Gina Policastri is a Certified Family Law Specialist and partner at Lonich & Patton, LLP, where she has worked since graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003.
Ms. Policastri obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003, where she earned a place as an editor of the Santa Clara Law Review by writing a legal comment on the Barry Bonds divorce case and the prenuptial agreement legislation it subsequently sparked.
Ms. Policastri is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist. To obtain this certification, an attorney must: 1) be an active member in good standing of the State Bar of California; 2) pass a written examination covering California family law; 3) have substantial experience in the field of family law; 4) complete State Bar of California approved legal education requirements applicable to the family law field; and 5) be favorably evaluated by judges and/or other attorneys concerning his or her knowledge, ability and experience in the practice of family law. A Certified Family Law Specialist maintains and improves his or her knowledge and competence in the family law field regularly.
Ms. Policastri uses her persuasive writing skills, familiarity with the Santa Clara County family court system and psychology background to effectively litigate cases on behalf of her clients. She handles all areas of family law including high conflict custody cases, complex business valuation and asset division issues and complicated child and spousal support matters.
Ms. Policastri loves to travel and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, daughter and her family, who live on California’s Central Coast.
Ms. Policastri is a member of the State Bar of California and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. She is also a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (including the Family Law Section) and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top 40 Family Lawyers Under 40||The American Society of Legal Advocates||2013|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Top Women Attorneys in Northern California||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||State Bar of California||2011|
|Academic Excellence in Community Property||Witkin Legal Institute||2003|
|Academic Achievement in Community Property||CALI||2003|
|Partner||Lonich & Patton, LLP||2003 - Present|
|Law Clerk||Lonich & Patton, LLP||2001 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2013 - Present|
|World Wide Who's Who||Member||2012 - Present|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2011 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2003 - 2007|
|Santa Clara University Law Review||Editor||2003 - 2003|
|State Bar of California||member||2003 - Present|
|U.S. District Court, Northern District of California||Member||2003 - Present|
|Better Business Bureau||Member||2003 - Present|
|DCSS v. John Doe||Prevailed Against DCSS in Paternity Action|
|International Custody Dispute Resulting in Return of Child to China||Prevailed|
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|Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog||The "Dirty DUI" Case||2014|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog||January, AKA "Divorce Month," is Over!||2014|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog||Olympic Skiier Reaches Custody Agreement||2014|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog||Does "Shacking Up" Mean "Splitting Up?"||2014|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog||Independent Evaluations: Could Denying Your Child Junk Food Affect Child Custody?||2014|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog||Tax Ruling: Joint Federal Tax Returns For Everyone!||2013|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP BLog||Contemplating Divorce: What To Consider Before You Cut Ties||2013|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog||Annulment: Cleaning the Marital Slate||2013|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP||Fiduciary Duties Between Spouses: Respect Thy Spouse||2013|
|Lonich & Patton Blog||What are the Legal Implications of Conceiving a Child Through Artificial Insemination?||2011|
|Lonich & Patton Blog||What is Income for Purposes of Support?||2011|
|Lonich & Patton, LLP||Actor John Cryer Order to Continue Child Support Payments Despite Having Primary Custody||2011|
|Santa Clara University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Santa Clara University||Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Science||2000|
|The Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center - Small Business Seminar||How to Start a Small Business||2002|