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My Buffalo, New York practice is solely focused on guiding my clients through the complicated and often confusing maze of social security disability claims.   I have received the most professional satisfaction from helping people with whom I have developed personal relationships.

I used to work for a large social security disability law firm and realized it wasn’t for me.  I was frustrated at only talking to my clients at the initial meeting and having no contact with them until right before a hearing.  I like to interact with my clients and get to know them as individuals.  I feel that by communicating with my clients and understanding who they are I am better able to represent them.

I understand what you are going through having family and friends whom are disabled.  They have gone through the process of applying for social security disability benefits and I have been there to witness their daily activities and struggles.

I have been involved with the legal community as well.  I have been quoted by the Buffalo News, Buffalo Law Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. I have taught CLEs (education courses for other attorneys), been on legal discussion panels and have spoken to numerous community groups.  I testified before the New York Senate to help pass a law against predatory mortgages. I worked with the Attorney General’s office as well as Senator Schumer’s office, appearing at a press conference with Senator Schumer on Rent to Own predatory loans.  I wrote articles for the Erie County Bar and New York State Banking Department.

On a more personal level I reside in Amherst with my husband Steve and have two daughters. Also residing with my family are two spoiled chihuahuas, Meeka and Cookie.


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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 100%



Contingent (25%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lisa Pettibone Webb

    Carol is exceptionally well versed in social security and disability law. She does an excellent job for her clients and is an asset to the legal community.


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  • Robert Monroe Wells

    Based on interacting with Attorney Brent, I know that she cares about her clients and passionate about assisting those with Social Security issues. I know from my limited time assisting others with social security appeals that the law and procedure can be very complex. I would definitely recommend that you don't try to navigate your Social Security issues alone and consult with Attorney Brent.


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Contact info

Brent Law Firm, P.C.

3762 Harlem Road
Buffalo, NY, 14215


NYCurrently registered 200507/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
4.8 out of 5.0 Client RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBrent Law Firm, P.C.2013 - Present
PartnerBrent & Shear, P.C.2011 - 2013
OwnerLaw Office of Carol Brent2009 - 2011
AttorneyLegal Services for the Elderly of Buffalo2007 - 2009
AttorneyLaw Offices of Kenneth Hiller2006 - 2007
Law ClerkCooke & Steffan2003 - 2004
OwnerAt Your Service Heating1996 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Accessible Academics U.S.A., LLCSecretary- Legal Advisor2016 - Present
BNI-Business Network InstituteMember2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Erie County Bar Committee- Consumer LawMember2010 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersMember2010 - Present
Erie County Bar Committee- Social Security DisabilityMember2010 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember2005 - Present
Legal Services for the ElderlyUnion Liason2009 - 2009
New York State Bar AssociationBar Member2009 - 2010
New Yorkers for Responsible LendingMember2007 - 2009
City of Buffalo Mayor's Antiflipping Task ForceCo-Chair- Investigative Committee2007 - 2008
National Association of Consumer AttorneysMember2007 - 2013
Woman's Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Social Security Disability HearingWon benefits for client at hearing
Buidling Inspector v. HomeownerConditional Discharge
Buidling Inspector v. HomeownerConditional Discharge
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Publication nameTitleDate
Social Security Disability BlogSocial Security Disability Blog2014
New York Daily NewsIn Debt? You May Need to Protect Your Paycheck2010
Legal Services for the Elderly of Buffalo NewsletterMortgage Legislation Would Expand Homeowners' Protections2008
New York State Banking Department's Campaign to Halt Abusive Lending Transactions & Mortgage FraudForeclosure Prevention Program: Bank Proposal2007
Bar Association of Erie County BulletinLSED and Legal Aid Join Forces to Help Prevent Mortgage Foreclosures2007
Buffalo Law JournalAgenices Say Subprime Crisis Already Affecting Their Clients2007
Christian Science MonitorSubprime Loans Face Big Hikes2007
Buffalo NewsAct Fast if Falling Behing on Mortgage2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawEducationMA - Masters1985
State University of New York at BuffaloPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Canisius College Women's NetworkingSocial Security Disability Benefits2016
Fox News KTVU- Special Report on Debt CollectorsDebt Collectors Violations2010
Holding Onto Your Home In Today's Uncertain EconomyBankruptcy2009
Ending Homelessness: A Symposium in Buffalo, America's Poorest CityHomelessness2008
Continuing Legal Education TrainerCLE Presenter-Creating Assets, Savings and Hope- Foreclosures2008
Continuing Legal Education TrainerCLE Presenter-In Rem Sale: City of Buffalo: How to Prevent the Sale of Your Client's Home2008
Target Radio Show with Judge Penny WolfgangMortgage Foreclosures2007
Press Conference with Senator Charles SchumerPredatory Loans2007
New York State Senate Hearing- Assembly Standing Committee on BanksSub-Prime Lending Practices in New York2007
HALT - Halt Abusive Lending Transactions & Mortgage FraudAbusive Lending Transactions & Mortgage Fraud2007