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Matthew D. Liebenhaut

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

5.0   66 reviews

also known as Matt Liebenhaut

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 16 years
    Georgia - GA 18 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

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A good lawyer knows more than just the law.  He knows his clients.  You are unique and deserve a lawyer who treats you as more than just a number.  At our office, we take the time to get to know our clients.  You can rest assured we will take the time to hear your concerns and keep you informed.  Treating our clients with kindness, respect, and professionalism is our guiding principle. 

 

For five years running, Matt Liebenhaut has been the only social security disability lawyer in Florida designated a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine.  He also has earned the preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system. Matt lives in Tallahassee with his wife and three children. 

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Location

Liebenhaut Law
2425 Torreya Dr.
Tallahassee, FL, 32303

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Posted by Lin | March 23, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Obtaining disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can be exceedingly complicated and challenging. My son, who suffers from severely debilitating spinal deficits, needed expert help with filing his disability claim. As his caregiver, I thoroughly researched the reputations of the law firms in our vicinity. The Liebenhaut/Hesser Law Firm website states: “Our clients’ interests are our highest priority. Liebenhaut | Hesser is an award-winning law firm dedicated to providing excellent representation in the areas of Social Security Disability, Private Disability Insurance, and Family Law. We consider it our obligation to operate in a manner worthy of our clients’ trust. We are detail-oriented and client-focused. Treating clients with kindness, respect, and professionalism is our guiding principle.” In regards to that mission statement: I can say from personal experience that truer words have never been stated. Attorney Liebenhaut and his staff succeeded in obtaining disability benefits for my son in such an outstanding manner that there are not enough accolades to express our thanks for their dedication, determination, and compassion. The staff of the Liebenhaut/Hesser Law Firm, under the leadership of Matt Liebenhaut, is phenomenal. Not only did he effectively oversee the handling of my son’s disability claim, Attorney Liebenhaut (as CEO and co-founding partner in the Firm) remained personally involved. His Prehearing Team and fellow attorneys are remarkable and are a tribute to his outstanding management skills. I highly recommend the Liebenhaut/Hesser Law Firm if you are looking for expert, efficient, and remarkable help in obtaining SSD benefits. Linda
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Posted by Lisa | February 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long Term Disability
When I consulted Matt and his team for LTD assistance, they were prompt, responsive, and organized. They made it very easy to get any paperwork submitted. Updates were frequent and spot on. Above all, he and his office staff were compassionate and caring, making a difficult situation SO much easier. His office is also currently helping me with the SSD application process. Highly recommended.
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Posted by heather | January 20, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attentive and Successful!
I can’t recommend this firm highly enough. I felt so much less anxious having them on my side during the arduous process of getting awarded disability in Florida. They represented me through a years-long battle to a final victory. Each step of the way they were available for questions and support. Matt’s team is conscientious, encouraging, and responsive. For such a large firm, I was surprised how often Matt, himself, made time to answer questions and advocate on my behalf - even after the final decision of the award. This firm seems to truly care for the folks they represent and I couldn’t be happier with having benefited from their representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than words
Gaby Hernandez, my attorney really fought for me go get SSDI. Am so grateful for her. Special thanks to all in the firm that assisted with my case. I give them 1 million stars.
Posted by Karen | October 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social Security Disability
Matthew Liebenhaut and his amazing staff assisted me in filing for Social Security Disability and throughout the entire process, which is long and arduous. They took care of everything regarding same. Because of my social situation, they also extended courtesies to me, above and beyond those anyone could expect, acting fully as my representatives in every capacity. If I had concerns, which I did on a few occasions, my calls were promptly, sometimes immediately returned. When my telephone broke or other issues, they intervened on my behalf. They walked me through what SS needed from me, assisted me in obtaining it and, because I had mobility issues, even made alternative arrangements for me. Every step of the way, they were knowledgeable, professional, decent, empathetic, diligent, and kind. When I was overwhelmed or confused, they took the time to address my concerns and to explain, or re-explain the process. On my end, it made it as seamless and as painless as it could be. They alleviated my fears following denials. They let me know general things to expect at the judge's hearing. They simply were with me every step of the way. I cannot thank them enough. It is unusual to find businesses who operate with this level of humanity and empathy, and especially not one so consistently available to a client. And, judging from other reviews I have just seen, not just to me as their client but to every client. I recommend them wholeheartedly.
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Posted by Condremeka Smith | August 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied Client
Mr. Liebenhaut and staff is very professional and carrying. He took on my son’s case not even sure how it would turn out. The fact that he was willing to try, spoke volumes for me!! Every time I had a question or concern, they were there to answer!! They put the best forward and got the results we wanted!!!
Posted by Kevin | May 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SSDI
Special thanks to Mr.Libenhaut to helping me get my ssdi. Always very attentive and professional . And caring about his clients even as a friend. And also special thanks to paralegal Mr. Brandon he was very helpful throughout the process. Getting what I needed to have a successful outcome. And thanks to everyone that helped. I'm sure there people that helped I never met. And thankyou again. So if you want the best SSDI LAWYER in the state of Florida, Mr.Mathew Libenhaut is the lawyer you want and need !!! You deserve the best!!!
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Posted by Lisa | April 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
“Thank you” just isn’t enough…
I originally reached out to Mr. Liebenhaut and his team for help with a disability claim. Social Security had been denying me for years and I had no clue how to navigate through all of their rules and guidelines. Within a year a judge awarded me not only my monthly amounts…but my back pay as well. I could not have accomplished this without them! Recently, I received notice from Social Security that my payments would stop based on the value of a future inheritance that I may or may not receive. I followed the instructions of the letter, filing an appeal and providing any documents that I could locate to prove I had no access to this inheritance or any proceeds from it. Still…they denied me. Not knowing what else to do I reached out to Liebenhaut Law again. Mr. Liebenhaut contacted me personally and allowed me to explain my case. He immediately gathered information and contacted the probate attorney handling the inheritance directly; working with him to draft the necessary paperwork and sent it to to the person handling my case with the SSA. I am still awaiting a final decision. And Mr. Liebenhaut continues to reach out personally to check on the progress of things. But I wanted to leave this to let everyone know that I could not have asked for a more kind, patient, attentive and diligent team on my side. And should you choose to hire him and his team…you will NOT be disappointed! Thank you just doesn’t convey the level of gratitude I have for these people. There simply are no words…
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Posted by Ronald | January 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Former Client
I was going through a very tough time after suffering a back injury that disabled me. I had lost everything, and I couldn’t find help anywhere, but then I called Matt Liebenhaut and he took charge and got the ball rolling before I was even off the phone with his people. They filed my SSDI appeal and stayed on the case the whole way. At the hearing Matt totally obliterated the so-called doctor expert. The judge decided in my favor and approved me before the hearing was even over. Matt Liebenhaut is the best lawyer there is.
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Posted by Tyrone | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Matt is awesome he throughly went through my case to get every detail possible. Matt’s method for handling cases are great for you him him to understand what is going on. It actually was a pleasure working with him and learning what I did learn from the experience. There were a situation that was against my favor and matt gave me a solution to make it become in my favor and it worked. I highly recommend matt and his team for anyone.
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Posted by Robert Bloodworth | July 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great law firm
GREAT LAW FIRM. Matt and his staff were great. They were very helpful made the experience very easy and stayed in contact the entire time. Would definitely recommend Matt and his team to anyone dealing with ssdi and related. Thank you Matt and everyone who worked on my case. You guys are heros!
Posted by Katie | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matt is an amazing attorney!
My family and I are so grateful for the help we received from Matt Liebenhaut and his wonderful team that made it possible for me to be awarded SSDI. I had been denied twice before having Matt represent me, and he worked unceasingly to get my appeal approved! My case was very difficult and Matt worked diligently and was always available when I had a question or any concerns. Not only was he extremely competent, but was kind, patient, and understood the process so well. I will be forever grateful for Liebenhaut Law for helping me be approved for benefits during a very difficult time. I highly recommend Matt and his great team for any other person with a disability who is overwhelmed with the difficult process of getting awarded Disability. Thank you, Matt, for making this a seamless process. We never would have received disability without your help. We were truly clueless! Forever Grateful, Katie Griffin
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Posted by William | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb, professional representation by Mr. Liebenhaut and his skilled team
My wife and I are completely satisfied with the representation that our adult son received from the Liebenhaut firm. Our son had rather abruptly been determined not disabled. Friends associated with NAMI recommended Mr. Liebenhaut. He initially spent close to 90 minutes discussing the appeal process, timelines and potential outcomes. His support team then took over with filing the appeal and arranging for interviews. Mr. Liebenhaut and his staff were available to respond to our numerous questions throughout the process (roughly 12 months). We were greatly heartened when we learned that our son was again determined disabled. We recommend Mr. Liebenhaut and his firm without reservation. It is clear obvious that he and his team deeply care about the disabled.
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Posted by Therese | March 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Therese
Matt and his team represented me well. From intake to completion, the entire staff were responsive and showed patience. The paralegals and attorneys I worked with impressed me throughout the process. I could not have asked for better support. Thank you Matt!
Posted by James earnest | December 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome disability lawyers
Christy Drake did a awesome job along with all the other associates and secretaries Brittany Jessica Matt you got great Associates 26 months to get approved for disability for PTSD for all those who are impatient because of lack of communication be patient because he is an awesome lawyer and awesome Law Firm they know what they're doing I want to say thank you to Matt's Associates secretaries for the awesome job that they did for me I'll give this firm a five-star and refer them to anybody and everybody anybody that has any doubts better look at his reviews thank you Matt & Associates and to your family's God bless
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Posted by Forever Grateful | November 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
When in doubt? call Matt Liebenhaut
After 35 years of operating my masonry company I was completely lost when I was diagnosed with a condition that would remove me from the working force of America. Being confronted with no ability to perform my business the only option was social security benefits. Coping with the changes that have forever changed my life I was lost when I attempted to navigate the arduous tasks required to securely complete the SSDI tangled web of forms, requests, denials, resubmits and finally success. Matt provided me with the utmost professional attention that took my life from doubt of knowing wether I could provide for my family of five. For me Mr. Matt Leibenhaut put together the final steps of a successful business. After years of paying taxes into a system that is Social Security Disability Insurance I was able to benefit from the safety net that is designed for just such a case. Could I have completed the task that Matt did? NO WAY I was scared & had know idea what to do. Matt heard my situation and handled it. The outcome has been SSDI monthly payments that are providing me with the sustenance required for life. God bless America & God Bless Matt Liebenhaut.
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Posted by Shawn | November 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Diligent Attorney and Staff
Mr. Leibenhaut and Staff were friendly, helpful and communicate efficiently and were successful and supportive during the 18 months it took us to get an SSD decision, which was in our favor and I received back pay fir two years. This was a God send to myself and my family. Can’t thank them enough.
Posted by Jessica Bellew | May 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer I could have chosen!
Matt and his team are fantastic to say the least. I’ve been struggling with Tourette’s and many other mental health issues for many years and it got to the point where it became very overwhelming and disabling for me. Matt and his team kept up with everything involving my case from start to finish and left me feeling more at ease than I could have ever have asked during the duration of such a stressful process. They were all very professional and kind to me every time I called or had a question about anything and they were able to answer my questions knowledgeably and accurately as well. Matt made my hearing process much less nerve wracking than I had anticipated and in the end, we won and I could not be more thankful to him and his amazing team. I would highly recommend anyone struggling out there with some form of disability, keeping you from being able to work and continue to do the things you once could do, to go see Matt. All around the board, the best experience with the best law office with the best possible outcome I could have received.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right choice
Mr. Liebenhaut is extremely professional, courteous, and brilliant. He will put everything he has into a case and believes in your cause. This is the guy you want by your side in difficult and not so difficult times. Thank you, Matt, for all you did for our family.
Posted by Emily | January 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Challenging Disability Case Won!
Mr. Liebenaut and his office staff have provided outstanding service! He took on my very challenging disability case and won. I highly reccomend his services.
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Cost

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  • Contingency 25%-25%
  • Retainer Sometimes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Carr Allison
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Carlock, Copeland, Semler & Stair, LLP
  • 2005 - 2008

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Florida State University
  • B.S. (Magna Cum Laude)
  • 2001

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tallahassee Affilliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Big Bend Cares
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • TallyTIES
  • Director
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • Coach, Mock Trial
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • "Legal Elite Up and Comer"
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2010
  • Katzentine-Simon Scholarship
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Liebenhaut Law
  • SSDI: Fighting for David Against Goliath
  • 2015
  • Liebenhaut Law
  • Applying for Disability and Early Retirement: Yes, you can!
  • 2015
  • Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy
  • Many Shields of Immunity: A Primer on the Statutes that Protect Charitable Healthcare Providers
  • 2007
  • Defense Research Institute Newsletter, The Voice, Volume 5, Issue 29
  • Effective Use of Demonstrative Exhibits at Trial
  • 2006
  • Post-Trial: What's Next
  • National Business Institute CLE Seminar, Civil Trial From Start to Finish: A Practical Approach to Trying a Civil Case in Georgia
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 Family-to-Family Seminar
  • Advocating for Those with Mental Illness
  • 2015
  • Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Representing Clients before the Social Security Administration
  • 2014
  • Older Americans Month
  • Surrogate Decision Making Documents
  • 2013
  • North Gulf Coast Chapter of the Community Associations Institute
  • 2010 Legislation Affecting Florida Community Associations
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (5)
Endorse Matthew
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I have cases involving disability or social security, Matt is my first call. His knowledge of disability law is outstanding. Matt has also been opposing counsel in several family law cases, and he is an exceptional advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He's a well respected lawyer who takes the time to get to know his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt, is a lawyer who is attentive to his client's needs and will go above and beyond to get the right answers to your legal questions."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a consummate professional and he gets results for his clients. I recommend this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is a great lawyer and human-being. He's always well prepared and represents his clients in a very professional and competent manner."
Unknown Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is an excellent lawyer. In addition to possessing a great deal of smarts, Matt is an attorney that truly cares about his clients and enjoys fighting on their behalf."
Limited liability company (LLC) Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work because he is an outstanding attorney in Tallahassee, Florida."
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Tallahassee Social Security & Disability Lawyer Matthew D. Liebenhaut
Matthew D. Liebenhaut
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Tallahassee, FL
Licensed for 18 years