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Michael J Pastacaldi

Criminal defense Attorney at Jersey City, NJ

5.0   41 reviews

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Michael Pastacaldi is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Pastacaldi served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Mark Falk, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey. In addition, Mr. Pastacaldi worked part-time at a mid-sized law firm specializing in civil litigation in Hudson County.

 

After law school, Mr. Pastacaldi served an appointment as judicial clerk to the Honorable Paul M. DePascale, J.S.C., in the criminal division in Hudson County, New Jersey. Upon entering private practice, Mr. Pastacaldi represented doctors and hospitals throughout New Jersey while employed at a New Jersey civil defense firm. During this time, Mr. Pastacaldi also represented criminal defendants in the New Jersey appellate and trial levels.

 

In 2011, Mr. Pastacaldi founded his own law firm that offers individualized attention to each client’s legal matter.  Mr. Pastacaldi is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  He has tried over fifty trials in the Superior Courts of New Jersey. In addition, he has represented numerous clients at the appellate level on both criminal and family matters.

 

He has been named in New Jersey Law Journal and Newark Star Ledger  in 2014 for his work on post-conviction relief for Mr. Roberts in the State of New Jersey v. Rodney Roberts case; and previously by the New Jersey Law Journal for his successful representation of  the plaintiff in Fernandes v. Arantes. Moreover, Mr. Pastacaldi argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in the fall of 2014 representing the defendant in State of New Jersey v. John Tate. The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed the defendant's conviction and all charges were later dismissed.

 

 

Licensed for 14 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 06/08/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/06/2022

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

Contact Michael

Law Office of Michael Pastacaldi Llc
35 Journal Square
Suite 405
Jersey City, NJ, 07306

Reviews

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Posted by jason | February 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Pure Professionalism
Michael is the epitome of what you hope you get when you hire a attorney. Classy, Responsive, Hard working and quite frankly Excellent at his job!!!!! Would Recommend 110%
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
best lawyer
Mr. Pastacaldi truly delivers on his services and makes sure the client is aware of everything every step of the way. worked diligently on my case and got us a dismissal.
Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Very effective and Highly recommended. Mr Pastacaldi helped us through the entire process gave us confidence that everything was going to be ok. The case was dismissed thanks to him.
Posted by A&P.C | August 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
We want to express our gratitude To Mr. Pastacaldi regarding a criminal case. From our initial consultation and through the entire court process, Mr. Pastacaldi exhibited exceptional care, professionalism and Persistence regarding our case. He is Trustworthy, caring and kept us informed every step of the way. Would highly recommend this attorney
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2019
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Excellent services
Attorney Michael J Pastacaldi took on my case for a criminal matter. From our initial consultation to the court hearing, to follow up post determinations by the courts Mr. Pastacaldi maintained communication with me the entire time letting me know where my case stood. I would not hesitate to hire or recommend his services again.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr.pastacaldi took my case while I was incarcerated and within a matter of 3 months my case was resolved and I was release.He's hands down the best lawyer I've ever dealt with and was very accommodating and frank when it came to tending to my situation. Mr.Pastacaldi filed a pcr for me and with his brilliant brief got me out of prison. I can not stress how this man delivered on all his promises to me and made my dreams of being free come true. Mr.Pastacaldi did for me what two previous lawyers(Peter willis&Samuel Deluca) couldn't do for me.
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Posted by Danny | October 2, 2017
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Excellent attorney
There will never be a thoroughly sufficient method to fully express my gratitude for the extraordinary care and professionalism that Mr. Pasticaldi exhibited during the entirety of my criminal case.i would recommend him to anyone he’s a great lawyer may god bless him & his family always thank you Michael, from Danny
Posted by Andrea Robio | July 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Five stars is not enough.. Michael Pastacaldi is the best
We are so grateful to have found Mr. Michael Pastacaldi to help us resolve our situation. He is a very caring Lawyer, always on top of our case, he kept us informed and worked really hard to resolve our issue! He is very Professional, always makes the time to talk and explain every detail! I will recommend him to everybody cause HE IS THE BEST AT WHAT HE DOES! Thank you one more time Mr. Pastacaldi
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Posted by Chris | June 28, 2017
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Great Lawyer !
I am from New York and I was in New Jersey and got myself into a little bit of legal trouble. I have a little bit of a criminal record in New York and was very scared that would haunt me with this charge in New Jersey. I hired Michael and he assured me not to worry that I would not have to spent any time in jail. I was charged with a felony at the begining facing jail time when I first went to court. After I retained Micheal for my case the felony was down graded to a misdemeanor and all I had to do was pay a fine. I would highly recommend Michael for any criminal matter you are facing. Michael was hard working, persistant, aggressive and went above and beyond for me.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2016
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Always there.
Hired Michael about a year-and-a-half ago and just ended up resolving my case.Proving me completely innocent in a criminal case.He was available anytime when called him and went to Court with me at lest 15 times. Always on time and everything together. With my case he was able to obtain crucial video evidence that police probably would not have provided otherwise. I truly appreciate everything Michael did for me and think you would do the same for you.
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Posted by Jean | August 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Quick and Reliable
I found Michael via Avvo and contacted him for a review of my residential rental lease contract. He responded swiftly and scheduled our consultation for an hour later after my request was submitted. Michael also took the time to review my lease contract before speaking with me on the phone. He relieved my concerns about the lease phrasing and helped me understand my tenant responsibilities and rights in NJ - would recommend!
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Posted by DOLORES | May 10, 2016
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Mr. Michael Pastacaldi is your man!!!
If relentless persistence, matched with professionalism and a full understanding of the law along with a sincere passion and desire to represent his clients successfully are important qualities to any litigation (which they always are) then Mr. Michael Pastacaldi is your man. Mr. Pastacaldi, thank you for all your efforts toward resolving my Landlord tenant action. It’s been a long six months and you have full understanding of all prior proceedings and continue to respond with promptness and vigor. Most importantly, Michael is completely honest in his time charges and billings – he works very quickly and efficiently, and provides an accurate bill that reflects real value delivered for his services. I strongly recommend working with Michael. . I can now be more confident as a Landlord and it’s a relief knowing that you are handling the legal end of my real estate business and tremendous peace of mind.
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Posted by Cid | May 3, 2016
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Michael to the rescue....
I contacted Michael to help me resolve, serve as liaison between myself and my landlord. I found his rate to be reasonable and compatible to that of other lawyers. My landlord wanted me out of my space and tried very aggressive tactics to accomplish this. With his experience, research and network of contacts Michael was able to find legal issues to successfully contest the aggressive tactics of my landlord, broker a deal with them and avoid further costs and court time. Thanks to him I'm back at my space and the big storm is over. I appreciate Michael for showing compassion with me and for leaving no stone upturned to find a solution to my problems. I'm thankful and highly appreciative of his work. Highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Angel | April 27, 2016
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Great Representation
A few months back Michael Pastacaldi got me and my roommate out of a very tight situation. Not only did he get us time to move rent -free, we got awarded monetarily. Making our move much easier. I strongly recommend any body with land lord tenant issues not to hesitate in contacting Michael Pastacaldi as soon as possible. He treats his client like people and gives you his undivided attention. Then he goes over his plans and options, he educates while consulting which helps you understand how the law works and what your rights are. If ever I needed a lawyer, I wouldn't think twice about hiring Michael Pastacaldi all over again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2016
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Expert attorney
Michael came very highly recommend to us by an attorney we truly trust. He helped us on a case which came out of the blue. From the very first phone call to the close of the case he was always available, informative, compassionate and professional. He always took his time to explain the process and made us aware of our rights. I highly recommend Michael Pastacaldi to anyone who is seeking an honest professional attorney to help on their case.
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Posted by Justice | February 11, 2016
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A pleasurable experience !
Michael is an intelligent, detailed, passionate lawyer. He knows his stuff and works hard to accomplish a positive outcome for you. I highly recommend him if you need a good attorney. His negotiating skills are top notch.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2016
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Hired attorney for Tenant issue
Michael resolved the issue with a problematic tenant with a good outcome. He understood what were my concerns and interests. New Jersey has very stringent tenant protection laws. Therefore I was glad that he was able to work out a deal which allowed both parties to move on. Michael is easy to get in touch with. He promptly returned my calls and answered my emails.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2015
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Expert Attorney
I had Mr. Pastacaldi represent me for a traffic matter. He is very confident and knowledgeable and was extremely flexible with regards to scheduling a consultation. Mr. Pastacaldi was also very responsive to my urgent matter and made himself available during evenings and holiday weekends to address my concerns. The results of this legal matter worked out very favorably for me and I am beyond satisfied with the outcome. I would definitely recommend the services of Mr. Pastacaldi to anyone needing representation. I would also like to add that his rates were very reasonable, and well worth it. Mr. Pastacaldi was able to reduce my charged offense to a non moving violation with minimal fines, which is really the best outcome that I could've hoped for. Thanks to this excellent representation I was able to avoid blemishes on my driving record, and insurance rate increases due to the unfortunate circumstances resulting in the issue of a traffic summons that carried a hefty fine and points.
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Posted by Myrna Pesce | December 17, 2015
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Excellent lawyer
He is a very excellent and professional lawyer, he helped me on my problem to my tenant, and he is always responded on time and explained all the problem issues that may occurs and affects me during the processing of evictions to my tenant. I will highly recommend him to my family and friends.
Posted by a client | October 4, 2015
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Highly Recommended
Michael Pastacaldi is a very caring lawyer. He has been helping me with my DYFS case for over two years. It was a complex case, and he was always on top of it. He is easy reach over the phone, and he always answers my questions. He also always makes time for an office appointment, even on the weekends. I have been through many attorneys in the past, and they were difficult to get a hold of and felt like they did not have a genuine interest in my case. I am glad Michael is there by my side and would recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law office of Michael Pastacaldi, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant Deputy Public Defender
  • Jersey City Municipal Court
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Jim Sharp & Associates, LLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Evelyn Padin, LLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Law clerk
  • Superior Court of Hudson County
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Waters, McPherson, McNeill, PC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judical Extern
  • Federal District Court of New Jersey
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Wheaton College, Norton MA
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State v. T.E.
  • exonerated / conviction reversed
  • State v. John Tate
  • NJ Supreme Court reversed conviction, charges dismised
  • State v. Rodney Roberts
  • exonerated on post-conviction relief and released

Associations

  • North Hudson Lawyers Club
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • criminal defense lawyers of
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hudson County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Client's choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Second Place Jerome Prince National Evidence Competition
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • 2008
  • Cum Laude
  • Wheaton College
  • 2000
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Columbia University
  • The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 2015
  • ESCDROJ
  • Haiti: Rule of Law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (22)
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Pastacaldi is an outstanding attorney to whom I give my highest recommendation. Michael is intelligent and articulate, to the benefit of his clients and the local/legal community."
Child abuse Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Pastacaldi was and I represented parents with adverse interests in a DYFS matter. We were able to discuss all relevant legal issues with mutual respect while advocating before the Court for the best possible results for our clients. I endorse this attorney."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have appeared in numerous matters with Mr. Pastacaldi and confirm that he is an outstanding attorney."
Child abuse Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a strong advocate for his clients and always maintains the utmost professionalism while doing so. It is a pleasure working with him on cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a bright, aggressive, accomplished lawyer. I regularly recommend him to my close friends and clients. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is knowledgeable and driven. His accomplishments speak for themselves. Also, he is accessible and compassionate with clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer.I have worked with Mike on several family related cases and have found him to be an aggressive advocate for his clients. He is both knowledgeable regarding the law and personable in his dealing with clients and other counsel. i endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a truly knowledge attorney with extensive experience in the area of Post Conviction Relief as well as other areas of Criminal Defense"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable and extremely attentive to the needs of his clients. He is an exceptional advocate and I would highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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