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Michael Bartolic

Employee benefits Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   11 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    80%
    Disability Insurance, Life Insurance / Accidental Death, Long Term Care Insurance, Pension / Retirement Benefits

    17 years

  2. Life insurance
    20%

    17 years

I really love my job!  I enjoy helping make people's lives better by taking away the stress of a dispute with an insurance company or employee benefit plan.  You worked for your benefits.  You deserve them!

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Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2019
Updated 09/15/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/11/2022

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The Law Offices of Michael Bartolic, LLC

Reviews

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Posted by Veronica | August 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and professional service
I was denied Long Term Disability benefits 8 months after originally being approved. Mr. Bartolic took my case, which few other Employee Benefits Lawyers refused to take on. He provided a very professional service by collecting evidence, inviting vocational and medical specialists, gathering my medical records and successfully won my case. Mr. Bartolic took it further and won my Social Security Disability case. No hidden fees and great support.
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Posted by Janet | August 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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The best ERISA attorney out there!
Michael Bartolic is an incredible person and attorney. He worked with me to help get my long-term disability claim paid. The insurance company played so many games with me. I was just fed up and was about to give up until I got referred to Michael. I decided to reach out to see if he could help me. He took my call right away and set up a consultation within a couple of days. He was prepared to get to work on my case right away. Everyone at his office was extremely helpful and friendly. I was shocked that Michael was able to get the insurer to take me seriously and pay my benefits. Michael is the reason I have a roof over my head while I battle the constant pain from severe DDD. I highly recommend Michael.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2016
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Highly recommended
I was completely satisfied with the manner in which Michael handled my case. He was extremely competent and protected my interests without antagonizing the opposing party. I was very pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Patricia | September 7, 2016
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Michael Bartolic
I retained Mr. Bartolic for assistance to appeal the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union-Industry Pension Fund's benefit determination concerning my deceased father, the participant. Mr. Bartolic provided excellent communication from the initial consultation to the successful resolution of this legal matter. I am extremely grateful for his legal expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2016
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Professional, Experienced, Compassionate and Aggressive
The diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis was devastating. The symptoms are unpredictable and life altering. Attempting to obtain disability benefits to provide financial security for my family was overwhelming. Roberts Bartolic LLP eased this burden by handling the complex process of filing my claim for disability and guided me, step-by-step, through the process. Roberts Bartolic LLP understood the significance of the key concepts and terminology used by my disability insurer, obtained the necessary information needed to assure that my claim was clear and well-documented, and educated those reviewing my claim about my disease. My team at Roberts Bartolic LLP was professional, experienced, compassionate and aggressive in handling my claim. Roberts Bartolic LLP gave me peace of mind, and the freedom to focus on my health and my family. I highly recommend the professional services of Roberts Bartolic LLP.
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Posted by Ante | September 7, 2016
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my pension
Positively solved the problem about getting pensions when the company I worked for did not calculate all the time that I worked for that company. Procedures for obtaining all the necessary documentation to start the payment of pensions.
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
good life insurance attorney
When my husband died, my whole life was in turmoil. It was sudden and unexpected. I felt like I lost everything. I became very depresssed, took a lot of time off work. I was literally shocked when his accident death benefits were denied. I couldn't handle it on my own. I found Michael online and asked him to help me. He did an appeal and proved that my husband died by accident and not from his chronic illness. The benefits were not much but it was enough for me to get my life back on track. Michael was very warm and compassionate and I could tell he knows a lot about ERISA law.
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Posted by Terry | September 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective advocacy
Michael Bartolic helped me get my short and long term disability benefits. The insurance company, Cigna, denied my claim for short term disability right before it was about to turn to long term. I hired Michael and within 6 months I was back in pay status. He continues to represent me to make sure I still get paid. The security and peace of mind is well worth his fee.
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Posted by Valerie | September 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Best ERISA attorney!
I cannot recommend Michael Bartolic and the attorneys at Roberts Bartolic LLP enough. If you're looking for a skilled team of ERISA attorneys to appeal the denial of a long-term disability claim, they are the best lawyers out there. Michael Bartolic is very knowledgeable about disability claims and is considered an expert in this field. His office staff is very responsive, friendly, and make their clients feel like they are truly cared for. An insurance company denied my disability claim and Michael fought to have my claim reinstated before I had to file a lawsuit.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Desperate for help
My short term disability insurance (Unum) tried to deny the extension of my benefits. The worst part was they tried to reverse previous benefits and wanted to get their money back from me. Mr. Bartolic listened well & gave us time to voice out our concerns. He worked with us & for us. Updates, communications and transactions were done in a timely manner. In the end, he helped us get the benefits that we needed and deserved to receive due to a complicated medical status.
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Posted by Eboni | September 2, 2016
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Great attorney
I am beyond pleased with the work of Michael Bartolic. He was able to get my employer to pay my earned short-term disability for my pregnancy leave. He is very knowledgeable in his field, and not afraid of big corporations. He did a great job communicating the steps and what to expect of my case, and he was easy to contact.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Law Offices of Michael Bartolic, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • 2005 - 2009

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Carlson et al. v. Northrop Grumman Severance Plan
  • Case is pending and in discovery after Court denied motion to dismiss.
  • Giraldo v. Hartford Life Insurance Co.
  • Case settled at mediation.
  • Travis v. Midwest Operating Eng'rs Pension Plan
  • Victory for client!
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Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee, Subcommittee on Benefit Claims
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Subcommittee on Litigation
  • Co-Chair
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Chicago Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee
  • Chair
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Employee Benefits Section
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Croatian

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

  • ABA/ BNA publications
  • Employee Benefits Law (4th Edition) - Upcoming
  • 2017
  • ABA/ BNA publications
  • Employee Benefits Law (3rd Edition) Cumulative Supplement
  • 2015
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Pre-Litigation Claims
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • ERISA Litigation National Institute
  • Administrative Review of Disability Claims
  • 2016
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Employee Benefits Litigation
  • 2016
  • Employee Benefits Spring Seminar
  • Recent Developments in ERISA Litigation
  • 2015
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Employee Benefits Litigation
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Employee benefits Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Bartolic is my "go to" referral for ERISA issues and anything related to employee benefits. He is a great lawyer and an even better guy. Absolutely top notch attorney."
Employee benefits Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a widely respected, zealous advocate on behalf of individuals who have wrongfully had their disability benefits terminated or denied. He is knowledgeable, active in a number of professional organizations devoted to the development of employee benefits law, and creatively develops strategies to help his clients prevail on their claim. He is also an excellent professional colleague who has always been a valuable resource to me."
Employee benefits Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael and I recently joined our practices but before that I knew him by his reputation and his excellent work product in the ERISA legal community. MIchael is a zealous advocate and he's in this line of work because he genuinely wants to help people find financial security through employee benefits."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employee benefits Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bartolic is a very knowledgeable and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability
Employment and labor
Employment and labor

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Chicago Employee benefits Lawyer Michael Bartolic
Michael Bartolic
Employee benefits Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 17 years