Since 2005, Michelle Roberts Bartolic has been a successful advocate for disabled individuals and employees. Ms. Roberts specializes in claims for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), specifically claims for disability benefits. Ms. Roberts Bartolic has helped numerous clients obtain short and long-term disability benefits from insurance companies that had wrongfully denied their claims.
Ms. Roberts Bartolic serves as the President-Elect for the Northern District of California Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She is an editor of the ABA’s Section of Labor & Employment Law’s Employee Benefits Committee (EBC) Newsletter. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Ms. Roberts was named a “Super Lawyer” by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine (and was previously named a “Rising Star” for 2012, 2013, and 2014). She also received the 2015 ALRP Volunteer of the Year award and the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction award. Ms. Roberts Bartolic served as a co-chair of the Ethics subcommittee of the ABA’s Section of Labor & Employment Law’s Employee Benefits Committee (EBC) from 2009 through 2014. She served as co-chair of the Welfare Plans – Benefit Claims and Social Media subcommittees from 2014-2015. Additionally, from 2013-2015, Ms. Roberts Bartolic served as an EBC liaison to the Section’s Diversity in the Legal Profession Standing Committee.
The theme of my life has been a determination to fight for the underdog. My work is a natural extension of that theme, and fulfills me every day. I value hard work above most other things in my life. I often find myself preoccupied with how to fix a client’s problem or how to fix ERISA on a larger scale. Helping clients with disabilities became a personal mission of mine after seeing my father, a disabled veteran, struggle to work and support his family while dealing with the consequences of debilitating medical conditions. I like to think I got from him my strong work ethic, compassion, and desire to serve. I also value taking advantage of every opportunity for personal growth, and am always looking for a way to become a better person. Running a business and raising children in a busy city is pretty all consuming, but I am as happy as I’ve ever been, and wouldn’t have it any other way. For fun and relaxation, I enjoy the ritual of exercise in the mornings so that I can come into the office with a clear head and ready to face the challenges that may lie ahead. I also try to practice mindfulness throughout the day, which helps me stay calm in stressful situations. At the end of the day, I enjoy listening to music on my commute home, and then I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of my two kids when I pick them up from school. I am loving this stage in my life where everything outside of work revolves around my family and other activities that I enjoy. In addition to fighting for my clients, I volunteer with the Federal Bar Association, the Legal Aid at Work Workers’ Rights Clinic, and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. I hope to show my kids by example that giving to others is the best way to lead a life of fulfillment.
Michael Bartolic: ERISA Litigation Attorney Michael Bartolic represents executives, managers and other professionals in all aspects of ERISA litigation, and with respect to executive compensation and benefits. He represents executives and directors, managers, brokers, traders, investment advisors, attorneys, physicians, educators, and other employees in ERISA § 502 litigation over a denial of a claim for benefits, and breaches of fiduciary duty. He is devoted to helping employees […]
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