Mel Owens

Specializing in
Players Rights

Mel Owens played football for the University of Michigan in the late 1970’s. Despite suffering an injury his sophomore year, he won an honorable mention for All America by the Associated Press. By the end of his college football career he had played in three Rose Bowls and one Gator Bowl.

He graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1980.

Mel was the ninth overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams where he spent his entire 10-year pro career. As a linebacker, he was an All-Pro honorable mention by the Associated Press in 1986. During his tenure with the Rams, their defense ranked in the NFL’s top 5 for two seasons in a row. In Week 3 of 1986 Owens was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL.

Like many professional athletes, Mel suffered injuries that forced him to miss games. And while his injuries on the field were not life-threatening or life-altering, he saw and heard of many players who were not so lucky.

After he left the NFL, Mel attended the University of California at San Francisco – Hastings College of Law where he received his law degree. In 2006, he partnered with Patrick N. Namanny and Thomas J. Byrne to form NBO Law where he works assisting current and former professional athletes with their worker’s compensation and disability claims in California state court.

Mel Owens is frequently asked to be a guest speaker on the subject of collegiate and
professional sports and how injuries can affect players’ lives.

NBO Law was founded to help professional athletes secure the benefits that they’re entitled to. NBO Law is the leading law firm to advise and assist in workers’ compensation claims in California State Court. No matter which sport, NBO Law believes that all injured players are entitled to have their medical bills paid – and paid on time. Together, the team has over 50 years of experience fighting on behalf of professional athletes seeking workers’ compensation.

The career of a professional athlete is typically short, but the medical issues can last a lifetime. Many athletes suffer from the lingering effects of concussions and other sports-related injuries that can result in claims that need to be filed years after the player has left the field. Physical therapy, home health care, surgeries, and doctor visits can all quickly add up to a financial nightmare. At NBO Law we see the whole picture and can help you.

Our Team

Thomas J. Byrne graduated from Western State University College of Law. He has been practicing workers’ compensation law since 1995 and specializes in representing professional athletes seeking to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. He serves as Judge Pro-Tem at the Santa Ana Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Mel T. Owens is a graduate of University of California at San Francisco, Hastings School of Law. Prior to his partnership with Mr. Namanny and Mr. Byrne, he played professional football with the Los Angeles Rams. In addition to helping professional athletes with their workers’ compensation benefits, he conducts lectures and serves as a guest speaker on workers’ compensation, sports law, sports injuries and disability benefits.

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