Speakers

Ken Hardison

Ken-HardisonKen Hardison is the founder and President of PILMMA, The Personal Injury Lawyers Marketing & Management Association. With more than 32 years experience as a Personal Injury and Social Security Disability Lawyer, Ken built one of the largest PI and SSD practices in the state of North Carolina, before selling it to his partner, Ben Cochran.

In 2013, Ken started a new law firm in Myrtle Beach, SC, called Carolina Disability Lawyers.

Ken’s expertise means lawyers seek him out for advice, whether it’s for a one-to-one consultation, as a member of PILMMA, or in one of his exclusive Mastermind Groups.


Tiana Hinnant

Ben-Cochran

Tiana Hinnant is an Attorney with over 25 years of legal experience in personal injury and disability law. She graduated from Wake Forest School of Law, with Law Review and Moot Court Team honors.

In her early years of legal practice she worked with John Edwards and David Kirby, in plaintiff’s medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury cases. In the last 8 years she has limited her practice to Social Security Disability, initially helping grow a North Carolina Disability Practice from several hundred to over a thousand SS cases, and grossing over a million dollars in SS revenue multiple years.

She has handled well over a thousand SS hearings across North and South Carolina. She has written articles, and appeared on TV and radio shows regarding SS topics.

In addition to speaking engagements and articles, Tiana currently works with many national and regional law firms, representing SS claimants, in hearings across the Carolinas, as well as consulting with and training attorneys in ways to improve their SS Practice. Tiana is passionate about Social Security Disability Law and eager to share her experience to help attorneys Maximize the Wins, Minimize their Costs, and Provide excellent legal representation to their clients.


Ken LaVan

Ken LaVan

Kenneth LaVan is the co-founder and president of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A., a nationally recognized Social Security and Veterans disability law firm, representing tens of thousands of disability claimants each year.

Mr. LaVan has been an advocate for the rights of the disabled for many years. Since 1998, his companies have provided more than 3,000 hours of community service to inner-city students. LaVan has also been featured on CNNfn, written about in Entrepreneur Magazine Business Start Ups (twice), and was a keynote presenter at Chicago Mayor Daley’s Educational Summit.

In 2010, LaVan was pleased to see the successful launch of EZ Claim, patent pending Veterans and Social Security Disability case management software. EZ Claim enables LaVan & Neidenberg staff members to quickly understand what benefits claimants are entitled to, reducing the intake, application, and filing times. Within the first year of launching EZ Claim, the firm realized a 60% increase in accepted client intakes, while decreasing staff to client ratio by 25%.

Two years later, in January 2012, LaVan was a featured speaker on a panel discussion and press briefing at Lotusphere 2012 about the role of social business in small business and launched Case Ghost. Case Ghost is an outsourcing service for SSA & VA representatives, processing several thousands of leads per week.

Most recently, his disability law firm received the Engine of the Week Award from IBM, an honor given to midsize businesses that have transformed themselves using insight and IBM technology.


Adam Neidenberg

Adam Neidenberg

Adam Neidenberg has been litigating claims since graduating law school. He received litigation training at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office where he argued thousands of criminal cases in front of judges and juries. Once he became an experienced trial attorney he started his own criminal defense group and thereafter co-founded LaVan & Neidenberg, focusing only on representing disabled individuals.

Mr. Neidenberg has mastered the art of building a strong case and presenting it in a precisely structured argument to the judge.  He trains the firm’s attorneys in assessing the legal issues of the case, presenting them to the judge, and cross examining experts presented by the Social Security Administration.

In 1996, Mr. Neidenberg graduated from Hofstra University with a Juris Doctor and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1993.  He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, 11th Circuit Federal District Court, United States Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims, and Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney.