Our Mission

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free legal services to low-income people with disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Since 1987, LCD, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with offices at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

At LCD, we provide a variety of legal services. As part of our work, we assist victims of domestic violence with getting legal protection from their abusers. We represent victims of identity theft and consumer fraud. We help parents and caregivers access healthcare for their children. We write wills, powers of attorney and living wills. Most of the clients we serve experience physical limitations in their daily activities, and many have suffered catastrophic injuries or illnesses like stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cancer, advanced diabetes, glaucoma, AIDS, amputation or epilepsy. Our services help them overcome legal barriers that impact their ability to live safely and independently in their communities.

Our attorneys are based across seven sites within the Philadelphia area; we train nurses, doctors, residents, social workers and health care staff to identify social determinants to health that are legal in nature and impact positive health care outcomes.

To learn more about us and our recent news, please view our newsletters.

Almost one out of every two people with disabilities in Philadelphia cannot afford needed legal assistance and qualify for our services.

Our Team

Linda Peyton
Linda PeytonExecutive Director
Theresa Brabson
Theresa BrabsonLegal Director and Duffy Fellow
Michael OBrien
Michael OBrienDevelopment Director
Sherry Thomas
Sherry ThomasStaff Attorney
Sarah Zinn
Sarah ZinnStaff Attorney
Morgan Palermo
Morgan PalermoStaff Attorney
Peter Valle
Peter ValleStaff Attorney
Steve Valero
Steve ValeroStaff Attorney
Emily Jenkins
Emily JenkinsStaff Attorney

Some staff photography courtesy of Ciril Mathew Photography.

Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc.

Our Board of Directors


Matthew Faranda-Diedrich, Esquire
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
(Member 2013)

Vice President

Debra Jensen, Esquire
Managing Partner, Galfand Berger LLP
(Member 2009)


Regina Nelson, Esquire
Reed Smith LLP
(Member 2015)


Michael Zyborowicz, CPA
Director, CitrinCooperman
(Member 2013)

Members 2019

Jason A. Daria, Esquire
Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig
(Member 2011)

Caitlin Donnelly, Esquire
KML Law Group, P.C.
(Member 2018)

Jillian T. Flax, Esquire
Cozen O’Connor
(Member 2016)

Richard W. Foltz, Jr., Esquire
Pepper Hamilton, LLP
(Member 2014)

Rachel J. Gallagher, Esquire
Associate Director/Legal Counsel, Teva Phrmaceuticals
(Member 2017)

Alicia Kachmar, BA, BSN, RN
Pre-Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania
(Member 2018)

Brenna D. Kelly, Esquire
DLA Piper
(Member 2017)

Aisha T. Liferidge MD, mPH, FACEP
George Washington University Hospital
(Member 2018)

William H. Stassen, Esquire
Fox Rothschild LLP
(Member 2016)

M. Susan Toth, Esquire
Rawle & Henderson, LLP
(Member 2013)

Timothy G. Ventura, Esquire
Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin
(Member 2015)

Kate Woods, Esquire
Schweiger Dermatology
(Member 2016)

Board Observers

Liz Vaysman, Esq.
Vaysman Legal

Duffy Fellowship

In 2012, LCD was selected as the first recipient of the “Duffy Fellowship’ which underwrites a staff attorney’s full-time salary. This year’s Duffy Fellow, Theresa Brabson, is the project coordinator at LCD’s Medical Legal Partnership (MLP), PhilaKIDS, at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. 

An MLP integrates legal services into a medical care setting to work with and train doctors, nurses, social workers and healthcare staff to identify social determinants to health that are legal in nature that negatively affect health care outcomes, so that appropriate referrals for legal care can be made.

You can find out more about Duffy + Partners at www.duffyfirm.com

Supporting the LCD Duffy Fellowship


We are currently hiring for a Paralegal position. For more information, please visit our job posting.

For internships,  fellowships and volunteer opportunities please click here.