Janet  L. Bensman
Attorney At Law
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Credentials

Attorney Janet L. Bensman has practiced law for 25 years.  She earned her law degree from Capital University Law School and her bachelor’s of science degree in Social Work from the Ohio State University.   She is admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States District Court, Western District of New York.

Ms. Bensman’s practice has concentrated on social security issues for the last 20+ years.  She has advocated on behalf of her clients concerning issues ranging at the initial application stage of social security disability and supplemental security income cases through appeal to federal district court. 

Ms. Bensman is experienced in family law issues involving children and adults and advocating for individuals with compromised mental and physical capacities.  

Previously, as a staff attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. in Buffalo, New York, Ms. Bensman focused on the areas of disability law and the rights of the disabled pursuant to a grant from the NYS Commission of Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.  She concentrated her practice in special education, assistive technology, social security and supplemental security income eligibility, post entitlement and work incentive issues, services for developmentally disabled individuals and those dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness, and family law issues pertaining to the disabled.  Ms. Bensman advocated for her clients with litigation, negotiation, technical assistance, and community education and  training.  As an assistant county attorney for Wyoming County, she represented the Department of Social Services on issues concerning child abuse and neglect, child support, paternity, permanent neglect and public assistance. 

Ms. Bensman is an experienced litigator in both administrative and court proceedings practicing before the social security administration and federal district court and New York State Family, Supreme, and Surrogate Courts.  

Ms. Bensman is a current member and a past chair of the Erie County Bar Association Committee for the Disabled, Western New York Disability Law Coalition, and Wyoming County Bar Association.  She previously chaired the Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WABASNY) Judiciary Committee.  Ms. Bensman also served as a board member on the Board of Trustees of the Parent Network of Western New York.