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.
In 2020, Mr. Kistner became a partner in Kirk and Teff. Mr. Kistner is a member of the New York State, Dutchess County, and Ulster County Bar Associations. Mr. Kistner further serves on the Board of Directors of the Injured Workers' Bar Association. In 2022, Mr. Kistner argued and won the case of Blue vs. NYS Office of Children and Family Services (206 A.D.3d 1126) which corrected a long-standing misapplication of the Workers' Compensation Board's Guidelines for Determining Impairment which had drastically and unfairly limited compensation for injured workers with severe knee injuries. The Appellate Division not only ruled in favor of our client, the Court's decision further restored the right to compensation for permanent injuries commensurate with the severity of an injured workers' permanent impairment for all injured workers in New York.