Lonnie Roach

Top rated employee benefits attorney in Austin, Texas

Bemis, Roach & Reed
Lonnie Roach
Bemis, Roach & Reed

Practice Areas: Employee benefits, Social security disability, Insurance coverage; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1991

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016, 2019 - 2023

Bemis, Roach & Reed

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

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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

Employee benefits, Social security disability, Insurance coverage, Appellate

Focus areas

Bad faith insurance

  • 40% Employee benefits
  • 40% Social security disability
  • 10% Insurance coverage
  • 10% Appellate

First Admitted: 1991, Texas

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

Educational Background:
  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 1991
  • University of Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, with honors
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, 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
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Talamantes v. Metro. Life Ins. Co.United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitJune 29, 2021, FiledNo. 20-50953, 2021
  • 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)
Honors/Awards:
  • , AV-Preeminent Top Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2022
  • , Top Rated Attorney 9.9, AVVO, 2022
  • , America's Most Honored Lawyers 2020 - Top 1% , America's Most Honored, 2020
  • , Top Attoney Rating 10, AVVO, 2020
  • , AV Preeminent Attorney , Martindale Hubbell, 2021
  • , Top Attorneys In Texas , Texas Monthly, 2020
  • , Client Champion Silver , Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • , AV Preeminent Attorney - Judicial Edition , Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • Client Champion Silver Award® by Martindale Hubbell, 2017
  • The highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers., AV-Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • The highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers., AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • 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

Office location for Lonnie Roach

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

Phone: 800-691-5964

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016, 2019 - 2023

Certificates and credentials

Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Personal Injury Trial Law

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