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Trusted Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorneys

If you have been injured or become disabled, you may be facing one of the most difficult times of your life. For over 170 combined years, the attorneys at Kirk & Teff have fought tirelessly to make sure insurance companies pay our clients the benefits they deserve. The insurance companies have experienced lawyers on their side. You should have a tough attorney that will fight for your rights on your side.

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  • "I refer cases to Kirk and Teff. Consistently their attorneys go above and beyond for our mutual clients. I highly recommend this law firm for Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability claim ..."
    John D.
  • "I have used Kirk and Teff two different times. Everyone is friendly helpful and knowledgeable. I will continue to use them for any other law firm needs. And I would recommend them to anyone looking ..."
    Matthew F.
  • "Kirk and Teff has been by my side every step of the way after an unfortunate accident that has left me out of work for the past 5 months. They are very kind and very smart and diligently fighting for ..."
    Stephano V.
  • "Mr. Kirk is down-to-earth and easy to talk with. Jodi is an absolute gem, who has continuously gone to bat for me with any issues I have. I 100% recommend this law firm for anyone in need!"
    Henna J.
  • "I refer cases to Kirk and Teff. Consistently their attorneys go above and beyond for our mutual clients. I highly recommend this law firm for Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability claims ..."
    John D.

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  • Over 170 Years of Combined Experience
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The Kirk & Teff, LLP Team
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    Ralph M. Kirk
    Ralph M. Kirk, Esq., has represented injured workers and disabled individuals in all aspects of workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability (SSDI), SSI, and industrial accident claims for over 40 years. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, the leading undergraduate institution in Canada, in 1974. Mr. Kirk obtained his law degree in 1977 from Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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    Justin S. Teff
    Justin S. Teff, Esq., is the managing partner of Kirk & Teff, LLP. He was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Port Washington, New York. He graduated from the State University at Albany in 1998 and received his law degree from Albany Law School in 2001. Mr. Teff was admitted to practice in 2002 and has since focused his career on all aspects of workers’ compensation law and practice. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Teff worked for the defense litigation firm of Stockton, Barker & Mead, as well as the Special Funds Conservation Committee.
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    William J. Kistner
    William Kistner is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. A graduate of Arlington High School and Dutchess Community College, Mr. Kistner received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. William was awarded a scholarship to attend Brooklyn Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Kistner served the Hudson Valley by working for the Dutchess County Public Defender. Since being admitted to practice law by the New York State Bar in February 2006, Mr. Kistner has proudly fought for injured workers and the disabled in the Hudson Valley region.
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    Rebeccah W. Kane
    Rebeccah Kane was raised in Washingtonville, New York. She graduated from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology. She had always had an interest in pursuing a legal career and after an internship with Teamsters Local 237 Legal Services Plan she received her Juris Doctor in 2010 from the Villanova University School of Law. While attending law school, Rebeccah was an active member of the Pro Bono Society and was awarded the Dorothy Day Award in recognition of her many hours of pro bono service.
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    Drew A. Chisholm

    Drew Chisholm is the most recent attorney to join Kirk & Teff, LLP. Drew grew up in the New York’s Capital Region and graduated with a degree in Political Science from University at Buffalo in 2012. He earned his J.D. in 2016 from Cardozo Law School in New York City, and was admitted to practice in New York’s Third Judicial Department in 2017. Before joining the firm, Drew interned at the Medicare Rights Center and Brooklyn Legal Services, where he assisted disabled children and adults obtain the services they needed. He currently practices exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability.

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    Melinda K. Miner
    Melinda Miner was born and raised in the Capital District of New York. She graduated cum laude from the George Washington University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs (concentrations in International Politics and Africa) and Political Science, and with a minor in Theatre. While at GW, she spent a semester in Kenya with the School for International Training. She received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 2005, with a concentration in Intellectual Property, with honors. While at BUSL, she spent a semester in the Netherlands at the University of Leiden. While in law school, Melinda was a member of the winning BUSL negotiation competition team and published in the International Law Journal. She was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 2005 and New York in 2006.
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    Robert A. King
    Robert A. King, L.H.R., has worked for Kirk & Teff, LLP since 2002, representing injured workers in claims before the Workers' Compensation Board. Having spent a portion of his career at IBM in Ulster County, and witnessing the devastation occasioned by its departure from the area, Mr. King began his workers' compensation career with a unique insight into the plight of the unemployed and displaced worker. From 1995 through 1999, he was the claims manager at Oracle Management (now known as Triad), where he directed handling of all aspects of workers' compensation claims. Mr. King then obtained his license to represent injured workers from the Workers' Compensation Board Commissioners, and worked for the law firm of Ouimette, Goldstein & Andrews from 1999 through 2002 as a licensed hearing representative. In 2002, Mr. King joined Kirk & Teff, LLP.
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    James A. Chisholm
    James A. Chisholm, L.H.R., has worked for Kirk & Teff, LLP since 1993, representing disabled individuals and workers in Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI claims, as well as workers' compensation claims. Mr. Chisholm previously worked as claims manager for Reliance Insurance Company from 1984 to 1993, supervising all aspects of personal injury and workers' compensation coverage and claims. Mr. Chisholm graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University, the leading undergraduate institution in Canada, in 1975. He obtained his law degree in 1978 from Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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    Jennifer L. Osterhoudt
    Jennifer L. Osterhoudt, L.H.R. has worked for Kirk & Teff since 2011. Ms. Osterhoudt is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. She graduated from Red Hook High School and Dutchess Community College, where she received a Paralegal Degree. She then went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Criminology at SUNY New Paltz. Before joining Kirk & Teff she worked as a paralegal practicing in various areas of law which included Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Family Law.
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