Canon and Civil Lawyer

Michael J. Mazza, J.D., J.C.D.

(+1) 605.416.9303 – United States or (+372) 8146-3981 – Italy

Michael Mazza is a practicing civil and canon lawyer who advocates on behalf of clerics, religious, and lay people. He also represents dioceses and religious orders. With over 20 years of civil law experience, Michael provides canon law services to those who need professional legal advice, expertise, and representation. If you are in need of a canon lawyer, especially if you are an accused priest, contact Michael Mazza J.D., J.C.D.

Michael works with his clients remotely or in person, as the situation allows. From his office in Wisconsin, he works with clients all over the USA and the world.

About Me


Years of Civil Law Experience


Doctorate in Canon Law


Total Clients


Priest Clients


“Michael’s help was indispensable in helping me remain in ministry. I am grateful for his wise counsel and steady hand at a time of great stress for me.”

 – a diocesan priest (East Coast USA)

“The members of our parish who retained Michael to help us in our dealings with the diocese were very pleased with his professionalism, his diligence, and his promptness in replying to our concerns.”

– a parish group (Midwest, USA)

“In addition to his excellent legal advice, I am very grateful for Michael’s patient ear and caring heart during my struggles with my diocese. Without his help, I’m not sure where I’d be at the moment.”

– a diocesan priest (Southern USA)

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Contact Michael

To learn more about canon law services and how I can help, please send an email, or call (+1) 605.416.9303 (United States) or (+372) 8146.3981 (Italy). I look forward to speaking with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canon law is the body of norms that govern the Catholic Church. The time-honored principles of canon law help define and protect the rights and duties of the faithful, making sure that the Church lives up to the mission entrusted to it by the Lord.

A canon lawyer can help people in need of advice, assistance, or representation with any issue regarding the Catholic Church. This can include actions relating to defamation, declarations of marital nullity (“annulments”), fiscal mismanagement in a parish or diocese, difficulties within religious congregations, or issues relating to sexual abuse claims or abuses of ecclesiastical power.

As soon as someone’s canonical rights begin to appear to be threatened, the early involvement of a reputable, knowledgeable, and competent canon lawyer is absolutely critical. If you are a cleric accused of misconduct, you need to call such a canonist as soon as possible, as time is of the essence.

Civil lawyers are used to negotiating and problem solving. They also can be trusted to keep client confidences under the attorney-client privilege. Being familiar with both systems of law can be of tremendous assistance when helping clerics accused of misconduct.

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