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Michael A. Cibik

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Cibik Law, P.C.
1500 Walnut St, Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-735-1060
Fax: 215-735-6769
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Consumer, Bankruptcy: Business
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Attorney Profile

Michael A. Cibik is a bankruptcy attorney with over 45 years of experience. Mr. Cibik is a partner at Cibik & Cataldo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and serves clients throughout the greater Philadelphia area. He has extensive experience with bankruptcy and debt consolidation. Over his career, he has helped countless Pennsylvania residents through the bankruptcy process, providing advice and guidance and enabling them to make a fresh financial start. 

Since 1992, Mr. Cibik has been certified by the American Board of Certification as a specialist in bankruptcy. He was among the first cohort of bankruptcy attorneys to receive this distinction. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating, reflecting his high legal capability and ethical standards. He is the recipient of many other honors and awards.

Along with managing his law practice, Mr. Cibik authors a column on bankruptcy law for the Philadelphia Public Record. He has spoken and served as a moderator at various events for the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and a former instructor at several educational institutions. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Cibik received his law degree from Widener University Delaware School of Law. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of laws degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He holds licenses to practice law before all Pennsylvania state courts, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Tax Court and several federal district and appellate courts.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Bankruptcy: Consumer
  • 30%Bankruptcy: Business
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Michael A. Cibik

First Admitted: 1976, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • Michael Cibik's weekly newsletter and blog features significant and valuable information on everything a potential client may need to know about declaring bankruptcy - whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Cibik's newsletter provides straightforward answers to frequently asked questions as well as advice on understanding the impact that financial decisions have on personal situations. Cibik's newsletters and blog posts have garnered rave reviews from people looking to understand bankruptcy law and how it affects their lives. The weekly newsletters are written in clear, concise language for the general public and communicate effectively with the reader, Understanding Bankruptcy

Educational Background

  • BA, Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, 1966
  • MBA, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1972
  • JD, Widener University Delaware Law School, Wilmington, DE , 1976
  • Master of Laws (Taxation) Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pa., 1981

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee--Inactive, 1986
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania--Active, 2021
  • U.S. Tax Court--Active, 2021
  • U.S. Court of Appeals--Active, 2021
  • U.S. Federal District Court--Active, 2021
  • United States Supreme Court--Active, 2021
  • PADI Rescue Scuba Diver Certification--Active, 2021
  • FAA Commercial Pilot's License (IFR Certified)--Active, 2021
  • Pennsylvania Real Estate Brokers License--Inactive, 2010
  • American Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy--Inactive, 2021
  • American Board of Certification Senior Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy--Active, 2021

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Philadelphia Voluntary Lawyers for the Arts, 2016
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Pro Bono Member, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Michael Cibik writes a weekly column in the Philadelphia Public Record entitled "Understanding Bankruptcy.", Understanding Bankruptcy, 2020


Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Penn State Alumni Association Lifetime Member, 2021
  • Hearing Committee Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Union League of Philadelphia Lifetime Member, 2021
  • Pennsylvania Society Lifetime Member, 2018
  • Candidate for Philadelphia City Council, 1987
  • Pennsylvania Board of Podiatry, 2006
  • PA Minor Judiciary Education Board, 2004
  • Pennsylvania Lawyer Disciplinary Board Hearing Officer, 2006
  • Philadelphia Parking Authority Board of Directors, 2010
  • Temple University Board of Trustees, 2008
  • Michael Cibik has taught courses on Corporation and Partnership Law for Villanova University, Business Management and Real Estate Law for Temple University and Federal Income Tax Law for Penn State University. Cibik takes annual continuing education classes, earning at least 12+ credits a year, in the area of bankruptcy. Mike Cibik has served as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for Chief Bankruptcy Judge Emil F. Goldhaber and on the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel, the Federal District Court's Historical Society, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Board of Directors for the Building Owners' and Managers' Association, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Membership Committee, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Lawyer Pilots Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Cibik serves on Temple University's Board of Trustees and is a member of Elks Lodge #270 and a 32nd Degree Mason member of Equity Lodge # 591. Michael Cibik has a FAA Commercial Pilot's license and is a certified PADI Rescue Scuba Diver, 2021


  • Lawyers of Distinction Award, Lawyers of Distinction Award, Lawyers of Distinction, 2021
  • 5-Star Client Reviews, Avvo, Avvo, 2021
  • Top-Rated Bankruptcy Law Lawyer, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Clients' Choice Award, Clients' Choice Award, Avvo, 2021
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers, America's Most Honored Lawyers, American Registry, 2021
  • Top Attorneys In Pennsylvania & Delaware, Top Attorneys, Philadelphia Magazine, 2021
  • Voted Top-Rated Lawyer 2017 by the Legal Community, Michael Cibik and has over 24 awards from the world's most trusted legal resource Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated by Avvo for being widely recognized by the legal community for good professional conduct and experience. Some of Cibik's other awards include: America's Most Honored Professionals 2017 - Top 10%; 2017 Distinguished Attorney; America's Most Honored Professionals 2016 - Top 5%; 2016 Distinguished Attorney; 2015 BV Distinguished Attorney; 2014 BV Distinguished Attorney; Avvo 2014 - Rated Very Good; Avvo 2013 - Rated Very Good; PRR BV Distinguished Attorneys 2012; Avvo Lawyers 2012; Avvo Rated; Directory of Distinguished Attorneys 2011; Avvo Lawyers 2011 Rating; PRR BV Distinguished Attorneys 2011; PRR BV Distinguished Attorneys 2010., Top Rated Lawyer, Legal Community, 2017
  • Top Attorney 10.0 Rating, Avvo, Avvo, 2021

Representative Clients

  • Michael Cibik's practice is limited to the representation of debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Cibik has successfully represented thousands of clients seeking bankruptcy protection since 1980 and handled over 15,000 consumer and small business bankruptcy cases., 2021


  • Michael Cibik's Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings over 40+ years have saved over 10,000 houses from Sheriff's real estate sales and foreclosures. Each year several hundred clients were able to reorganize their finances and keep their homes off the sheriff sale auction block. Furthermore, his Chapter 7 bankruptcy for debtors over the same time period has discharged several hundred million dollars of consumer and business debt., 2021

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 2021
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2021
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2021
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Consumer and Business Bankruptcy
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Office Location for Michael A. Cibik

1500 Walnut St
Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-735-1060

Fax: 215-735-6769

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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