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Michael A. Cataldo, Esq.

When choosing a law firm, experience matters. Michael A. Cataldo has personally handled over 10,000 bankruptcy cases. His experience dates back to his time in law school, when he became student certified to appear in bankruptcy court and even then handled a daily court list. Mr. Cataldo began his career with Michael Cibik as a law clerk in 1985, became an associate attorney in 1987, and has been a partner at Cibik & Cataldo since 1996.


  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. 1987
  • Villanova University, B.S. 1984

Bar Admission

  • 1987 Admitted to Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania and federal, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Pierce Junior College, Philadelphia, PA 1989-1991 Taught Corporate, Tort and Bankruptcy Law courses to paralegal students


  • Board certified by the America Bankruptcy Institute in both consumer and business bankruptcy in 1993.
  • Remain certified in consumer practice however, let the business lapse as firm practice focused on individuals.
  • Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania by Legal Network in 2013
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Excellent


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
  • Temple Law Alumni Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Attorney for Fraternal Order of Police

Speaking Engagements:

  • 1994 Child Support and Bankruptcy
  • 1999 Reaffirmation, Redemption and Surrender
  • 1999 Bankruptcy Panel-TV Show
  • 2000 Ethical Issues for Debtors’ Counsel
  • 2001 Ethical Considerations and Issues in Bankruptcy Cases
  • 2002 Achieving a Successful Chapter 13 Discharge
  • 2005 Serial Filings
  • 2007 Successful Chapter 13 Plans
  • 2008 Role of the Paralegal In Bankruptcy cases
  • 2010 Basics of Chapter 13
  • 2011 Ten Things You Need to Know About Chapter 13 Cases
  • 2012 Interviewing Debtors and Schedule Preparation
  • 2013 Basic Bankruptcy Track
  • 2015 Bankruptcy Overview
  • 2016 New Bankruptcy Forms
  • 2016 How to Grow Your Practice Ethically
  • 2017 Definition of Surrender

Speaking engagements were for the Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference or Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Reported Cases:

  • In Re: August – Dischargeability of gambling debts
  • In Re: Cossman – Avoiding inchoate judicial liens with state exemptions
  • In Re: Straughter – Non discharge of debt was not imputed to the spouse who made no misrepresentations
  • In Re: Aloia – Successful Opposition to request seeking extension of time to file a discharge action