Attorneys & Law Clerks

Melissa A. Day
Managing Attorney
Owner and Managing Attorney of The Law Offices of Melissa A. Day, PLLC in Amherst, exclusively practices workers’ compensation defense. Melissa began her practice defending workers’ compensation insurance carriers and Read More
James B. Cousins
Partner
James has dedicated his entire career to the practice of Workers’ Compensation law, honing both his knowledge of the hyper-technical and fact-sensitive case law as well as his litigation skills.   Read More
Brian K. Prince
Associate Attorney
Brian has spent the majority of his career practicing Workers’ Compensation Law at the Special Funds Conservation Committee, where he completed over 5,500 hearings across western and central New York. Read More
Robert J. Caggiano
Associate Attorney
Rob is an Associate Attorney and was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 2018. Rob’s current practice is focused solely in the area of Workers’ Compensation Read More
Joshua D. Sroka
Associate Attorney
Josh has spent over the last three years exclusively practicing New York State Workers’ Compensation Law honing his understanding and knowledge of the law as well as honing his litigation Read More
Kristin M. Machelor
Of Counsel
Admitted to Practice New York 1999 Education SUNY at Buffalo School of Law, J.D. 1998 SUNY at Buffalo, B.A. 1994 Kristin Machelor has been defending workers’ compensation claims since 2005 and Read More
Shannan M. Mackey
Associate Attorney
Shannan has exclusively practiced Workers’ Compensation Defense for the Special Funds Conservation Committee from 2013 through 2018.  At Special Funds, Shannan specialized in litigation regarding weaning from opioid narcotics and Read More
Katrina Gray
Associate Attorney
Katrina Gray comes to the Law Offices of Melissa A. Day after having representing injured workers in workers’ compensation claims. This experience allows her understanding and anticipation of strategy and Read More
Kristen B. Degnan
Of Counsel
Kristen Degnan is a trial attorney experienced in civil defense litigation in the areas of premises and automobile liability, lead paint, labor law, products liability, No-Fault, and toxic torts.  Ms. Read More
Paul B. Kornacki
Associate Attorney
Paul is an associate attorney practicing New York State Workers’ Compensation Law exclusively. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Melissa A. Day, Paul successfully represented claimants for seventeen years, Read More
Cassandra E. Christman
Cassandra is an Associate Attorney and was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 2018. Cassandra’s current practice is focused solely in the area of Workers’ Compensation Read More
Vicki L. Buehler
Vicki is an associate attorney who has spent the past nine years exclusively practicing Workers’ Compensation Law.  Prior to joining the Law Offices of Melissa Day, she successfully represented claimants Read More
Melanie A. Daly
Melanie is an Associate Attorney who was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 2017. Prior work experience includes Investigations for National Security Clearances, Melanie worked as Read More
Neil A. Diegelman
Neil began practicing Workers’ Compensation defense at the Special Funds Conservation Committee. Neil’s primary focus has continued, defending insurance carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured employers.  Over five years of handling Read More
Alexis D. Hatten
Alexis is a 2012 graduate of Albany Law School and 2009 graduate from Loyola University Maryland. During law school, Alexis interned with the New York State Office of the State Read More