Michael J. Bertsch

Michael J. Bertsch: Attorney with Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC AV stamp icon
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Mike Bertsch defends employers facing workers’ compensation claims, alleged safety and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations, allegations of intentional torts and other employment-related matters. Mike's wide range of civil litigation experience includes workers’ compensation court appeals and mandamus actions, defense of employer intentional torts and wrongful discharge, product liability and first-party insurance matters.

Speaking engagements

•Co-presenter, “How to Spot the Naughty from the Nice Workers’ Compensation Claimant: Three Case Studies,” Lake County Safety Council (Dec. 15, 2017)
•Frequent speaker and seminar presenter on workers' compensation and other employment-related issues


•Author, “ Workers’ Compensation Alerts ,” NGC Legal Insights (Fall 2015)
•Author, “ Ohio BWC Settles Premium case, Separately Sets New Collection Schedule ,” NGC Legal Insights (Summer 2014)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Workers' compensation
  • Employment law
  • Employment litigation
  • OSHA compliance and litigation
  • Civil litigation - trial and appellate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-939-5369  Phone
(216) 621-7227  Phone
University Attended:
Xavier University, BS, Business Administration, magna cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, JD, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1982, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; 2007, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; 1984, 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; 1982, Ohio Supreme Court

Professional and civic activities

•Member, Ohio State Bar Association
•Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Workers' Compensation and Litigation sections
•Member, Lake County Safety Council
•Member, board of trustees, Shaker Heights Public Library (2014-present)
•Member, Greater Cleveland Safety Council
•Member, Self-Insured Group of Ohio
•President and board member (1990-1998), Epilepsy Association of Northeast Ohio

Birth Information:
Canton, Ohio, June 16, 1956
Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: Defense of workplace injury claims before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and in Ohio state trial and appellate courts; Investigation and defense of safety violation claims before the Industrial Commission; Investigation and defense of alleged OSHA violations; Consultation regarding OSHA compliance; General civil litigation, including jury trials; Mandamus actions; Representation of employers before the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation adjudication panel and administrator on rating and reimbursement issues; Counseling and litigation regarding employment policies and practices
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
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