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EXECUTIVES     EMPLOYEES     FAMILIES

When it seems like everything is on the line, we make sure that insurance companies
and retirement plans hold up their end of the bargain.

It’s our job to ensure you receive the benefits you’ve earned, so you and your family can focus on what matters – living your life.
Our clients are executives, employees, and their families who are facing sudden challenges with healthcare, disability income, or retirement security.

Call Us When

You need insurance benefits to come through after a major health event

You’re navigating the overwhelming disability or retirement benefits process and you need an advocate

A family member needs in-patient or residential care and getting coverage seems impossible

Our Difference

With more than two decades of serving executives, employees, and their families, we understand that you’ve put in the hard work and now you need your benefits to show up for you.

We are employee benefits attorneys who will guide you, tell it to you straight, and win the benefits you’ve earned. Everything we do is centered on effectively and promptly resolving our clients’ benefits disputes, whether in the courtroom or at the bargaining table.

Our passionate advocacy and national reputation mean we are able to achieve maximum settlements or judgments in our clients’ favor. Securing your financial future through your employee benefits is our top priority, so you can focus on your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Practice Areas

We are employee benefits attorneys who work as hard for your family as you would. We handle a clients’ case from claim to completion with 100% focus on being responsive to your needs. We provide full representation of participants and beneficiaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974.

Practice areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Disability insurance for short-term or long-term claims
  • Disability retirement and disability pension plan claims
  • Life insurance survivor benefit claims
  • Healthcare claims
  • Retirement benefit claims
  • Pension and employee benefit class actions

Our Team

John Joseph Conway

John Joseph Conway

Principal Attorney & Owner

J.J. is a nationally recognized trial attorney who founded his law firm in 1999 on the principal of advocating for employees who are facing benefits disputes. Over the past 20+ years he has led his clients to recover more then $65M in benefits and won landmark class-action lawsuits in favor of families and retirees.

J.J. is referred cases from lawyers throughout the United States. He has published several notable pieces, including one of the top searched documents discussing employee benefits claims: "Hitting You When You Least Expect It: A Basic Guide to ERISA for Non-ERISA lawyers."

He fights for his clients and leads his team with compassion and strength.

  • Marquette University, B.A., Journalism
  • The University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • Member of American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and State Bar of Arizona
Josh Whicker

Josh Whicker

Associate Attorney

Josh is a U.S. Army veteran and a persistent and tenacious lawyer. He is determined to get his clients the benefits they have earned. While working as a Graduate Assistant at Wayne State Law School, Josh provided small group and individual instruction to students studying Labor Law and Advanced Topics in Work Law. When presented with a problem,

Josh doesn’t give up until his clients are satisfied. He is focused and caring while working with clients and potential clients to find solutions for their issues. Josh represents clients at the administrative level, in Michigan state courts, and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He has also assisted clients with a number of benefits disputes outside the State of Michigan.

  • Central Michigan University, B.S., English and History and M.A., English
  • Wayne State Law School, J.D.
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Michigan, English Department Steward, Central Michigan University
Paula Cardwell

Paula Cardwell

Legal assistant and practice manager

Paula is the first point of contact for many clients. She has nineteen years of experience in the legal field, the last eight focusing on assisting with individual cases and complex litigation. On a day to day basis, she coordinates with the courts throughout the United States and with other law firms on various matters, and attends to administrative duties for the firm.

Paula finds it fulfilling to give clients and families some measure of relief during times that can be stressful and complicated. She is proud of the work that the firm has done and the legal successes they have had for their clients.

  • Pursuing a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan - Dearborn

Testimonials

“J.J. CONWAY IS AN ATTORNEY THAT HAS THE TALENT, SKILL, COMPASSION, AND THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE HE MEETS. WHEN I HAD GIVEN UP, J.J. DID NOT. HE IS COMMITTED TO THE RIGHTS OF HIS CLIENTS. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIS LEGAL EXPERTISE TO ANYONE.”

ACTUAL CLIENT THAT CONQUERED TOMORROW

“SO GIFTED AND COMMITTED – HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH.”

ACTUAL CLIENT THAT CONQUERED TOMORROW

“HIS TALENT AND PASSION ARE SECOND TO NONE.”

ACTUAL CLIENT THAT CONQUERED TOMORROW

“IT WAS HIS DEMEANOR AND CONCERN. HE REALLY TOOK OUR CASE TO HEART. YOU COULD TELL HE REALLY CARED.”

ACTUAL CLIENT THAT CONQUERED TOMORROW

Achievements

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

In 1999, John Joseph (J.J.) Conway founded his law practice on the belief that the Law should be used strategically to bring about meaningful change within our society. Since then we have:

  • Recovered more than $65 million in benefits to plan participants, claimants, and retirees throughout the firm’s 20+ year history.
  • Crains Detroit listed one of J.J.’s cases as the top settlement of 2013 in which he served with a team of attorneys to secure $52 million in funding for Medicaid families to receive essential treatments for their autistic children.
  • Serving as co-lead counsel, J.J. secured major structural and governance reforms to the Detroit General Retirement and Police and Fire Pension Systems , safeguarding the retirement funds of nearly 30,000 retirees and securing a $7.999 million penalty for the Trustees’ malfeasance.
  • Presently, co-lead counsel for several nationwide class actions against insurers for their denial of healthcare benefits for autistic children.
  • Named co-lead class action counsel for a nationwide class action with a class of 22,000 military families seeking healthcare treatment for children with autism.
  • Garnered national attention as co-lead counsel in a landmark ruling that benefited children with disabilities by striking down a discriminatory healthcare policy.
  • Represented hundreds of employees, including physicians, attorneys, investment professionals, who have been deemed occupationally disabled in securing monthly disability benefits from insurance companies.
  • Additional achievements: Michigan Lawyers Weekly featured two of J.J.’s cases as its Top Verdicts and Settlements, J.J. was awarded the Thomas P. Moore Leadership in Philanthropy Award, and J.J. was awarded the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

“Working with J.J., it is clear that he inspires those around him through his leadership and example to keep reaching higher, climbing the mountains in the profession and their personal lives. We thank J.J. for his continued contributions to the profession and the community.”

-Resolution, unanimously adopted by the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners, Dearborn, Michigan

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Contact

ADDRESS

J.J. Conway Law
26622 Woodward Avenue, Suite 225
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

PHONE NUMBERS

Phone: 313.961.6525
Fax: 877.895.6598

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