address to the Medical Staff “A Primer on Long Term Disability Insurance Law (ERISA and Non-ERISA) and Social Security Disability Law”


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