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 and a baby girl. 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 was the longest serving president in the 30 year history of the Tallahassee affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness. He also volunteers with and served on the Board of Directors of Big Bend Cares, the Region’s only AIDS Service Organization (ASO), serving HIV positive individuals throughout the Big Bend region of Florida.  For over ten years running, he has served as a Guardian ad Litem in the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida in family law and dependency cases.

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
Partner, Family Law

Bryan 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 exclusively practices 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 wife, 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

Gabriella Hernandez
Associate

Gaby was born and raised in Southwest Florida. She attended Florida State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. She continued her studies and graduated from the Florida State University College of Law.

During her time at the Florida State University College of Law, Gaby interned with the Public Interest Law Center in the Gender and Family Justice Clinic, where she helped represent clients who were formerly incarcerated with family law matters. Additionally, she gained experience interning with the Leon County Injunction Project and the Staff Attorney’s Office at the 20th Judicial District of Florida.

Gaby enjoys to spend her free time with family and friends, hiking, reading, and attending Florida State Football, Baseball, and Softball games.

Karen Carroll
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 six-year-old son, who inspires her service to our clients, and she is dedicated to assisting clients in their time of need. Karen enjoys writing, playing the ukulele, and walking her dogs, Cobie and Cricket.
Matthew Small
Matthew Small(Law Clerk)
Matthew “Smalls” Small 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.
Lauren Hopkins
Lauren Hopkins(Law Clerk)
Lauren is a Law Clerk from Sarasota, Florida. She is currently a senior at Florida State University pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Political Science. She will be attending law school next fall and in her down time she enjoys supporting her favorite soccer team, Manchester United, reading, and hiking. 
Emily Zambrano
Emily Zambrano(Hearing Paralegal)
Emily is the Records Paralegal for Liebenhaut Law. She is originally from Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Criminology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, family, and her friends.
Alyssa Matala
Alyssa Matala(Law Clerk)
Bio coming soon.
Brandon Burrows
Brandon Burrows(Pre-Hearing Paralegal)
Brandon Burrows is a Pre-Hearing Paralegal within our Disability Division at Liebenhaut Law. Originally from Oregon, he moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University where he earned his degree in biology. His varied professional experience includes work as a college biology teacher and high school administrator, before becoming a paralegal. In his free time, he enjoys reading, long road trips, and spending time with loved ones.
Paige Adamson
Paige Adamson(Law Clerk)
Sophia Bukowick
Sophia Bukowick(Law Clerk)
Bio coming soon.
Karen Carroll
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 six-year-old son, who inspires her service to our clients, and she is dedicated to assisting clients in their time of need. Karen enjoys writing, playing the ukulele, and walking her dogs, Cobie and Cricket.
Matthew Small
Matthew Small(Law Clerk)
Matthew “Smalls” Small 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.
Lauren Hopkins
Lauren Hopkins(Law Clerk)
Lauren is a Law Clerk from Sarasota, Florida. She is currently a senior at Florida State University pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Political Science. She will be attending law school next fall and in her down time she enjoys supporting her favorite soccer team, Manchester United, reading, and hiking. 
Emily Zambrano
Emily Zambrano(Hearing Paralegal)
Emily is the Records Paralegal for Liebenhaut Law. She is originally from Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Criminology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, family, and her friends.
Alyssa Matala
Alyssa Matala(Law Clerk)
Bio coming soon.
Brandon Burrows
Brandon Burrows(Pre-Hearing Paralegal)
Brandon Burrows is a Pre-Hearing Paralegal within our Disability Division at Liebenhaut Law. Originally from Oregon, he moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University where he earned his degree in biology. His varied professional experience includes work as a college biology teacher and high school administrator, before becoming a paralegal. In his free time, he enjoys reading, long road trips, and spending time with loved ones.
Paige Adamson
Paige Adamson(Law Clerk)
Sophia Bukowick
Sophia Bukowick(Law Clerk)
Bio coming soon.
Karen Carroll
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 six-year-old son, who inspires her service to our clients, and she is dedicated to assisting clients in their time of need. Karen enjoys writing, playing the ukulele, and walking her dogs, Cobie and Cricket.
Matthew Small
Matthew Small(Law Clerk)
Matthew “Smalls” Small 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.
Lauren Hopkins
Lauren Hopkins(Law Clerk)
Lauren is a Law Clerk from Sarasota, Florida. She is currently a senior at Florida State University pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Political Science. She will be attending law school next fall and in her down time she enjoys supporting her favorite soccer team, Manchester United, reading, and hiking. 
Emily Zambrano
Emily Zambrano(Hearing Paralegal)
Emily is the Records Paralegal for Liebenhaut Law. She is originally from Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Criminology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, family, and her friends.
Alyssa Matala
Alyssa Matala(Law Clerk)
Bio coming soon.
Brandon Burrows
Brandon Burrows(Pre-Hearing Paralegal)
Brandon Burrows is a Pre-Hearing Paralegal within our Disability Division at Liebenhaut Law. Originally from Oregon, he moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University where he earned his degree in biology. His varied professional experience includes work as a college biology teacher and high school administrator, before becoming a paralegal. In his free time, he enjoys reading, long road trips, and spending time with loved ones.
Paige Adamson
Paige Adamson(Law Clerk)
Sophia Bukowick
Sophia Bukowick(Law Clerk)
Bio coming soon.