Robyn McWilliams

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Robyn learned to love the law while attending paralegal school at night. Her love was further fueled when she began working for a firm that specialized in Social Security disability.

During her 11 years there, she “decided that I wanted to learn more about the law and expand my knowledge base where law was concerned.”

She furthered her education by attending law school at night. Eventually she went full time, continuing to work at the law firm part-time.

Robyn graduated from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2007.

While in law school, Robyn worked on cases in the law clinic and obtained her third year bar card.

"We did family law and Social Security disability law,” she said. “It was then that I realized that not many people understand how the Social Security disability system works and no one wants to learn."

Robyn decided it would be best to continue to practice Social Security disability law “because there are so many people out there who need a fair shot at getting their Social Security disability benefits and need someone on their side who knows how to navigate the system.”

Robyn enjoys Social Security disability law because, she said, “it is not as adversarial as litigation. And you truly get to help your clients, but do not have to ‘beat’ the other side in order to do so.”

Robyn feels there are many more people who qualify for Social Security disability than realize it.

“Many people think it is a handout, but what they do not realize is that every time they pay taxes out of their paycheck, part of that goes toward paying their premium for Social Security disability insurance,” she said. “It works like any other insurance policy does – as long as you pay the premium, you are eligible to receive the benefits if you meet the criteria set out by the Social Security Administration.”

She said it is very similar to the Social Security retirement benefit system as far as the amount that a person pays in determines the amount he or she will receive in benefits.

Robyn spends every spare minute she can around horses.

"I have ridden all of my life, and I was on the equestrian team at Texas A&M University," she said.

She rides and shows Morgans and prefers dressage, but also rides hunt seat and western. She also enjoys team roping, which she practices at her family’s ranch when she gets the chance.

“I love Texas or ‘Red Dirt’ country,” Robyn said.

Her long list of hobbies include being active in the Fort Worth/Tarrant County A&M club, participating in game watching parties, riding in the Fort Worth Stock Show parade and hanging out with her fellow Aggies at events such as Coach’s Night. She also goes to concerts whenever possible.

Community involvement includes teaching a paralegal course in the evening at Westwood College.

“I really enjoy teaching and seeing my students’ interest in learning about law,” Robyn said.

Robyn was born in Lubbock, Texas, and lived there until graduating from high school. She received a degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University.

She moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to work for the American Paint Horse Association in 1994.

"I have made it home,” Robyn said.

  • Practice area: Social Security Disability Law

  • Current and past memberships: American Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; Arlington Bar Association; Fort Worth/Tarrant County A&M Club; Morgan Horse Club of North Texas; United States Equestrian Federation; American Morgan Horse Association