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Michael James Kalanta

Family Attorney at Modesto, CA

4.7   42 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
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Location

The Kalanta Law Office
Centre Plaza Office Tower
1150 9th Street, Suite 1410
Modesto, CA, 95354-0840

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  42 customer reviews
Posted by Derek | November 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Performance, Excellence, and Amiability
Michael and his staff were absolutely phenomenal in every way. Both Michael and his staff were helpful, professional, focused, personable, and above all, honest. Their expertise is worth every dime. I would prefer not to be in a situation where I would need to seek legal counsel, but should I ever find myself in that position again I would not hesitate to call Michael and his team. I owe an enormous thanks to Michael, Alex, and Erin for all of their excellent work on my case.
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Posted by Ben | September 21, 2022
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The attorney who cares!
What can I say about Michael that hasn’t already been said. He’s extremely compassionate, fair, and caring. He goes above and beyond for his clients, and gets the results you deserve. Michael takes the time to really help you be at ease during even the most stressful situations and takes the time to advise you as much as possible. My case was all over the place, but in the end, I got the results I wanted, and as a dad, I can’t stress how important it is to have someone so competent and knowledgeable in your corner! If you want the best attorney, look no further. I highly recommend Mr. Kalanta to anyone in search of a professional and great family law attorney.
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Posted by Angela | May 9, 2022
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A true master of his craft.
I have been dealing with a very troubling family situation and was nervous about involving an attorney at first. But, I must say Michael Kalanta and his prodigious staff were absolutely lovely to work with, they resolved the matter seemlessly with their expertise and dedication. What I had thought would be a grueling process turned out to be a very pleasant experience thanks to The Kalanta Law Office. Michael is truly passionate about providing the highest caliber legal care with unrivaled attentiveness and unequivocal professionalism. Thank you so very much Michael!
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Posted by A.H. | March 17, 2022
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Advocate for Children
I don’t recall ever posting a review of a service or business before, however, I feel compelled to write this review for two reasons: encouragement and gratitude. The first and most important is out of obligation to encourage anyone who may be in a situation like I was, secretly reviewing attorneys and wondering if any can be trusted with their future and the safety of their family. I encourage anyone who has lost faith in the judicial system, anyone who feels that it would be unsafe to continue in their current situation yet fears putting the fate of their children in the hands of the California Court system to reach out to Michael and his team. Michael was dedicated to me and fought for my daughter’s best interest. I never struggled to reach Michael and often found him responding to emailed questions in the wee hours of the morning or even on weekends. He even answered his cell phone on Christmas morning and intervened in a custody issue with Christmas visitation protocol. Be aware, Mike will not put on a TV show appearance of shouting and banging his fist on the table in court- if you’re looking for a show and empty promises that you’ll get full custody and every penny you’ve ever made- go elsewhere and you’ll likely be disappointed in your outcome. What you will find in Michael is someone who burns the midnight oil on your behalf. In court he is calm, cool and collected. On multiple occasions, I was impressed to hear opposing counsel rant and rave out of emotion and then listen to Michael speak confidently and instantaneously cite memorized portions of the law and case examples to refute. His style always seemed to gain favor with the Judge and resulted in a positive outcome for my daughter and me. Michael is a leader who has surrounded himself with an office team that communicates and shows the same dedication to clients. All team members knew my case intimately and made me feel important every time I called or came in for an appointment. The second reason I write this review is out of gratitude to Michael and his team. I told him my top two priorities on my first visit and he delivered 100%. My case was a marathon and not a sprint. It was a process, but the end results were worth every moment and penny invested. His team was thorough and well prepared. I never experienced anything but professionalism and ease when completing or receiving paperwork. Michael proved that with the right counsel, the “system” does indeed provide justice and the right outcome for children. If you are about to embark on the very emotional path of divorce and need someone to who you feel you can trust your children, based on my experience I encourage you to reach out and see if Michael will take your case. Lastly, I’d like to say Thank you Michael Kalanta and team. I am forever grateful and highly recommend your services.
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Posted by Daniel | October 26, 2021
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Thoughtful and an amazing attorney! Wish I had hired him all along!!!!!
Mike is worth the money, he invests back into his clients and makes them feel like family. I wish I had found him earlier, but I will do what he deserves and tell my story, and tell you the kind of attorney he is. Mike is the kind of lawyer I wish I had found the first time around during my divorce. Due to COVID my divorce was drawn out and my times court dates were rescheduled due to COVID. I originally hired Leslie Jensen as an attorney and I was new to the process. She gave me false hope and when I came with questions she dismissed me. Leslie went to mediation with me, telling me it was in the bag and I would have joint custody, I lost, and she took none of the blame for losing. Because I didn't go with Mike Kalanta the first time around it took me 2 years, a ton of heart ache and a 6,000 dollar private custody evaluation and a private investigator which cost 2500 I then contacted Mike, he setup a consultation and I brought all my paperwork. Mike spent about an hour and a half panning through the paperwork, trying to understand my case and all the issues surrounding it. He stepped in an agreed not to price gouge me like I had previously received. Mike explained every step of the process, and told me what was likely to happen so I did not get my hopes up. When I was down on luck because court was postponed, he had called me multiple times to check in and see how I was doing. He would always say, hey Dan I am not charging you for this I just wanted to check in and see how you were holding up, or what's new with you. He treated me like family and so has Sandra from his office, who is a great paralegal. Sandra is friendly, responsive, and always up to do whatever I wanted or needed. They didn't make me wait and responded in a quick timely fashion. Mike and Sandra would call with updates, and have made sure to get my case handled properly. When I was with Leslie Jensen I felt like a number, a number on a check she wanted to cash. But with Mike Kalanta, he restored a bunch of faith in the law, and courts. 1. I came to Mike with wanting more custody of my kids, due to it being originally at 70/30 to the mother of my kids. He recommended a Private Custody evaluation that has since given me 50/50 custody. 2. I was going to be deal with support issues surround my ex who was capable of working full time but refused to do so. Mike recommended a vocational assessment, which has come back placing her at a full time wage in the courts. 3. I was able to settle my divorce after a long played out game from my ex and her attorney. Mike called multiple times to check in on me and text me to make sure to get the job done and give me closure on that issue. When I started this issue I felt like attorneys were a waste of time and not worth it. After having Mike on my side for the past 2 years, I couldn't be more grateful and thankful. I have nothing but respect for him, Sandra and his law firm. He makes you feel like a person, and cares a ton. My only regret was not hiring him the first time when I was out looking for attorneys to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2021
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Ryan
Mike is very knowledgeable and technically sound. His guidance through my process was tremendous and I’m grateful for his assistance. Alicia, his paralegal, was also a pleasure to work with. Sandra, at the front desk, was just all around awesome and nice to talk to. Great team!
Posted by Baileigh | November 13, 2020
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Termination of Parental Rights
Mr. Kalanta did an amazing job working my case and was very diligent. He voiced my concerns and answered all my questions I had for him. He's highly professional, reasonable, and very kind. I recommend him in regards to custody battles and or divorce. Thank you Michael Kalanta.
Posted by Troy Dean | August 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Insightful Consultation
Mr. Kalanta provided me with information that I otherwise would not have have known that enabled me to make a very important decision regarding my child support case. He was very thoughtful and provided insights that were helpful. If I need a family law attorney who will fight for my rights as a father I would highly recommend this attorney.
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Posted by Laura | June 25, 2020
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Knowledgeable/Caring
After looking around for some time in search of a good counsel Mike popped up on my google search engine. I took a chance, and did the free consultation. Moreover, in less that 20 minutes Mr. Kalanta made me feel as If I found the perfect person to handle my case. I am forever grateful for his work, knowledge, and thrive to fight for his clients. He truly cares about his clients. I will certainly have him as my counsel once again if needed!
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2020
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Excellent attorney
Highly recommend this man... great lawyer... handled everything fast and got everything I needed to keep my child safe and happy. His whole staff was wonderful and ready help
Posted by Kristin | November 10, 2019
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Protected my child and a genuinely caring attorney.
Mr. Kalanta takes the time to learn about the details that surround your situation and provides fair, honest, and objective advice in times when it may be hard to see things rationally yourself. He is compassionate, caring, and trustworthy. He represented me in my custody case and fought to obtain a parenting plan that would keep my child safe & also petitioned the courts for deadlines/resolutions that were both respectful of my time, needs, and protecting my child's welfare. When I ended up needing emergency orders to further protect my child later on, I called upon Mr. Kalanta once again and he did an amazing job once again. He was my attorney from early-2017 to early-2018 and again in mid-2019. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs to protect their child, he will fight for your child and provide you with peace of mind. If he can do that I am confident he can provide the best in any case. I am thankful to have had such a stellar attorney in my corner. If the need arose again, I wouldn't hesitate to rehire him yet again.
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Posted by Thomas | August 15, 2019
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The Best for Family Law
Being a father and fighting the stereotypes that fathers never get their children when it comes to fighting the court... I was relieved the very first meeting with Mr. Kalanta. Very professional and he knew strategies and connections like a lawyer should when it comes to fighting for the best interest for your child. Hiring Mr. Kalanta put my fears to rest, knowing I have a very respected lawyer in the court and ultimately my respect as well. He was very detailed in what I needed and what I should be doing to have a better chance when it comes to such a stressful situation. Mr. Kalanta really made me feel more positive and was able to handle the ordeal much better, keeping me focused for my child. I was quite impressed with his knowledge and staff's diversified information. To put it in perspective: I have had 2 lawyers before and about 4 consultations before contacting Mr. Kalanta and they do not compare. Truly powerful and aggressive, he helped me put so much legal pressure for a result I was truly satisfied with. I will always recommended anyone to Mr. Kalanta!
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Posted by Cassandra | August 15, 2019
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Outstanding Lawyer & Staff
I was referred to Michael Kalanta by a relative as I was addressing custody and other support issues. Michael Kalanta is very professional and truly an excellent lawyer. He assisted me with child custody and support issues as well. Because he represented me, I was able to receive the financial support that was due to me, and the child custody outcome was a success as well. The staff at the Kalanta office provided superior service through it all. They are all very courteous and professional. If you are looking for an excellent lawyer with great staff, the Kalanta Law Office is the way to go!!
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Posted by Tammie | August 15, 2019
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I highly recommend Mr. Kalanta
Mr. Kalanta helped me through a tough divorce and always made sure I understood what was going on through the entire divorce. He made sure that I got the settlement I asked for and worked hard to get me through my divorce. His staff is amazing, always friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Mr. Kalanta and very grateful to have him as my lawyer..
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Posted by Renee | June 5, 2019
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Free Consultation
I met with Mr. Kalanta and was initially nervous due to never having met with a lawyer before. I was worried that I would not be heard or understood. He was however very personable and really listened to my concerns. The meeting was very informative and he was able to provide me with a great foundation for addressing my situation. I left with a sense of empowerment and a list of action items that I could begin with. He also provided me with a referral for continued resources. I would highly recommend Mr. Michael Kalanta for hire.
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Posted by Trinidad | April 5, 2019
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Great Family Attorney, Highly Recommend!
Michael was my attorney and handled my very complex case. Believe it our not he helped me succeed in my case many times as I kept going back to court and I am a male. Yes, we can win in court to especially with Michael's assistance. Michael listens to your needs and he along with his staff are courteous able to help all the time. I am pleased with the work he has done as results were in my favor. I recommend Michael as a family attorney 100%.
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Posted by Liberty | January 17, 2019
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Outstanding representation
Mr. Kalanta is an outstanding attorney. He is a first class honest person which made my experience a good one. He is tactful in the court room and able to work well with opposing council. He took the time to answer my follow up questions. He has earned my repeat business and referrals.
Posted by maria silva | September 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best experience I have had with any lawyer
Mr. Kalanta Handled my complicated and exhausting case with sincerity and great force..never letting me down..He is a straight up powerful attorney. His staff is also the very best...Thank God we hired him.!!.He got results and saved our kids and our sanity.!!.."You won't go wrong with him"
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2018
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all around best family attorney
I fought a major custody battle for almost 2 years and cycled through several attorneys to see the job through appropriately. Kalanta is where my search stopped because he put the puzzle pieces together and finally made sense to the courts of my what was a very confusing case I was involved in. I would recommended mr. Kalanta to anyone because he truly has what it takes to make a difference and that is knowledge, motivation and ambition to get to the bottom of the most difficult situations .
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2018
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A "MUST HIRE" FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
I had the privilege of retaining Mr. Kalanta on two separate occasions to modify spousal support. After retaining two different family law attorneys in the past, I was left extremely frustrated with the results. Those attorneys were clearly only there for the money. Then God put Mr. Kalanta in my path. He saw the injustice that was going on with my case and took me on immediately. Mr. Kalanta is extremely well versed in Family Law and the Case Law which applies. The first court appearance he had my ex-wife's attorney's head spinning in the court room as he did circles around her. He was able to reduce my alimony substantially and provide me with some financial relief. Approximately one year later I retained Mr. Kalanta once again. This time he was able to get alimony terminated without even going to court. He is extremely sensitive to his clients needs and has a bull dog mentality in the courtroom. He has a strong Christian belief which I really appreciated. The care and concern he and his staff had for me was paramount. For the first time I felt I truly had someone on my side. Mr. Kalanta has my highest recommendations to anyone who needs the BEST Family Law Attorney. Thank you Mr. Kalanta and God bless you.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Master at Arms
  • United States Navy
  • 1997 - 2001

Education

  • Chapman Univ
  • N/A
  • Humphrey's Coll SOL
  • N/A

Associations

  • Stanislaus County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Attorneys
  • American Registry
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys
  • American Registry
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Attorneys
  • American Registry
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2016
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