Christopher Grover was part of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys even before law school was a consideration.
He was a file clerk, then a paralegal for about a year and ultimately decided that being an attorney was his end goal.
“They kept me on after taking the bar (exam) and offered me a position after the results were released,” he said. “It was a pretty easy decision. I work with amazing people and I was able to move seamlessly into a role that I already knew I enjoyed.”
Now he practices Social Security disability law, which he describes as a profoundly important niche.
“This has been a very interesting and rewarding practice area because of the impact that I have on my clients’ most essential needs,” he said. “When an individual can no longer work due to a physical or mental impairment, Social Security disability benefits are often the only source of income available to them. I have clients ranging from a lifelong construction worker with five repeat spine surgeries to a single mother with a terminal cancer diagnosis, to a toddler with a rare blood disorder. These benefits are essential to (a) client’s long-term well-being.
“When personal injury and workers’ compensation settlements are gone, Social Security provides these clients with a minimal amount of money to live on for the rest of their lives. No one is getting rich on Social Security, but it can make a huge difference in a person’s ability to provide for their family, continue medical treatment and keep a roof over their head.”
It’s not easy work but he’s not one to back away from a challenge.
“I still have to remind myself that personal growth comes from being uncomfortable,” he said. “It’s easy to shy away from difficult cases, speaking engagements, pro bono work and other activities but I have always learned exponentially more about myself from these experiences.”
The trust factor between attorney and client is critical.
“Having a stranger put their faith and confidence in you to make a meaningful impact on their life is an enormous responsibility, which I take very seriously,” he said.
What’s his plan for the future?
“I hope to continue to grow as an expert in my field,” he said. “There are several firms and attorneys who have become synonymous with a particular practice area. There’s no greater compliment than to have a potential client say that they were referred to me by a friend, relative or another attorney. I take great pride in being recognized for the work I have done and will continue to do on behalf of my clients.”
This article originally appeared in Buffalo Business First on November 11, 2019.