New York attorney with eight years of experience as a licensed practitioner in Social Security Disability, and additional academic training in areas including alternative dispute resolution, employment discrimination, labor relations, bankruptcy, consumer finance, and contract drafting.
University at buffalo law school — Juris doctor, 2013
Houghton college — B.A. in psychology, 2008
Attorney, Private Practice — 2014-present
Contractor for: Pasternack Tilker et al (New York); Bill Gordon Associates (Washington DC); Lewis Schwartz (Buffalo), and Ramos & Ramos (Buffalo).
I focus on Social Security Disability advocacy privately and as a contractor with several regional and national law firms. Services including hearings, writing of briefs and appeals, and review of cases. My general practice includes diverse areas such as misdemeanor and traffic defense, motions and similar appearances, status and scheduling conferences, evictions, foreclosures, and depositions.
Claimant’s advocate, US Advocates — 2011-2014;
Binder and binder — 2009-2011
I represented claimants in for SSD and SSI claims, directing case development and directly representing claimants in hearings. I am enrolled in the SSA direct payment program.
Legal writer, Binder and binder — 2008-2009
I drafted briefs, memos, and motions for Social Security matters, as well as reviewing documents and directing case development. These duties continue in my present work.
Retail Sales Consultant, AT&T Mobility — 2006-2007
In this sales job, I focused on finding or creating ideal solutions to communication technology needs for consumers and small and mid-sized businesses, and provided technology training both internally and to consumers. I created client-specific service and training packages, and provided in-home technology training and setup.
Electronics Technician, United States Navy — 2004-2006
Duties included operating and maintaining and operating instrumentation and control equipment in an aircraft carrier’s nuclear propulsion plant, as well as other industrial maintenance, and supervision of junior enlisted personnel in various military duties.
PROJECTS AND AFFILIATIONS
Springville Whitewater Park
With a group of whitewater enthusiasts and environmental policy makers, I have been working to establish a 501(c)(3) organization to preserve and enhance river access to the Cattaraugus Creek for sporting, conservation, and educational purposes.
I assist regional counsel in identifying conservation and recreation areas of concern, negotiating FERC relicensing agreements, negotiating recreational access to rivers, and advocating for clean water policies.
I specialize in oral and written argument, but am also proficient in legal research, case development, and issue spotting.
I am proficient in use and administration of Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms, with software including Wordperfect, Microsoft Office (all versions), Adobe Document Cloud, and Apple iWork. Cloud service proficiency includes use and deployment of Dropbox, Google Apps for Business, Citrix Fileshare, Citrix Gotomeeting, Citrix remote access services, and Clio Practice Manager.
Additional qualifications include electrical and mechanical system repair, first aid, mediation, conflict resolution, swift water rescue, and motivational speaking.
REFERENCES available on request