WCB IMG_0197a(final) Managing Partner
Years of Experience: 25
Phone: 716-674-2424

William C. Bernhardi

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 has trial experience in matrimonial and family law.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District, Western District of New York.  The infrequency with which he must appear in federal court is a measure of Mr. Bernhardi’s success with disability claims at the administrative claims level.

He is a past committee chair and active member of the Erie County Bar Association Committee for the Disabled, and he has lectured on a variety of social security related topics to members of the Bar Association and disability advocacy groups.  He frequently advises other attorneys on the subject of Social Security and disability claims.

Attorney Specialties:

Social Security Disability

NYS Disability Retirement

Railroad Retirement Disability

Honors & Awards:

  • Past committee chair and active member of the Erie County Bar Association Committee for the Disabled
  • lectured on a variety of social security related topics to members of the Bar Association and disability advocacy groups.

This is one memory I will never forget! I still cannot believe my SSD was approved and the process went so smoothly. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me and accepting me as you…