Carol Ponton

Principal Attorney, Hill & Ponton, P.A.

Carol was born in Washington, D.C.  She taught school before deciding to become a lawyer.  After working for one of the major law firms in Orlando, she took a job working for a local federal judge in Orlando.  In that job, she learned how the Social Security System worked by handling the appeals of disabled workers.  After leaving the federal judge, she opened her own law practice.  In that practice she learned of veterans being denied their VA benefits and in the early 1990s began representing them in their claims against the government. She has been working for veterans and for disabled workers ever since.

Carol is our senior partner in the area of Veterans Law and Social Security Disability. She is directly involved in representing veterans in the Regional Office, the BVA and beyond.  In the Social Security section she works to make sure that all of our cases are properly prepared, by reviewing the cases which are coming up for hearing and offering advice to our lawyers and case managers based on her thirty years of experience. While she no longer handles individual hearings, she continues to be our firm’s main social security resource.

Carol has five children and ten grandchildren. She lives with her husband, Brian Hill, in Orlando, Florida.

Practice Areas

  • Social Security Disability Law
  • Veterans Law 


  • American Jurisprudence Awards
  • Torts
  • Real Property
  • Criminal Law
  • Insurance


  • Florida Atlantic University, BA 1969, with honors
  • University of Florida , J.D, Summa Cum Laude, First in Class, Order of Coif 1976

Bar Association Memberships

  • Past Member Bd of Directors for Orange County Legal Aid
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • Past Member of Bd of Directors for Volusia County Bar
  • Past Secretary for Volusia County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District, Florida

Prior Employment

  • Elementary School Teacher, San Diego, California
  • Attorney, Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, Orlando, Florida
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Federal District Judge John A. Reed
  • Principal Attorney, Carol Ponton, P.A.
  • Principal Attorney, Hill & Ponton, P.A.

Invited Speaker on Social Security Disability

  • ACT- Mental Health Organization
  • Lakeside Alternatives- Mental Health Organization
  • Halifax Hospital
  • Serenity House
  • Brain Injury Support Group
  • Florida Hospital
  • Scleroderma Support Group
  • AIDS Support Group
  • Epilepsy Support Group
  • Hematology/Oncology Support Group
  • Arthritis Support Group
  • Fibromyalgia Support Group
  • Post Polio Support Group
  • MS Support Group
  • Cancer Support Group
  • Lupus Support Group


  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America Publication in the area of Social Security Disability Law
  • Qualified as Expert Witness in Social Security Law before Administrative Law Judges in Workers Compensation hearings


Supporting Veterans Nationwide

  • Thank you to the firm of Hill & Ponton!! Brian Hill and his staff were able to get my 100% disability with the VA for my exposure to herbicides in Thailand. I have been fighting for this for many years and kept getting denied, after consulting with Hill & Ponton I decided to let them help me and it was the best decision I could have made. I found their professionalism to be outstanding.

    – Chip P.

    North Carolina

  • They got my disability rating after I was denied twice. They knew exactly how to format and submit the claim. I was rated 50%, Hill & Ponton weren’t done, they found other medical that related to exposure and submitted additional claims. I could not have received a disability rating without Hill & Ponton. If you need help, choose Hill & Ponton.

    – Thomas D.


  • The service provided by Hill and Ponton was exemplary. The lawyers and staff took care of every aspect with respect and understanding of the clients needs. In my case, as a new widow, they patiently walked me through each step. They kept me informed of the progress. I cannot say enough about the service they provided. Thank you Brian and staff.

    – Judith K Zitzewitz


  • As a Vet you may have filed a disability claim, and if you want to win your claim you need to call Hill and Ponton. I didn’t know what to do about my condition or status until I made the call. At H&P they not only took my case, but made me feel like family. They changed my life and they will change your life too. It’s true! In my opinion you can’t do better and you won’t regret it!

    – Paul K



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