Firm Overview

We are the Law Firm for Working Families, specializing in Social Security Disability, Estate Planning/Wills/Probate, and Workers' Compensation serious injury/death claims. Our attorneys and staff are committed to achieving the results you deserve. We win the tough cases!

Main Office

2315 Capitol Ave
Sacramento  CA  95816

  • (916) 442-5835
  • (916) 442-0834

Donald Fraulob


Donald W. Fraulob is the firm's managing attorney. He also maintains an active practice in Social Security Disability, Workers' Compensation, and Wills and Trusts, including health care directives and special needs trusts.

Mr. Fraulob has been recognized as highly competent and ethical by his peers and has been awarded special acknowledgment in Top Lawyers in Northern California for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a certified specialist in Workers' Compensation.

Mr. Fraulob is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court bar, as well as federal district courts and all California Courts. He established the Student Law Center at California State University, Sacramento, and served as its first director. He is active in appellate litigation. Some of his appellate cases have resulted in extension of benefits in the workers' compensation arena. He often speaks at legal conventions and seminars.

Mr. Fraulob has represented numerous executors and administrators in probate proceedings and has drafted literally hundreds of wills and trusts, health care directives and special needs trusts. He now specializes in estate planning for working families.


  • University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law
    J. D. , 1969
    Sacramento, CA

Melissa Brown


Melissa C. Brown is a frequent lecturer at legal conventions and seminars. Ms. Brown has been recognized in America's Top Attorneys for 15 years. She has studied International Mediation at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms. Brown is a certified specialist in Workers' Compensation as well as a national expert on Social Security Disability and Health Care Planning and decision-making. She is a law professor and published author.

Her practice includes serving as Mediator and Arbitrator for Workers' Compensationand civil litigation matters. Her legal treatise, Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client, is a utilized by law schools throughout America as well as Elder Law, Disability andPersonal Injury attorneys.

She holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is admitted to practice in state and federal court. Many of her appellate cases have paved new ground for injured and disabled workers, including several cases of “first impression” in such areas as age discrimination, serious and willful misconduct and representation of employees of Indian Tribes. She has also represented doctors and health care facilities in litigation matters involving reimbursement from insurance companies for patient care.

Her curriculum vitae reflects a thirty-year commitment to providing legal services to the elderly and disabled in clinical, legal services, and private practice settings. She has been instrumental in developing public policy and legislative approaches to the resolution of disability, health care and aging issues.

She has spent considerable time in teaching and training law students, care providers, medical professionals, community services workers, paralegals and lawyers, and in writing and publishing practice materials for them. She presents legal and legislative information and analysis to unions, employer groups and organizations in various settings such as shop steward training, the Coalition of Organized Labor, the United Way Union and Community Relations programs, as well as to news reporters.

Ms. Brown is a law professor at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and Director of Professional Education for its Institute for Laws of Health and Aging. She also serves as the supervising attorney at the Elder Law Clinic at McGeorge's Community Legal Services, where she oversees a select group of law students as they serve the elderly community on a pro-bono basis.

Ms. Brown is frequently called upon by attorneys and legislators to consult onpersonal injury settlements, medical malpractice settlements, conservatorships, special needs trusts and other matters with cross-over issues in Social Security retirement, disability, survivors, SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive services and long-term care.

Her legislative advocacy has addressed issues affecting disabled and senior citizens, as well as extensive advocacy on behalf of injured workers. These efforts have included extensive work on California legislation dealing with durable powers of attorneys, probate court investigators, alternative dispute resolution and Medicare supplemental insurance issues, as well as 

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