Meet Erin & Her Team

Erin Ronstadt
Principal and Managing Partner

My clients generally feel a sense of relief, because I am often the first person to truly listen to them. I take on their challenges as if they are my own. My clients find I am passionate and knowledgeable. I am attentive to their needs and keep them apprised about their cases. I love to hear my clients say that they feel like they are an extension of my family.

My life’s calling is to hold insurance companies accountable for the promises they make. My father was a disabled veteran who worked hard his entire life only to face unfair obstacles in seeking disability benefits. I understand my clients would give anything to be healthy and back at work. I endeavor to effectively tell my clients’ stories and creatively challenge the limitations of the law. I work diligently to secure the best possible outcome for those I represent.

I’ve represented clients against most of the major insurance companies and several Fortune 500 companies. My experience includes handling independent medical examinations, peer reviews, insurance carrier interviews, surveillance, vocational assessments, and other tools used to assess eligibility for disability benefits. I’ve assisted clients struggling with a multitude of disabling illnesses, both physical and mental in nature.

I’ve handled long-term and short-term disability benefits appeals and litigation, insurance bad faith, and several other issues within the purview of disability law. I routinely manage cases at all stages, from assisting with proof of loss to litigating claims in state and federal court. With my team you receive compassionate but aggressive advocacy, and superior client service.

Erin Ronstadt
Rated by Super Lawyers


loading ...
EDUCATION
  • J.D., Highest Pro Bono Distinction, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
  • English Literature/Public Administration, cum laude, Arizona State University
ADMISSIONS
  • United States District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
ASSOCIATIONS
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
ACCOLADES
  • 2019 Super Lawyer Rising Star for the Southwest
  • Hal Israel Community Service Award from the State Bar of Arizona (2012-2013)
  • Dean’s Award for Most Outstanding Graduate (2009)

A FEW THINGS I LIKE

  • My two golden retrievers, Porthos and Aurora
  • Arizona outdoor adventures
  • Ghost stories, or any good story, really!
Erin Ronstadt
Principal and Managing Partner

WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT ME

My clients generally feel a sense of relief, because I am often the first person to truly listen to them. I take on their challenges as if they are my own. My clients find I am passionate and knowledgeable. I am attentive to their needs and keep them apprised about their cases. I love to hear my clients say that they feel like they are an extension of my family.

A FEW THINGS I LIKE

  • My two golden retrievers, Porthos and Aurora
  • Arizona outdoor adventures
  • Ghost stories, or any good story, really!
My life’s calling is to hold insurance companies accountable for the promises they make. My father was a disabled veteran who worked hard his entire life only to face unfair obstacles in seeking disability benefits. I understand my clients would give anything to be healthy and back at work. I endeavor to effectively tell my clients’ stories and creatively challenge the limitations of the law. I work diligently to secure the best possible outcome for those I represent.

I’ve represented clients against most of the major insurance companies and several Fortune 500 companies. My experience includes handling independent medical examinations, peer reviews, insurance carrier interviews, surveillance, vocational assessments, and other tools used to assess eligibility for disability benefits. I’ve assisted clients struggling with a multitude of disabling illnesses, both physical and mental in nature.

I’ve handled long-term and short-term disability benefits appeals and litigation, insurance bad faith, and several other issues within the purview of disability law. I routinely manage cases at all stages, from assisting with proof of loss to litigating claims in state and federal court. With my team you receive compassionate but aggressive advocacy, and superior client service.

EDUCATION
  • J.D., Highest Pro Bono Distinction, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
  • English Literature/Public Administration, cum laude, Arizona State University
ADMISSIONS
  • United States District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
ASSOCIATIONS
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
ACCOLADES
  • 2019 Super Lawyer Rising Star for the Southwest
  • Hal Israel Community Service Award from the State Bar of Arizona (2012-2013)
  • Dean’s Award for Most Outstanding Graduate (2009)
kyle-shelton
EDUCATION
  • J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Summa Cum Laude, Northern Arizona University
ADMISSIONS
  • State of Arizona
  • State of California
  • United States District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
ASSOCIATIONS
  • Arizona Attorney Magazine Editorial Board
  • Arizona Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Of Counsel: The Dr. Lawyer Law Group
ACCOLADES
  • Five-Time “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2017-2021)
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (Arizona) (2016)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award (2009)
  • Order of the Barristers (2009)
  • ASU Law Class of 2009 Convocation Speaker
kyle-shelton
Kyle Shelton
Partner

My clients know that the most important thing to me is telling their story, whether to a jury or an insurance company, and getting them the justice that is long overdue. My clients and I have cried together, celebrated together, but, most importantly, we have weathered the storm together and emerged stronger for it. I wake up every morning knowing I’m going to fight to put things right for my clients and hold the insurance companies and the powerful accountable. It is a privilege I never take lightly.

Since the very beginning of my career, I have dedicated myself to helping real people. People who have been disabled and been denied the benefits they paid for. People who have been catastrophically injured and have had those who hurt them turn a blind eye to their suffering. People who have lost a loved one that should never have been lost. Too often the difference between justice and injustice for these folks is whether they can find an advocate who has the focus and commitment to fight unconditionally. I have helped secure a five-million-dollar jury verdict in a wrongful death case here in Arizona and have collected millions for my disabled and injured clients and their families. As a trial attorney, I am always ready to take a stand against an insurance company that thinks the promises they have made to their insured don’t have to be kept.

A FEW THINGS I LIKE

  • Working on art projects with my kids
  • Writing fiction and creative non-fiction
  • Any chance to go to the movies
EDUCATION
  • J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Summa Cum Laude, Northern Arizona University
ADMISSIONS
  • State of Arizona
  • State of California
  • United States District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
ASSOCIATIONS
  • Arizona Attorney Magazine Editorial Board
  • Arizona Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Of Counsel: The Dr. Lawyer Law Group
ACCOLADES
  • Five-Time “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2017-2021)
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (Arizona) (2016)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award (2009)
  • Order of the Barristers (2009)
  • ASU Law Class of 2009 Convocation Speaker
Kassandra Boling
Sr. Appeals Paralegal

I work alongside the attorneys in the administrative appeals and claims management process. I bring extensive knowledge on disabling medical conditions along with a vast understanding of ERISA and Social Security disability law, vocational requirements, and Plan/Policy document review. I joined Erin’s team in 2008 with 8 years of prior experience as a litigation legal assistant specializing in large volume discovery. I hold a Paralegal Studies degree, graduated with honors, and am very proud to serve the disabled. You will find that I am passionate about achieving the best possible outcome in every case. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Pumpkin.

Josef Hespenheide
Sr. Legal Analyst

I have over 11 years of experience in disability law and advocacy. Prior to moving to disability insurance claims, I worked in the Social Security Disability legal field as a legal writer, supervisor, and advocate. As an advocate and non-attorney representative, I represented claimants in Social Security Disability hearings before Administrative Law Judges in Arizona, California, and Nevada. I graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA degree in History. I now bring my experience to developing and crafting appeals and legal arguments alongside the attorneys at Ronstadt Law. If you want to put a smile on my face, ask me about my pug, Pudding!

Merry Martin
Office Manager and Litigation Secretary

I am likely to be the first person you speak with at Ronstadt Law. I prepare and manage your records to keep your claim moving quickly and efficiently, ensuring all deadlines and filing requirements are met. I also manage the office and handle accounting matters. I bring more than 30 years of litigation management experience to our team and am proud to work with the best long term disability lawyers in Arizona. You will find that I am friendly, organized, and that I absolutely LOVE my job! It is so rewarding to serve you, and I will do my best to make sure you are supported throughout your legal journey.

Legal/Marketing Assistant A. George
Allison George
Legal/Marketing Assistant

My first name is Allison, but you can call me by my last name – George! I recently graduated with honors from ASU, where I majored in Philosophy and minored in Arabic language. I plan to go to law school in 2022, once the world gets a bit less crazy! I am passionate about philosophy, law, literature, world cultures, and art. Here at Ronstadt Law, I help explain what our Firm does to the community and potential clients through social media and blog posts, as well as assist with potential client intake. I am passionate about helping people through the legal process, and I am beyond proud to be a member of the Ronstadt Law team.

Kevin Koelbel
Kevin Koelbel
Kevin Koelbel
Of Counsel
EDUCATION
  • B.S. Mathematics, State University of New York at Oneonta
  • J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
ADMISSIONS
  • Arizona District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
ASSOCIATIONS
  • State Bar of Arizona

100% Free Case Evaluation

Case evaluations are 100% free and you are under no obligation to hire our law firm. We will vigorously represent you and not back down to insurance companies.
Share This