About Mel Crawford
I grew up in Eastern Washington and worked for many years on a wheat and cattle ranch in the remote Horse Heaven Hills. Before attending law school, I spent eight years providing direct care to people with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
I graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1993. I returned to Seattle and have practiced here ever since.
My first trial, in 1994, was an ERISA long-term disability benefits case in King County Superior Court, in Seattle. The trial was a success, and our client was awarded all of the disability benefits owed to her.
Over the following years I handled a wide variety of cases, many involving medical issues, which interest me a great deal. My practice is now devoted to representing people who have been denied short-term disability or long-term disability benefits under insurance policies subject to ERISA. I enjoy this work greatly. It is very fulfilling to help people who are at a difficult point in their lives, and whose circumstances are being made worse by an insurance company’s callous and illogical claim denial.
I am “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell“, the highest rating obtainable by members of the legal community. I am rated “Superb 10.0” by the AVVO Lawyer Ranking System, a rating Avvo reserves for a select group of attorneys it rates as the top 5%. My peers have identified me as a “Super Lawyer” in the past years.
The most important “rating,” however, is what my clients say. Please click here to see their reviews.