With over 25 years of experience in various aspects of the law, we take pride in our personalized client oriented approach
Selecting a lawyer or law firm, whether you are an individual or organization, is not easy. Admittedly, there are many attorneys and firms in New Jersey. Nevertheless, in order to assist you in your decision at Macce & Cresti, P.C., in addition to having experience in many practice areas, we have a simple three (3) step philosophy
Arbitration / Mediation
Municipal Court Defense
Landlord / Tenant
Contract/Lease - Negotiation and Drafting
JOHN C. MACCE, ESQ
John C. Macce, Esq. is a 1987 graduate of Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communication as well as a 1990 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in all New Jersey courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Macce has earned Certification by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Mr. Macce has published several articles in the field of civil law and is a panelist on seminars involving different areas of civil litigation. He is an active member of both the New Jersey State Bar Association and Hunterdon County Bar Association. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Hunterdon County representative to the State Bar Association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee where he actively investigated Superior Court judicial and prosecutorial appointees. Presently he is the Vice Chair of the District XIII Fee Arbitration Committee as well as a Panel Chair where he conducts hearings and authors opinions involving disputes between lawyers and litigants regarding legal fees. Prior to that he was a member of the District XIII Ethics Committee. He is pleased to be on the panel for many municipal defense organizations including the Public Alliance Insurance Group, Joint Municipal Utilities Fund, the New Jersey Property-Liability Guaranty Association and the Fraternal Order Of Police (F.O.P.), Hunterdon County and Office of Insolvency.
The Board on Attorney Certification was established by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1980 fo the purpose of helping consumers find attorneys who have a recognized level of competence in particular fields of law. Attorneys may be designated by the Supreme Court as “Certified Attorneys” if they: are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in a specific area of law or practice; have passed a rigorous examination; and have been recognized by their peers as having sufficient skills and reputation in the designated specialty. An attorney must be a member in good standing of the New Jersey Bar for at least five years; taken a specific number of continuing legal education courses in the three years prior to filing an application; demonstrate substantial involvement in preparation of litigated matters; demonstrate an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who will attest to the applicant’s character and ability; and pass a written examination covering various aspects of practice in the designated specialty. Approximately only 2% of all lawyers in the State of New Jersey have received the designation of Certified Civil Trial Attorney.
MICHELLE M. CRESTI, ESQ.
Michelle M. Cresti graduated from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in 1986 and Villanova University School of Law in 1989. After graduating law school Ms. Cresti served as a Judicial Law Clerk to two New Jersey Superior Court judges. Ms. Cresti is admitted to practice in all New Jersey Courts, both State and Federal.
Ms. Cresti has represented clients in a wide variety of areas including Automobile Accidents, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Matrimonial, Guardianship, Elder Law, Workers Compensation, Real Estate, Landlord Tenant, Probate, Municipal Court and Criminal Defense and Contract and Insurance disputes. Ms. Cresti serves as a Public Defender in the Bethlehem Glen Gardner Lebanon Joint Municipal Court.
Ms. Cresti is trained in Collaborative Law and has extensive experience and training in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In that regard, the Superior Court of New Jersey has appointed Ms. Cresti as an Arbitrator. Presently, she sits in several counties including Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren Essex, Burlington and Union. She has presented training seminars to other Arbitrators. Additionally, she has participated in arbitration in other forums as both an arbitrator and as counsel. Finally, she has been appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey as a Mediator. Ms. Cresti serves as a Mentor to others seeking qualification as a Mediator.
Ms. Cresti is a Past President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association. She is the Co-Chair of the Hunterdon County Bar Association Elder Law Committee and prior Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Special Committee for Automobile and PIP Litigation.