Bemis, Roach & Reed is a Social Security and Long Term Disability law firm located in Austin, Texas. We provide winning legal services to individuals throughout the State of Texas, and can fight for claims remotely via phone, fax and e-mail.
Bemis, Roach & Reed is an Austin, Texas law firm formed in 1993. Attorneys Lloyd E. Bemis, III, Lonnie Roach and Greg Reed are all Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. Mr. Bemis is also Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Consumer and Commercial Law.
These successful Texas lawyers all worked as litigation attorneys for other firms prior to the inception of Bemis, Roach & Reed and decided to combine their abilities to form a disability law firm that provides legal services to individuals who have:
Been wrongly denied insurance benefits, including long term disability benefits;
Been denied Social Security Disability Benefits; or
Suffered personal injury as a result of the negligent conduct of others;
Need of winning litigation attorneys.
The firm has grown in success and is an AV rated firm pursuant to the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. For more information on issues you may want to consider in making your decision to hire an attorney, feel free to use the quick contact us form and give us a brief description of your situation.
4100 Duval Road Bldg. 1, #200
Austin, TX 78759
Free Initial Consultation
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00
Bemis, Roach & Reed is dedicated to assisting disabled people who have been denied their benefits by operating in an accessible manner. Consultations are free and contingency fees are used to insure even those without money can be represented.
It has become a common trend for long term disability insurance carriers to deny valid disability benefits claims either initially or after paying for a year or two, asserting that the person's condition has improved or that the definition of disability has changed. While their actions would have previously been considered insurance bad faith practices, the insurance companies contend that state insurance bad faith law does not apply to their activities. They argue that they are an employee disability benefits plan immune from state law and are governed solely by federal law favorable to the insurance company. As a result, individuals who have experienced a disabling illness or personal injury often find that their future ability to provide for their families depends on navigating the complexities of federal law. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as ERISA, is the federal law which governs the majority of Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance policies in this country. For more information regarding ERISA, please click on our ERISA page or our page on ERISA Frequently Asked Questions. If the LTD plan is provided as an employee benefit or purchased as an employment related group plan, it is likely governed by ERISA.
Because of the complexity of ERISA, very few lawyers will accept these types of cases. Unfortunately, without experienced legal representation, few claimants will prevail when faced with the seemingly endless resources of the insurance companies. The good news is that the Texas lawyers at Bemis, Roach & Reed have years of experience handling ERISA cases and have amassed an impressive track record of winning these cases for our clients at both the Federal District Court level and in the Federal Court of Appeals. Members of the law firm have also written articles on the subject to guide other legal services professionals.
If you have been denied long term disability benefits, Bemis, Roach & Reed offers a free consultation to determine if we can assist you in obtaining or reinstating those benefits. When a claimant is denied, there is typically a 180-day period in which to submit an administrative appeal to the insurance company that denied the claim. If this is not done, it may be impossible to later challenge the denial in court. Once you receive a denial letter, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Cases have been won and lost depending on the quality of the administrative appeal. In most cases, Bemis, Roach & Reed will complete the administrative appeal for you as part of our legal services.
Bemis, Roach & Reed is a personal injury law firm located in Austin, Texas. We provide legal services to individuals throughout the State of Texas, including San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston and Corpus Christi. Bemis, Roach & Reed has been successfully representing long term disability clients from Houston and other cities outside the Austin area. We can easily fight for the claims of Houston residents by working their cases remotely, via phone, fax and e-mail. If you or someone you know is in need of a qualified disability benefits Texas attorney, call us toll free at (866) 433-4979.
Bemis, Roach & Reed has helped clients who are disabled from a wide variety of medical conditions. If you are unable to work due to any of the following conditions and have been denied disability benefits, contact us. We would like to help.
For more information on our Long Term Disability Practice please visit our website at www.brrlaw.com
Having recognized a lack of specialized attorneys necessary for disabled people to fight for their benefits, Bemis, Roach & Reed took the initiative to fill the ever-growing gap between the wrongfully denied and experienced attorneys.
Starting our practice as a Personal Injury law firm, moving into Long Term Disability in both private insurance and Social Security claims felt like the natural progression, and it brings us great pleasure to assist the little guy when it seems like all other options have run out.
While working in disability law our three attorneys have all received AV ratings by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewing system, and while going to school at the University of Texas School of Law, both Lonnie Roach and Greg Reed have held distinctions as state champions in Moot Court while Greg Reed additionally held the title of national champion in Mock Trial.
Showing excellence even before completing their legal education their talent was recognized by the already successful Lloyd E. Bemis III, and in 1993 the three attorneys started their practice together.
Both Mr. Roach and Mr. Reed have had their superior performance in disability law recognized by being called on as guest speakers for Continuing Legal Education courses, not only working diligently for our own clients, but to educate others in the way to best serve this increasingly underrepresented population.
While all of the awards and distinctions are indicators of our abilities as a disability practice, they may never have come were it not for the small, and personalized structure of our practice.
We pride ourselves on accessibility, effective communication to our clients, and providing clear, common sense explanations of the legal issues presented to us. While many law firms advertise free consultations, few will provide the personal and knowledgeable services that our firm makes possible through a small, yet highly efficient practice. We recognize that as attorneys, we are working for you and you deserve a true understanding of the issues you face.
Whether or not we are able to help you with the specific concern you come to us with, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to get you the information you need, and if need be provide referrals to the attorneys we feel are best for your specific issue.
Lonnie Roach is a founding partner of Bemis, Roach & Reed. He graduated, with honors, from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1988 with a degree in Government and Politics and from the
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.
University of Texas School of Law
University of Texas at Dallas
B.A. in Government and Politics, 1988
He is a founding partner of Bemis, Roach & Reed, which was established in 1993 in Austin, Texas. Mr. Bemis grew up in Austin and graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas (Summa Cum Laude) with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance in 1981. He earned his law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law in Austin in 1984 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas that same year.
Upon graduation from law school Mr. Bemis worked with a national law firm's Austin office and became trained in the firm's Insurance Defense and Commercial Litigation section. He represented insurance carriers, individuals and businesses who sued for negligence, insurance bad faith, deceptive trade practices and contractual claims. He also represented a variety of health care providers and corporations in both personal injury and commercial claims.
As a result of his success as a defense attorney, Mr. Bemis was invited to work as an attorney in a plaintiff's firm on the side of individual personal injury victims in 1988. Mr. Bemis soon became the firm's lead litigation attorney. Mr. Bemis' future partner, Lonnie Roach, later became a member of the same firm; after several years of practicing together as litigation attorneys, Mr. Bemis, Mr. Roach, and Mr. Greg Reed, an attorney at another firm, decided to leave their respective firms and form Bemis, Roach & Reed in 1993.
Bemis, Roach & Reed has represented individuals with personal injury, insurance bad faith and disability claims for over 20 years. His clients have included those seeking long term disability insurance, including ERISA plans, and Social Security disability. He 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 all state courts of Texas. He has also argued before the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
University of Texas School of Law
University of Texas
B.B.A. in Finance, 1981
He is a founding partner of Bemis, Roach & Reed, which was established in 1993. Mr. Reed grew up the son of a United States Air Force fighter pilot spending most of his young life in Europe and Japan, finally settling in Houston for high school. Mr. Reed was a Houston police officer and detective for 10 years. During his time as a police officer he took classes and earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown in 1988. He then moved to Austin to attend law school. In 1991 Mr. Reed graduated from the University of Texas School of Law earning his 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.
University of Texas School of Law
University of Houston Downtown
B.S. in Criminal Justice, 1988
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