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Michael J Cicala

Family Attorney at Pompton Lakes, NJ

4.4   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Michael J. Cicala earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2003. Upon completion of Seton Hall, Mr. Cicala served a judicial clerkship with Daniel P. Mecca, P.J.S.C. in Bergen County for the 2003 - 2004 court year. Mr. Cicala soon joined the boutique firm of Sodini and Spina, primarily representing banking clients. He then proceeded to Wilson Elser in Newark, continuing to represent commercial clients in all aspects of their business.

 

After a number of years and seeking to diversify his practice, Mr. Cicala started his own firm. In starting that practice, Mr. Cicala sought to represent clients on a wider variety of issues and give each client the individual attention that is lacking at larger firms. Mr. Cicala has gained experience in litigating all aspects of family matters, commercial litigation, landlord / tenant issues, municipal court, and traffic matters. He has also developed experience in transactional work, including residential real estate closings and estate planning.

 

Mr. Cicala is a member of the Warren County Bar Association and is currently an adjunct professor of Legal Studies at Sussex County Community College.

Location

Law Office of Michael J. Cicala, LLC
55 Wanaque Avenue
Suite 329
Pompton Lakes, NJ, 07442

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Mary | June 22, 2018
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Tickets and Accident
I got a lot of tickets. I was driving and the other guy hit my car into a parked car with people in it. The cops were unfair to me because I didn't do anything. Mike went to court with me and I got no points. I only got a small fine and Mike got me months to pay. He did great and stood up for me when the other people tried to blame everything on me.
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Posted by Poresh | April 9, 2018
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Restraining Order
My girlfriend got a restraining order against me when she lied to the cops about me. She said I hit her but I never did. I called Mike and he went to court with me. He got the case thrown out even before seeing the judge. He talked to my girlfriend's lawyer and made sure that the charges were dropped. I got all my stuff back that was at her apartment and I'll never have to see her again. Good work.
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Posted by Rajesh | January 24, 2018
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Long Custody Battle
Mr. Cicala came to court with me when the mother of my son brought me into court for child support. I hadn't seen my son in almost 14 years because his mother was so difficult. Mr. Cicala got the judge to order visitation and got a really low child support amount too. He knew my case and argued great on my behalf. I'll use him again if I ever have to go back on this case or any other ones.
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Posted by Phil | January 3, 2018
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Got rid of a bad tenant
I had a problem tenant that I rented to for onot a few months. This guy decided he wasn't going to pay anymore but refused to move out. He was also trashing my property so I called Mr. Cicala. Mike filed against my tenant quickly and we got a court date. The tenant was very difficult in court but Mike handled it professionally and with ease. I finally got the tenant out and even got some of my back rent paid. Mike did a good job and I'd hire him again if I need to evict someone.
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Posted by James | November 14, 2017
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FRO Defense
Mr. Cicala represented me on a restraining order hearing in Essex County. This was an incredibly complex trial that took 3 days to complete. He was prepared at all times and did a great job cross-examining witnesses to defend me against fake claims. He was very familiar with all the details of my case and proved that the claims against me were made up. I have hired Mr. Cicala again to help me in the divorce case against my wife based upon how helpful he was during the trial. I recommend that anyone who needs help with a marital dispute hire Mr. Cicala immediately.
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Posted by Alaeddin | July 7, 2015
Knowledgeable and Professional
Mike helped us with the sale of our home. He explained the process along the way and was clear in his communications and expectations. While this was a stressful time for us (moving with a 2 year old), Mike alleviated our concerns. We closed on-time and had a great experience. We would recommend him to anyone looking to do the same.
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Posted by Brian | October 7, 2014
Will Preparation
Mr. Cicala prepared a will for my wife and I. He got the work done quickly and we're very satisfied with what he produced.
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2014
Smooth real estate purchase
Mr. Cicala handled a real estate transaction for me and my wife. It was a difficult process with getting the mortgage and finalizing the documents, but he made it much easier. Great service.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2014
extremely inteligent regarding his practice and the law
I hired Mike several years ago for my divorce case and I can't praise his work enough, he was very understanding of my situation in life and put things into perspective for me, as I clearly was not in the right state of mind at the time to think logically on my own. Not only did he help me financially, but he also helped me put on my man boots and understand my life situation. He is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of his work and predicted word for word what my ex-wife's attorney was going to say in court. In my opinion his experience made this process a lot smother than if I was to hire someone else. Thank you for your kindness Michael Cicala!!!
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Posted by Michele | July 20, 2012
Multiple Closings and Traffic Ticket
My husband and I have used Michael for multiple house closings. The latest sale of our permanent home for a vacation home was handled smoothly without causing any of the usual stress associated with selling and purchasing homes. Michael even drove to South Jersey for the close without adding any additional billing. Prior to the real estate close he successfully represented me for a traffic ticket. I was cleared of all violations. Michael has also offered countless phone consultations which to me have demonstrated he has a vast legal knowledge base. I have referred Michael to friends for estate planning, guardianship issues and real estate law issues.
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Posted by Alexis | July 19, 2012
Professional Real Estate Closing
Michael Cicala represented me on a real estate closing for my first house. Michael and his knowledgeable office manager/legal assistant guided me through the entire process answering all of my countless questions. His knowledge and professionalism was evident when he was working with the real estate agent and responding to her pressure due to the complex process in obtaining a mortgage. I returned to use Michael's services to obtain a will and have recommended him to friends and family.
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Posted by Ronald | July 10, 2012
Made a difficult situation much easier
I hired this lawyer to handle a divorce after consulting with some other attorneys. He knew what he was talking about and wasn't looking to run up my bill by fighting over stuff that wasn't important but still protected my interests. He made the divorce process easier for me and got me out of a bad situation. He was quick to respond to my phone calls even when he was out of his office regardless of what time I called. We had a good working relationship.
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Posted by Greg | August 8, 2019
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Got me custody back
I got into a custody battle with my girlfriend. DYFS got involved. I couldn't see my kid because DYFS thought I was beating my wife. I wasn't and Mr. Cicala got it all straightened out. He helped me get some treatment and fought to get me custody back. I'm back living with my wife and son. Mr. Cicala really helped me.
Posted by Jack | September 7, 2018
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Credit Cards
I got behind on some of my credit cards and missed a lot of payments. I ignored the problem for a long time until I got sued in the mail. I called Mike and he filed some paperwork to slow the lawsuit down. The other firm tried to bully me into paying something I couldn't afford but Mike went to court with me and got me a good deal. I had to pay less than they wanted because they made up so much money I owed them. Mike did a great job.
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Posted by Frederick | October 26, 2015
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Michael Cicala
Michael was very compassionate with a delicate matter and explained everything very nicely. He also was up to speed with all the proceedings which ended in a positive manner.
Posted by Kevin | September 28, 2016
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divorce
He was hired for a divorce. He never returns phone calls. Its been over a year to this date he has done nothing. taking him to small claims court. DO NOT HIRE THIS GUY YOU WILL BE SORRY!!!
Posted by Bob | April 3, 2011
Has difficulty in communicating with his clients
I siigned his retention letter 02/20/08 for a small claims against a car rental company., We appearred in court in March 08, asked for postponement for outside settlement, repeated calls and faxes have been ignored, too busy with other cases was the reply I recieved in 12/10 today is 04/02/11 still no reponse,called Morris County Courthouse to find out that a Judge dismmised the case on 06/030/2008 with no further info. Still awaiting his reponseR
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Response from Michael Cicala July 18, 2012
This client had unreasonable expectations from the beginning of his litigation, which I attempted to explain to him numerous times during our attorney-client relationship. I filed all the required pleadings on his behalf and obtained a judgment in his favor. At that time, he decided he no longer needed my services in an attempt to avoid the contingent fee which would have been due based on my services. Under his own direction, the judgment was vacated and he failed to appear in court to answer the trial call. His matter was dismissed after he proceeded pro se. I believe this review demonstrates his full inability to understand his own litigation regardless of how many times it was explained to him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Sodini & Spina, LLC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • The Honorable Daniel P. Mecca, JSC
  • 2003 - 2004

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2003
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • N.J. D.Y.F.S. v. L.S. & K.H.
  • Reversed on Appeal
  • N.J. D.Y.F.S. v. F.M. & L.M.
  • Reversed on Appeal
  • N.J. D.Y.F.S. v. L.J., et al.
  • Reversed on Appeal

Associations

  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Seton Hall Legislative Journal
  • Removal of the White Collar Exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Sussex County Community College
  • Estates & Trusts
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cicala's knowledge and experience make him an excellent choice for anyone looking for an attorney practicing in this area."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mike is detail oriented and hard working. In my experience Mike is always trying to get the best deal for his client."
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