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Melissa Maria Gencarelli

Personal injury Attorney at Lyndhurst, NJ

4.9   18 reviews

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Melissa M. Gencarelli, is a member of Gencarelli and Rimassa Law Firm, LLC, and a licensed attorney in New Jersey and New York.


She is a first-generation American, and the first in her family to attend and graduate from law school. Having spent several summers as a child on her grandparents’ farm in Italy, the resulting exposure to a different culture and political climate lead her to study foreign relations as a college student. Consequently, she obtained two undergraduate degrees in 2002 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, in International Relations and History, with a minor in Social Relations.


After graduating from Lehigh University in 2002, she worked for several years in the legal industry in New York, New York. She obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School in 2007. That same year, she was admitted to the Bar in New Jersey, and became licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts throughout the State of New Jersey. In early 2008, she was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York. Since 2011, she has also been admitted to practice law in the federal court, Southern District of New York (New York County and Westchester County).


Prior to entering the private practice of law, in 2007 – 2008 she served as the judiciary law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. LaConte, J.S.C., of the Passaic County Superior Court in Paterson, New Jersey. During this tenure, she obtained a certification from the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a mediator, and helped to settle numerous actions between litigious parties. In addition, she actively assisted Judge Thomas LaConte to decide applications and other requests for relief brought before the Court by private citizens, corporations and government entities in all areas of civil law.


Since the Fall of 2008, she has been actively engaged in the private practice of law as a lawyer. She has substantial experience as a lawyer representing individuals and businesses in a broad range of areas, both in traditional litigation and in transactional matters. These practice areas include, but are not limited to, personal injury, professional malpractice, creditor’s rights, debtor’s rights, commercial litigation, landlord / tenant matters, community association law, breach of contract and business litigation, fraud prosecution and defense, employment contracts, business asset sales and financing, residential and commercial real estate closings, corporate governance and contract drafting, consulting, motor vehicle violations, minor drug and other disorderly persons offenses, and wills and simple estate planning. Melissa M. Gencarelli is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association, and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).


Please review the relevant area of this website for a complete listing of all legal areas that she serves as a private practice lawyer.


Attorney Melissa M. Gencarelli, Esq. provides personalized, competent, dedicated legal representation to individuals and businesses at highly competitive, reasonable rates. More importantly, she treats her clients with respect and attention, and not like “just another file”. She is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses protect their interests every day.


If you believe your legal rights have been violated, or you or your business are in need of legal advice or representation, contact lawyer Melissa M. Gencarelli, Esq. to discuss your matter in strict confidence. The initial consultation is free.


Attorney Melissa M. Gencarelli, Esq. is available during regular business hours Monday through Friday by phone, e-mail or in-person to discuss your matter; evening and weekend hours are also available by appointment.  Attorney Melissa M. Gencarelli, Esq. is also conversant in Italian. Do not hesitate – contact Gencarelli and Rimassa Law Firm, LLC today for an initial consultation by phone) or email ().

Licensed for 15 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 03/07/2023

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Gencarelli and Rimassa Law Firm, LLC
437 Kingsland Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ, 07071


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Posted by Lisa T | February 13, 2019
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Home Closing
Melissa was my closing attorney and did a wonderful job in my situation. The buyer's attorney was very demanding with some very unreasonable requests. I was at a point where I wanted to relist my home, but she was able to address the buyer's attorney demands and helped close relatively quick. She is a no nonsense attorney and addresses all of your concerns. I would highly recommend her services and am comfortable in knowing if I need an attorney for any life changing events I don't have to worry who I'm going to call. Thank you so much Melissa!
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Posted by Kleber | February 8, 2018
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I was involved in a auto accident and had the pleasure of been represented by Mrs. Gencarelli, She was always very supportive and professional all through a successful process. Melissa is not only a great attorney but a great human been . I highly recommend her .
Posted by Juliana | November 1, 2017
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I highly recommend Mrs. Gencarelli
My mother and I were involved in an auto accident. Melissa was a pleasure to deal with. She was always professional and knowledgeable about our case. She made a very stressful time in my life easier for me. I highly recommend using her firm.
Posted by Joan | September 15, 2017
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Joan Michaels
Melissa just settled a case for me. Great job. Handled in a timely manner. Melissa is professional personable and dependable !
Posted by Tim | April 1, 2017
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Excellent Results for Injuries from a Automobile Accident
I was involved in an automobile accident within the last 2 years that resulted in me sustaining very serious injuries that required a surgery/rehabilitation afterwards. Melissa had provided me with guidance that resulted in me obtaining the best medical care and eventually a very satisfactory settlement for my injuries incurred. It is with much confidence I offer my recommendation of Melissa's legal services in the event you require them. Tim
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Posted by Jennifer | March 23, 2017
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Excellent!!! Couldn't be happier
I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone who needs an injury attorney. I found her after reading all her reviews and let me just say, everything everyone said is true. Not only is she thorough, but she is very detailed in explaining the process and the next steps that need to be taken. She is very knowledgeable and her experience helps you make the right decision. She also doesn't try to sway your decision in any way, it's truly up to you. The process went very smoothly, I couldn't be happier with her services!!!!
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Posted by Anthony | March 9, 2017
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Melissa Gencarelli helped my friend and I through a car accident that happened last year. My friend and I have never went through such a long process, however Mrs. Gencarelli had helped us through it all as we did not have any knowledge on the process. She was outstanding; she took out the time for us to understand everything without going further, she worked with us and kept this process stress free from our college courses we were taking through the process. I admired that the most from her because she understood me. Being a first generation college student and dealing with an unfortunate event in my life could of jeopardize my performance in class, however she did the best she could to help and I am so grateful for her ambition and work ethics. Thank you again Mrs. Gencarelli. You'd be sorry to pass her up to represent you.
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Posted by Liz | September 13, 2016
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Melissa represented me in a car accident case. Melissa has been beyond amazing through this entire process. She is passionate about what she does, she is very responsible, reliable, efficient, intelligent and helpful. I wouldn't have been able to do this without her. I would recommend Melissa to anyone who is in need of a great lawyer.
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Posted by LAURA | August 22, 2016
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Great Attorney
Melissa Gencarelli represented me in a civil matter that was dismissed and she is a great attorney. Ms. Gencarelli has strong analytical, research, investigative, speaking and writing skills. Additionally, what made her very special and stand out from other attorneys, is her passion and high level of commitment that masters excellence. Ms. Gencarelli has excellent listening skills and was highly responsive to me, her client. Her advocacy, perseverance and creativity is not what is learned in school, it is a part of who she is and that is also why she exceeds in being a great attorney!!
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Posted by sophia | January 20, 2016
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Melissa came highly recommended by a trusted friend. I was very grateful that she agreed to represent me in a complicated case. I would highly recommend Melissa . She made sure that I was prepared for the testimony I had to listen to, and prepared for the questions that would be posed to me. I was never unprepared. Melissa made certain that I understood both the weaknesses in my case and the hurdles. I hope I never have to use a lawyer again but if I do Melissa will be the one I call..
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Posted by i53i53 | June 5, 2015
Powerful Advocate
My personal injury case had far reaching and life altering implications in addition to the physical injury itself. Melissa fully grasped my unusual circumstance and likewise, was fully committed to obtaining the best settlement possible for me. Her research about the liable party as well as her dynamic understanding of this area of law proved to be extremely effective. In my case, an excellent settlement was reached in far less time than any of us anticipated. I credit Melissa's experience and unwavering sense of justice. She kept me informed every step of the way - even after hours and on weekends, when necessary. Melissa knows how and when to use experts in the interest of her clients .She always made sure I understood all her correspondence with the other party. Melissa will be my lawyer for life. She's warm, sympathetic and a totally dedicated to her clients' receiving just compensation for their personal injury. If I could give her 6 stars, I would.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
very helpful and knowledge
Represented for a closing of a single family home in August. The process was smooth and Melissa handled everything for us.
Posted by stephen | December 5, 2014
great legal guidence
I've used the Gencarelli law firm twice now and mellisa has made every legal situation easier to deal with she's very responcesive and works extremely hard for the client I was involved in a personally injury case and every step of the way she was there provideing a great service extremely intelligent down to earth lawyer 100% recommendation
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Posted by Mirella | December 5, 2014
Knowledgeable & Trustworthy Attorney
I was a client of Melissa Gencarelli's and I used her services as an attorney to handle a, civil personal injury case, real estate issues and a municipal court case. She was very knowledgeable and trustworthy. She kept me informed and was very responsive to all my questions and concerns. She completed each case and I was very satisfied with her work. She is an excellent attorney and I would recommend her to my friends and family.
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Posted by Peter | March 20, 2014
Breach of contract, fraud and negligent construction case
Melissa Gencarelli represented my wife and I in a complex consumer fraud, breach of contract and negligent construction case against a general contractor and the officers of the company. Ms. Gencarelli was able to settle our case on our behalf quickly and efficiently, before any depositions were even taken, and we were able to recover all of the economic damages we had sustained. Ms. Gencarelli is highly competent and represents her interests aggressively and thoroughly. I would highly recommend Ms. Gencarelli to other individuals that have lost money because of a breach of contract, fraud or professional services that were performed negligently.
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Posted by Alejandra Yepez | November 11, 2013
Great Legal Knowledge
Melissa has helped me with current condo issues and her level of knowledge is very supportive. We were able to identy issues and were given the right legal advise. Melissa is a true lawyer that I can trust. She has proven to care about her clients as individuals with real issues. Her honesty, professionalism, knowledge and humility makes a great choice. I'm so greatfull for having Melissa Gencarelli represented me.
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Posted by Pamelia | November 8, 2013
Melissa is a great attorney, she helped me out tremendously with my divorce matter. Always kept me in the loop of things as they unfolded, I was always able to contact her with any questions or concerns if she was in the office or at home. Pleasant attorney to talk with and very knowledgeble. I would highly recommend her as anyone's attorney. Thanks again Melissa!!
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Posted by Debbie | March 23, 2014
Don't do what I did!
I am a small business who got involved in a credit card processing scam .. Melissa is helping me to get out of this nightmare. She was easy to talk and gave me different options on how to persue a resolution. We are working together in order to do so. I have confidence that she will help me get out of this mess.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Designated Rule 1:40 Mediator
  • State Of New Jersey
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member Attorney
  • Gencarelli and Rimassa Law Firm, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Berman Sauter Record & Jacobs, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • L'Abbate Balkin Colavita & Contini, LLP
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. LaConte, J.S.C.
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Paralegal
  • Seward & Kissel
  • 2002 - 2005
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  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Lehigh University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Settled - 7 months after filing complaint
  • Consumer Fraud Action / Negligent Construction
  • Settled
  • Settlement - Personal Injury (Slip and Fall)
  • Settlement
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  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2012
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Passaic County Bar Association
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

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