At Roberts Disability Law, we fight vigorously on behalf of clients who have been wrongfully denied short- and long-term disability, life, and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance benefits.
Unlike many attorneys who fall into their area of practice after years of “figuring it out,” Michelle started law school knowing that she wanted to help employees. Her personal story reflects her genuine desire to help people who are at a disadvantage compared to powerful insurance companies. Over the years, courts have interpreted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) law in a way that makes winning for claimants an uphill battle. Michelle’s zeal for helping employees and insureds created the foundation for her life’s work of advocating for people in their ERISA benefit claims. After more than fifteen years of being in the trenches and gaining insight into how businesses approach the ERISA claims process, Michelle has earned her reputation as a formidable opponent to insurance companies and claims administrators.
Roberts Disability Law is proud to be a woman- and minority-owned business.
Matters Against Some of The Largest Insurance Companies in the U.S.
The theme of my life has been a determination to fight for the underdog. My work is a natural extension of that theme and fulfills me every day. I value hard work above most other things in my life. I often find myself preoccupied with how to fix a client’s problem or how to fix ERISA on a larger scale. Helping clients with disabilities became a personal mission of mine after seeing my father, a disabled veteran, struggle to work and support his family while dealing with the consequences of debilitating medical conditions. I like to think I got from him my strong work ethic, compassion, and desire to serve. I also value taking advantage of every opportunity for personal growth and am always looking for a way to become a better person. Running a business and raising children in a busy city is all consuming, but I am as happy as I’ve ever been, and wouldn’t have it any other way. For fun and relaxation, I enjoy the ritual of Peloton or a hike in the mornings so that I can start work with a clear head and ready to face the challenges that may lie ahead. I also try to practice mindfulness throughout the day, which helps me stay calm in stressful situations. At the end of the day, I enjoy listening to music on Spotify, a book on Audible, or a podcast. In addition to fighting for my clients, I volunteer with the Federal Bar Association, the Legal Aid at Work Workers’ Rights Clinic, and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. I hope to show my kids by example that giving to others is the best way to lead a life of fulfillment.
Since 2005, Michelle Roberts has been a successful advocate for disabled individuals and employees. Ms. Roberts specializes in claims for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), specifically claims for disability benefits.
Ms. Roberts has helped numerous clients obtain short and long-term disability benefits from insurance companies that had wrongfully denied their claims.
Watch Michelle Roberts fight for a client at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals:
Michelle not only won our case for me, but was totally professional, confidence inspiring, and reassuring. I felt I was in really good hands each step of the way. After it was all over and I was receiving disability benefits, my spouse and I looked back in retrospect and felt strongly that we could not have made a better choice in disability attorney for my case. Strongly recommended!
I had this misfortune of being denied long term disability under a ERISA policy through my former employer. I was terrified I was going to end up on the streets disabled with nowhere to go since the condition put me down from work and I lost my employment as a result. I was fortunate enough to have been referred to Michelle Roberts who quickly took my case after a review and I received a very fast response and request from the firm to take over my case. I was relieved as within a matter of just days she was diligently…
I am incredibly grateful for Michelle's expertise, wisdom and innovative approach in helping me navigate a quite challenging, and emotionally charged legal situation. Not only was she on point, intelligent and progressive, she was also compassionate and empathetic to the specific challenges in my case. I truly believe she had my best interest in mind, both immediate and long term, and advised me accordingly. Michelle spent a lot of time understanding the complex issues, researching the latest information and opinions around the matter, and handled the resolution with the utmost confidence and professionalism. I highly, highly recommend her and would…
Michelle is one of the most intelligent, professional to the point person I’ve ever dealt with. She has great listening skills and a gentle way of getting to the root of the issue. As a sales professional for 45 years I could have learned a lot from her.
There’s no question that Michelle is one of the most brilliant lawyers one can have the privilege of working with. She’s a partner and consecutive Super Lawyer, so she’s clearly an amazingly capable attorney. But in my experience, what makes Michelle unique on top of her impressive record is her empathy and passion for helping her clients. Michelle has been there for me in action (not just words) every step of the way and has been an unshakable stand of advocacy for my rights and benefits, independent of whether there was a guaranteed return, which is a rare attribute for…