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I have practiced law my entire career in Wilmington, Delaware. After graduating from Emory University School of Law in 1982 I became a deputy attorney general in the criminal division of the Delaware Department of Justice. I was a prosecutor for approximatel 3 years until I transitioned to private practice where I handled criminal defense cases and personal injury and worker's compensation cases. I have handled every type of criminal case from traffic tickets to capital murder cases. I have appeared in every State and Federal court in Delaware. I have had the occasion to appear before the Delaware Supreme Court in over 10 cases which is a unique distinction. I have been appointed by Superior Court judges to represent 3 capital murder defendants, which I believe reflects their respect for my competence and experience. I have been a trial lawyer for over 30 years.  My philosophy is to "imagine that I am the client" when I represent people as that serves to set the expectation as to how to properly assist each client. In addition to practicing law I have attempted to give back to my community in a number of ways. I was a board member on the Brandywine School District Board of Education from 1991 to 1996. I was appointed by Governor Carper to serve on the Advisory Council to the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and their Families. I was appointed by Governor Minner to serve on the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. I have volunteered as a youth soccer, basketball, football and roller hockey coach. I am married and have three adult children.





Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 33%
    33 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 32%
    33 years
  3. Personal Injury: 30%
    31 years
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Tanya Sue Sellers

    I worked for Mr. Modica for about 10 years and then he mentored me throughout my law school career. He is a very accomplished attorney who treats each client the utmost respect. He will diligently defend each case and has achieved some pretty amazing results. I recommend him for both criminal defense and personal injury matters.


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Contact info

Michael W. Modica, Attorney at Law

715 North King Street
Suite 300
Wilmington, DE, 19899


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Michael Modica1990 - Present
AssociateAerenson, Ferrara and Lyons1985 - 1989
Deputy Attorney GeneralState Of Delaware Department Of Justice1983 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Delaware Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1999 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
Delaware Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1985 - Present
Delaware State Bar AssociationN/A1983 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A1986 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Christine S. v. Liberty Mutual Automobile Insurance CompanySix figure settlement
State of Delaware v. David MPersuaded the prosecutor to dismiss the charge prior to trial.
State of Delaware v. Bernadine DClient found not guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Advocate-DTLAThe Case Against Mandatory Sentencing Laws2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
McDaniel CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Delaware Superior Court Trial ForumEvidentiary Foundations2010
School Law SeminarSchool Law Issues in Delaware1998
Delaware Superior Court Trial ForumDUI/DWI Defense Fundamentals1997