About Us 2018-02-23T00:00:00+00:00

Meet our Attorneys

MATT LIEBENHAUT 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.

Matt is a licensed member of the Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia.   For five years running, from 2013 through 2017, he has been the only social security disability attorney in Florida designated a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine.   He maintains an AV Peer-Review rating through Martindale Hubbell.  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 my 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 aredealing 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.


BRYAN HESSER 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 the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut, PLLC. He assists individuals by alleviating the suffering, confusion, and stress that can occur during family law matters. In his free time, Bryan enjoys watching sports, movies, and TV shows and going to the dog park with his 4 year-old husky-mix.

Meet Our Staff

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 my daughter and husband and going to FSU football games.

Sydney Ollar (Disability Hearing Paralegal)

Sydney Ollar has a B.S. degree in International Affairs and English Literature from Florida State University. As our hearing paralegal, Sydney oversees our internal social security disability hearing procedures and works directly with our lawyers to assist with hearing preparation. Sydney enjoys having the opportunity to help our clients gain the financial and medical resources they desperately need throughout this difficult process. In her free time, she enjoys playing with my dog, Ricky, and shopping.

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 the Firm Administrator with Liebenhaut Law. During his time at Florida State University, he studied Finance and Professional Sales. He is an avid runner, sleep enthusiast, and Tallahassee food critic.

Madelyn Pendarvis (Law Clerk)

Madelyn has a B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University and is a student at the FSU College of Law. Madelyn enjoys advocating for clients in both the Social Security and long-term disability arenas. When not at work, she is usually hanging out with her dog, Nicki, at home or at the park.

 Alec Lam (Legal Assistant)

Alec Lam received a B.S. in Political Science and International Affairs from Florida State University. In addition to his work as the firm’s client relations paralegal, Alec is continuing his education at Florida State University, pursuing a Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy. At work, Alec enjoys the opportunity to interact and assist people from all walks of life in every way he can. On his days off, he spends time outdoors at the beach or exploring the surrounding national parks.