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Michael Anthony Cataldo

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1987
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     Associate Gellert, Scali, Busenkell & Brown, LLC.

     I am senior board certified for over 30 years. I am elected to the Super Lawyer community In 2010, 2021 and 2022 and do nothing but bankruptcy. I will give you personalized attention. I am the only attorney you will deal with in your chapter 7 or chapter 13. I also handle business cases in Chapter 11 and Chapter 11V. I will advise you according to what is in your best interest and not mine. You will receive quality representation, attentive service and at a fair are no pressure sales. You may take the options I suggest, kick them around and come back if interested. 

    I joined this firm to have the freedom to select cases. To have a more intimate connection to my clients and avoid the bankruptcy mill approach of other bankruptcy firms. I will let you know if bankruptcy is not the answer for you.  Because of this approach we have a stellar reputation in the legal community and with the Courts. Consultations are free unless they require extensive review or research as part of the process. I work for you. You are the boss. You will be treated with respect and the tools to make your own, intelligent decision as to what you want to do. I won't just tell you, "Don't Worry' . If I do I clearly explain why. If there are concerns you will know those concerns so If they arise it was not a surprise. We will be a team. I will need your help to achieve results. Bnakruptcy requires a lot of documentation and your participation. But I will be there to assist you step by step along the way.  


Michael Anthony Cataldo
8 Penn Center, Suite 1901, 1628 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A job well done
Michael provided me with first rate advice - the process he outlined to complete the case successfully, was spot on. The resolution was 100% in my favor.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer I have ever worked. He faced a very difficult case and took on the challenge. Michael did an outstanding job being prepared and having a plan in place for a complete uphill battle which was successfully executed! Thank you
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike Cataldo is an incredible attorney and expert in his field.
Mike is an incredible attorney. Not only is his expertise in his field second to none, he his also an incredibly compassionate and caring person. Those qualities shine through when he is working with his clients. He constantly managed my expectations and stayed on top of every step, communicating what was happening and why. He was always available for a call or by email. Everything worked exactly as Mike said it would, there were no surprises, which is a testament to how thorough he was and is. He made a difficult emotional and tough situation so much easier both with his knowledge and compassion. I highly recommend Mike, I honestly believe you could not find a better attorney then Mike!
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Response from Michael Cataldo December 9, 2021
Thank you. I am of the mindset that I work for you. It is your life and stress. We all need help from time to time. I am glad I could make it as painless as possible. I am so glad to help and continue to help.
Posted by Martin | November 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Social security, withholding funds with no legal grounds to do so. Mr. Cataldo had litigated this case was successful. And social security again, withheld funds , Mr. Cataldo quickly resolved it 100%. He's always right there for us. Thank you.
Response from Michael Cataldo November 15, 2021
Thank you. It is great to be able to help good people.
Posted by Leslie | November 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Cataldo was very compassionate when my husband and I had the consultation. He was perceptive and realized that we were very upset, especially me. He was soft spoken and understanding. He explained everything to us so that we understood what was going to happen. We hired him and he worked out a fair trustee payment. . Whenever I called or emailed him,he answered In a timely response. Unfortunately, my husband passed away. Mr. Cataldo negotiated a new amount for my payment since a lot of the debt was my husband’s from credit cards which I’m not liable for. I highly recommend Mr Cataldo.
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Response from Michael Cataldo November 13, 2021
It was my pleasure Thank you
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2014
VERY satisfied Customer!
For everyone that has yet to embark upon the Journey of Bankruptcy it's VERY important to point out that Bankruptcy is just that; a journey, a process of stars aligning to ensure a successful outcome. In other words, no one should take Bankruptcy lightly and should become as educated on the subject matter as possible. After a significant amount of research (~14 months), I made a very educated decision to work with Mike Cataldo. My decision process was predicated upon; Experience, Reviews, Expertise, Understanding, Capabilities, Abilities, Volume of Cases and outright Willingness to help. I was furthermore pleasantly pleased with the candor, demeanor and overall collaboration of Mike Cataldo and the Cibik & Cataldo firm. I feel that there is no better choice in Philadelphia (i.e. PA Eastern District) than Mike Cataldo. From personal experience, Bankruptcy conjurers up a plethora of emotions including fear, uncertainty, doubt, confusion, complexity and concern. While I was on the verge of representing myself (i.e. Pro Se) and very close to engaging a Bankruptcy Petition Preparer (BPP), I decided to put my knowledge to work. I decided to chose the right Bankruptcy attorney to improve the odds of success. This became ever apparent as we worked through each stage of the Bankruptcy process. I would have been foolish, unsuccessful and stressed out if I had tried to do it on my own...lesson learned. At the end of the day, everything is measured a little bit differently, but when it comes to measuring the Trustworthiness, Responsiveness, Level of Knowledge and Depth of Information Sharing...I would find it hard pressed to go through Bankruptcy with any other lawyer than Mike Cataldo. Of course you could, however, the odds aren't in your favor. In summation, we live in a day and age of data overload. The irony is that if we don't harness or leverage that data / information, we run the risk of making ill advised decisions. In my Chapter 13 case all the data pointed towards going to battle with the best and the results Mike Cataldo delivered is proof. I truly can't recommend any other lawyer to represent your Bankruptcy interests.
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Posted by Liza | May 20, 2014
Superb Attorney!!!
Michael Cataldo is a superb attorney and handled the end of my Chapter 13 bankruptcy case. I had another attorney handle my case and had many issues and problems, but Michael Cataldo came to my rescue. Not only did he perform a flawless performance with my case, it really makes a different when you consider to hire an attorney, who is so trustworthy and knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone who is considering to file a bankruptcy. I wish he worked on my case from the beginning but when I needed him the most, he came through at the end....Thank you Michael for everything....You are wonderful!!!!
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Posted by Viviana | December 4, 2013
Excellent Attorney
I was extremely satisfied with Mr. Cataldo and the service that he provided. The very first time I met with him he was very upfront about the whole bankruptcy process. He explained the entire process which helped me to better understand it. He also answered every question I had. His professional yet caring and reassuring manner helped me to be more at ease. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is thinking about filing for bankruptcy.
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Posted by Jackie | September 4, 2013
Phenomenal support and legal help.
Michael was very attentive. He took my case over when my previous counsel had become unresponsive and unwilling to fix the mistakes that they made. He was understanding and worked swiftly with me to rectify the situation and even gave me options to pay off the plan that my original counsel did not even make me aware of. I would definitely recommend Michael, we was a lifesave.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2013
The Best!
Michael is very knowledgeable in his profession. He is caring, understanding and will do whatever he could to help alleviate a stressful financial situation. He goes above and beyond his regular duties!
Posted by Dean | September 2, 2013
Michael Cataldo is a great bankruptcy attorney
Michael is very knowledgeable about the nuances of bankruptcy law. He is an excellent litigator the judge that he appeared before seem to really like him.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2013
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Michael Cataldo and his firm walked my husband and I through the legalities of our case with professional courtesy and compassion. He was very understanding when hearing our situation and provided us with his expert advise on the best way to handle our situation. The outcome was successful and we are greatful for his services. Now that our case has been resolved Michael still extends himself to us via emails and phone contact from time to time.
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Posted by Dan | July 13, 2013
Glad to have him on my side
Mike has assisted me for the last 2+ years as I complete my successful Chapter 13.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2013
Very thorough and professional
Michael was very organized and supportive throughout the process. He returned emails immediately and explained things very clearly. I got the result I needed. Highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2011
Mike Cataldo
We don't have enough good things to say about Mike Cataldo and his staff, they talked us through every step of the process. Thank you.
Posted by Joseph C | July 27, 2011
Filed CH 13 bankruptcy with Cibik and Cataldo
I used Mike Cataldo for my bankruptcy case starting in 11/2008 after reading some reviews on line. He was very helpful, met all of the deadlines, and responded every time to my emails, phone calls, and messages- always within 24 hours and many times even on weekends when I did not expect it. He continues to answer my questions coming into the 4th year of my case. His front desk clerk, Gail, is very helpful and I would recommend these folks to anyone considering the daunting idea of filing bankruptcy. He really will make you realize that its not the worst thing in the world and it is there to protect you, not harm you! Thanks!
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Posted by John | July 26, 2011
Mr. Cataldo did a flawless job. He was almost always available, had the right answers, and kept me calm.
Posted by Mike | July 26, 2011
Chapter 13 bankruptcy
Mr. Cataldo represented me in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy after a business failure. it was a very complicated case. He was a consummate professional who was very knowledgeable about every detail of the case. Because of his efforts, I am in a much better position now and I'm enjoying a fresh start. I would highly recommend his services.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gellert, Scali, Busenkell & Brown,LLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Instructor/Teacher
  • Pierce Junior College
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Attorney
  • Michael A. Cataldo,Esquire
  • 1985 - 2020


  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Villanova University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sanchez
  • confirmed chaper 13 plan
  • chapter 7
  • discharge 9/24/13
  • chapter 7 discharge
  • discharged 9/17/13
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  • Temple Law Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • fraternal order of police
  • Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Law Info
  • lead counsel
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Recipient
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Lead Counsel Verified
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Three Best Bankruptcy Attorneys in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Board Certified In Consumer Bankruptcy
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 2014
  • ABI Certification
  • 25 Year Pin-Senior Certified
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Board Certification In Business Bankruptcy
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 1993
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  • seminar materials
  • Conducting the client interview
  • 2009
  • Seminar materials
  • reaffirmation, redemption or surrender
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • At request of Judge Mayer
  • Addressed Summer Interns-Path to Bankruptcy Law
  • 2021
  • Bankruptcy Institute 2019
  • Top Consumer Cases
  • 2019
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference 29th Annual Forum
  • Klaas and Related Cases
  • 2018
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference 29th Annual Forum
  • Repeat Bankruptcy Filings
  • 2018
  • 23rd Bankruptcy Institute
  • Advanced Stay Relief Issues
  • 2018
  • The Essentials of Chapter 13 and chapter 7 practice
  • The Essentials of Chapter 13 and chapter 7 practice
  • 2017
  • Spring Event
  • 2017
  • Eastern District of Pa bankruptcy Conference
  • Definition of Surrender
  • 2017
  • Bankruptcy Institute
  • How to Grow Your Practice Ethically
  • 2016
  • A Brand new Day
  • New Bankruptcy Forms
  • 2016
  • Essentials Of Ch 7 & 13
  • Bankruptcy Overview
  • 2015
  • PBI Bankruptcy Institute
  • Basic Bankruptcy Track
  • 2013
  • Annual Conference
  • Interview and Schedule Preparation
  • 2012
  • PBI seminar
  • Ten Things You Need to Know About Ch 13 cases
  • 2011
  • CH 20 CASES
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Basics Of Chapter 13
  • 2010
  • Seminar
  • The Role Of the Paralegal
  • 2008
  • Seminar
  • Successful Chapter 13 plans
  • 2007
  • Roundtable
  • Serial Filings
  • 2005
  • Seminar
  • Achieving a Successful Chapter 13 Discharge
  • 2002
  • Seminar
  • Ethical Consireations and Issues
  • 2001
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
  • Ethical Issues for Debtors's Counsel
  • 2000
  • Television show-panel of three
  • Bankruptcy
  • 1999
  • Seminar
  • Reaffirmation,Surrender,Redemption
  • 1999
  • Domestic Relations Office
  • Child Support and Bankruptcy
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (40)
Endorse Michael
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on Mr. Cataldo's analytical responses to Avvo questions and his outstanding Client Reviews, I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated to his craft. As a fellow attorney, I have seen Mike work hard to achieve many favorable outcomes for his clients. He is an expert in the law and has mastered practicing it. He has a fabulous reputation among is colleagues in the debtors and creditors bars as well as with the Court and Trustee's Offices. I wholeheartedly endorse Michael Cataldo."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Why? I have seen Michael's answers to over 200 questions here on AVVO. In that time, I have had an opportunity to review his answers, which have always been thoughtful, accurate, and complete. Those answers show why he has a high rating of 10 and is also like myself an attorney who only practices bankruptcy 100% of the time. And he is board certified which most bankruptcy attorneys are not but he achieve that too. I highly recommend this knowledgeable and capable attorney for any bankruptcy-related work. Great job Michael and hope to continue seeing such great accurate answers. Richard"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an excellent bankruptcy lawyer. I Have known him for over 20 years as we both practice in the same field. He is respected by the courts as well as other lawyers for his knowledge of bankruptcy law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch bankruptcy lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the most insightful, bright and intelligent bankruptcy lawyers I know. Top notch and great person to boot!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent lawyer and a fearless advocate for his clients. Michael has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cataldo has maintained a very active consumer bankruptcy practice in Philadelphia for years and he provides a wealth of knowledge to his clients daily. Mr. Cataldo is active on AVVO and provides solid information and advice in his responses to inquiries for advice."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cataldo volunteers his time answering questions on Avvo to people looking for legal advise. His answers reflect his excellent knowledge of the law. I would recommend Attorney Cataldo to any in need of a bankruptcy."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike Cataldo is one of the foremost consumer bankruptcy attorneys in Pennsylvania, with unchallenged integrity, skillful in communications with clients, the courts and fellow counsel, and his knowledge of the law and presentation are at the top of the qualitative list of practicing bankruptcy attorneys in Eastern Pennsylvania."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Anthony Cataldo offers candid & trustworthy answers to the everyday questions people have about the law. I am happy to offer him my endorsement."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is throrough and persistent. He will tenaciously represent his clients and advocate their position."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer is very knowledgeable in bankruptcy matters, particularly Chapter 7 and Chapter 13s. He is very patient with potential clients and spends alot of time with them to lay out various options based on the client's individual needs. He also carefully prepares all documents to ensure the best chance of a successful Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 discharge."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He handled a debtor's bankruptcy case professionally and was always accessible and courteous. He did a great job."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He is Bankruptcy Board Certified."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a hard worker and he knows bankruptcy law. He is friendly, helpful and punctual."
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