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

  • Leslie Johnson, A.A.
    (Lead Disability Paralegal)
    Leslie Johnson, A.A. (Lead Disability Paralegal)

    After earning her degree in Paralegal Studies, Leslie worked as a paralegal for seven years in Louisiana. 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
    (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.

  • Alex Barrett
    (Firm Administrator)
    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.

  • Madelyn Pendarvis
    (Law Clerk)
    Madelyn Pendarvis (Law Clerk)

    Madelyn earned her B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University in 2017 and is currently a second year law student at the FSU College of Law. Upon graduation, Madelyn is looking forward to growing alongside Liebenhaut Law and continuing to work with a terrific group of individuals. Madelyn primarily focuses on our Social Security disability Appeals Council and federal appeals cases, as well as our long-term disability cases; however, she is always happy to assist a client in need. Madelyn is an avid reader and spends most of her downtime with her dog, Pumpernickel.

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.