Michelle focuses her practice on representing and defending employers, insurers, employee benefits plan providers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation, employment, and employee benefits-related matters. She has extensive experience with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and in employee benefits compliance matters involving contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. In addition to representing clients in complex litigation, Michelle frequently conducts presentations and training on ERISA, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA), Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), and plan administration.
Before entering private practice, Michelle spent over a decade in various roles at the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits and Security Administration (EBSA), including serving as a senior benefits advisor and senior investigator. She draws on experience conducting multiple civil and criminal investigations of large and varied employee benefit plans; ensuring health, welfare, and retirement plans are compliant with ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, ACA and other labor- and employment-related laws; and educating participants, plan trustees, plan administrators, union representatives, and state and federal agencies on ERISA and other federal labor laws.
Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and her juris doctor from St. John’s School of Law.