For over a decade, Michelle Roberts has been a successful advocate for disabled individuals and employees. Ms. Roberts handles claims for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), specifically claims for disability benefits. Michelle has obtained short and long-term disability benefits from insurance companies that had wrongfully denied her clients’ claims. Michelle has represented over one hundred individuals at every stage of the claims and appeals process, including at the district and appellate court level.
Michelle is a founding partner of Roberts Bartolic LLP, a merger of the successful practices that she and partner Michael Bartolic had representing individuals in ERISA benefit claims litigation. Michelle enjoys a national reputation in the ERISA community as being a thought leader in issues impacting ERISA benefit claims. For the past several years she has contributed regularly to the leading treatises on ERISA litigation, Employee Benefits Law (BNA), and ERISA Litigation (BNA). Michelle is frequently invited to write about ERISA issues, including numerous articles for the San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal on recent ERISA developments. Her weekly “ERISA Watch” blog is widely circulated among ERISA attorneys and includes summarizes of nearly all published ERISA decisions. Michelle also speaks at ERISA conferences throughout the year, including at the American Bar Association – Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Meeting, the Joint Committee on Employee Benefits ERISA Litigation National Institute, and the American Conference Institute.
Michelle also volunteers her time as counsel for amicus curiae, United Policyholders, in litigation matters that impact plan participants in employee benefit plans.
Michael Bartolic: ERISA Litigation Attorney Michael Bartolic represents executives, managers and other professionals in all aspects of ERISA § 502(a) litigation over a denials of claims for benefits and breaches of fiduciary duty. He handles claims for long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, life and accidental death insurance, severance benefits, and retirement plan benefits. Disability cases he handled have altered the way administrators review claims for other […]
Toby Bartolic: ERISA Mascot Toby brings a unique blend of instincts to hunt down defendants, and protect the Firm’s clients. He combines his resourcefulness and resilience of his Labrador Retriever heritage with the speed and determination of his Greyhound origin. At an early age, he showed his protective instincts in “rescuing” family from the vacuum cleaner, which he honed to now protect ERISA claimants. Toby brings a […]
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