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Melissa Gencarelli

Melissa M. Gencarelli

Melissa M. Gencarelli, of Bergen County, NJ, is a licensed attorney in New Jersey and New York. She is a court certified arbitrator for civil disputes and the managing member of Gencarelli and Rimassa Law Firm, LLC.

She provides passionate legal representation to individuals, organizations, and businesses with a high degree of specialized knowledge. Years of experience as a practicing attorney in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area, combined with her detailed knowledge a wide range of legal disciplines, help to ensure that her clients receive personalized solutions to their legal concerns in a highly effective and professional.

She is a first-generation American and the first in her family to attend and graduate from law school. Having spent several summers as a child on her grandparents’ farm in Italy, the resulting exposure to a different culture and political climate lead her to study foreign relations as a college student. Consequently, she obtained two undergraduate degrees in 2002 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, in International Relations and History, with a minor in Social Relations.

After graduating, she worked for many years in the legal industry of New York, New York. She obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School in 2007. That same year she was admitted to the Bar in New Jersey, and became licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts. In early 2008, she was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York as well. Since 2011, she has also been admitted to practice law in the federal court, Southern District of New York (New York County and Westchester County).

In 2007–08 she served as judiciary law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. LaConte, J.S.C., of the Passaic County Superior Court in Paterson, New Jersey. In this position, she obtained a certification from the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a mediator, and helped settle numerous actions between litigious parties. In addition, she actively assisted Judge Thomas LaConte to decide applications and other requests for relief brought before the Court by private citizens, corporations, and government entities in all areas of civil law.

Since the fall of 2008, she has been actively engaged in the private practice of law. She has vast experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of areas, both in traditional litigation and in transactional matters. Melissa M. Gencarelli is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association, and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

If you are in the Hackensack, NJ area or in Northern NJ, then Gencarelli and Rimassa Law Firm, LLC is the name to trust. We have years of experience in the legal realm. Reach out to us personally so we can improve your situation.

Nicholas Rimassa

Nicholas A. Rimassa

Nick joined the firm as a Partner in 2019 and brings with him more than a decade of valuable experience practicing law in New Jersey. In 2008, Nick graduated from law school and accepted a Judicial Clerkship with the Hon. Robert L. Polifroni, P.J.Cv. in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen Vicinage. Thereafter, he accepted a position as an attorney at a large, prominent regional law firm where he spent years focusing his practice on high exposure civil litigation, mainly in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and nursing home malpractice. During that time he litigated complex cases in both New Jersey Superior Court and United States Federal District Court, New Jersey both with and against some of the most talented attorneys in the State.

During his career, Nick has successfully handled every aspect of the case, including trying the case before a jury and winning on behalf of his client. Nick has also appeared before the New Jersey Appellate Division. Nick’s vast experience has resulted in him presenting and lecturing fellow attorneys in areas of civil litigation. Similarly, Nick has authored a number of publications during his career on various topics of New Jersey law.

In addition to litigating high exposure cases, Nick also has experience appearing in Municipal Courts, handling business disputes, defending professionals in disciplinary actions and other transactional matters.

Nick has been recognized by the New Jersey Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

When Nick is not practicing law he enjoys spending his free time with his wife, two children and his extended family. Nick was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, and received his undergraduate degree in 2003 from Rowan University in Political Science and Business, followed by his Law Degree in 2008 from Nova Southeastern University.

Nick is also involved in the local community where he serves as the President on the Board of Trustees for Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, a non-profit organization that helps tutor local adult ESL students.

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