About Us
Family Law & Disability Law Firm

Family Law & Disability Law Firm

MATT LIEBENHAUT
Founding Attorney

He is a proud husband and father of three young boys. He was born and raised in Broward County, Florida. He attended Florida State University where he graduated magna cum laude and went on to attend the Florida State University College of Law. In Law School, he was Chief Justice of the Student Supreme Court and a member of the school’s highly decorated Mock Trial Team. He continues his involvement with the FSU College of Law as a coach for the school’s Mock Trial Team.

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An active volunteer in the community, Matt is a proud member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 28. He serves as President of the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He also volunteers as a Director of Big Bend Cares as well as a Guardian ad Litem in the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida.

My Big Why… My dad suffered his first heart attack while I was in law school at Florida State University. All of a sudden, my plans to move back to South Florida changed. I knew I needed to be near my parents who were living in Atlanta at the time. My dad was one of the lucky ones who survived his heart attack. But his physical health was slowed down and I wanted to spend time near him to help him and my mom. After working as a security guard for many years, Dad was unable to do the work he had done in the past. Without his SSI and the Medicaid that came with it, dad would have been unable to afford the medications that kept him alive. I know on a very personal level how important it is to my clients and their families that they receive the benefits they deserve. That’s why I love what I do and why it’s important to me that my office treats clients with the kindness and respect they deserve.

As far back as I can remember… My sister Natalie always struggled with challenges that other people didn’t have. Natalie is learning disabled and she wasn’t able to hold a full time job because of the challenges she faced. As her big brother, I always looked out for her and helped her through the many obstacles she’s had to deal with in life. Now as a social security disability attorney, I get to help people like my sister, good people who have conditions most of us pray we never have to deal with. My relationship with Natalie has made me the person I am today, a disability attorney who cares deeply about his clients well being. A disability attorney who treats his clients with the same respect he’d want his sister to be shown.

At my office, every client is treated like a member of our family. They are treated with dignity and respect no matter the challenges they and their families are dealing with. That is what makes us unique. And it’s why we hope you’ll consider us when you or someone you know needs social security disability (SSDI), supplemental security income (SSI) or private disability insurance.

Family Law Attorneys

BRYAN HESSER
Senior Associate Attorney

He was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Minors in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. He went on to attend Florida International University College of Law, where he graduated with the Law Merit Scholarship, on the Dean’s List, and as a Certified Florida County Court Mediator.
During Law School, Bryan interned for the Honorable Judge Abby Cynamon in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. He also gained crucial legal experience while clerking for Buckner, Shifrin, Etter, Dugan, Bradfute & Kohlman, P.A. and Leinoff & Lemos, P.A. in Miami. In 2016, Bryan moved to Tallahassee and continued his legal career with Liebenhaut Law.

Bryan is a licensed member of the Florida Bar and practices exclusively Family Law at Liebenhaut Law. He assists individuals by alleviating the suffering, confusion, and stress that can occur during family law matters. Bryan spends his free time with his fiance, Mallory, and their two rescue dogs. He enjoys watching sports, movies, and TV shows, spending time with family and friends, and attending Florida Gators football, basketball, and baseball games.

Social Security Disability Attorneys

KRISTI DRAKE
Associate Attorney

She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She went on to attend Florida State University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Psychology. She then continued her studies at the Florida State College of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Team and was also recognized with a Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award.

During her time at the Florida State College of Law, Kristi developed her legal skills interning with the Public Interest Law Center in the Children’s Advocacy Clinic, as well as the Children in Prison Clinic. She also gained invaluable experience as a law clerk for the Department of Children and Families – Children’s Legal Services, a policy intern at the Children’s Campaign, and as a legal intern at the Innocence Project of Florida.

Kristi is a licensed member of the Florida Bar and practices Disability Law at Liebenhaut Law. She assists clients through some of the most challenging times in their lives with compassion and understanding. When not at work, Kristi enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and supporting Florida State University football.

Meet Our Staff

  • Karen Carroll
    (Family Law Paralegal)
    Karen Carroll (Family Law Paralegal)

    Karen Carroll has a B.S. degree in Sociology from Florida State University. She worked as a dependency paralegal for six years before coming to work at Liebenhaut Law. She is married with a four-year-old son, who inspires her service to our family law clients, and she is dedicated to assisting clients in their time of need. Karen enjoys writing, playing the ukulele, and walking her dogs, Lady and Cobie.

  • Matthew Small
    (Paralegal)
    Matthew Small(Paralegal)

    Matthew “Smalls” Small is a Paralegal within our Family Division at Liebenhaut Law. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Florida State University and will be with us in his time leading up to law school. His hobbies include playing a variety of instruments, cheering for the Yankees, and volunteering within the community.

  • Chevon Mikota
    (Firm Administrator)
    Chevon Mikota(Firm Administrator)

    Chevon Mikota is the Firm Administrator with Liebenhaut Law. Chevon has several years of office management experience. After studying Business Management in New Zealand, she grew her family and traveled the world with them. In her spare time she loves to study modern mysticism, hang out at the pool or beach with her family, and traveling to experience different cultures and their cuisine.

  • Zaimah Mithavayani
    (Executive Assistant)
    Zaimah Mithavayani(Executive Assistant)

    Zaimah Mithavayani is the Executive Assistant at Liebenhaut Law. In her free time, Zaimah enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with her two cats.

  • Julia Hummel
    (Intake Paralegal)
    Julia Hummel(Intake Paralegal)

    Julia Hummel is an out-of-state student from Mississippi studying Finance and Business Analytics at Florida State University. Her interests include true crime podcasts and weiner dogs.

  • Emily Rodriguez
    (Intake Paralegal)
    Emily Rodriguez(Intake Paralegal)

    Emily Rodriguez is an Intake Paralegal at Liebenhaut Law who plans on attending law school next fall. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and dancing.

  • Sonali Pustam
    (Intake Paralegal)
    Sonali Pustam(Intake Paralegal)

    Sonali Pustam is an Intake Paralegal at Liebenhaut Law. She is studying Marketing at Florida State University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and studying.

  • Brandyce Henry
    (Paralegal)
    Brandyce Henry (Paralegal)

    Brandyce joined our team after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Science. She is a pre-hearing paralegal on our disability team. Brandyce is an avid movie goer, book lover, and can be spotted almost any day at the dog park with her two loving huskies Zeus and Jaeger.

  • Clayton Stallworth
    (Paralegal)
    Clayton Stallworth(Paralegal)

    Clayton Stallworth is a Pre-Hearing Paralegal within our Disability Division at Liebenhaut Law. He is a recent graduate of the Juris Master program from the Florida State University College of Law with plans to go back to law school for his Doctorate. Hobbies are traveling, spending time with family, teaching at his church, and community service in the Tallahassee area.

  • Jessica King
    (Records Paralegal)
    Jessica King(Records Paralegal)

    Jessica King is the Records Paralegal at Liebenhaut Law. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling the world, spending time with her dog Jackson, and supporting the Florida State Seminoles.

  • Bryce Fehringer
    (Hearing Paralegal)
    Bryce Fehringer (Hearing Paralegal)

    Bryce Fehringer is a Hearing Paralegal within the Social Security division at Liebenhaut Law. He is currently a senior at Florida State University studying Criminology and Political Science. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and exploring the wide variety of great restaurants in Tallahassee.

  • Samantha Seiglie
    (Hearing Paralegal)
    Samantha Seiglie(Hearing Paralegal)

    Samantha Seiglie is one of the Hearing Paralegals at Liebenhaut Law. She is originally from Miami Beach, FL and during her free time enjoys drawing and spending time by the pool and nearby beaches. .

Meet Our Staff

Leslie Johnson, A.A.
Leslie Johnson, A.A.(Director of Disability Operations)
After earning her degree in Paralegal Studies, Leslie worked as a paralegal in Louisiana and Florida for ten years prior to becoming our Director of Disability Operations. She joined Liebenhaut Law when her family moved to Tallahassee so her husband could attend graduate school at FSU. What she enjoys most about her work is helping our clients understand the confusing and overwhelming nature of Social Security disability law and procedure. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to FSU football games.
Karen Carroll
Karen Carroll (Lead Paralegal, Family Law)
Karen Carroll has a B.S. degree in Sociology from Florida State University. She worked as a dependency paralegal for six years before coming to work at Liebenhaut Law. She is married with a four-year-old son, who inspires her service to our family law clients, and she is dedicated to assisting clients in their time of need. Karen enjoys writing, playing the ukulele, and walking her dogs, Lady and Cobie.
Alex Barrett
Alex Barrett(Firm Administrator)
Alex Barrett is the Firm Administrator with Liebenhaut Law. Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Finance. He enjoys bettering the firm to make it the best it can be for our clients. He is an avid runner, sleep enthusiast, and Tallahassee food critic.
Brandyce Henry
Brandyce HenryLegal Assistant
Brandyce recently joined our team after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Science. She is a legal assistant on our disability team. Brandyce is a fun person to have on the team and she has the perfect mix of kind heart and disciplined mind that makes her a great addition to our team.