Our Attorneys

Lawyers With Records of Success

At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, our experienced attorneys have successfully represented thousands of Social Security disability benefit claimants and helped many consumers assert their legal rights after being mistreated by collection agencies, collection lawyers, debt buyers, and credit reporting agencies.

We are able to provide services to clients in Buffalo, Rochester and throughout western New York. But unlike some larger firms, we offer each client personal attention from a lawyer throughout the process.

To learn more about our attorneys’ qualifications, click on their image:

Kenneth Hiller

Kenneth Hiller

Founding Attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Association of Consumer Attorneys
NOSSCR – National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

Timothy Hiller

Timothy Hiller

Attorney

Education:

Timothy went to Saint Louis University School of Law on a full tuition scholarship. During his second year, he earned a spot on the Saint Louis University Public Law Review. He focused his scholarship on the intersection of sentencing policy and prison reform. He graduated in 2011 near the top of his class.

Practice Areas:

VA Benefits Claims
Social Security Disability

Admitted to Practice Before:

Social Security Administration
Veterans Administration
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
State of Missouri
District of Columbia
*Practice limited to these courts

Personal Message from Timothy:

I became a lawyer because, like my father Kenneth Hiller, I wanted to help ordinary Americans who found themselves in vulnerable situations. From day one of my legal career that is exactly what I have done.

While enrolled at Saint Louis University School of Law I took an internship with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri where I represented Missourians who were being preyed upon by unscrupulous debt collectors. Three to four days a week I would appear in city court and watch as hard working Americans struggling to get by (often times appearing in their mechanic’s uniform, or their waitressing outfit) were ushered into a crowded court room like cattle. Once there they were made to wait for up to two hours simply to have collection attorneys in fancy suits attempt to trick them into paying debts which the collection lawyers could rarely prove they were entitled to collect upon. Every time I was able to prevent unscrupulous collection attorneys from robbing hard working Americans of their precious earnings, my commitment to helping ordinary Americans in vulnerable situations grew.

Following this job, I was hired as a law clerk for a firm which represented injured and disabled railroad workers seeking compensation for injuries sustained on the job. Growing up as the son of committed disability attorney like Kenneth Hiller, I had heard a great deal about how difficult life could be for disabled Americans. However, it wasn’t’ until my work with injured and disabled railroad workers that I began to gain a real-world appreciation for their struggle. Even simple tasks such as making it up to a third floor courtroom was a process and a struggle for many of my clients. I could only imagine what they went through on a daily basis. It was at this time that I began to realize that joining his father’s firm was the perfect way to fulfil my drive to help ordinary Americans in vulnerable situations. As fate would have it however, there would be a yearlong detour.

I graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2011 near the top of my class. At that time, there was a foreclosure crisis going on in America at a level not seen since the Great Depression. Putting my plans to join my father’s firm on hold, I went to work representing distressed homeowners against the faceless banking conglomerates who were attempting to rob them of not only their homes, but their dignity as well. Every day, I would wake up at the crack of dawn and drive all over the state of Missouri, from small towns which consisted of nothing more than a courthouse and a church, to big metropolitan courthouses in Kansas City and Saint Louis, all to keep ordinary families in their homes. It was truly rewarding work. But after a year, I could begin to hear Buffalo calling, and the prospect of returning home to join my father’s firm was too much to turn down.

In 2012, I finally joined my father and began working on behalf of the disabled full-time. Since that time, I have worked tirelessly on behalf of disabled Americans, fighting to make sure that they get the Social Security, or VA benefits, that they deserve. I cannot promise you specific results, and I would be lying to you if I said that it was easy to obtain Social Security or VA benefits. However, I promise that I take your case personally. Helping you improve your life is why I wake up in the morning. I look forward to representing you.

Sincerely,
Timothy Hiller, Esq.

Ida Comerford

Ida Comerford

Attorney

Ida joined the firm in 2010 to practice in the area of Social Security Disability. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Ida received her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia and her Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo. While in law school, she volunteered at Heritage Centers and was involved in legal advocacy for persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Ida worked as a law clerk at a personal injury firm and gained valuable experience in civil litigation.

Ida’s experience in the practice of law is wide and varied. She has handled civil cases and practiced in the area of Estates & Trusts in Surrogate’s Court. In 2002, Ida relocated to San Diego, California with her husband and worked as a Deputy Public Administrator for San Diego County where she managed a high volume of probate cases, investigated estates and located next-of-kin for County residents. She taught in the Paralegal Program at the University of San Diego and lectured in Continuing Education classes.

After relocating to Rochester, New York, Ida came on board the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller and has helped numerous persons with disabilities navigate their claims through the difficult hearing process.

Ida is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, State of California, Federal District Court of the Western District of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Her dedication to her disabled clients extends to appealing selected cases to Federal court.

In her spare time, Ida and her husband enjoy outings and activities with their three young children and their large extended families.

Elizabeth Haungs

Elizabeth Haungs

Attorney

Education:

University at Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in English with Distinction, June 2002
University at Buffalo Law School, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, May 2013

 

Bar Admissions:

New York State Bar
Federal District Court, Western District of New York

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

NYS Bar Association
Erie County Bar Association

 

Elizabeth joined the firm in 2013 to practice Social Security Disability law and Federal Court Appeals. Born and raised in Kenmore, NY, Elizabeth earned a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the University at Buffalo. After a career in marketing and business, Elizabeth decided to change direction, and graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School.


During law school, Elizabeth had the opportunity to work with Legal Services for the Elderly and the William and Mary Foster Elder Law Clinic, working to protect the rights of the elderly and disabled here in Western New York. She also worked with the UB Law School Domestic Violence Task Force and the Family Justice Center, helping to support survivors of domestic violence. Elizabeth also had the honor to clerk for Judge Sharon M. LoVallo in Erie County Family Court.

 

Elizabeth is active in her community as well. Although no triathlete, Elizabeth has run, biked and swam to benefit cancer research for over ten years. Since 2003, she has participated in the Komen Race for the Cure, the Ride for Roswell and Carly’s Crossing, an open water swim event to benefit pediatric cancer research at Roswell Park. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to read and see live music. But most of her spare time is spent with her husband and their rescue dog Tito.

Seth J. Andrews

Seth J. Andrews

Attorney

Education
Undergraduate: Hamilton College
Law School: Syracuse College of Law

States Licensed In and Year Admitted
New York, 2004

Practice Areas
Practice focuses on FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA, employment discrimination and auto fraud litigation as well as state court consumer defense matters.
Lead attorney in the office that is in the top ten nationwide for FDCPA cases filed since 2009.

Awards and Nominations
Robert Leet Patterson Award in Philosophy 1998

Kelly Laga-Sciandra

Kelly Laga-Sciandra

Attorney

Kelly joined the firm in 2009 shortly after her admission to the New York State Bar. Initially, she helped set up and operate the Rochester, New York office location. While born and raised in Buffalo New York, she attended Elmira College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and later her Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing Michigan. Kelly took advantage of an opportunity to transfer to the main law office and back to the Buffalo area. She has been practicing exclusively Social Security Disability Law since joining the firm and was just recently admitted to the Western District of New York Federal Court. She has been honored to help clients navigate through all levels of the process, including answering questions on whether to file, to representing a client’s interests at an administrative hearing or appeals process. Kelly has gained valuable experience from representing clients at hundreds of disability hearings, attending Social Security conferences, discussing cases and theories with colleagues and reading case material. She is always will to share her time and experience with clients and reassure them they are not alone in navigating a complex area of law. In her spare time, Kelly is an avid reader and is also active in fundraising events and programs at her local library. Kelly has become an avid hockey fan and is always exited watching and attending games during the season.

Justin Goldstein

Justin Goldstein

Attorney

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, Masters of Law in Health Law and Policy
Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, Juris Doctor
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Bachelor of Arts

Affiliations

Membership to the New York State Bar, Northern District of New York, Western District of New York, and Second Circuit Court of Appeals. New York State Bar Association.

Justin Goldstein’s practice is primarily focused in Social Security appeals. He has been practicing Social Security Disability Law exclusively for approximately four years. His experience ranges from the Administrative Law Judge hearing level to appeals brought before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His representation of Social Security claimants involves providing the legal services to successfully navigate the challenges that claimants encounter at all levels of the Social Security application and appeals process.

At the Law Office of Kenneth Hiller, Justin’s Social Security disability practice includes representing claimants from the application stage to the Court of Appeals. Through Justin and the able staff at the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, he will ensure that you will have the strongest case, regardless of where you stand in the Social Security Process. He brings experience from having argued over 500 cases in front of Administrative Law Judges and advocating for over 100 claimants at the United District Court level. He has expert knowledge of the minute nuances of Social Security disability law and has attended multiple National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) conferences to continue his legal education. Justin aggressively advocates on his client’s behalf, and no matter where in the process the claimant is, the goal remains the same – obtain benefits for the client.

As a Central New York native, Justin enjoys spending his time outside the office with his family and friends. An avid sports fan, a large amount of Justin’s free time is divided between playing soccer and supporting Syracuse University athletics.

Brandi Smith

Brandi Smith

Attorney

Education:
University of Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, magna cum laude, June 2009
William and Mary Law School, Juris Doctor, May 2015

Bar Admission:
New York State Bar
Federal District Court, Western District of New York
CAVC- US Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims

Professional Associations and Memberships:
NYS Bar Association
Minority Bar Association of Western New York

Brandi joined the firm in 2014 as a part-time law clerk and later become an associate after passing the bar exam. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Brandi earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Buffalo. After working as a legal assistant at a law firm for two years, Brandi relocated to Virginia to accompany her husband during his military service and later attended William and Mary Law School.

During law school, Brandi was involved in the military community by volunteering with USO, interning at the United States Air Force JAG office, and being an active member of the Military Veterans Society at William and Mary. She worked at the Lewis B. Puller Veterans Clinic where she helped veterans appeal their disability and pension claim denials. She was also involved in the Hampton Roads and Richmond community through her membership with the Black Law Students Association and her participation in the Hunton and Williams Street Law program.

Brandi had the honor of clerking for Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and Honorable Barbara Howe of the Erie County Surrogate Court. She also had the exciting opportunity of interning at Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia where she used her Virginia Third-Year Practice certificate to successfully represent clients in custody and protective order proceedings.

Brandi remains active in the Western New York community through her ongoing involvement with the American Diabetes Association, including participation in the Step Out Walk. In her spare time, Brandi likes to spend time with her husband and son, “the Daniels.”

Jeanne Murray

Jeanne Murray

Attorney

Education:

University at Albany, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, May 2012

Loyola University of Chicago, Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy, May 2015

Bar Admission:

New York State Bar

Federal District Court, Western District of New York

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association

NYS Bar Association

Erie County Bar Association

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)

Jeanne joined the firm in 2016, and has been focused exclusively on representing our clients in Social Security hearings and helping clients navigate the often confusing process. During law school, Jeanne worked on child law research and legislation projects surrounding juvenile offenders, primarily. Jeanne then went on to intern at Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children, working on research projects that explored the intersection of health and human rights for children. Jeanne also interned at Heartland Alliance, working on research projects concerning poverty and the most effective ways to combat it. Jeanne has always been passionate about helping those who need it most, and is thrilled to continue to do so in practicing Social Security Disability Law.

In her spare time, Jeanne enjoys reading and spending time with her fiancé and their two very fluffy and adorable Golden Retrievers.

Sandra Cassidy

Sandra Cassidy

Attorney

Ms. Cassidy is a 2002 graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, a lifetime charter member of Best Attorneys of America and one of the Top 100 New York attorneys named by The National Trial Lawyers Association. She is a Cum Laude Law Review graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School and is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts; the Federal Court Western District of New York; the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Cassidy has an interest in infant brain injury and toxic exposure cases and has provided analysis for Erin Brockovich on aberrant cancer clusters in upstate New York. She helped direct a publishing project for the Museum of DisAbility History™ and is editor of some of their publications including Dr. Skinners Remarkable School for Deaf, Dumb and Blind Colored Children. Ms. Cassidy is also the author of Vaccine Victims, Proving Your Case to the Special Masters© which examines the law and medical aspects of vaccine-related brain injury. She is a graduate of Medical School for Lawyers and has a UB School of Management certification in Bioinformatics.

Amy Chambers

Amy Chambers

Attorney