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Melissa Cipriano

Divorce and separation Attorney at West Caldwell, NJ

4.8   64 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 22 years
    New Jersey - NJ 24 years
    Florida - FL 24 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Divorce, including equitable distribution/alimony concerns for high net worth clients and business owners, as well as custody, and parenting time issues.

    25 years

  2. Mediation
    30%
    I serve as a court qualified economic and domestic violence mediator as well as a Parenting Coordinator.

    20 years

  3. Child custody
    10%

    25 years

  4. Child support
    5%
    Including modifications due to change in circumstance

    25 years

  5. Family
    5%
    All aspects of Family court representation including domestic violence trials.

    25 years

Ms. Cipriano graduated from Nova Southeastern University, Shephard Broad Law Center in 1999 with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Ms. Cipriano obtained a Master's of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1996. She graduated from Wells College in 1991.

Ms. Cipriano is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Florida. She is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Ms. Cipriano also volunteers on the Essex County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel. She has tried numerous matrimonial cases to completion and is also a qualified family law mediator, including domestic violence issues and a parenting coordinator. Ms. Cipriano practices in almost every county in New Jersey. She opened her own law firm in 2003. Ms. Cipriano's office has been in West Caldwell, New Jersey since 2007. She has been named as a "RISING STAR IN FAMILY LAW" and "ONE OF 2007 through 2020 Super Lawyers" in the New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine." She was recognized by CAMBRIDGE'S WHO'S WHO in 2008 and named as one of "the top attorneys in New Jersey" in 2011.

Ms. Cipriano was honored as a "Best of New Jersey Among our Most Distinguished Americans of Italian Descent" and conferred the "Stivale D'Italia Award of Excellence" by the Italian Tribune for her "honesty, integrity and dedication to fair and ethical business practices" and her "outstanding reputation as a Woman Whose Word is Her Bond".

Ms. Cipriano is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Association for Justice. She is also a member of the Florida State Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.

 

Location

Cipriano Law Offices, PC
175 Fairfield Ave
Suites 4C/D
West Caldwell, NJ, 070060000

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2022
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Proud Divorcee
Melissa cares about your concerns and gives it to you straight. There are no surprises. I knew I was in experienced and efficient hands. The confidence she exudes offers a sense of calm and protection during times of great distress. While I hope not to need her services again, it’s comforting to know she is always ready and willing to get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2022
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Great Experience
Melissa really took her time to fully understand my situation and worked hard to advocate for my position and keep me informed every step. She understands what family representation means to the client. I highly recommend Melissa and her awesome team.
Posted by Karina | October 6, 2022
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True to her word attorney
Ms. Cipriano is an excellent attorney. She is honest and straight forward. She is always, ALWAYS available to answer question, to discuss, whatever the issue may be. She always listens to her client and explains what has to be done to ensure the most positive results that respect both sides (firm but respectful). LISTEN TO HER ADVISE and you will be in good shape.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2020
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Top Lawyer
Upon hearing that my spouse retained a lawyer looking for a divorce, I knew that I need a great lawyer. We were not married long and have 2 young children, which I wanted to remain in my life. After learning that my spouse wanted everything including full custody of the children, I started researching lawyers on AVVO. One lawyer stood out with outstanding reviews, Melissa Cipriano. Knowing this is a big step, I set up a phone conversation and being still hesitant, I asked for an in person meeting. I was total impressed and never looked back. The Cipriano law office and in particular Melissa helped me though a tough time, being there 24 hours – 7 days a week, like when my spouse physically attached me and was arrested Saturday night. Melissa keep me level headed while my emotions were very high. She always knew what the next step would be with her vast experience. She is well known and liked around the court room, which helped expediting my divorce. As for the results, I feel that I came out ahead, retaining the house, while being the residential parent. Melissa was able to bring great value to completing the MSA – Divorce judgement. I was able to save on costs to be given to my spouse and being able to take the kids to Disney for 11 days, while this was happening. When divorcing a former best friend, I felt grateful to have Melissa on my side and her staff, like Anna. Anna Shea is not a lawyer but the office manager. She knows Melissa for many years and a mother, she was able to provide advice and emotional support as well. I am extremely happy to know Anna. Now, I have a Parent Coordinator. He cannot resolve my issues after 5 weeks. I just want my daughter to go to a private gym class, not expensive, local, while very reputable. This Parent Coordinator does not allocate any time to us and does not return calls. I wish Melissa was my parent coordinator, which she is also qualified for. This would be a conflict of interest. The difference between Melissa and this Parent Coordinate is that Melissa treated me like family, while this Coordinator does not exist and lost my confidence. I did not research my Parent Coordinator like Melissa and this is something I have to live with… Since my divorce was finalized prior to Covid, I have no more contact with Melissa or Anna. I wish them well. Furthermore, I wanted to write this review, with the hopes that others will retain Cipriano law with the same success as mine. Thank you
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Posted by Traci | March 18, 2019
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Simply the BEST
Melissa and her staff handled my divorce and custody case in Sep 2014. By Feb 2015 I was divorced and Melissa fought and got me everything I was asking for. Hands down the BEST! Aggressive, professional and compassionate. I again used Cipriano Law when I petitioned the family court to move out of state in May 2017. I was awarded that and then some, the other party had to pay my $7000 moving expenses! I'd definitely recommend AND use them in the future
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Posted by Mookie | February 1, 2019
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EXCELLENT!
Very professional and caring. Always sensitive to the situation and will guide and provide advise accordingly.
Posted by Stephanie | June 14, 2018
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Best Family Lawyer Ever!
The best family law firm in NJ, or anywhere for that matter. Melissa Cipriano really knows family law. Melissa holds a special place in family's heart. She is passionate for my concerns and the results are shown in the courtroom. She's an absolute beast in the courtroom! For over a decade I've never gone to anyone else, and we've never lost a case. I recommend her to everyone.
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Posted by W. GEORGE | March 28, 2018
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People person
I have nothing but great admiration for Melissa Cipriano, I’ve know her for over 13 years. She’s more than the typical lawyer she has been family and treats you as such. She knows her stuff and wins her cases. I would highly recommend her for any family case one may need. She has been our family lawyer for all that time she has become part of our family. A excellent attorney that work for her clients and recommending her would be a privilege. Custody, Divorce, name changing she was awsome in handling these issues.
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Posted by Rui | September 21, 2017
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Great job!
Melissa and Jessica helped me get through such a tough time in my life. The outcome was better than I had hoped for. I highly recommend Melissa and her wonderful staff. THANK YOU
Posted by Gabrielle | September 2, 2017
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Gabrielle
I am so happy with this firm! Melissa is fantastic. I highly recommend her to anyone with a family law issue.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2017
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I'm so happy!
Terrific outcome. Wonderful job!. I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Melissa worked together with Jessica Swenson on my case and stepped in when necessary helping me navigate through a tumultuous, and complicated custody trial with professionalism, and a firm approach. She was great to work with. She kept me informed during the trial process, helping me to successfully do what needed to be done. Also, unlike other attorneys I interviewed prior to hiring her firm, she went over costs every step of the way so I knew what to expect and there were no ugly surprises in the end. She successfully helped me to get the best outcome possible for my situation. I am eternally grateful to her and would recommend Melissa to anyone facing a difficult situation that requires knowledgeable and efficient attorneys who know how to get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2017
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Fantastic Job
Melissa's firm handled a planning board matter for us. Great job, extremely quick approval by the town
Posted by Bobby M | February 6, 2017
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What a pro
Melissa help decline of mine was in a bad situation in a divorce. She was so kind to her and helped her through every facet of the divorce and took a lot of stress out of the situation. Can't thank her enough
Posted by Nick | February 3, 2017
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Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to represent me !
Going into court I knew she was a good lawyer but I soon found out she was fantastic. I had about 12 traffic violations that I accumulated over a few years that I never took care of because I moved out of state. When I moved back to New Jersey I obviously had to address my past mistakes and knew I needed a strong lawyer to defend me instead of a public defender, so I contacted Melissa. Long story short out of 12 tickets that included, driving while suspended, fictitious plates, no insurance etc. that should have resulted in loss of liscense, jail time (being that it would have been my 3rd driving while suspended), points on my liscense, and a butt load of fines, I walked away with 2 tickets resulting in nothing but paying a few fines to the court. No points, no loss of liscense, and most importantly no jail time! Professional, kind, and very understanding, I highly recommend Melissa and her associates for any of your legal needs. I can't thank her enough.
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Posted by Laurie | December 22, 2016
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Fabulous Attorney!
Melissa's firm is fantastic and went above and beyond for me during my divorce. Melissa is extremely knowledgeable, attentive, driven and has her client's best interests at heart. She makes you feel like family and never waivers in her determination to fight for what is best for her clients. I highly recommend her firm.
Posted by Jackie | November 15, 2016
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Above and Beyond
I can't thank Melissa Cipriano enough for all of her hard work and her commitment to my case. Melissa and her team of professionals are not only highly intelligent and skilled, they are genuinely caring individuals who will guide you in the right direction. I am forever grateful for having Cipriano Law by my side, and if you're worrying about who to chose to represent you, look no further. They will go above and beyond to help you.
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Posted by Michele | October 29, 2016
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Saved my children!
I highly highly highly recommend this firm! Melissa is a fantastic lawyer and caring person. She is no-nonsense and gets the job done! I recommend her to everyone I know who has any legal issue at all. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Anthony | October 24, 2016
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Outstanding firm
Melissa represented me in my divorce. She was very compassionate and understanding.Melissa was always concerned about my young children's well being. Melissa is very knowledgeable and always told me the truth. I also worked with jessica (a lawyer in Melissa's firm) and she was outstanding as well, they both were always looking out for my best interest and my children's best interest.
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Posted by Maria M. | August 18, 2016
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Highly Recommended Divorce Attorney!
Melissa and her team recently handled my not so simple, divorce settlement and I very happy with the outcome. They fought the good fight for me, just as they promised. They were always very responsive and always there when I needed them. I highly recommend Cipriano Law.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Divorce Expert Interview
  • Court TV
  • 2008 - 2008

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1996
  • Wells College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • Honored Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Morris County Early Settlement Panel
  • Panelist
  • 2004 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Morris County Superior Court
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Morris County Superior Court
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Morris County Superior Court
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Morris County Superior Court
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Morris County Superior Court
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Morris County Superior Court
  • 2004
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Publications

  • New Jersey Super Lawyer's Rising Stars
  • Hanging Out Their Own Shingle
  • 2008
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers of 2007
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Court TV
  • Family Law Expert Analysis
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (30)
Endorse Melissa
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cipriano and I have worked on opposing sides of many cases over the years and I have always found her to be ethical and fair yet zealous in her advocacy of her client."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an extremely talented and highly respected member of the legal community. I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely professional and works diligently for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer for all matters in the family law field. I had the pleasure of working opposite her and she was extremely courteous and professional."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a highly experienced and intelligent attorney. I recommend her to many of my clients who have family law issues. She has a fabulous personality and is a pleasure to know."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer and all the work she does to get the best results for clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cipriano was an adversary on a very difficult matter, however, no matter what happened in the case, Ms. Cipriano did not sacrifice her integrity or ethics at any time. Ms. Cipriano was professional in our dealings and represented her client well."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We were adversaries on a divorce case, and agreed to take a "problem solving" approach to resolving the issues. We conducted a 4-way conference in Melissa's office, and a short time later, the case was settled. All this occurred even before the initial complaint was filed. This save both sides an enourmous amount of money, time, and stress."
Mediation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A well-qualified, professional, knowledgeable mediator. Very experienced and helpful in settling divorce disputes."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is terrific to have a case with. She's smart, reasonable and has good common sense. We settled a case that could have been a disaster with another adversary. She was always protective of her client. She was also fun to deal with. I highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again."
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Melissa for over 15 years. She is an excellent attorney and a tremendous advocate for her clients. She does a fantastic job for her clients. I would recommend her (and do) to everyone."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Mediation Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an excellent mediator. The first time I sent her a case, it was for custody and parenting time mediation in a case that my adversary and I had been unable to resolve for almost one year. We sent the couple to Melissa and after only a few hours, she resolved every detail of the case to everyone's liking and the family was finally able to move on with their lives. I continue to refer mediations to her because of this. I know that my clients will always be in good hands with someone who truly understands what it is like to parent young children."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly edorse Melissa. I have know here for approximately 15 years. She is one of the most hard working and intelligent lawyers out there. Keep up the great work Melissa."
Family Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cipriano is an excellent example of the effective and zealous matrimonial litigator. Her contributions to the community are immense."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Melissa for 11 years. Melissa is a client focused, top notch divorce attorney. I would, and have, referred all matters requiring an aggressive, yet sensible approach to facilitate resolution. One of the best."
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West Caldwell Divorce and separation Lawyer Melissa Cipriano
Melissa Cipriano
Divorce and separation Attorney
West Caldwell, NJ
Licensed for 24 years