Who we are

Martie Lafferty

Martie’s practice focuses on disability rights, in particular the rights of Deaf and hard of hearing people to effective communication, the rights of people who use wheelchairs to physical access, and the rights of prisoners with disabilities. She also has experience with a wide range of fair housing cases.

Prior Experience

Stein & Vargas, LLP

Washington, D.C.
Litigation Associate, 2016-2019

Disability Rights Tennessee

Nashville, TN
Legal Director, 2007-2016
Senior Attorney, 2004-2007
Attorney, 2003-2004

Tennessee Fair Housing Council

Nashville, TN
Staff Attorney, 1999-2003


J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1997

M.T.S., Vanderbilt University, 1994

B.S., Centre College, 1992, Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Awards

2016 Freedom Award in Legal Excellence from Disability Rights Tennessee; presentation of awarded included this thank you video from clients and colleagues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PxMUUz-Jk8

Selected Presentations

Guest Lecturer, LMU Duncan School of Law, Disability Rights and ADA Title II, 2020.

Meet CREEC: Learn How We Challenge Discrimination. DeafNation Expo, 2019.

The Lawyer’s Toolbox: Effective Legal Strategies for Achieving Digital Accessibility and Communication Access, Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, 2017

Lane v. Tennessee, American Inns of Court, Belmont University College of Law, 2017.

Selected Publications

“CREEC’s Fast Advocacy for Communication (FAC) Program,” Civil Rights Insider, Fall 2020.

State Bar License