Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC associate, Christopher Grover, was recently appointed as chair of the Bar Association of Erie County’s Committee for the disabled. The Buffalo Law Journal recently highlighted Grover’s position in its reoccurring “Five Questions” piece. Grover has been with the Freedman firm since 2009 and specializes in Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, and Bankruptcy. The following is a summary of Grover’s responses.
- When was the committee established?
- What is the mission?
The mission of the committee is four-fold: to educate the legal community regarding people living with disabilities; to encourage attorneys to represent the disabled; to promote accessibility; and to monitor legislative and judicial trends.
- What do you hope to accomplish as chair?
To grow the committee in membership and services, and to reach out to community organizations and professionals who work with the disabled to have them speak to attorneys and keep them abreast of new developments in the field.
- What sparked your interest in this area of the law?
Growing up I was exposed to the issues of those who have mental health issues through my mother, who worked in the field. Later, I worked with Autism Services Inc., where I learned we have made great strides in helping people with disabilities live to their full potential, but we need to continue to advocate for their rights.
- Where do you see this area of the law headed?
It’s always changing. The Social Security Administration is constantly updating their procedures, the Veterans Administration is making changes in its administration processes, and the impact of the recent election is going to change the climate. In my experience working at Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, where I handle Social Security Disability claims and Americans with Disabilities Act cases, I have found it is critical for attorneys to keep up with these changes in order to best serve our clients.
If you or someone you know is applying for Social Security Disability benefits or has a concern about a business or organization’s compliance with the American Disabilities Act, contact Chris Grover at jeffreyfreedman.com or 1-800-343-8537.