The Firm handles all sorts of claims on behalf of individuals under ERISA § 502. Most employee benefit plans are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, more commonly known as ERISA. While ERISA does not mandate that your employer provide you with a pension, 401(k), long term disability, life insurance, or health insurance plan, ERISA demands employers that choose to provide such benefits comply with complex rules and regulations. While employment lawyers frequently sue employers, and injury lawyers frequently sue insurance companies, only an ERISA lawyer is equipped to tackle claims involving employee benefit plans because of the complexity of the rules, which are foreign to lawyers who do not practice ERISA full-time.
The Firm has successfully represented individuals in every aspect of ERISA claims and litigation, including short term disability, long term disability, life insurance and accidental death, health insurance, retirement plans and deferred compensation (e.g., supplemental executive retirement plans), severance benefits, and more. ERISA claims and litigation arise in a variety of contexts. If your grievance concerns employee benefits, we can help. The Firm has been recognized as a leader in advocacy for individuals in ERISA disputes, with Michael Bartolic being appointed to lead various bar association committees aimed at educating other lawyers about ERISA, and earning the distinguished award by Super Lawyers magazine for his outstanding work in the field every year since 2012. Some of the Firm’s cases have received national attention, such as Coleman v. Supervalu, Inc., where Michael Bartolic persuaded the court an ERISA plan was prohibited from enforcing a forum selection clause that would require an individual to file any lawsuit related to the plan in Minnesota.