Michael F. Bevacqua, Jr.

Michael F. Bevacqua, Jr.


Mike Bevacqua is an experienced and tenacious trial lawyer with a tireless work ethic, who has successfully represented clients in litigation throughout the United States.

A substantial part of Mike’s practice is devoted to high net worth matrimonial matters (Chair of the Firm’s New York matrimonial practice group), complex commercial litigation, business litigation, and bank litigation. Mike has significant experience successfully defending business entities and individuals in enforcement actions brought by governmental agencies.

In addition, Mike is an accomplished personal injury attorney, regularly securing significant recoveries for his clients, including many settlements in excess of one million dollars.

Mike was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the “New Leaders of the Bar”* (f/k/a “40 Under 40”). The New Jersey Law Journal’s “New Leaders of the Bar,” a special edition magazine published on July 29, 2013, featured 50 lawyers, all under the age of 40, who are emblematic of the next wave of leadership of the New Jersey Bar, based on their outstanding achievements so far in their careers, which clearly distinguish these individuals among their peers and signal greater accomplishments ahead.

Mike was named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star*”list in the field of business litigation for 8 consecutive years, beginning in 2007 and each year thereafter that he remained age-eligible for this distinction. In 2020, 2021 and 2022, Mike was selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of Business Litigation. He was chosen for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 institute, which is comprised of the country’s top trial attorneys under the age of 40. In addition, he was selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in the State of New Jersey.  He was recently selected as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.*

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the New Jersey State Bar Association. The methodology for these awards can be found at: New Leaders of the Bar, Rising Star, American Society of Legal Advocates., superlawyers.com


American Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Commercial & Business Litigation Committee’s subcommittee on Banking & Lender Liability Litigation

  • “Insureds’ Misrepresentation in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count,” New Jersey Law Journal, March 4, 2019
  • “Placing Professionals in a League of their Own,” New Jersey Law Journal, March 2006
  • “Back to the Future with the Consumer Fraud Act: New Jersey Sets the Standard for Consumer Protection” 29 Seton Hall Legis. J. 1 93, January 2004

  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Scranton, B.A., 1997

From Vision to a Brooklyn Cannabis Business

November 28, 2023

Our client, Kendall had a vision for a New York cannabis business, which she discussed during her estate planning sessions with Shawn McClelland from our Tax, Trusts, and Estates practice group. Recognizing the potential, Shawn introduced her to Joshua S. Bauchner, Chair of our Cannabis and Psychedelics Practice Group.

Appellate Division Victory by Commercial and Corporate Litigation Partners Brian Block and Michael Bevacqua

February 14, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Commercial and Corporate Litigation partners Brian Block and Michael Bevacqua prevailed on appeal on behalf of our clients in a complex insurance dispute against an insurance company. The Appellate Division vacated summary judgment and several discovery orders that the trial court had entered in favor of the insurance company and remanded to the trial court.

Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block Receive Favorable Judgement on Behalf of National Bank Client

March 7, 2019

We are pleased to announce that attorneys Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block recently prevailed in the New York Appellate Division, First Department, on behalf of their national bank client. The appeals court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the bank, resulting in the complete dismissal of the plaintiff general contractor's six-figure claim against the bank for payment of two checks related to a construction project in New York City.

Litigation Department Obtains $6.7 Million Award On Behalf Of Client

February 14, 2019

On February 14, 2019, Michael Saffer, Co-Chair of the Firm's Litigation Department and Arla D. Cahill, a Member of that Department, obtained an award of $6.7 million in a complex commercial arbitration proceeding before the American Arbitration Association in New York City in which they represented an anesthesiology group that asserted numerous claims against a surgery center. The Arbitrator, following 10 days of hearings with numerous witnesses and hundreds of trial exhibits created by our team, awarded the entire amount requested in the Demand for Arbitration.

Video: The Wildenstein Case, Tax, Trusts & Estates.

October 5, 2023

Join us as we explore Silvia Wildenstein's quest to rectify her inheritance. With insights from Chris Zona, white-collar crime and criminal defense attorney, and Shawn McClelland tax, trusts, and estates attorney. Their perspectives shine a light in this case's financial investigations, estate planning, and the shadows of the art world.

Personal Injury Newsletter – August 2023 Edition

August 25, 2023

We’re excited to share this month’s Personal Injury Newsletter. With back-to-school approaching, this edition is dedicated to prioritizing safety and preventing common injuries, so we’ve got you covered with essential tips for a worry-free school year. You will also find additional valuable content, such as insurance and safety concerns with electric scooters, insights into some […]

Navigating Back-to-School Safety: Preventing the Most Common Injuries

August 13, 2023

As the school season kicks into gear, safety should be at the forefront of everyone's minds. At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, we are committed to ensuring your children have a safe and joyful academic year. While schools are expected to provide a secure learning environment, the reality is that unintentional injuries can occur on school grounds, around buses, and even in the neighborhood. It's a collective responsibility of parents, students, school staff, and the community to take proactive measures to safeguard our children.

Legal Insights on Claiming a Lottery Jackpot

August 10, 2023

Partner in the Commercial Litigation & White Collar and Criminal Defense Group, Chris Zona, and Partner in the Tax, Trusts & Estates Practice Gorup, Shawn McClelland, discuss the steps you should take if you come into a life-changing amount of money, not unlike the recent Mega Millions winner in Florida this month.

The Subpoena Process for a Personal Injury Case

July 10, 2023

Dealing with a personal injury case can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when you encounter complex aspects like the subpoena process. By gaining a clear understanding of the role and function of subpoenas, you can feel more confident as you progress through each stage of your case. In this article, we’re going to take a closer […]

How to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

June 21, 2023

Personal injury claims can arise from a variety of situations, from motor vehicle accidents to medical malpractice. In these cases, it’s essential to determine who is legally responsible for the harm caused to the victim. This is where determining and, ultimately, proving negligence becomes important.  What is Negligence? Negligence is a legal term that refers […]

Debunking Common Myths About Personal Injury Lawsuits

June 7, 2023

Personal injury cases can be complex and there are many misconceptions surrounding the process. As a New Jersey personal injury law firm, we want to educate potential clients about common myths and misconceptions regarding personal injury lawsuits. With a better understanding of the facts, you’ll be better equipped to make informed decisions about your legal […]

Golf Cart Accidents: More Dangerous Than You Think

February 3, 2023

The Dangers of Golf Carts Golf carts may seem like a harmless mode of transportation, but they can be quite dangerous. Recently, our Personal Injury team assisted a client who was a victim of a golf cart accident in reaching a settlement of $500,000. The client was run over by the golf cart and suffered […]

Shawn McClelland Unveils QITs: NJ MoneyHelp’s Guide to Medicaid Maximization

October 2, 2023

Qualified Income Trust (QIT) can be a life-saver for those exceeding Medicaid’s income limits. Navigating the complex financial landscape of Medicaid can pose significant challenges for many. However, a lifesaving beacon emerges for those exceeding Medicaid’s income limits through the use of a Qualified Income Trust (QIT). Shawn McClelland, partner in Trusts and Estates and […]

21 Mandelbaum Barrett PC Attorneys Named to 2023 New Jersey Super Lawyers Lists

May 11, 2023

Congratulations to the Mandelbaum Barrett PC attorneys selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers & Rising Stars lists that were just announced today. We think our team is pretty super too! Learn more about this award and the methodology used by Thomson Reuters here. No aspect of this award or advertisement has been approved by […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is pleased to announce that fourteen of our attorneys have been selected by their peers to the New Jersey Super Lawyers List* for 2022. 

March 17, 2022

Steven Adler, Michael Bevacqua, Andrew Bronsnick (**10th year as Super Lawyer and on the Top 100 list), Arla D. Cahill, David Carton, Damian Conforti, Doug Eilender, Raj Gadhok, Arthur Grossman, Barry Mandelbaum, Richard Miller, Michael Saffer, Robert C. Scrivo, Lynne Strober. In addition, the Firm is excited to announce that four of our attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list for 2022, which recognizes the top up-and-coming […]

14 Mandelbaum Barrett PC attorneys named to the 2022 Super Lawyers List as well as 4 named to Rising Stars list

March 17, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is pleased to announce that fourteen of our attorneys have been selected by their peers as New Jersey Super Lawyers* for 2022. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state of New Jersey are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, the Firm is excited to announce that four of our attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list for 2022, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys age 40 or under or who are in practice for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Named to NJBIZ's 2019 Best Places to Work

March 4, 2019

We are excited and honored to announce that we have been named to NJBIZ's 2019 Best Places to Work! Whether through scholarship programs for our employees to continue their education, recognition events, health and wellness initiatives or fun team building activities, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible culture and environment for our employees.

Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block Co-authored Article for NJLJ Entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count"

February 28, 2019

Michael Bevacqua, Co-Chair of the Firm's Banking Litigation and Consumer Finance Defense Practice and Brian Block, an Associate in the group, co-authored an article for the New Jersey Law Journal entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count."