Katie L. Kestel Martin
Since I was a young child, I was taught to help others and speak up for those in need. I still embrace those values every day. As an attorney, I have entered the legal field through a non-traditional route. In addition to my legal studies, I have my Masters in Social Work and have worked as a research assistant in psychological research. I began practicing law while serving the community as an AmeriCorps member, assisting individuals and families faced with foreclosure and consumer credit issues. After my year of service, I joined the Legal Services and Advocacy department at the Mental Health Association of Erie County, providing civil legal services to those with mental health diagnoses. My work consisted mainly of representation in Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income claims, eviction settlements and proceedings, administrative proceedings for Medicaid and public assistance, as well as some Family Law and Matrimonial work. From these experiences, I have a strong passion for my current work in Social Security Disability and matrimonial representation.
I approach my clients with empathy, compassion, and with an open mind; however, I vigorously advocate to get the results they want and deserve. While working with clients who are faced with difficult decisions, emotional and physical hardships, and life changes, I appreciate their strengths and empower them as we work together to resolve their cases. I aim for excellence in service to my clients and be the voice they need.
- New York, 2014
- Western District of New York, Federal Court, 2015
- J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School, 2013
- M.S.W., SUNY at Buffalo School of Social Work, 2012
- B.A., manga cum laude, SUNY at Buffalo, 2008
- Erie County Bar Association
- Disability Committee, Erie County Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Women Lawyers of Western New York
- American Cancer Society, Advisory Board Member for Western New York office
- American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Vice State Lead Ambassador for New York
Recent Blog Posts
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Hopefully, this may only be for a moment, but in the meantime let's talk about how a government shutdown may affect Social Security disability.
Monday, January 15th, 2018
If you are looking to applying for Social Security disibility, you are likely finding a ton of information. Most of which is overwhelming and discouraging, but you don't have to face this on your own.
Monday, January 8th, 2018