Brian J. Cali


PPracticing since 1978, firm founder Cali concentrates on all aspects of Family Law, including divorce, separation, custody, adoption and representation of children in custody litigation throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Bradford and Wyoming Counties. He has successfully argued before the Appellate Courts on family law matters, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list since 2009. In 2018, Cali was designated chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, a 13-member independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. Attorney Cali also has a strong business background, holding undergraduate degrees in business administration and accounting. As a business owner himself, he understands the sound practical judgment required of business owners and advises his clients in all business matters whether related to a divorce or otherwise. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Lackawanna and American Bar Associations.


Family Law

Experienced representation in all family related matters : Divorce, Custody, Support, Children and Youth Appeals, Protection from Abuse, and Adoption. Our team of lawyers and paralegals protect the interests of our clients from the beginning to the end. We guide our clients through the process with understanding and concern and handle each litigation with the same zeal, from the not-so-complicated to the complex. It is our privilege to stand side by side with our clients and achieve the best results.

Elder & Estate Law

Experienced representation and concern in helping our clients preserve their assets and plan for the unexpected. We assist with Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney and additionally handle Probate and Estate Administration, helping our clients through this difficult time. It is our role to support the decisions of our clients and prevent the law from dictating against their wishes.

Real Estate Law

Experienced representation in all phases of real estate transactions: Home Purchases, Home Sales, Financing, Refinancing, Commercial Sales, Commercial Purchases and Land Use Planning. We are a licensed Title Insurance Agent with over thirty years of experience that own and operate a title abstract company known as ETA Inc., issuing Title Insurance through First American Title Insurance. Our clients can rely on us to guide them through the entire process from initial Agreement of Sale through Closing.

Business Law

Experienced representation in the Formulation of Small Businesses as well as the Sales and Purchases of Existing Businesses; expertly creating entities most suitable for our clients, whether it’s a Corporation, Partnership, Limited Liability Company or a Sole Proprietorship. We handle the purchases and sales of all businesses and have over thirty years of experience in the transference of liquor licenses during the sale of restaurants and bars. Paying close attention to all the details ensures that our clients are always secure in their decisions.

Civil Law

Experienced representation in civil actions before all levels of the Judiciary; representing businesses and individuals in Social Security Disability Claims, Contract Disputes, License Violations, Monetary Disputes and Personal Injury Cases. In the instance of specialized personal injury cases, we direct a network of highly vetted firms which are experts within specified areas of personal injury. We guide our clients to the appropriate firm and then continue to provide assistance and guidance throughout the relationship.

Criminal Law

Experienced representation in protecting the rights of the accused and understanding the serious impact on the accused and their family when one has been charged with a crime. We are experienced in navigating through the criminal justice system in regards to minor offenses, misdemeanors and/or felonies. We handle charges of Driving Under the Influence, Drug Arrests, Abuse, Violent Crimes, Thefts, Probation Violations and Appeals.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania - 1977 / Present
  • United States District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - Pennsylvania Eastern District Court

Memberships & Associations

  • The Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The American Association for Justice
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Lackawanna County Family Law Rules Committee
  • Chair - Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - 2018 / 2019
  • Chair - Fidelity D & D Bancorp Board
  • Charter Member - Library System of Lackawanna County
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice


  • Lackawanna County Assistant Solicitor - 1978 / 1987
  • Board Member - Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank


  • Duquesne University - 1974
  • Duquesne University School of Law - 1977

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List - 2007 / Present
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America - 2012 / Present
  • Best Lawyers in America - 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction - 2019

Client Testimonials

  • "I first met with Brian when I was six months pregnant with my child. I was in the process of exiting a very brief and tumultuous marriage. Despite the brevity of the marriage, my case had been very complex. From the start, Brian and his staff were always attentive and professional in meeting the needs of myself and, more importantly, my child. Four years from our first meeting, my opinion has not changed. If you want the best, look no further.”

  • "I hired Attorney Brian Cali four years ago for my Divorce action. It was a very stressful time for me, since my divorce was very bitter. I must say that I called Attorney Cali several times a week to guide and help me through the painful process. He always returned my calls whether it was very early in the morning or late into the evening. I never had to worry because I would always hear back from him with answers to all of my questions. If it wasn’t for Attorney Cali, I would not have made it through the entire Divorce process. He is a great attorney and one that definitely earns the title of Super Lawyer."

  • "Attorney Brian Cali turned out to be an excellent choice. He guided me through my divorce process, and I could tell that he truly sympathized with my plight. His entire staff was superb as well. All questions were answered, the proper documents filed in a timely manner, and they all looked out for my best interests. At the lowest point of my life, the bright side was that he and his staff truly made me feel like family. I can’t thank them all enough."

  • "Brian and all of his staff were very professional and caring about each aspect throughout the process. I appreciated their quick responses to my emails and phone calls. I feel that he helped to negotiate a fair outcome and provided excellent legal advice. I would highly recommend Brian and his team!"

  • “Brian and his team, are nothing short of excellent! He’s been my attorney for 11 years, guiding me through my divorce and never once swaying from doing the right thing - keeping my children and I first.”

  • “Brian really cares about his clients. Had I hired any other legal team in town, not only would I have struggled through the divorce, but would probably still be in the middle of it.”

  • “His willingness to listen, empathize, and guide me towards making the right choices for my family and myself - made the legal issues, the least difficult part of my divorce.”

  • “With consistent dedication, Brian Cali and his staff expertly handled my long and arduous divorce, which included a diverse and complicated portfolio. Brian's ability, strength, character, and integrity, coupled with his friendly and kind-hearted staff, prioritized my interests and made sure I never felt worried or alone.”

  • “Attorney Brian Cali's compassion and fairness, along with his willingness to listen, empathize, and guide me through the process - reassured me that he was the right choice for my divorce."

  • “Brian J. Cali is an exceptional divorce lawyer who uses his expertise in a caring and accommodating manner to represent his clients. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Cali for his dedication in representing me and highly recommend his services."

  • “When I began the purchase of my home, I was simply scared. I called the firm and from the beginning to the end, their process was flawless. Their expertise and concern for me made for a pleasant experience.”

  • “At the time in which my Dad got older, he needed to make plans for his estate and assets. The staff of this office was kind, caring and understanding with my father. Not only did they draft the estate plan and the documents he needed, when he passed, they helped probate his estate. They did the best job for our family.”

  • “As soon as I met with the firm and found that they prioritized my needs as well as my child’s needs, I knew I was in the right hands.”

  • “We decided to get into the restaurant business and were warned of the complicated and difficult procedure of buying a business and obtaining a liquor license. Brian and his staff made the entire experience seamless and easy, their professionalism ensuring the transfer of the liquor license on time to start our dream.”