Michael is an experienced, well-respected litigator and trial attorney.
He concentrates his practice in litigation, specifically personal injury matters including wrongful death and catastrophic injury, as well as a wide range of complex municipal matters. He also currently serves as the Solicitor to the Montgomery County Controller.
Clients benefit from his perfect mix of real-world and legal experience. Prior to returning to school for law, Michael worked for several years with troubled teens in and around Philadelphia. Helping families at their darkest times inspired him to return to school to become an attorney.
Following a two year clerkship with the esteemed President Judge Alex Bonavitacola, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Michael defended businesses, insurance companies and municipalities. He argued before the Delaware Supreme Court (making new law on indemnification), as well as the Federal Courts under zoning and land use statutes representing local townships/zoning boards. This experience directly benefits the clients he now represents, because he has been on “both sides of the fence” and understands how insurance companies, municipalities and their attorneys review and handle matters.
Michael has since spent almost 20 years focusing on litigation, 8 of those years litigating high profile matters and representing catastrophically injured victims while employed at one of the largest personal injury firms in Pennsylvania, the renowned Anapol Schwartz in Philadelphia. Lawyers across Pennsylvania rely on a book that Michael co-authored, “Library of Pennsylvania Personal Injury Forms.” Michael has litigated several trials around Pennsylvania, as well as multiple seven figure settlements, (including 2011 PA Top Jury Verdicts, #11, Legal Intelligencer).
Currently, Michael serves as solicitor to the Montgomery County Controller. In 2016, Michael received the distinguished appointment as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Also in 2016, Michael was honored to be appointed by the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County to be a Settlement Master for the Tax Assessment Appeal Mediation Program.
In the community, Michael volunteers with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP), a program providing free legal assistance and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Montgomery County. Michael also volunteers in the Liberty & Law Civics Education Program which provides legal and civics education to middle schools in Norristown. In March, 2016, Michael was invited to join as a Board Member to the LGBT Equality Alliance, Chester County, PA: LGBT Equality Alliance is a non-profit organization in Chester County, working to create and sustain a safe and supportive environment for the Chester County LGBTQA community. Fund raising efforts go to fund future social and educational events, LGBTQA support groups, local GSA clubs, school district education programs, and student scholarships. Michael also serves on the executive committee of the Montgomery Democratic Committee and he is the Chairman of the Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee. In 2008, the Committee honored him with the Democrat of the Year Award.
Michael has volunteered as a Mentor through Widener University, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Diversity Program and served the Advisory Panel to the American Bar Association. He has volunteered as Youth Aid Panel Member, soccer and baseball coach, and for Town Watch. He was appointed to the Abington Industrial Development Authority (Aug, 2006 to Dec 2008) and also served frequently as a Certified Arbitrator, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
In 2017, Michael was selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of Pennsylvania,” an invitation-only nationwide organization of elite lawyers who combine stellar legal credentials with proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. Selection limited to less than 1.5% of all lawyers based on an array of criteria.
In 2015, Michael was inducted into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
In 2013, Michael was invited to join Top Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and in 2011, he was invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was named a Pennsylvania “Rising Star – Super Lawyer,” Dec., 2008, Philadelphia magazine, top 2.5 percent of attorneys 40 years old or younger in Pa. In Jan, 2007, Michael was appointed to the Advisory Panel of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Barbiero is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations. He is also a member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.
As a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Michael actively participates in Bench Bar, Civil Practice Manual and Rules of Civil Court Committees as well as the Trial Lawyers Section.
Mr. Barbiero earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. He received his law degree from Widener University School of Law and studied law in Rome, Italy through Temple Law International program. He was inducted into the Moot Court Honor Society and Phi Delta Phi, Harrington Inn, Honor Chapter, as well as named in Who’s Who, American Law Students, 18th Edition, 1999; Continental Who’s Who 2006-07; and the Cambridge Who’s Who 2008/2009 Registry.
Michael has obtained many impressive results for his clients,
including the following:
- $9 million settlement, bus/truck accident
- $4 million verdict, daycare death
- $2.2 million settlement, drowning death
- $1.95 million, auto, Limited Tort (2011 PA Top Jury Verdicts, #11, Legal Intelligencer)
- $1.75 million settlement, auto / ostensible agency
- $1.5 million settlement, medical malpractice
- $1.4 million settlement, premises liability
- $900,000 settlement, electrocution
- $900,000 settlement, worksite/construction
- $872,500 settlement, accident victim, Bucks County
- $850,000 settlement, medical transport
- $750,000 settlement, products/negligence case, Lancaster County
- $400,000 Verdict and Argued before the Delaware Supreme Court (issue of first impression on borrowed servant, http://www.leagle.com/decision/2003959829A2d130_1958)
”My counsel exceeded my expectations and did everything they could to get me the settlement they felt I deserved. I was extremely satisfied.”
“I highly recommend Mike Barbiero. I have worked with Mike on various cases. He is very knowledgeable, service oriented and gets great results.” Beth Stern Fleming, referral attorney.
“I am 110% pleased with the service I received from Michael Barbiero and Barbara McAleese. The fact that both were just a phone call away pleased me very much. In my experience in dealing with other attorneys this is a rare quality. Thank you Michael and Barbara!” Beth A. Smith, Personal Injury Client
I could not have asked for better representation! Alex and Valentina were professional and sharp they made me feel comfortable and explained everything that I was going to expect. I felt I was in good hands, what a great team they make! I was impressed and proud that they were representing me. It’s been a pleasure working with all of you and I will certainly recommend your services to anyone I know that is seeking legal assistance in the future. Thank you so much! Janet
Click to hear about Carol’s experience with Rudolph Clarke, LLC “I was treated like family. I would recommend them…, they are wonderful people.”
“Good morning Mike, my wife and I would like to thank you and your associates for all your hard work in getting us the settlement. Happy Holidays to you and your family.” Les (recent Personal Injury client)
Everyone involved in my case was extremely helpful and arranged for my schedule to help lessen the stress of this time. I would absolutely recommend Rudolph Clarke to a friend or colleague. Rita, LPN (recent Personal Injury client)
“Courteous, kind and professional in all aspects.” -Beth
Michael & Erin were excellent. If I need help in the future, I will call Michael again.
I was extremely satisfied with the representation by Michael Barbiero and Rudolph Clarke. Everything was GREAT. Michael really fought for me and looked out for my family. Every time I called everyone as so nice!
I just wanted to say how comfortable you [both] made me feel in handling my case. You demonstrated the confidence I needed that justice would prevail and made it happen.
I highly recommend Michael Barbiero to anyone who has had an accident and needs great representation. From the day I first met with Michael, I felt a sense of comfort with him. He displayed a genuine concern for my well-being and doing all that he could to help me.
I was recommended to Rudolph Clarke by the Bucks County Bar Association. I had been represented by another firm prior to Rudolph Clarke and the representation was horrible. If you need an attorney that knows what they are doing, I would highly, highly recommend Lauren Gallagher and her lovely staff at Rudolph Clarke.
I endorse this lawyer. I have known Michael from cases we were involved in together. He is knowledgeable, professional and thorough. I am considerably older than Michael, and I do not suffer younger lawyers lightly as a rule. He gets it.
In May of 2014 I had the privilege to start working with Alex Glassman. Since that time frame I have been very impressed with his professionalism, knowledge, and willingness to help. It has been a pleasure to work with Alex. He has always taken the time needed for my Son and I to understand the process and the actions needed. His patience and cooperation has been fantastic. He continues to go above and beyond to help my son. I would certainly recommend to anyone who would need his services.
[This team] exemplified the ultimate level of professionalism, legal knowledge and emphysema for both the client and family members at all times. We appreciate the time and effort they put into our case and are extremely grateful to have had attorneys like them in our corner.