Workers’ Compensation Team


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
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
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
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
Brendan T. Shannon
Associate Attorney
Brendan presently works as a Law Clerk, pending admission to the New York State Bar; after which, he will practice as an Associate Attorney. Notably, Brendan passed the New York Read More


Legal Assistants & Paralegals

Elena N. Camp
Assistant Office Manager
Elena is excited to a part of a lively group whose foremost goal is to foster strong partnerships with their clients, leading to a proactive rather than a reactive approach Read More
Rebecca Brashear
Legal Assistant
Rebecca comes to us with a strong background in Workers’ Compensation as a legal assistant having advocated for the claimants. When the opportunity arose for her to see Workers’ Compensation Read More
Najee Walker
Marketing Assistant/Billing Coordinator
Najee Walker comes to us with a strong background in journalism and marketing. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Buffalo State College, Najee has had his hands Read More
Thomas Dickinson
Legal Analyst
Prior to joining the Law Offices of Melissa A. Day, Tom worked for Special Funds Conservation Committee for 23 years.  During his tenure at Special Funds, Tom defended the interests Read More
Daniel Flynn
Daniel is originally from Syracuse, NY and moved to Buffalo in 2013 to attend Buffalo State College. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He is currently Read More
Jillian Chavers
Jillian comes to us with extensive experience in the legal field.  She holds an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from Bryan and Stratton College, where she graduated with highest honors.  Read More
Susan Eick
Susan has her BA in English Literature from St. Lawrence University.  In 2000, she started at a local law firm as receptionist.  Shortly thereafter she worked her way to a Read More
Hannah Kim
Hannah graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s in history. During undergrad, she interned with a senate district office where she helped with community outreach. She believes that Read More
Jody Guiher
Jody is a retired Army combat veteran.  Jody has served 13 years in the military with one combat tour in Baghdad, Iraq and one combat tour in Afghanistan.  In the Read More
Jenny Malkowski
Jenny graduated from Erie Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. She has worked extensively in the legal field for more than 10 years in various areas of Read More
Justice C. Williams
Justice came to us fresh out of college with the degree of Associate’s Degree as an Applied Science Paralegal. She has always had a deep interest in law and is Read More