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Lawrence Michael Centanni

About Me

Lawrence is an experienced and zealous attorney who dedicates himself to his clients and to the practice of the law. Whether it is a landlord tenant matter, a person who breached a contract, or you receiving a DWI, Lawrence, at all times advocates for his client's interests. 


 Lawrence litigated numerous civil matters that range from breach of contract matters to  partnership disputes. In private practice and as a former municiapl prosecuctor for several years, he  knows the municipal court landscape very well.  He tried many DWIs. He attempts to  obtain successful outcomes for his clients in these municipal courts.  In addition,  Mr. Centanni negotiated many business transactions and real estate closings and contracts . 


Lawrence is  licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government and Law from Lafayette College, and received his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  



Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    10 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 20%
    8 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    9 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
    10 years
  5. Real Estate: 10%
    8 years



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Todd David Palumbo

    Larry is an excellent litigator. He is aggressive but reasonable and does not miss an issue. I would highly recommend him.


    Todd Palumbo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eric B Bailey

    Mr. Centanni is a skilled litigator who comes up with creative and novel arguments and techniques to ensure his clients receive the best possible outcome. While, I respect and admire Mr. Centanni's abilities as an attorney, I also feel it is important to note that he is an honest and honorable person as well. I believe that any litigant will be well-served by retaining Mr. Centanni.


    Eric Bailey Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Lawrence M. Centanni, P.C.

277 North Broad Street, Second Floor
P.O. Box 2614
Elizabeth, NJ, 07207



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyer2015
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyer2014
Rising StarNew Jersey Monthly2014
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyer2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarNew Jersey Monthly Magazine2013
Lead Counsel Rating for Business LawLead Counsel2013
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberLaw Office of Lawrence M. Centanni, P.C.2008 - Present
AssociateKillian and Salisbury, P.C.2007 - 2007
Prosecuting AttorneyCity of Linden2007 - 2012
Prosecuting AttorneyCity of Elizabeth2006 - 2013
AssociateKugelman Law Offices2005 - 2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Richard J. Hughes American Inn of CourtPupil2008 - Present
Union County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
S v. Ldismissed
S. v. B.Obtained a three month loss of license for client, instead of 7 months to a year loss of license.
B v. PJudgment for client in excess of $35,000.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Lafayette CollegeGovernment and Law and History.BA - Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Sterling Educational ServicesEthics2016
11th Annual Landlord Tenant SeminarEthical Considerations in Landlord Tenant Law2015
2nd Annual Landlord-Tenant Law seminarEthical Considerations in Landlord Tenant Law2014