Debra K. Butler Attorney at Law

Disability Insurance & ERISA Claims




      My office handles all phases of Disability Insurance and ERISA Disability Plan claims. We can help you with applications for disability benefits, and appeals of claim denials when your benefits are prematurely terminated or wrongfully denied, including litigation in Federal court when necessary to enforce your rights.

       If you have been seriously injured or are suffering from a chronic illness that prevents you from fully performing your job, we can help you file and prove your claim for disability insurance benefits. If you have applied for benefits on your own, and were denied, or have been paid for awhile but then have had your benefits terminated before you recovered, I have the experience and expertise to get your claim treated fairly by the insurance company and to get your disability benefits paid.

       Because my office represents only a small number of clients at a time, we are able to provide you with the personal attention and time necessary to understand and vigorously represent your claim for disability benefits to insurance companies, ERISA Plan administrators, and to the Courts.   Call us for a free telephone consultation.

Debra K. Butler

Attorney at Law

3115 Foothill Bl. Ste. M-161

Glendale, California 91214

Tel. (818) 951-2414

Helping Injured and Disabled Clients

Get the Insurance Benefits They Are Due

Is All We Do


        My office successfully protects the rights of injured and disabled clients against insurance companies and employer Group (ERISA) Benefit Plans who deny legitimate claims for disability, illness and injury.  Most of my clients have worked for many years, paying a portion of every paycheck for disability insurance, or accepting the promised disability coverage as part of their overall employee benefits package, designed by the employer to attract and hold competent employees. Yet when their need is greatest, these same hard-working employees and their families are often left in dire financial straits when they become ill or injured and cannot work. They have relied on promised disability payments that are denied outright or terminated before they have recovered from the physical and mental limitations that prevent them from earning a living.  Insurance companies hope a denied claimant will just go away, and many claimants do give up because they are too sick or injured to pursue the claim in the strict time frames required. Let me help you.

       I believe everyone's disability claim deserves a "full and fair review" and insurance companies are responsive to my representation of my clients in reviewing the relevant details of their disabilities.   I have successfully won payments of benefits for deserving clients from Aetna, CIGNA, Hartford, MetLife, Mutual of Omaha, Prudential, UNUM, Reliance Standard Insurance Company, and large local, national and international corporate employers' employee benefit plans.

      I am a passionate and professionally respected advocate for my clients.  I have the knowledge, empathy, and patience to understand my clients' disabilities. I have experience in a wide range of disabling medical conditions and injuries due to trauma, genetics, degenerative orthopedic conditions, diseases, and chronic and acute illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus (SLE), fibromyalgia, and other internal disorders that limit the ability to work with reasonable continuity.   I am also experienced in handling claims where psychiatric conditions disabilities caused or contributed to by psychiatric conditions from depression to psychosis.

      My office handles all phases of disability claims and appeals, including litigation. As a small firm, I am able to provide personal and compassionate representation of my clients. I will personally present your case fully and carefully to the claims administrator, and to the Court, when litigation is necessary.   I am able to practice in most federal jurisdictions by special appearance, and have co-counseled on several cases.  

       If you are sick or injured and cannot work, I may be the right lawyer to help you.   If you are not sure what kind of disability or injury attorney you need, or whether your inability to work is covered by insurance, give me a call and we can figure it out together.

Call (818) 951-2414 for a free telephone consultation

9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday

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U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
First Street Federal Courthouse

Corner of First and Hill Streets in downtown Los Angeles, California,

Photograph taken October 13, 2016; Opening Day.

                                                                                                                                                                                           The Historic Riverside County Court House Statues of Lady Justice with her sisters, Law and Truth    Photograph taken March 25, 2017.     

                                                                                                                                                                                          The Historic Riverside County Court House Statues of Lady Justice with her sisters, Law and Truth

Photograph taken March 25, 2017.