Law office of Bemis, Roach & Reed
Long Term Disability Attorney
4100 Duval Road Bldg. 1 #200
Austin, Texas 78759
“I have already sent 3 people to Lonnie Roach. He is an outstanding lawyer and was able to win my case. He is easy to talk to and he has a brilliant command over corporate disability law. I would send all my relatives to him if they needed his help. If you are going up against big insurance companies you want Lonnie on your side. God Bless You!”
– Bill B.
University of Texas School of Law in 1991 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1991 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, The Western District of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and all state courts of Texas.
Mr. Roach has become a recognized leader in the field of ERISA, Long Term Disability and social security disability.
He has successfully overturned denials of disability benefits at the administrative level, in United States District Court, and at the United States Court of Appeals.
He presently represents clients who have been denied or lost insurance, long term/ ERISA or Social Security disability benefits in all four federal districts in Texas.
- Bemis, Roach & Reed – Founder
Highly experienced in Long Term Disability denials and appeals, and Life Insurance claims governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) as well as Disability, Life, and Insurance claims governed by state law.
- Personal Injury Trial Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- SuperLawyers® Rated by Thomson Reuters
- AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale Hubbell 2011 to present
- Client Champion Award® by Martindale Hubbell 2017 to present
- Top Attorney Employee Benefits by AVVO 2015 to present
- J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 1991
- Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics
University of Texas at Dallas,
Graduated with honors
- All State Courts of Texas
- U.S. District Courts, All Texas Districts
- United States Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit
- State Bar of Texas
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association (Director 1999-2005)
- Austin Bar Association
Holders of long term disability policies often face difficulties in receiving payments for disabilities they claim, if not during the initial claim process, then during a periodic review.
This is true for Austin-area residents, as well. Austin attorney Lonnie Roach has successfully helped many residents, with different injuries and disability insurance companies, in the cities and towns in Texas fight a denial of their claims.
One client, in San Marcos, had a progressive neurogenic disease.
This disease caused wasting syndrome of her left arm and deltoid triceps and biceps groups. Our client also had EMG-confirmed neurogenic atrophy of her bilateral lower extremities and wasting in those extremities. She had a surgically inserted pain pump which dispensed a pain medication 100 times as powerful as morphine, and further required narcotic patches to attempt to control her pain. She required a wheelchair to move any significant distances and was eventually confined to an assisted living center. She was found to be totally disabled from any gainful activity by the Social Security Administration. Prudential wrongfully denied her LTD claim. Lonnie got her benefits reinstated.
A Round Rock Sales Support Analyst for a large computer company suffered a complete rupture of her rotator cuff and other injuries after a fall.
She was awarded SSDI and was receiving LTD benefits. Unum denied benefits after three years. Mr. Roach got her a settlement.
Another Round Rock client suffered from degenerative disc disease for over 28 years.
She had undergone 18 surgeries to attempt to address her condition and was only able to function due to daily narcotic medication and a surgically implanted morphine pump. Both her orthopedic surgeon and pain management doctors had stated she was totally disabled. Based on her medical records, it does not appear that The Hartford consulted with an orthopedic surgeon or pain management specialist in making its benefit decision to deny her claim. The Social Security Administration had awarded her SSDI based on full disability. The Hartford attempted to settle the remainder of the client’s claim for a single lump-sum payment. It was only after the client rejected The Hartford’s settlement offer that she was put under video surveillance and ultimately denied. Lonnie challenged the unfair denial and got her a settlement.
Regardless of the cause of your disability or where in Texas you live, if an insurance company has wrongly denied your claim, call Lonnie at Bemis, Roach & Reed. He may very well be able to help you.
- Gina Pike v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company
- George v. Reliance Standard Standard Life Insurance Corp.
- Rossi v. Precision Drilling Oilfield Services Corp. Employee Benefits Plan (5th Cir. 2013)
- Scheuermann v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America (5th Cir. 2010)
- Robinson v. Aetna Life Ins. Co. (5th Cir. 2006)
- Garcia v. United States I (5th Cir. 1994)
- Garcia v. United States , en banc (5th Cir. 1995)
- Garcia v. United States II (5th Cir. 1996)
- Nash v. Perry (Tex.-Austin, 1997)
- State Farm Gen. Ins. Co. v. White (Tex.-Austin 1997)
- Mondragon v. Austin (Tex.-Austin 1997)
- Perry v. S.N. (Tex. 1998)
- State Farm v. Waibel (Tex.-Austin 2001)
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