"A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn." — Helen Keller
At MK Disability Lawyers, we are dedicated to the practice of long-term disability litigation. Together, our three partners have devoted their entire careers to long-term disability litigation. We bring over three decades of specialized experience litigating disability claims to the representation of our clients throughout Ontario. As a result, we are extremely knowledgeable about the ins and outs of litigating long-term disability claims and how to get the best possible results for our clients, in any scenario. While we take our work extremely seriously, we believe in treating our clients with compassion and respect at every turn. We know how trying litigation can be and we understand that each client is facing their own unique struggle. In addition to seeking a favourable resolution in each file, our primary goal is always to make the litigation process as stress-free as possible for each person we represent.
Simply put, long-term disability litigation is what we do, and it is all that we do. We chose to focus our firm on this area of law because we are passionate about seeking justice for clients facing the unfair denial or termination of claims when legitimate health concerns prevent them from working and earning an income. We have the experience and the skills necessary to provide clients with exemplary results.
The partners at MK Disability Lawyers have dedicated their entire careers, spanning decades, to long-term disability litigation. They formed MK Disability Lawyers with a shared passion and commitment to seek justice for those who have been unfairly denied legitimate disability claims. Our partners bring a wealth of experience to representing our clients. Courtney Mulqueen has been litigating long-term disability claims for nearly 20 years. She spent the first half of her career as a lawyer acting as in-house counsel for national insurance companies before shifting to representing plaintiffs at a leading disability law firm and founding MK Disability Lawyers. She knows how these insurance companies work and how they defend their claim decisions. Rupa Karyampudi began litigating long-term disability claims for plaintiffs at a leading disability law firm in Toronto before founding MK Disability Lawyers. Rupa has the added experience of disputing other related-disability claims for disabled plaintiffs. Leanne Goldstein has represented disabled plaintiffs at leading disability law firms for over 20 years before joining MK Disability Lawyers as a Partner. She brings with her the experience of pushing long-term disability disputes beyond mediation to trial, if necessary. As a result of our experience, we are exceptionally well-prepared when we go up against insurance companies in court, mediation or at settlement negotiations. We have seen these matters play out from every angle, and we use this insight to the benefit of our clients.
Our firm offers a keen sensitivity to the unique struggles and stigmas faced by various marginalized groups, particularly when dealing with a disability. We understand that some clients may face additional stigma around mental health issues due to their culture, gender or industry. This can compound the stress of an already challenging time and we are conscious of that, making sure to accommodate the particular needs of each client in any way we can. We have also represented a significant number of clients who are part of the LGBTQ community, who, as a group, face higher rates of mental health struggles due to discrimination and other societal factors.
We are a culturally diverse firm and we provide a welcoming environment to all of our clients. We make an effort to anticipate any potential challenges upfront, such as potential language barriers so that we can find a solution. When necessary, we make use of professional translators in order to ensure that our clients can fully communicate with us, and us with them. We understand that most clients are highly stressed, being unemployed and facing litigation against a large insurance company, all the while dealing with a physical and/or psychological disability. Our goal is always to make our clients as comfortable as possible throughout the process, from start to finish. In short, we have got your back no matter your race, sexual orientation, gender identity or the nature of your disability and no matter how intimidating your insurance company may appear to be.
MK Disability Lawyers is a proudly women-led firm, run by three female partners who value our relationships with our clients and understand the importance of communication. We prioritize empathy and compassion in our approach to serving all of our clients. We know that some topics might be sensitive for our clients and we intuitively understand the need to be approachable and attentive.
We leverage our powerful communications skills to persuade insurance companies to overturn inequitable decisions and use our well-developed problem-solving abilities to dissect complex issues. As effective multi-taskers, we are able to analyze the needs of our clients while zealously pushing cases forward to resolution.
The nature of practicing disability law means that many of our clients are dealing with physical and/or psychological limitations or challenges. For their convenience, we are proud to offer two locations in the GTA; one in Markham next to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital, and another in Toronto, conveniently located right on the subway line. We also serve clients throughout Ontario, many of whom live in areas not geographically proximate to either of our locations or clients with serious mobility issues, limiting their ability to travel even short distances. Our firm uses several technological resources to better serve these clients no matter where they are located in the province or what their limitations may be. We can meet with clients remotely via phone or video conferencing, and we employ DocuSign® technology to facilitate the obtaining of signatures on time-sensitive documents. We are careful not to burden clients with unnecessary office visits just to obtain a signature. In some cases, we can even travel to a client for significant steps in the resolution process, such as discovery or mediation.
We strive to make litigation as smooth as possible for each of our clients. To that end, we can also assist our clients with any concurrent legal matters pertaining to their disabling condition, such as:
Having us handle the long-term disability (“LTD”) and all disability-related claims means we can coordinate the timing of various proceedings to maximize settlements while saving you money, time and stress. For example, if a civil matter reaches a settlement first, it could have the effect of reducing the amount of the related long-term disability claim. Having MK Disability Lawyers manage all related claims also means our clients will save money on medical records, reports and assessments and saves clients the time and stress of having to deal with two or more law firms.
MK Disability Lawyers represents clients from across a wide range of industries in challenging disability claim denials against all of the major insurance providers in Canada. We have extensive experience and a deep understanding of long-term disability claims and how the insurance companies operate. We provide clients with personalized service respecting a range of disabilities, including:
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." — Martin Luther King Jr.
MK Disability Lawyers is a firm completely dedicated to providing clients with accessible and compassionate legal guidance through the process of litigating a long-term disability claim. Our experienced disability litigation lawyers will thoroughly review your circumstances with you and advise you on the best path forward. To arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced disability lawyers, please complete the online form, or call us at 844-697-4600.
“The lawyer assigned to our case, Leanne, was OUTSTANDING! Thank you very much Leanne for exceptional service, professionalism and transparency. ” — IT Stix Signs
“Leanne Goldstein is one of the smartest, toughest and most empathetic people I know. Leanne delivered the results I was looking for. She is very professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Don’t look anywhere else! ” — James Matthews
“If you are reading this review, it means you are where I was over a year ago. I was trying to decide if I should act on my feelings of the injustice I was feeling as a result of repeatedly denied claims and appeals from my insurance company, in spite of the fact that my condition was very well documented. I worked very hard to bring myself back to improved wellness, and as I started feeling better I found the strength to seek out help. I made an appointment with Leanne Goldstein, and I walked out of that office knowing I was finally understood and very importantly supported and believed. The support and understanding continued every step of the way, and I truly have no words that can express the gratitude I have for Leanne and her hard work. The positive outcome not only helped with the financial burden of being off work for an extended period, but most importantly, it also affirmed what I knew to be true, that I was wrongly denied my LTD benefits and treated unfairly to say the least. Out of this experience, I encourage anyone who is living through wrongly denied insurance claims, to at least investigate your options, if not seek out the help and action like I did. Validation is also good for your health, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the work Leanne did for me, and what she continues to do for others. ” — Cheryl Morrow
“Leanne Goldstein was our representative and was so encouraging and helpful. She explained everything in great detail and kept us informed through this whole process. We are so thankful for kindness and support and positive financial outcome through this terrible situation. ” — Ashley Wakem
“As soon as I met Leanne Goldstein, I knew she was the lawyer I wanted to represent me. Her expertise, efficiency, integrity and genuine caring attitude gave me confidence that my disability case was in trustworthy hands. Leanne is an exceptional lawyer. She is extremely knowledgeable, very wise, and always had my best interest in mind. ” — M. Irwin
“My entire journey has been very positive. The wonderful lady Ms. Leanne Goldstein had me believing that I would be smiling at the end of this journey. ” — Almaz Campbell
“Leanne was not only an outstanding lawyer; it was her compassion for me that set her apart from other lawyers I have dealt with. Leanne is not afraid to battle for you but always does it in a professional manner. She is confident, knowledgeable and will not comprise what she feels is owed to her client. Leanne is a lovely and genuine person who navigated me with such kindness and caring through an extremely stressful period in my life. She helped me with my LTD case and treated me with utmost respect, dignity and most of all, empathy. My claim was settled for a satisfactory amount but Leanne had to fight so hard for it and didn’t give up. ” — Tina M
“Leanne Goldstein was my lawyer. Leanne is a top notch lawyer who kept me apprised of all the developments and options as the case progressed. Leanne is not afraid to fight for you but does not come off as being rude or aggressive. She is assertive, knowledgeable and professional and will leave no stone unturned in building your case. But, more than her acumen as an attorney, she is a lovely and genuine person who navigated me with compassion and caring through a VERY stressful period in my life. Her assistant is also great and very proficient. My claim was settled for a satisfactory amount but Leanne fought hard for it and didn’t give up. ” — Jac L
“I really appreciated that you took care of it &minimized the work/input I had to do. Courtney worked diligently and efficiently to understand my disability and my case. She took care of the entire issue, minimizing the burden on me. This allowed me to stay focused on my health. I would definitely go back to Courtney if I have legal issues in the future. ” — Yolanda
“Listening and advising prior to my becoming a client. Proceeding to a suit, rather than letting the insurance company continue playing rope-a-dope. Providing timely updates around availability (even during vacation) and next steps. ” — Bill
“Rupa was very very thoughtful and nice to me in a hard time. All of my experience was exceptional BUT I think something very specific that was very meaningful was her compassion and understanding in a challenging circumstance. It was a situation where I was quite vulnerable and her willingness to explain in detail her recommendations and how the process works was very meaningful to me. MK Disability Layers providing me with peace of mind, compassion, and clear communication throughout all of my interactions with them. Moreover, the matter was resolved expeditiously which allowed me to move forward in a challenging situation. I would strongly advice people to use them in any matter due to the wonderful service I received! ” — Clara
“I had an excellent experience with Mulqueen Karyampudi Law Firm in Toronto. The entire legal (disability) process was a positive one including communication, sharing of sensitive information, collaboration with healthcare professionals, and the extensive amount of evidential work completed on my behalf. The final outcome was very successful illustrated by highly professional legal and mediating expertise. My deep gratitude to the Mulqueen-Karyampudi Law Firm, especially Courtney regarding her superb legal skills and compassionate nature. ” — Shawn
“I knew I was in good hands right from the beginning of my first consultation. I never felt lost or in the dark as to what was happening with my case. Your hard work ensured I received every last dollar I was entitled to. Thank you for making one of the most difficult times in my life as stress free as possible. I appreciate all your hard work and especially your kindness and genuine concern for my well being. ” — Dina
“During the process I was made to feel at ease with Leanne. I felt a sense of comfort and calmness as we went along explaining everything with patience and understanding. She went well above and beyond her duties. Getting me the best possible settlement. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you Leanne Goldstein for this great experience. ” — Teresa
“All these reviews on here are absolutely true. I tried them myself. AMAZING!!! I am so lucky to have met Leanne Goldstein at MK she’s the Best. The team at MK saved My life too! They are extremely kind, warm & caring . They got me my LTD and I could not be happier. TRY THEM you won’t be disappointed. ” — Dale
“Courtney is just amazing! Kind, responsive and she provides well-reasoned practical advice. I honestly cannot say enough good things about her. When you are in a tough situation where you need a lawyer you need someone who is caring and also able to provide excellent legal services. It can be hard to find someone who excels at both of these things and she absolutely does. I did not regret my decision to work with her for one second and she frequently met and exceeded any expectations I had. ” — Tara
“What an amazing law firm! Courtney, you are not just an outstanding lawyer, you are also an exceptional human being! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ” — Irene
“I was a victim of corporate greed while I was injured . I was unable to work and was refused coverage which I paid into for 22 years . I was instructed my only choice was to resign by my employer . I had no income and fighting for EI and Ontario Works . I had truly hit rock bottom . All the great people at MK Disability without a doubt saved my life and worked through my increasing anxiety and depression . I CANT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH ! If any of this sounds familiar please reach out to this firm . THANK YOU , THANK YOU , THANK YOU !!!! ” — Sean
“First of all I want thank Courtney and Emily for all the hard work and patience with me and the other party concerned. I just received my settlement and I’m very happy with the outcome. I will recommend mk disability lawyers to everyone for ever. ” — Joan
“MK Disability Lawyers offers outstanding service. I found Courtney Mulqueen to be well-informed, insightful and pleasant. She ensured all my questions were answered and made me feel comfortable in our communications. I highly recommend this firm. ” — Lisa
“Courtney Mulqueen was very friendly and approachable, extremely well-informed, and was always available to speak/consult with me about my LTD application. I was much more confident about my claim after asking Courtney questions throughout the process. I have since referred friends to her. ” — Angela
“I spoke with Courtney Mulqueen after receiving a settlement package for a LTD claim. I was terrified that if I didn’t accept the settlement my coverage would be declined at the next renewal date. It was the week before Christmas and Courtney made time to meet with me and reviewed the settlement She calmed me down and made sure I understood the pros and cons of accepting the settlement or keeping with my claim. She wanted to make sure that I was making the decision that was right for me. Courtney was amazing to deal with. ” — JB
“Leanne, since the beginning of my ordeal, you have shown Great professional care to my situation. You were never stumped and marched on to pursue Justice. Thank you so very much to you and your team. ” — Gina
“I recently found myself in the unfortunate situation of a denied LTD claim. I could not be happier with the representation provided by Leanne Goldstein. When listening to Leanne summarize my case to the mediator, it was apparent that she did her homework in depth and was very well prepared. Leanne is experienced, highly intelligent, thorough, and compassionate. She presented my case with integrity leading to an outcome that allows me to focus on healing. What more could you want in this situation? ” — Eric
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