Michelle L. LaForett represents claimants before the Social Security Administration. She has an extremely high success rate in winning disability awards for her clients.
Michelle is a native of Colorado. She attended college at Colorado College in Colorado Springs for two years then transferred to Regis University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, graduating Magna cum Laude. Immediately thereafter, Michelle began studying law at the University of Denver College of Law. Michelle graduated from D.U. in December 1997 and she passed the Colorado Bar Examination in February 1998. Michelle benefitted from the mentoring of Pepe J. Mendez for over 18 years prior to the formation of Alvarado, LaForett & Martinez Tenreiro, LLC, in 2011, subsequently renamed Martinez Tenreiro & LaForett, LLC.
Michelle finds working on Social Security disability cases to be highly rewarding. She works with her clients directly at every stage of the process and takes a personal interest in every case.
Michelle also handles all of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation appellate practice, which includes significant research, and writing appellate briefs to the Industrial Claim Appeals Office, Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court. She has written a number of Amicus Curiae briefs on behalf of the Workers’ Compensation Education Association (WCEA). The WCEA is Colorado’s largest and foremost association of claimant’s attorneys in Workers’ Compensation practice.
In addition, Michelle reviews all the firm’s Workers’ Compensation cases for hearing and prepares position statements for other litigators in the firm to use when arguing their cases in front of the judge. This requires a solid understanding of the law and knowledge of how to use prior court case decisions to persuade the judge.
Michelle has prepared the written materials for many seminars, and has presented seminars to other Colorado lawyers.
Michelle is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations as well as the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR).