Our Attorneys

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    William C. Bernhardi

    Managing Partner

    Before he became an attorney in 1986, William Bernhardi was a Social Security Claims Representative and a Social Security State Agency Disability Analyst, where he acquired extensive experience in nonmedical and medical claim adjudication. As an attorney, Mr. Bernhardi has concentrated in disability claims (Social Security, Railroad Retirement, NYS & Local Employees Retirement).  He also… read more →

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    Dean P. Smith

    Associate Litigation Attorney

    Dean Smith is a 1989 graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School with over twenty years of trial experience in all areas of personal injury law, including auto accident, construction accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice. He has dedicated his entire legal career to fighting for the rights of those he has represented, whether… read more →

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    Stephen E. Brooks

    Associate Attorney

    Brooks joins the firm with over ten years of experience from various law firms throughout the Western New York area. A graduate of Roger Williams School of Law, he is a third generation attorney, whose practice area includes trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, elder law, real property, tax and Social Security. He… read more →

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    Jennifer M. Dillon

    Associate Attorney

    Jennifer M. Dillon is a cum laude graduate of Boston College with degrees in Economics and English and a graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York State, the Western District of New York Federal Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit…. read more →

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    Joe Nicastro

    From the time Joe was old enough to hold a paint brush all the way through college, he worked as a professional house painter alongside his father and two brothers all over Western New York. This instilled in Joe a sense of hard-work and an understanding of what it feels like to earn an honest… read more →