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.