Lonnie Roach

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Austin, TX

Bemis, Roach & Reed
 | 4100 Duval Rd, Bldg 1, # 200, Austin, TX 78759
Phone: 800-691-5964
Fax: 512-453-6335
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016, 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits (40%),
  • Social Security Disability (40%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lonnie Roach is a co-founder of the Austin disability law firm Bemis, Roach & Reed. Since the founding of his firm, he has focused his practice on representing disabled clients in cases relating to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, particularly matters concerning long-term disability. Thanks to his focus, he has earned a place among the top lawyers in his practice area in the state of Texas, which leads countless clients to seek his assistance when facing legal challenges related to the following:

• ERISA-governed life insurance claims
• Disability denials and appeals
• State-governed insurance claims

Mr. Roach began his legal career in 1991 after earning his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and his admission to the State Bar of Texas. In addition to his approval to practice in all Texas courts, all the U.S. District Courts in Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit have approved him to practice in their courtrooms.

After law school, attorney Roach initially focused on personal injury law, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognized him as a board-certified personal injury attorney, which is a distinction he still holds. As a personal injury and as an ERISA law attorney, Mr. Roach earned the respect of both his clients and his peers, as evidenced by his AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and his "Superb" rating from Avvo.

Mr. Roach is an active member of the legal community and one of its leaders. He is a member of a number of organizations, including the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, where he has served as a director.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Employee Benefits
  • 40%Social Security Disability
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
Focus Areas

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Super Lawyers: 2016, 2019

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About Lonnie Roach

Admitted: 1991, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.brrlaw.com/attorney-lonnie-roach/


  • Client Champion Silver Award® by Martindale Hubbell, 2017
  • Client Champion Silver Award® by Martindale Hubbell, 2018
  • Top AV-Preeminent Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the gold standard in attorney ratings, recognize lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards., AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Named to prestigious Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the gold standard in attorney ratings, recognize lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards., AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law -- Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1996

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, Director, 1999-2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1993
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1993
  • Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author/Presenter at 10th Annual, State Bar of Texas Advanced Insurance Law Course, Claims Against Life, Health, & Disability Insurers: Why Not to be Afraid of ERISA, State Bar Of Texas CLE, 2013


  • Mondragon v. Austin, 954 S.W.2d 191, (Tex.App.-Austin, 1997)
  • Garcia v. United States II (5th Cir. 1996)
  • State Farm v. Waibel (Tex.-Austin 2001)
  • Robinson v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 443 F.3d 389 (5th Cir. 2006)
  • State Farm General Ins. Co. v. White, 955 S.W.2d 474 (Tex.App.-Austin, 1997)
  • George v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, 776 F.3d 349 (5th Cir. 2015)
  • Perry v. S.N. (Tex. 1998)
  • Cooper v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 592 F.3d 645, (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Garcia v. U.S., 22 F.3d 609 (5th Cir. 1994)
  • Rossi v. Precision Drilling Oilfield Services Corp. Employee Benefits Plan, 704 F.3d 362 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Nash v. Perry (Tex.-Austin, 1997)
  • Scheuermann v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 384 Fed.Appx. 422, (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Garcia v. U.S., 62 F.3d 126, (5th Cir. 1995)

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, with honors
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Office Location for Lonnie Roach

4100 Duval Rd, Bldg 1, # 200
Austin, TX 78759

Phone: 800-691-5964

Fax: 512-453-6335

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Last Updated: 9/18/2019

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