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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.


Principal practice areas

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Employment law
  • Employment litigation
  • OSHA compliance and litigation
  • Civil litigation – trial and appellate

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

Bar admissions

Educational background

Professional and civic activities


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