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Michael Bartolic

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Chicago, IL

Law Offices of Michael Bartolic, LLC
208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1420
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-761-3928
Fax: 312-635-1601
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Employee Benefits
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael Bartolic is the managing partner of Michael Bartolic, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. Nationally recognized as a leader in ERISA and benefits law, Mr. Bartolic represents the rights and entitlements of clients across the country, particularly executives and other professionals, who are dealing with complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

  • ERISA § 502(a) litigation involving claim denials and breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Long-term and short-term disability matters
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Severance benefits and retirement plan benefits

Mr. Bartolic's effectiveness in his field is displayed by the fact that he has helped affect positive changes in the way administrators handle disability claims for their participants. He currently serves as lead counsel for a class action involving some 2,000 individuals in a major severance benefits dispute.

As further evidence of his success, Mr. Bartolic has received many awards and honors for his professionalism and service, including high ratings from *Martindale-Hubbell, perfect 10.0 ratings on Avvo and many five-star reviews from his past clients. In all cases, Mr. Bartolic provides the personalized assistance and support his clients need, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many obtain their rightful benefits.

An honors graduate of the University of Illinois, Mr. Bartolic attended John Marshall Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2005. The Illinois State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Active in his legal community, he is the current co-chair of the subcommittee on benefit claims for the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Employee Benefits Committee. Mr. Bartolic is also vice chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Employee Benefits Committee's subcommittee on litigation, and he has served as chair for the Illinois State Bar Association's Employee Benefits Section Council and the Chicago Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Employee Benefits


9 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

About Michael Bartolic

First Admitted: 2005, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Carlson v. Northrop Grumman Corp., No. 13 C 2635, 2014 WL 5334038, 59 EB Cases 2570 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 20, 2014)
  • Garner v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., No. 12 C 709, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48064 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 5, 2012)
  • “Rising Star” in 2012 and 2013
  • Named a Super Lawyer in the field of Employee Benefits every year since 2014
  • Miller v. State, No. CR 08–1413
  • Bd. of Trs. of the Auto. Mechanics’ Local No. 701 Union & Indus. Welfare Fund v. Brown, No. 12-CV-10268, 2013 WL 5873360, 56 EB Cases 2876 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 30, 2013)
  • Coleman v. Supervalu, Inc. Short Term Disability Program, 920 F. Supp. 2d 901, 55 EB Cases 1680 (N.D. Ill. 2013)
  • Novak v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 956 F. Supp. 2d 900 (N.D. Ill. 2013)
  • Young v. Am. Junkie River N., LLC, No. 13 C 8901, 2014 WL 1493354 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 14, 2014)
  • Travis v. Midwest Operating Eng’rs Pension Plan, No. 13 CV 12, 2014 WL 4057372 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 15, 2014)
  • Schane v. Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters Union Local No. 710 Pension Fund Pension Plan, 760 F.3d 585 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • Carlson v. Northrop Grumman Corp., No. 13 C 2635, 2014 WL 5334038, 59 EB Cases 2570 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 20, 2014)
  • Suson v. PNC Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 15-CV-10817, 2017 WL 3234809 (N.D. Ill. July 31, 2017)
  • Nagle v. The Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 15-CV-6073, 2015 WL 9268420 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 21, 2015)
  • McKeown v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, No. 16 C 748, 2016 WL 4720048 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 9, 2016)
  • Carlson v. Northrop Grumman Corp., 196 F. Supp. 3d 830, 62 EB Cases 1921 (N.D. Ill. 2016)
  • Contreras v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 250 F. Supp. 3d 338 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 25, 2017)
  • Tassone v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 264 F. Supp. 3d 867 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2017)
  • Ferrin v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., No. 16-cv-469, __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2018 WL 4849109 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2018)
  • Sadowski v. Tuckpointers Local 52 Health & Welfare Trust, 281 F. Supp. 3d 710 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2017)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Croatian American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment, Employee Benefits Committee, Subcommittee on Benefit Claims (Co-Chair); Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee, Subcommittee on Litigation (Vice-Chair); Illinois State Bar Association Employee Benefits Section Council (Past Chair); Chicago Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee (Past Chair); Federal Bar Association-Chicago Chapter

Educational Background

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Accounting, with Honors

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mr. Bartolic has accepted numerous pro bono pension benefit claims on behalf of clients without means to pay fees.  Currently, Mr. Bartolic handles a case against the Chicago Transit Authority pension fund for reducing the pension of a retired former employee. 

Representative Clients

  • I represent participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit plans in claiming and appealing benefits due, as well as prosecute causes of action for breaches of fiduciary duty under ERISA.


  • This channel provides answers to frequently asked questions about ERISA. , ERISA Information, ERISA, 2011
  • Michael Bartolic seeks to protect the rights of the individual in matters pertaining to employee benefits.,, 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Single Employer Defined Benefit Plan Fiduciaries' Exposure to Risk of Liability to Participants Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006's Mandatory Benefit Restrictions, ISBA Employee Benefits Newsletter, Fall 2011, 2011
  • Editor-in-Chief, The John Marshall Law Review
  • Co-Author, Employee Benefits Law Chapter 13, BNA, American Bart Association, 2014
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Office Location for Michael Bartolic

208 S. LaSalle
Suite 1420
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-761-3928

Fax: 312-635-1601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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