Meet the Attorneys
Meet Terry Low and Anthony Canata, attorneys concentrating in disability benefits litigation for employees: ERISA governed STD and LTD claim preparation, denials and appeals.
Terry has been representing injured workers and professionals for over thirty years, however his other life experiences have included driving a taxi in New York City, working in retail stores, learning and working in the trades of cabinet making and furniture refinishing, working for museums in the restoration of antique furniture, selling architectural artifacts, collecting and selling rare books and prints, skiing, ice climbing, sailing raising a wonderful family and being a trusted friend.
His practice of law is now concentrated in:
Disability insurance claims and appeals;
ERISA federal litigation;
Private disability insurance claims for physicians and other professional;.
Social Security Disability (SSDI);
Other meritorious claims.
University of Pennsylvania, (B.A. 1981). Vermont Law School, (J.D. 1984).
U.S. District Courts, Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut.
U.S. Courts of Appeals 1st Circuit.
Notable Published Cases:
Phillips vs. Town of West Springfield , Johnson v. Teamsters, 102 F. 3rd (Fed. Dis. CT 1996), Scibelli v. Prudential Insurance Company, 666 F. 3d 32 (1st Cir. 2012).
Trial Practice Instructor, MCLE, 1991-1995.
Honors and Awards:
Being admitted to the practice of law.
Inducted to the ABA College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, March 6, 2010-Present.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Hamden County Bar Association. 1985-Present. American Bar Association, 2006-Present; American Association for Justice, 1990-2006. Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Committee of the ABA, 2008-, vice-chairman.
Pro Bono Activities:
Providing advise to people on a daily or weekly basis without charging them.
Participating in the Hamden County Bar Association’s Pro Bono programs.
Creating DisabilityLawyers.org, 2006-Present (still under construction) a website dedicated to legislative change in the area of eliminating discretionary clauses in insurance contracts.
Irrational Predispositions, American Bar Association, Spring 2007
Disabled While Working, American Bar Association , 2010.
Eleven Ways to Assure Success of a Disability Claim, an on-line article.
CURRENT PRACTICE. Attorney Canata represents disabled employees seeking short and long term disability benefits through their employer sponsored disability policies. The Federal ERISA law (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) governs most of these policies, which are typically insured by companies like UNUM, Liberty Insurance, Cigna, The Hartford, Sun Life and others. Attorney Canata represents clients on applications, appeals from denials and litigation of final denials in federal district court and in appeals to the circuit courts.
EARLY CAREER. Attorney Canata began his career in Boston in 1997 at the law firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, where he practiced complex corporate litigation. He returned to Western Massachusetts in 2000 seeking a more balanced life and a practice more aligned with his personal beliefs. For more than ten years he focused on representing indigent criminal defendants, handling well over a thousand cases and earning the respect of clients, colleagues, judges and court personnel. In 2010 he met and began to work with Attorney Low. He and Attorney Low became partners in 2012 and moved the practice from Springfield to Northampton in 2013.
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND. Attorney Canata attended Trinity College, a highly selective liberal arts college located in Hartford, Connecticut, as the first Class of 1963 Scholar recipient. He majored in philosophy, studied at the College’s Rome campus and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors. He is now the chair of the Class of 1963 Scholarship Committee.
He completed his education at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. The Ivy League School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the country.