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Overview of our group at the Antonowicz Group – Rome and Utica, New York.

The Social Security benefits process can be taxing and challenging. Our staff at the Antonowicz Group understands the steps and can put you on the right track. You will be meeting with an experienced and caring advocate. We know what we are doing, and we will use our decades of experience to aggressively advocate on your behalf.

Main Office

148 W Dominick St
Rome, NY 13440

Rochester Office

130 West Main St.
Ste. 200
Rochester, NY 14614

Utica Office

1520 Genesee Street,
Suite 1,
Utica, NY 13502

Peter W. Antonowicz, ESQ.

Attorney, Peter W. Antonowicz, went into the legal profession to help disadvantaged and disabled people who could not afford an attorney and represented his first Social Security Disability applicant in 1982. He studied the rights of the disabled while in Law School and in clinical practice. He pursued these issues after he finished Law School in 1983 and throughout his legal career of over 30 years. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Peter spent his formative years as a Legal Aid Society attorney, after which he worked as a civil rights attorney protecting the rights of psychiatric patients and developmentally disabled residents in central and western New York. In 1992, he opened his law firm in Rome, New York to devote all of his professional time to pursuing the legal rights of disabled children and adults. Peter is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives. He has been active in disability rights organizations throughout his career. He has served on the Board of Directors of parental advocacy groups for the rights of disabled children, the Oneida County Bar Association, and other disability-related organizations. Recently, he completed an extensive course of study at the Institute of Special Education Advocacy at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Peter W. Antonowicz, ESQ. - SSI & SSD Lawyer Rome, NY

Our Team

Kelly Eichhorn, EDPNA, Chief Operations Officer

Kelly Eichhorn has been an essential part of this group since 2003, and our chief operating officer. She has advised and represented thousands of disability claimants and has experience with countless types of disabilities experienced by both adults and children. She is very familiar with what Social Security requires in the medical record. Kelly knows how to make these claims win and what our clients need to do to be ready for their testimony. She leaves no stone unturned and pursues all possible evidence in pursuit of success. She keeps this business running smoothly and easily addresses the concerns of our clients. Although she is often behind the scenes, she is the MVP of our team. Little gets done without her, and very little gets past her. We would not have succeeded over the years in helping our
thousands of clients without her steady hand at the wheel.

Joel W. Antonowicz, EDPNA

Joel W. Antonowicz, EDPNA

Joel Antonowicz has been a part of this group since 2009. He is a graduate of Arizona State University. Like his father Peter, he has also chosen the advocacy of the disabled as a career path. He has successfully represented claimants with many diverse medical disabilities at Social Security hearings. He knows from experience the difficulties faced by our clients when dealing with medical professionals and gaining their cooperation in support of disability claims. He shares the concerns of our clients, is patient and understanding, and goes the extra mile to obtain necessary evidence. He counsels our clients on what they need to do to help us achieve a fully favorable determination on their claims.

Allison Antonowicz, EDPNA

Allison Antonowicz has been a part of our group since 2012. She is a graduate of Utica College and has passed all testing required by the Social Security Administration to properly represent claimants at disability hearings. She has been an aggressive advocate for our disabled clients. She has handled all aspects of case preparation, including initial interviews, assisting claimants through the application process, intervening with health care facilities to obtain necessary opinion evidence, pursuing appeals, and representation at hearings. She has a strong empathy for our clients and the difficulties that they are facing. She has the heart and courage of a lioness.

Candice Gibson, Intake & Applications Specialist

Candice Tarbania, Intake & Applications Specialist

Candice Tarbania is our Intake Specialist as well as our medical records expert. Prior to joining the Antonowicz Group, Candice had over 12 years experience in healthcare records retrieval. She has been with the A-z Group since December 2019. Since that time, she has become an indispensable member of our team. She is typically the first person with whom clients have contact. Candice works with all new clients by processing new applications for disability benefits as well as gathering medical evidence in support of disability claims. Candice is an enrolled and active member of the Oneida Indian Nation. In her spare time she enjoys time with her family and camping.

Lorraine Block, Hearings Specialist

Lorraine Block, Hearings Specialist

Lorraine Block is our hearings specialist. She works closely with Joel Antonowicz preparing files that are scheduled and making certain that the clients are adequately prepared and that the evidentiary file is complete. She is often the person with whom our clients at the hearing level have the most contact, and her preparation contributes greatly to the success of our clients applications for disability benefits. Lorraine has many years of experience in the medical field, having previously worked with anesthesiology groups. Lorraine has long been a volunteer firefighter and enjoys giving back to her community.

Janine Eichhorn, Appeals Specialist

Janine Eichhorn mans our Western New York operations and has proven herself to be an effective advocate for our clients. Prior to joining us, Janine had over 25 years of experience in the medical billing, coding and records profession working with hospitals, nursing homes, health care providers, and insurance companies in Western New York. She is often the first person our clients speak with and is tasked with ensuring that appeals are properly prepared and timely filed. In addition to her work with people who have disabilities, she is an advocate for senior citizens, Veterans, and animal rights groups. She enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs.

Our firm is different

We care about our clients, and not about building a giant caseload. While other larger firms “handle cases”, we represent clients. Real people with real health problems are our clients, not faceless piles of medical or educational records.

Other large disability firms “handle cases” – and lots of them. They know that as long as they have a high volume they will win a certain percentage, no matter how little work they do. They may not ever meet you until the day of your hearing. Also, they may be located far away and will send someone not even associated with their firm to represent you at the hearing. They do not tell what you need to do to improve your chances. These firms do not even know you. They essentially just push papers around from their office to the Social Security Administration and show up, hoping to collect a check.

The Antonowicz Group does not handle cases. We represent clients. You will meet us. You will speak with us. We will give you advice and legal counsel. You may still be frustrated by the delays in the Social Security disability system – it can take 20 months or more to get a hearing – but you will be told what to expect and how to help your claim. You will be an active participant in the preparation of your claim and the gathering of proper evidence. The members of the Antonowicz Group will be engaged in a partnership with you to work toward the successful pursuit of your legal interests.

We Practice

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD)
  • Supplemental Security Income(SSI)
  • SSD/SSI appeals and denied claims

Disability cases are taken on a contingency basis, which means we do not receive attorney fees unless you obtain SSD/SSI benefits. The Antonowicz Group has obtained benefits for thousands of claimants, and we are prepared to leverage decades of experience to work toward the benefits to which you may be entitled.

Why Choose Us

Help from day one

We meet the clients upon representation, not just the day before court.

Tailored approach

The legal approach tailored to your individual needs because we know who you are.


We have dealt with thousands of SSD and SSI cases because that is our focus.

Personal attention

Our attorney and representatives personally meet with clients to get an understanding of their disabilities and the impact of it on their lives.


We build and maintain strong client relationships because they know that we genuinely care about helping them and getting results.

Contingency fees

Our services are exclusively on a contingency basis. Our firm does not receive any attorney fees unless we are successful in helping them obtain benefits.


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Rochester Office

130 West Main St.
Ste. 200
Rochester, NY 14614 (By Appointment Only)

Main Office

148 W Dominick St
Rome, NY 13440

Utica Office

1520 Genesee Street,
Suite 1,
Utica, NY 13502 (By Appointment Only)

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