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I have more than 36 years of experience protecting the rights of injured and disabled workers and their families. I am the founding partner of Kirk and Teff LLP which has enabled me with my partner and associates to ensure that injured workers receive wage loss replacement and medical benefits to which they are entitled. Whether a case has been denied wrongfully of if the insurance carrier refuses to pay full benefits it is our mission to assist injured workers obtain necessary medical records and pursue their cases at hearings before law judges and the Workers' Compensation Board. As a member of the American Arbitration Association I have presided over No-fault claims. As a chairman and member of three person panels I have resolved New York Supreme court claims. I have handled Social Security disability claims at hearing, at the Appeal counsel level and before the Federal court to obtain successful determinations on behalf o disabled workers.  I have handled personal injury negligence trials in Supreme Court, Criminal trials, Matrimonial trials in Supreme Court, and Family court trials. Having 12 years experience in the general practice of law I am able to bring a well rounded knowledge of the inter-relationship of various entitlements available to the injured and disabled worker and their families to ensure they are able to make ends meet after devastating injuries. I have offices in Kingston and Schenectady. We offer free no obligation consultations to enable injured workers to determine how we may be o service
I am a local attorney practicing law before local judges in the mid-Hudson and capital district of New York.
I can initiate and handle all matters in our office, online- e-mail, by telephone and fax.





Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 80%
    36 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Social Security: 20%
    36 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • William Joseph Kistner III

    I endorse this lawyer.


    William Kistner Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • William Neil Cloonan

    I have worked with Mr. Kirk for over 25 years and without any reservation recommend him to you as an expert in the Workers Compensation and associated legal fields. He is highly regarded and respected in the Mid Hudson area on account of his skill and abilities. He and his staff are always accessible and helpful.


    William Cloonan Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Kirk & Teff, LLP

10 Westbrook Lane
Kingston, NY, 12401

Kirk & Teff, LLP

146 Barrett Street
Schenectady, NY, 12305



NYCurrently registered 197803/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding AttorneyKirk & Teff, LLP2013 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Ralph M. Kirk1981 - 2013
PartnerMullany and Kirk1980 - 1981
AssociateWilliam C Mullany1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Character and FitnessExecutive Committee Member2013 - Present
Injured Workers' Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining Member1989 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Ulster County Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1978 - 1982
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Spyhalsky v. Cross Construction (294 A.D.2d 23)Decision in Favor of the claimant and wife
Matter of Pezoil v. VAW of America (245 AD2d 877)Decision In favor of the claimant
Matter of Van Dam v New Paltz Cent. School Dist. (46 AD3d 1194)Decision in favor of claimant. Board Decision reversed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York Bar JournalAuqui v. Seven Thirty One Limited Partnership: An Update on Preclusion Issues in Work-Related Injury Cases2014
New York State Bar JournalRevisiting the Collateral Effects of Agency Determinations in Subsequent Legal Proceedings2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Dalhousie University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of St. FrancisPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing EducationWorkers' Compensation and Social Security Disabilty claims1990