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Michael Namtalla Kalil

Divorce and separation Attorney at Utica, NY

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
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About Michael

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The focus of my law practice is in assisting clients with family type issues: divorce, custody, adoption, etc.  I am a certified divoce and custody mediator.  The mediation portion of my practice has grown considerably in the past number of years, as work gets out that mediation is a better methodology for resolving disputes.  Mediation is kinder, more efficient, and less expensive than litigation.  For most couples, in my opinion, it is a much more effective means of resolving disputes.  Divorce does not need to be a war.

I take great pride in always being honest with clients, and giving them honest assessments of their cases.  I tell clients what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear.  I am not a yes man for anyone.  It serves no purpose to not tell clients about both the positive and negatives of their case, and to tell them up front when their goals are unrealistic.

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1602 Sunset Ave
Utica, NY, 13502-5404


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Posted by Jeromie | January 25, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Professional while understanding the personal aspects of people.
Michael went above & beyond expectations as my personal divorce lawyer. Michael has a natural ability to calm his clients alleviating emotional, rash decisions and focuses on the business aspect of the divorce. I truly believe Michael saved me tens of thousands in settlement funds by negotiating with persistent tact. I guarantee you will be satisfied with his personal & professional demeanor. Outstanding services.
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Posted by Julianne | August 14, 2022
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The real deal
I had a consult with Michael Kalil and he was completely honest and understanding of my needs and concerns as well as prompt at getting paperwork done which was needed for court proceedings. He and his office staff were a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend The Law Offices of Michael Kalil to help you through any family law issues you might be going through.
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Posted by Georgia | February 12, 2022
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Honest, caring people
Really loved working with them. Michael Kalil and his staff are wonderful, caring people who listened. I couldn't be happier with the help and services they provided.
Posted by Jenifer | March 21, 2021
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Review for Michael N. Kalil
We would like to thank you very much for the awesome job that you did to resolve a recent custody case for us. From the very first contact over the telephone through the conclusion of the case, you were very knowledgeable and professional with us. Everything was explained to us right up front and also as the case progressed. This case was brought to a successful conclusion for my daughter/granddaughter and also for our family! You have a "great way with words" and your knowledge as well as your professionalism made this case go so much more smoothly than it would have gone without you. I would also like to compliment Ann as she did a great job to make us feel comfortable with this process. We would recommend you to anyone who is looking for an attorney! Sincerely, John S., Jr. and Jenifer P.
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Posted by Amy | March 8, 2021
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Teacher Assistant
Very Professional upfront and to the point. Would recommend him 100% to get the job done ! Very happy with his Law office Firm and his services .
Posted by Chris | February 10, 2021
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Fantastic service
If I could give 6 stars I would. Michael and his staff are nothing short of amazing. His patience and accommodations are second to none. He works extremely hard and is straight forward, making this difficult process much easier than I ever expected. They got me through a very difficult time, with understanding and a lot of patience. Thank you Michael and Ann for all your help and hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2019
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Michael responded quickly and is very knowledgeable and professional. I chose to hire him as my representative.
Posted by Kelly | July 1, 2019
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True Professionals
Michael Kalil and his office staff did an outstanding job in understanding my situation and helping me through this difficult time. Mike is a true professional that deeply cares about his clients. Mike was honest and straight forward throughout the entire process and made sure that I understood all aspects. He kept me up to date on everything and answered questions promptly either by email or phone and even called me on the weekend. Anne is wonderful, courteous and very knowledgeable. I strongly recommend Mike for any legal challenges you might have. Thank you Mike and Staff!
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Posted by Janet | September 13, 2018
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MIKE, Thank you soooooooooo much for being by my side. I wanted to thank you for representing me / helping me resolving my Divorce quickly. I was completely amazed by your communication skills and courage at the court hearing. I can't thank you enough for the services rendered on my behalf. Having a experienced attorney like you on my side was a good calling as we walked into the courtroom. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the care and concern you have shown me, and for working tirelessly to ensure that the law worked in our favor. If it weren’t for your skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled my way. I was overwhelmed when I heard the outcome of the court proceedings. Thank you for protecting my interest. I am so thankful for your service and professionalism. I will never forget what you have done to make sure I was given a fair shake. Thank you for always informing me of the best option to take in resolving my Divorce. You’re such a brilliant lawyer. I know that sounds corny but it's true. You really went the extra mile and did more than enough to help me. I really appreciate everything. I had a wonderful experience with you and your staff during that difficult time. Thanks for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through any stress whatsoever. I can't thank you enough for your service, and for making my case very easy to get across successfully before the judge. I wish you continued success in your practice. I would not hesitate to recommend you to any friends or family members . ANOTHER THING??? I also Thank you dearly for your hard work and support in the sale of my Father's house. Because of your expertise, everything was sooooooooooo appreciated with all of your time and effort. Thank you for your service, hard work, and time spent handling the purchase of my estate, too. I would like to express my appreciation to you for taking time out of your tight schedule to explain every detail regarding my late father’s properties to me. If not for your involvement, I would not be a homeowner by now. Once again, I appreciate all of your efforts in this matter. OH! JUST ONE MORE THINGY! You and your secretary ANN<--- ( ARE IMMEASURABLE ).... outstanding team with a strong passion to win. I ALSO thank your Dads helping hand in it, too. Please let him know that. okay? I would not hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone in need of a sound lawyer. Thank you again. Sincerely, Warmly, Respectfully, A Happy Client Janet LaCelle
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Posted by Amanda | August 17, 2018
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Would Absolutely Hire Again!
If you are in need of a divorce lawyer, then look no further than the Law Offices of Michael N. Kalil. When I realized I needed a lawyer for my situation, I knew that I wanted one who focused on Family Law. While my divorce seemed fairly straight forward, I was impressed by Mr. Kalil's diligence, knowledge, professionalism, and honesty; he will tell you what is what and like it is. I appreciated his prompted focus and replies to all of my emails and phone calls, even when I could not be so prompt myself. Mr. Kalil and his staff treat you like family and I am grateful to have had his office working so diligently on my case. Thank you for helping to provide the best outcome for myself and my family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney!
Hello, I had reached out to Attorney Michael Namtalla Kalil for legal services. He was very quick to reply to my request and made multiple attempts to reach out to me. He showed excellent customer service. Although I ultimately did not need to retain him for his services, he was very willing to help me. That is so unusual these days - and for that reason alone I would recommend this great attorney!
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Michael N. Kalil, Esq., LLC
  • 1987 - Present


  • Touro
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Anonymous vs. Anonymous
  • I always give honest assessments of cases to clients. I tell clients what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear.


  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Certified Practioner
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Counsel of Divorce Mediators
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2017 - Present
  • Mohawk Valley Association of Collaborative Law Professionals
  • Past President
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oneida County Bar Association
  • 1988 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Good Samaritan Award
  • Samaritan Counseling Center
  • 2004
  • Michael F. Dillon Law Guardian Award
  • Appellate Division 4th Dept.
  • 1994


  • I am not published
  • I am not an author, my focus is on giving clients an honest assessment of their particular situation
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorce Mediation - A better way
  • 2020

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 26
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"Michael Kalil is clearly an experienced matrimonial attorney. While our offices are distant, I have read many of his posts and he is able to give clear, concise and excellent advice. I can highly recommend him for people in need of Divorce and Family Court representation."
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