Thomas C. Burnham fights to ensure disabled individuals receive all the benefits they are entitled to. He focuses on several areas of disability law, including:

  • Social Security Disability
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Veterans Disability

Mr. Burnham’s insight in multiple areas of disability law helps to ensure his clients obtain all of their entitled benefits. His knowledge and experience have drawn the attention of other lawyers, who often refer their clients to Mr. Burnham for guidance through the challenging process of applying for Social Security, workers’ compensation, and veterans' benefits.

Mr. Burnham has helped hundreds of Social Security clients and their families obtain the benefits they deserve. In just this past year, Mr. Burnham has helped his Social Security clients obtain over $1 million in retroactive benefits.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Accredited to prosecute claims for Veteran Benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., cum laude, 2003
  • James Madison University, B.A., 2000

Professional Activities

  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Bar Association of Erie County (BAEC)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Injured Workers' Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Committee, BAEC


The following is a sample of clients Mr. Burnham has secured benefits for:

  • A widow who obtained Social Security Disability benefits due to an injury to her husband sustained in a home table saw accident. 
  • A young mother, injured in a motor vehicle accident, who obtained Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability benefits.
  • A business owner with a significant lower back condition who was awarded Social Security Disability benefits.
  • An Army Reservist who received Social Security Disability benefits for a severe back injury.
  • A mother who obtained a workers’ compensation award for the death of her son.
  • A church deacon who was awarded Social Security Disability benefits for a severe mental disorder.
  • A man who fell off of a bridge while working who obtained Social Security Disability benefits.
  • A retired union official with carpal tunnel syndrome who received Social Security Disability benefits.
  • A woman with severe scoliosis who was awarded Social Security Disability benefits.

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Local and national media regularly publish articles by the attorneys of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria. Click on the link below for a recent article by Thomas Burnham.

Thomas Burnham authors “Navigating Social Security Disability” for Buffalo Law Journal