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Gina Angela Calogero

Family Attorney at Montclair, NJ

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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Providing compassionate, professional legal advice to families and their companion animals since 1993.

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Gina saving "Splinter"  from death row, her very first animal law case.


Argentino Fiore Law & Advocacy
50 Church St
Ste 106
Montclair, NJ, 07042

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Posted by Nicholas | April 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Professional service and expertise in Animal Law!
We retained Gina to help us with our case involving our pet. She was very knowledgeable and an expert in this field. She helped us settle the case quickly with no issues. Highly recommend her for any services related to animal law! 100% plus review.
Posted by Vivian | September 3, 2021
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Wonderful and smart legal support
I worked with Gina when buying my ex husband out of our house. It was highly contentious, and he and I were at an impasse. I was really on the verge of losing my home because of what he was demanding. Gina took great time and patience with me to make certain I understood my options, her possible actions, and the probabilities of success. She was always respectful in her communication with me, and ultimately acted on my choices. Through her communication with the ex, he finally compromised I was spared the huge expense of litigation.
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Posted by Kaytee | December 21, 2016
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My family had pretty much given up when we found out the town wanted to have our precious dog euthanized. I started calling lawyers, and legitimately every lawyer I talked to passed up the case and referred me to Gina. Gina is up front and honest, she tells it like it is, and she really really truly knows what she's doing! I can never express enough the amount of gratitude I have for what she did for our family and most of all our fur baby Bud. She saved his life. If you're looking for a great attorney, look no further. Thanks again Gina!!!!!
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Posted by Joseph | July 16, 2016
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Ms. Calogero represented me a couple of years ago in a legal matter I had against a governmental entity. She showed concern for my situation, was very thorough and did an excellent job representing me. I would definitely recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2016
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dog against state
My mother and I hired Gina to help get my dog back from the state after he bit another dog. Without her help my dog would have been announced potentially vicious and would have had a lot of restrictions. She has so much knowledge when it comes to animals and the law, even more than animal control. Gina cares a lot about her clients and will do whatever it takes to make everything fair. I am very greatful for her help and will highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Kenneth | May 31, 2016
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Defamation suit
Gina represented me in defense of a civil suit for defamation, filed by a municipal attorney who represented himself. Although not the usual case for Gina, she had full command of the case law for defamation and free speech, and knew even more than the judge hearing the case. I could not have had a better attorney defending me, and in addition to her knowledge, her expert and tough strategizing worked in my favor (the suit was dropped). At all times I felt secure that someone was working very hard for my best interests. In a footnote, the guy who was suing me ended up being arrested by the County Prosecutor's Office for the very offense I said he might have committed. So this experience showed me two sides of the legal profession - the very good (Gina) and the bad.
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Posted by Connie | May 24, 2016
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My divorce experience with Gina Calogero
After seeking referrals from other attorneys, I was unanimously directed to Gina Calogero. I wanted a "woman's attorney" who would look out for my best interest in what would probably be a very contentious, upsetting divorce. Gina guided me through the legal system with empathy and knowledge and gave me the confidence and support I needed to be fairly dissolved from a 17 year marriage. She EXPLAINED the "legal in and outs", giving me options as well as the support when I would ask her advice for certain decisions. Fair, smart, and very well respected by the judge who heard our case, I know I had the BEST representation with Gina. The big PLUS is that she is a very nice person and you can TALK to her about what you want and what you fear and she will give you extremely unbiased, fair legal advice. In highly emotionally charged meetings, she never failed to "keep her cool" and set the example at the table of how a competent lawyer represents her client. My privilege to have worked with her.
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Posted by Jennifer | May 24, 2016
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2 times success!
I used Gina twice and was very happy both times with the results - once when I got divorced and again 9 years later when my ex disputed the proceeds from the sale of our house. Gina is tough but fair, and I've seen her be persuasive when the situation warranted and also really go for the throat when that was necessary. She returns phone calls and emails promptly and stays on track with the issue. She took very good care of me.
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Posted by Jennifer | May 23, 2016
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Very satisfied client
In the past 3 years, Gina Calogero has represented me twice; Once to assist me with my beloved Mother's probate and once for a case involving my beautiful dog. In both instances, I have found Gina to be very thorough, knowledgeable and generous with her time. She really listened to the details of the situations and provided me with sound recommendations and legal advice. Gina cares about her clients. She represented me with integrity and honesty. I'm truly grateful for her help! If I'm ever in need of her expertise, I know Gina is there - looking out for my best interest.
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Posted by Jill | May 23, 2016
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Pet Custody Case
When I was faced with a pet custody issue I was lucky to find Gina Calogero, who has a lot of experience in this area. Throughout my case she made herself readily available to me and was compassionate to my situation. She was able to resolve my case quickly and in the end I was happily awarded with the custody arrangement I was seeking. Gina is professional, smart and honest and I would confidently refer her to anyone who has a family or pet legal issue at hand.
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Posted by Nick | May 24, 2016
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Run away
I hired gina because my ex wife took me back to court for unpaid medical bills that I had no idea even existed. Plus my ex wife moved in with her fiancee and I wanted my alimony to stop.Gina refused to ask court to have the motion put into place.She claims she's an aggressive lawyer but in reality she just stands on the sidelines and let's the other attorney call the shots.She forgot to tell my ex wife attorney that my ex needed to be in court so that,was a waste of 800 dollars (400 dollars an hour) I went to court today representing myself and I made out so much better then as if gina was there. My advise is stay away from her she's out for your money and will drag the process out as long as she can
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Response from Gina Calogero June 1, 2016
How unfortunate that Nick used this forum to twist facts and state opinions he never voiced during the case. He was happy when I restored his parenting time or went to court for him again and again, long after he stopped paying for my services. As one can see from my mostly 5-star reviews, I deserve compensation for my hard work. If all I cared about was money, I would have fired Nick long before I did. He never responded to over a dozen emails from my office and ignored generous offers for a payment plan.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Hannoch Weisman
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lum, Hoens, Conant & Danzis
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Law Clerk
  • Hon. John J. Geronimo, J.S.C.
  • 1985 - 1986


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark (S.I. Newhouse Center for Law & Justice)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Douglass College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Houseman v. Dare
  • Successful


  • New Jersey Bar Association, Animal Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Municipal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women Lawyers in Bergen
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Animal Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Humanitarian Award
  • Peter J. Rodino Society, Seton Hall Law School
  • 2012


  • New Jersey Lawyer Magazine
  • Pitfalls for Pit Bulls: the NJ Vicious Dog Act
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • NJ Vicious and Potentially Dangerous Dog Act
  • 2016
  • Annual Meeting and Convention
  • Animal Law: Domestic Violence and Pets
  • 2016
  • Annual Meeting and Conference
  • Animal Law: Police/Dog encounters
  • 2015
  • Annual Meeting and Conference
  • Animal Law: Veterinary Malpractice
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Gina
Animal law Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gina was my adversary in a pet custody matter. She is a strong advocate who knows the law in and out (having argued one of the only published pet custody cases in the state) and is a strong advocate for her client. Nonetheless, she works with the utmost professionalism and applies a collaborative approach to resolving matters. It was clear that Gina works to protect the best interests of her client and also the pets involved in a dispute. She is a skilled attorney and wonderful colleague."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gina is a tough but fair prosecutor. She knows the Law inside and out and uses it to her best advantage. I have recommended Gina for many matters, some involving the legal issues for pet owners as well as for matrimonial issues. Everyone I have referred to Gina has appreciated her services and called me to thank me for sending them to Gina."
Animal law Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I ever need an attorney, I will seek representation from Gina Calogero. Gina Calogero has years of litigation expertise and is one of the most effective attorney's I have ever met. She is extremely articulate and has a brilliant legal mind. She is an ardent fighter in all areas of the law that she practices. Gina has a well-earned reputation as a guru of animal law and and has been at the forefront of being an advocate for expanding animal rights. She is both professional and competent. I highly recommend Gina for her skilled, knowledgeable legal services."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Gina for several years and find her to be a trustworthy adversary. She is knowledgeable and always prepared. Most importantly, she treats clients and adversaries with respect and understands that her job is to fight for her client, not just fight. I welcome entering a case in which Gina is involved because I know everything will be handled with the utmost professionalism."
Real estate Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Gina Calogero for over 20 years. I have had numerous closings with Ms. Calogero in connection with the purchase and sale of co-op apartments where Ms. Calogero was attorney for the corporation. Every closing with Gina has been seamless. She pays particular attention to detail, is smart, professional and easy to work with. Her staff is also professional and courteous. Ms. Calogero's expertise in animal law and her advocacy on behalf of animal rights is well-known and admired. I am pleased to endorse Gina Calogero."
Animal law Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gina is a former chair of the NJ State Bar Association's Animal Law Committee and has handled groundbreaking cases in custody disputes over pets."
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