“Pension law (ERISA) is my first language. I eat, drink, breathe, and sleep pensions. My national reputation as a pension lawyer and success on my pension cases speaks for itself.”
In the past 20 years, I have recovered over $120 million in pension benefits for my clients. Some claims were brought as a class action; others were brought on behalf of one or a few persons. In all cases, I spare no time, effort, or expense to fight for my clients because I believe everyone deserves to retire with dignity.
My activities in the pension arena and my commentary on pension issues have been widely reported in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, IBL Class Action Reporter, Lawyers Weekly USA, Tax Analysts, and many others.
I have presented on pension issues in many different venues, including giving testimony to the United States Department of Treasury (see Professional and Community Leadership, below). I have also received numerous awards as a result of my advocacy on behalf of pension plan participants and their beneficiaries (see Honors and Awards below).
When I am not handling pension claims or pension issues, I am prosecuting commercial property tax appeals on behalf of the tax payers/owners.
Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Appeals
B.G.S., Oakland University, with concentrations in Politics and Economics
Juris Doctorate, Wayne State University
State Bar of Michigan
Most United States Courts of Appeals, including the United States Supreme Court
Pension Lawyer of the Year USA (Finance Monthly, 2017)
Pension Lawyer of the Year USA (Lawyers Monthly, 2017)
Women in Law Award Pensions (Lawyers Monthly, 2017)
Included in Marquis Who’s Who as an Expert in Pension Law (2019, 2018, 2017)
Global Award in Pension Law (Finance Monthly, 2016)
Pension Lawyer of the Year (Lawyers Monthly, 2016)
Michigan Super Lawyer (2019, 2018, 2017, 2012)
Leading Lawyer (Law Bulletin Publishing, 2015-2018)
Eva I want to take this opportunity to publicly say THANK YOU! It has been nearly 4 years since I received notice that my disability [pension] was being reduced so much that I couldn’t possibly make ends meet financially. The only choice I had was to agree to conditions that would rob me of the retirement benefits that I had worked so many years to build. It HURT, not only financially, but I felt cheated and abandoned and NO BODY CARED. After talking to you, I felt relieved that at least someone was willing to go to bat for me and my family. I knew going in to it that you couldn’t promise anything but at least I had someone TRYING on my behalf. All during the process you kept us informed and told us what was happening. The final settlement is a tremendous relief. My wife and I can finally count on those benefits that I had worked all those many hours to obtain. I am forever grateful to you and your team for going in and fighting for the benefits I had taken from me. THANK YOU to you and your team!
Eva, you will never know to what extent you have helped so many families. Your tireless efforts on our behalf is appreciated from the bottom of my heart. Although emotions and uncertainty was understandably high, you knew this and kept us all informed the best you could. I for one became excited and relieved whenever I would see “Eva Cantarella” in my inbox. You truly are a remarkable person and a great lawyer. But more than that, you were always willing to listen and explain things in layman’s terms for those of us law jargon challenged. I just want to thank you for all you have done and for all you have yet to do. God bless you and your firm.
Couldn’t be happier with the results of all your hard work and expertise, it brings some hope in these tense times.