Meiram Bendat










New Center for Psychoanalysis, Ph.D., 2015

Antioch University Los Angeles, M.A., 2006

USC Law School, J.D., 1998

Columbia University, B.A., 1995


State Bar of California

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits

United States District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Founder and President

An attorney with a background in mental health, Meiram Bendat offers clients a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge unique in the field of health law. After representing children and families in the Los Angeles child welfare system and treating patients, he founded Psych-Appeal, the country’s first private mental health insurance law firm in 2011. Since then, Dr. Bendat has helped patients and providers successfully challenge denials of mental health treatment through administrative appeals and impact litigation, recovering millions of dollars in wrongly withheld benefits.

Dr. Bendat is an attorney licensed by the State Bar of California as well as a psychotherapist licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. With a background in law, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, and psychoanalysis, he has served as a consultant to various mental health organizations and frequently presents on patient advocacy, access to treatment, and mental health parity. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association Committee on Government Relations and has served as a distinguished Ittleson Consultant to the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He has lectured at various academic forums around the country, including Yale Medical School, Butler Hospital (Brown University), UCLA, and Antioch University.

Dr. Bendat has been interviewed by National Public Radio, The New York Times, Forbes, Psychiatric News, and other media outlets. In collaboration with the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, he authored, “In Name Only? Mental Health Parity or Illusory Reform.” The article was published in a special issue of the Journal of Psychodynamic Psychiatry devoted to the impact of mental health parity and the Affordable Care Act. Along with the National Council for Behavioral Health, he recently authored two companion pieces on negotiating managed care contracts with an eye toward protecting patient rights.


Doe v. UnitedHealthGroup et al. (class action)
Bushell v. UnitedHealthGroup et al. (class action)
Des Roches et al. v. California Physicians’ Service d/b/a Blue Shield of California et al. (class action)
Seger et al. v. Health Care Service Corporation (class action)
Evolve Growth Initiatives LLC v. California Department of Managed Health Care et al. (mandamus petition)
Weil v. Cigna et al. (class action)
Meidl v. Aetna et al. (class action)
Birnbaum et al. v. EmblemHealth, Inc. et al.
Wit et al. v. United Behavioral Health (class action)
Alexander et al. v. United Behavioral Health (class action)
Craft et al. v. Health Care Service Corporation (class action)
Kamins v. UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company of New York et al. (class action)
New York State Psychiatric Association, Inc. et al. v. UnitedHealthGroup, Inc. et al. (class action)
Fradenburg v. UnitedHealthcare et al. (class action)
Forshay et al. v. Lovelace Health Plan (class action)
C.M. v. Fletcher Allen Healthcare


American Psychiatric Association, 2017
Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, 2017
Austen Riggs Center, 2016
Healthcare Association of New York State, 2016
Butler Hospital (Brown University), 2016
Yale Medical School, 2015
Kennedy Forum, 2015
National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, 2015, 2016
National Council for Behavioral Health, 2014, 2016, 2017
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, September 2013
Access Coalition, March 2013