Segar & Sciortino PLLC

Using a thoughtful, thorough approach, we find the right answer for you by looking at your Social Security Disability, Workers' Compensation, or Personal Injury case from every angle. Please call us today for a free consultation at (585) 475-1100.

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Main Office
400 Meridian Centre
Suite 320
Rochester  NY  14618

Phone
  • (585) 475-1100
Fax
  • (585) 475-1490

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Our attorney's fee is contingent on a successful result in your case; if you are not approved, we will not receive any attorney's fee. If your claim is approved, our fee will be 25% of the retroactive benefits, but in no event more than $6,000.00. The retroactive benefits out of which the attorney's fee will come include all retroactive benefits payable under Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income, and also include any auxiliary or children's benefits paid as a result of the approved disability claim.

Hourly Rates

Not applicable

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Languages Spoken

English

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  • Segar & Sciortino PLLC
    290 Elwood Davis Road, Suite 290
    Liverpool,  NY  13088
Social Security Disability
In 1993, Steve Segar and John Sciortino established a new law firm focused on helping injured and disabled people with Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, and Social Security Disability.
Not Your Honor. Our honor.

Each of our attorneys has chosen this particular area of the law for individual reasons. But they have also chosen it for a common one. At Segar & Sciortino, representing people who are sick or injured is indeed our honor and a privilege we take very seriously.

We also share a deep commitment to the Rochester and Syracuse communities, a profound compassion for people in need, and an intense dedication to making both better.

Our mission and vision are one - to promptly respond to our clients' needs, to timely initiate appropriate and necessary legal action and to sincerely embrace the well-being, confidence and trust of our greatest assets -our clients.

Steve Segar

Steve concentrates in personal injury and Workers' Compensation Law. Steve was born in Canton, New York, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Rochester in 1980, cum laude, and a Master of Arts in religion in 1982 from Yale University Divinity School. In 1987, he was admitted to the New York State Bar after completing his Juris Doctor degree at Albany Law School the previous year.

Steve is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Monroe County Bar Association and the New York State Injured Workers' Bar Association. He lectures on topics relating to personal injury law, workers' compensation and Social Security Disability.

Service to the community and his church are very important to Steve. He served on the stewardship council at St. Joseph's Church in Penfield, New York and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation and the Fairport Baptist Homes Caring Ministries. He serves as Chairperson of the Major Gifts Committee and as Chairperson of the Development Committee of the Epilepsy Foundation and funds a scholarship bearing his name offered to college bound high school seniors who suffer from the challenges of epilepsy.

On the home front, Steve and his wife Laraine lead a very busy life caring for their five children. In addition to parenting, Steve finds time to read, golf, play platform tennis, exercise, ski with his family and play taxicab driver for his children's many activities.

Steve believes the power of God, in prayer and in action, can shape us to be better, stronger more compassionate individuals, able to effect change where and when it is needed most. I think there are times in everyone's life when we need God's help just to survive, but there are many more times when we can use God's power to excel. We often forget how accessible God's help is.

There have been a number of mentors who have influenced my life, but my father's guiding hand helped me over numerous bumps in the road, explains Steve. He encouraged virtue and character development, and was unwavering in his support of my education.

One of Theodore Roosevelt's quotes has left an indelible imprint in Steve's mind - Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Areas of practice
Personal Injury
Workers' Compensation Law

Bar Admissions
New York, 1987

Education:
Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, 1986, Juris Doctor
Yale University Divinity School, 1982, Master of Arts
Major: Religion
University of Rochester, 1980, Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Psychology

Classes/Seminars Taught
Panelist, "The Nuts and Bolts of Workers' Compensation", June 14, 1998, Human Resources Symposium

Lecturer, "Workers' Compensation Offset in Social Security Cases", Joint Meeting, Monroe County Bar Association and Public Interest Law Office of Rochester (PILOR), January 2001

Lecturer, "Top Ten Lists: Issues with Workers' Compensation Liens", Monroe County Bar Association, Disability, Labor & Employment Law Committee, September 2002

Lecturer, "Social Security Disability Offset for New York State Workers' Compensation", Monroe County Bar Association, May 2003

Lecturer, "Thoughts on Kelly v. State Insurance Fund", New York State Injured Workers' Bar Association, April 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Association for Justice
Member

New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Member

New York State Bar Association
Member

Monroe County Bar Association
Member

New York State Injured Workers' Bar Association
Member

Epilepsy Foundation
Board of Directors

Epilepsy Foundation
Chairperson, Development Committee

Stewardship Council at St. Joseph's Church, Penfield, New York

Fairport Baptist Homes Caring Ministries
Board of Directors

Erin Boardman

Born in Pomona, California, Erin joined Segar & Sciortino in August of 2004 after clerking with the firm during her last year of law school. Erin attended SUNY Brockport where she was on the Dean's list and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2001. Erin then earned her Juris Doctorate from the University at Buffalo Law School in May of 2004.

Throughout college Erin practiced the sport of Judo and has achieved the rank of 'nikkyu', a second degree brown belt. Judo continues to influence Erin's professional life, Judo teaches both self-reliance and the value of personal relationships. Judo demands efficiency and I try bring that principle to my working life.

During law school Erin worked with the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPILP) in organizing its 2003 charity auction and was awarded a BPILP fellowship that year. The BPILP fellowship is a grant awarded to law students who demonstrate a continuing dedication to charitable service. Erin was also competitively selected as an associate editor to the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review where she helped to edit articles for publication. Erin also flexed her oral advocacy skills in the Desmond Memorial Moot Court competition.

Erin credits her father, Bruce, as the person who has had the most influence on her life. My dad encourages me, no matter what I want to do. He firmly believes that anything can be accomplished with hard work and dedication. My dad has inspired me to accomplish all that I can.

In her spare time Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, gardening and reading.

Year Joined Organization:
2004

Education:
University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, May, 2004
Juris Doctorate
Honors: Oral Advocacy Skills in the Desmond Memorial Moot Court competition
Honors: Fellowship, Buffalo Public Interest Law Program
Law Review: Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, Associate Editor

State University of New York, Brockport, New York, 2001
Bachelors of Science
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Psychology

Alecia Elston

Alecia joined the firm as an associate in September 2004 to practice Social Security Disability and personal injury law. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Alecia received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Buffalo Law School in 1987. After a brief time in civil practice, Alecia joined the Monroe County District Attorney's office in May of 1988 where she remained for 16 years.

Over the course of her career as an Assistant District Attorney, Alecia has handled hundreds of cases and has prosecuted over 60 felony trials in the Major Felony and Domestic Violence bureaus. For the last 6 years with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, Alecia held the title of Deputy Chief of the Local Courts. Alecia was responsible for training and supervising approximately 70 new Assistant District Attorneys. She has been a frequent lecturer on all aspects of trial practice for the New York Prosecutors Training Institute.

Alecia has 2 daughters, Alexis and Cassandra. When she is not busy running around with her girls, Alecia enjoys reading, writing poetry and doing jigsaw puzzles. One look at her office and you can tell she is an avid cat lover.

Alecia's greatest inspiration are her parents, Gene and Carol LaCapruccia, who have been together over 50 years and have been there for her and her three sisters every step of the way. My family is the greatest and I can't imagine living my life without them.

Year Joined Organization:
2004

Areas of Practice:
Social Security Disability
Personal Injury Law

Education:
University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, 1987
Juris Doctor
State University of New York, Geneseo, New York
Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Frequent Lecturer, The New York Prosecutors Training Institute

Lecturer, Advocacy at Appeals Council - "Making Winning Arguments With or Without Citing 20 C.F.R. Sections, HALLEX or S.S.R.", Conference of National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Washington, D.C., May 2009

Past Employment Positions:

Monroe County District Attorney's office, 1988 - 2004

Mark Hayden

Mark joined the firm in January of 2013. He was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. He graduated from the University at Albany in 1992 where he graduated cum laude with his degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Mark then graduated from Albany Law School in May of 1995 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1996. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Mark comes to the firm with vast experience in New York's Workers' Compensation Law. He has spent the previous 11 years representing insurance carriers and self-insured employers in Workers' Compensation claims. Previous to that, Mark spent 4 years representing disabled individuals in Social Security Disability matters.

Outside of work, Mark's time is spent with his wife, Joanne, and their 2 young boys in their numerous athletic and school activities. In addition, Mark possesses a passion for the sport of rugby, in which he has played for over 20 years. He has been active as a player, coach, and administrator for the sport he loves. Rugby exemplifies the features of hard work, dedication, and team work which he brings to every aspect of his day.

One person Mark admires is long-time basketball coach, Bobby Knight, whose quote "The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare," are words of wisdom that Mark lives by every day.

Education:
Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, 1995 Juris Doctor

University at Albany, New York, May 1992 Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude, New York State Assembly Internship

Areas of Practice:
Workers' Compensation Law
Social Security Disability

Jennifer Lunsford

Jen joined the firm in 2012 as an associate focusing on personal injury cases. A Long Island native, Jen moved to Rochester after graduating from Boston University School of Law where she served as a Note Editor on the American Journal of Law and Medicine. Jen graduated magna cum laude from Hartwick College, where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Philosophy and was nominated as John Christopher Hartwick Faculty Scholar by the Political Science Department.

Jen works to help injured people get fair compensation and peace of mind during difficult times in their lives. Her dedication to helping her community extends beyond the office. Jen volunteers her skills and expertise to a number of community organizations including the Rochester Teen Court, the Volunteer Legal Services Project, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and the American Lung Association.

In addition to her community service, Jen works to benefit the legal profession in her role as Chair-Elect to the Young Lawyer's Section of the Monroe County Bar Association. Jen is also the district representative to the New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Section.

In her spare time, Jen likes to read, cook and ski. An avid baseball fan, Jen enjoys going to Red Wings games in the summer with her husband, Scott.

Year Joined Organization:
2012

Bar Admissions:
Federal District Court of the Western District of New York
New York, 2010

Education:
Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, 2009, J.D.
Honors: Dean's Award for Outstanding Performance in Constitutional Law

Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, 2004, Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, John Christopher Hartwick Faculty Scholar- Political Science, Hartwick College Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society); Mehri Award for Best Thesis- Political Science; Socratic Award for Excellence in Philosophy, Andrew B. Saxon Fellow in Political Science
Majors: Political Science and Philosophy

Professional Associations and Memberships

Monroe County Bar Association
Community Service Co-Chair to the Young Lawyer's Section

New York State Bar Association
7th Judicial Representative to the Young Lawyer's Section

Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
Member

Honors and Awards

Up & Coming Attorney Award, 2013

Classes/Seminars Taught

"Law Office Succession: Planning for the Future"

Gregory Phillips

Greg joined the firm as an associate in July 2002 to practice Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income law. Born in Albany, New York, he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1980, and went on to complete his Juris Doctor degree in 1984 at the University at Buffalo Law School. In 1985, he was admitted to the New York State Bar. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

Greg is a member and past chair of the Disability, Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association.

Together with his children Katie and Colin, Greg attends Browncroft Community Church in Penfield, New York. For relaxation, Greg enjoys skiing, swimming, soccer and watching NFL football. He is the founding manager/player for Pittsford United Soccer Club's Over-50 team.

Greg credits his late mother, Gail C. Phillips, as the person who has influenced his life the most, because she was able to raise three sons as a single mother. Acknowledging Jesus Christ as Savior, and a firm belief in the passage from the Gospel of Mark (5:36), "Don't be afraid; just believe," form the cornerstones of Greg's life.

Year Joined Organization:
2002

Areas of Practice:
Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1985
U.S. District Court Western District of New York

Education:
University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, 1984
Juris Doctor

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1980
A.B., Political Science

Classes/Seminars Taught

Lecturer, "Workers' Compensation Offset in Social Security Cases," Monroe County Bar Association, March 2010

Lecturer, "Practical Advice for Attorneys Representing the Disabled Client," Monroe County Bar Association, April 2006

Moderator, "A Practical Guide to Social Security Disability Law," Monroe County Bar Association, May 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives

Monroe County Bar Association

Disability, Labor and Employment Law Committee

Jason Poselovich

Jason, who joined the firm in September 2000, practices exclusively in the area of Workers' Compensation. Born in Albany, New York, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in May 1997, received his law degree in May 2000 from Albany Law School, and was admitted to the bar in January 2001. In law school, Jason was active in the Litigation Clinic, which provided hands-on experience to practice law.

In his senior year at RPI, Jason was a basketball letterman and also captain of his team's position that gives him intense pride. Today, when he leaves the office, you can find him lifting weights, swimming, as well as playing basketball.

Sports figures have always interested Jason. In particular, he admires Arnold Schwarznegger, the former governor of California and former bodybuilding champion. Arnold came to the United States with nothing, says Jason. Over the years he overcame obstacles and worked very hard to establish himself in his profession. I admire those kinds of traits in a person.

Jason's greatest inspiration is his mother, who raised him and his sister as a single parent. "She's my hero," says Jason. She overcame tremendous adversity after my parents divorced, aiming her sights high to attend nursing school at the age of 40, while raising two children. She has an amazing amount of love, compassion, and strength that I admire and respect. On my computer, I have a screensaver that reflects not only on the qualities of my mother, but my philosophy of life "Adapt and Overcome." Jason resides with his wife Cathi and sons Anthony and Andre.

Year Joined Organization:
2000

Areas of Practice:
Workers' Compensation
Social Security Disability

Education:
Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, May, 2000

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), May, 1997

Nicolas Warner

Nicholas Warner joined the firm as an associate in 2007. He was born in Rochester, New York, raised in Fairport and attended high school at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester. While at Aquinas he boxed in three Mission Bouts and considers his experience in the ring a strong foundation for his tough-minded abilities. After high school he left Rochester for Western Pennsylvania to attend Washington & Jefferson College, located in the foothills of Pittsburgh in Washington, Pennsylvania. He completed his B.A. in History with a minor in Spanish. While enrolled he was also an active member in Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. After college he returned to upstate New York for law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He gained a considerable amount of knowledge and experience while enrolled at SUNY Buffalo. In the summer after his first year he served as law clerk for the Honorable Roy King, Rochester City Court Judge. After his second year of law school he served as a Summer Associate for an Insurance Defense Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After finishing law school, he returned to the Pittsburgh area and successfully passed the Pennsylvania Bar Examination. He worked in Pittsburgh until 2007. After successfully completing the New York State Bar Examination in February 2007, he moved back to Rochester and joined Segar & Sciortino with the determination and resolve to serve the rights of Rochester

John Sciortino

John Sciortino passed away suddenly Monday evening, March 12, 2012.

John concentrated his practice in the areas of claimant's Workers' Compensation and personal injury. He was a founding partner of Segar & Sciortino, a Rochester area law firm which concentrates in representing the interests of injured workers and their families. John earned his BA cum laude, with honors in political science, from Union College in 1981. He was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. He earned his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1986. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in January, 1987, and to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in July, 1989.

John was an active member of several legal organizations. He was elected President of the New York State Injured Workers' Bar Association, at the Association's annual meeting in New York City on January 29, 2010. The IWBA is a bar association comprised of the leading Workers' Compensation practitioners in New York State. He was a founding member and former State Co-Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Alliance, a state-wide organization devoted to achieving legislative change on behalf of injured workers. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial, a not-for-profit organization devoted to commemorating the early 20th century sweatshop conflagration which provided the impetus for the enactment of New York State's Workers' Compensation Law. Each year more than a dozen Triangle Scholarships are awarded to children of permanently disabled workers attending college across New York State. John also served on a New York State Bar Association special subcommittee to liaison with the Workers' Compensation Board on matters of mutual concern.

John's civic and community activities were extensive. He was past Chairman of the Board of Governors for Seniorsfirst Communities & Services, a not-for-profit corporation devoted to serving the interests of seniors in Western New York. He was active in his church and has served as Chairman of the St. Joseph's Parish Pastoral Council. John was also Executive Vice-President of the Alumni Council of Union College. John was a member of Wakan-Hubbard Lodge No. 154 F.&A.M.

In 1992, John was honored with the William E. McKnight Award from the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County in recognition of his legal work on behalf of the poor. John lectured before a number of community and legal organizations. Described as one of the foremost advocates for Workers' Compensation reform, John was invited in 2006 to participate as a panelist at a NYS Senate Workers' Compensation Reform Round Table to offer insight into ways to improve the Workers' Compensation system. In 2007, John served as an advisor to the New York State Department of Insurance Task Force appointed to make recommendations to improve the resolution process for disputed Workers' Compensation cases.

In 2008, he was awarded a Clara Lemlich Public Service Award for his outspoken efforts on behalf of the rights of injured workers in New York State. The recognition is named in honor of the noted 20th century sweatshop labor activist who inspired a massive strike for the New York City garment workers in 1909 which lead to improved working conditions in the garment industry.

John testified before the NYS Senate Labor Committee in October, 2009 in opposition to the Workers' Compensation Board's plan to replace court stenographers with recording machines, and in February, 2010 he testified in opposition to the Workers' Compensation Board's plan to curtail injured workers' access to adjudicatory hearings.

John enjoyed lake and ocean boating, fresh and saltwater fishing, and spending time at his vacation home on Cape Cod. He enjoyed listening to and playing jazz and blues music.

Areas of practice

Workers' Compensation Law
Personal Injury

Bar Admissions
New York, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1989

Education:
Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, 1986 Juris Doctor

Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1981 Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Member, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society
Honors: Executive Vice-President, Alumni Council of Union College
Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars Taught
Lecturer, Numerous continuing legal education courses
Panelist, NYS Senate Workers' Compensation Reform Round Table, 2006

Honors and Awards
William E. McKnight Award, Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, 1992
Clara Lemlich Public Service Award, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships
Injured Workers' Bar Association
President
New York State Workers' Compensation Alliance
Past Co-Chair
New York State Workers' Compensation Alliance
Founding Member

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial
Member, Board of Directors

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