Michelle L. Roberts

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Oakland, CA

Roberts Disability Law
66 Franklin St, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-230-2090
Fax: 510-230-2091
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Employee Benefits
Attorney Profile

“Fighting for the Underdog”

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.

About Michelle L. Roberts

Admitted: 2005, California

Professional Webpage: https://robertsdisability.com/profile/

Educational Background

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D.), 2005
  • University of California, Riverside (double majors in Economics/Law & Society and Political Science), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa., 2002

Honors/Awards

  • Distinguished CELA Lawyer, California Employment Lawyers Association, 2007
  • ALRP Volunteer of the Year Award, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Labor & Employment Law Section's Employee Benefits Committee, Ethics Co-Chair, 2009
  • Labor & Employment Law Section's Employee Benefits Committee, Welfare Plans/Benefit Claims Co-Chair, 2014
  • Federal Bar Association, Vice President of Oakland and Social Media Site Administrator (N.D. Cal Chapter), 2014
  • Labor & Employment Law Section's Employee Benefits Committee, Social Media committee, 2014
  • Labor & Employment Law Section's Employee Benefits Committee, Diversity subcommittee, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Co-chair of Board of Directors, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, 2012
  • Board of Directors, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, 2010
  • Amicus brief writer for United Policyholders, 2014
  • Supervising attorney at the Workers Rights Clinic program run by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center., 2005
  • Amicus brief writer for United Policyholders, 2013

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Office Location for Michelle L. Roberts

66 Franklin St
Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607

Last Updated: 2/19/2021

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