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Gina Nicole Policastri

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.8   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Gina

Learn Gina’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Handling all aspects of divorce including spousal and child support and property division, including complex issues related to businesses, deferred compensation and property characterization issues.

    20 years, 300 cases

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Handling all aspects of child custody including paternity actions, move-aways, abuse/neglect; working with mental health professionals to ensure the best interests of the children are served.

  3. Child support
    20%
    Handling complex issues related to child support including application of extraordinary high income earner exception to guideline support, Smith/Ostler issues, determination of income for self-employed parents, and unemployed and underemployed parents.

  4. Family
    15%
    Handling of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

    20 years, 300 cases

  5. Alimony
    5%
    Handling complex issues related to spousal support ("alimony") including determination of income for self-employed spouses, Smith/Ostler issues, unemployed and underemployed spouses, effects of retirement on spousal support.

Gina Policastri is a Family Law Specialist as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and partner at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, where she has worked since graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law. Gina was one of the firm’s first associates and, during her 19 year tenure, has been instrumental in growing the firm into one of the largest family law firms in California.  Most recently, Gina was honored by the distinguished legal publication, The Daily Journal, as a Top Family Law Lawyer in 2022 and 2023, where she was featured in a special supplement. 

Gina 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.

Gina has been certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist since 2011. 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.

Gina handles all areas of family law including high conflict custody and domestic violence cases, complex business valuation and asset division issues and complicated child and spousal support matters. Gina also draws from her extensive network of family law professionals including forensic accountants, appraisers, vocational and child custody evaluators, parent coordinators, and mental health professionals to assist her in efficiently moving each case toward resolution.

As Gina’s 10.0 AVVO rating and 5-star AVVO reviews reflect, she handles all of her cases with care, compassion and attention to detail.  She uses her persuasive writing skills, familiarity with the Santa Clara County family court system and psychology background to effectively litigate what are often emotionally driven matters, but is also cognizant of the financial burden of litigation and assists clients in making the best cost-effective decisions along the way. Gina finds that her psychology background is particularly useful in understanding the underlying dynamics in a family law case, as well as in effectively analyzing the other side’s litigation tactics. 

Gina is a California native and has lived in Silicon Valley for over twenty five years.  She enjoys spending her free time in Truckee as well as in her community in Willow Glen with her husband, daughter and son.

Gina 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).

 

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Location

Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri
1871 The Alameda, Suite 400
San Jose, CA, 95126-1755

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by Dan | September 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recent Client
I recently completed the divorce process. Although I am myself a lawyer, it is only with hindsight that I realize how naïve I was in the beginning about the process that lay ahead. Through a time consuming process including much screening and evaluation, attorneys at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri and more particularly Gina Policastri and Riley Pennington were retained to represent me. I’m sure I presented some unique challenges to them but with every interaction between us they were informed, patient, and always instructive and instilled in me a great level of confidence in the rightness and effectiveness of their advice and representation. And through it all, they provided guidance based on their considerable experience and knowledge of the subject matter, which allowed me to think past my initial instincts. I have since unqualifiedly recommended them to others and would not hesitate to continue to do so in the future.
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Posted by Elliot | March 22, 2017
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Exceptional Divorce Attorney
Going through a divorce is not easy, especially when your ex hires a bulldog vs a qualified divorce attorney. Gina knew exactly what we were up against, someone who isn't looking for the best interest of both parties but rather how much she can keep it going so she could bill, bill and bill. On our first day in court I knew I had hired the best, everything my ex's attorney threw at the judge was shot down, whereas with Gina's poise and her extensive knowledge of the law the judge gave me everything I asked for without throwing low blows. Gina knows the law, I mean really knows how to prepare, develop a solid strategy and move things along as quickly as possible. Gina is a fantastic communicator, a great listener and never had to ask me a question a second time. She listens, provides guidance and then goes to battle on and off the court. Additionally, Gina has a very strong supporting staff who were just as good as Gina and provided me with answers to any questions or concerns I might have around child custody, support, and splitting of assets. If you are looking for a divorce attorney I highly recommend Gina and her team, they will go above and beyond to help you through this tough time with amazing results.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2017
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Excellent and Professional
Gina is the consummate professional with a vast knowledge base. I had a complicated case and was always confident that Gina could steer me in the right direction. I would absolutely recommend her.
Posted by Jose | June 1, 2016
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Satisfied
Before hiring Gina my case was never getting anywhere, and it has been 6 years going through my divorce, once i hired Gina within 8 months my divorced was finalized. She is extremely organized, a hard worker and always has the best advice for you and knows what is needed to do to move your case forward!
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Gina is currently representing me in my divorce which has been a difficult 2-year process due to delays caused by the opposing attorney and my ex. She was able to answer my numerous questions about the process, copies me on everything and keeps me in the loop the entire time. Communication from Gina and her team either through office visits or by email are always very responsive. Gina is very knowledgeable, professional, competent and has a straight forward approach when explaining the pros and cons and what to expect next. Gina and her staff at Lonich & Patton are very well organized, efficient and gave attention to every detail including correcting opposing attorney’s errors! I felt very comfortable with Gina knowing that she would help guide me to make decisions based on what was best for me and my child. She will definitely fight for your rights! I would highly recommend Gina to represent you in your divorce proceedings, family law or any other legal issue for that matter.
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Posted by Trang | January 21, 2016
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I Could Not Have Asked For Better Representation
After a long 2-year divorce process, I regularly found myself very thankful I came across Gina Policastri of Lonich & Patton. There is so much I can say regarding how incredibly professional and caring Gina was throughout my often frustrating process, but I will keep it short by saying you should try to retain Gina to be your attorney if at all possible. Divorces are very hard on you, and the right attorney will help ease a lot of the frustrations. I would also like to commend the entire staff at Lonich & Patton for their great work on my move-away case with a child, which I won through trial. I could not have asked for better representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
I needed advice on my divorce case and had a lot of questions. Gina listened to my concerns and answered all my questions. After meeting with her, I left feeling confident and relieved. She is very knowledgeable and is straight forward. Gina is the best attorney.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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Highly competent and creative lawyer who provides a clear outline of your options and will fight for your rights.
Gina is a highly competent, intelligent and witty attorney. She understands family law, knows your rights, is highly proactive and will fight for you and your children. Don't hesitate to meet with Gina, you will be impressed with her professionalism and compassion for your situation and needs.
Posted by Yan | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent & Efficient Attorney
I found Gina on Avvo, and it is definitely the right decision. My case is very complicated - international parental abduction case. And China is not a Hague-Convention signatory country, which adds more complexity to the case. In the first consultation, Gina gives me the impression that she is knowledgeable and objective (not too optimistic for the purpose of just taking the case or too pessimistic). This makes me feel she is trustworthy. Another very important thing is that she and her team is very responsive, which is really key to our communication given our distance/timing difference. I mainly work with Gina and her team by emails, which works well for us. I retained Gina in early June, and the hearing was set on July 13th. Very good efficiency. Gina also took the right action under urgency - when I was about to fly to CA for the hearing, something risky happened. With Gina and her team's help, it is solved. With good filing/preparation/strategy by Gina and her team, I win at the first hearing, which is the best scenario that I haven't expected. Although I'm still in the process of getting my attorney fees as prevailing party for the parental abduction case, I believe I will be well represented by Gina and her team for my best interest. I would recommend Gina to represent you for Child Custody or Support case. If your case is an international one or complicated one, she can also get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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Special Needs Child Support/Spousal Support Case
Gina is excellent. I have a very complicated case with a very hard to work with ex (to put it nicely). She listens to my input, she explains everything in plain language. She tells you the pro's and con's and what you can expect. She also tells you exactly what your fees are going to be and how to keep them down. My case was a modification of spousal support and a very unusual case of adult child support for a disabled child. In addition, the opposing attorney was unfamiliar with many aspects and yet Gina kept everything on a smooth keel. I received regular updates, I was copied on everything and never felt like I was out of the loop. She was always available if I had to clarify something and if we had a question about how something should be handled, she really listened to me and we adjusted. I had worked with another attorney before who basically just told me what to do and I let her do it. Not Gina, at all times I was aware that this was MY case and I was in charge. Her advice was excellent and she always kept my budget in mind, telling me what was worth the money and what wasn't. If I asked for something (things came up that changed the scope), she would tell me about how much it would cost so I could make a decision on whether or not it was worth it. In addition, the other attorneys and staff are excellent. Jillian especially is excellent at the financial work. I especially liked that they didn't make decisions FOR me, they made them WITH me. They would send over papers for me to review before they were submitted. They responded quickly to my emails and calls. In two words, PROFESSIONAL AND COMPETENT. I am so pleased I'm going to keep them on retainer after this is done just in case I have to deal with my ex in the future. (Unfortunately, I'm sure I will--but not because Gina and her staff didn't do their job--some people just never move on.)
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Posted by Gina | November 13, 2014
Excellent and trustworthy lawyer
I am so grateful to have found Gina Policastri to represent me in my divorce and custody case. I always felt very well represented; I felt that I had a team of very knowledgeable experts on my side and to have that kind of support through a difficult process was absolutely priceless to me. Gina would present options to me in a very realistic manner- detailing both the pros and cons of various strategies, and she always let me guide the decisions rather than pushing an agenda. I truly felt that Gina and the rest of the staff were advocating for my interests and I felt totally comfortable (in fact relieved!) to have Gina represent me for legal matters rather than trying to maneuver through things on my own. I am glad the process is over for me but I would definitely return to Gina if I had any other legal issues.
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Posted by Minh | October 10, 2013
Indeed a Superlaywer!
Gina is awesome!!!!! I had worked with 3 different family attorneys before but with Gina, I have finally found an attorney who is not only an expert in the family law and child custody field, but also trustworthy, understanding and very kind. Furthermore, she is very hard working, dedicated and very professional. Gina is an outstanding family attorney who has really exceeded my expectations. Gina guided and represented me through the very stressful child custody process and thanks to her expertise, skills and capability to think outside of the box we have achieved an excellent outcome for my case. I highly recommend Gina as a family law attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2012
Excellent Lawyer
Gina Policastri is an excellent attorney and is a certified Family Law Specialist in the firm of Lonich & Patton. I worked with her approximately three years ago when she helped me with my initial divorce proceedings. She is professional and responsive. Along with the firm's founding partner David Patton, she always kept me informed of the strategies and details of my case.
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Posted by Robert | August 30, 2011
A Fair Lawyer for Divorce is Uncommon
Gina N Policastri is an extremely competent laywer who will work on your behalf to provide a fair settlement with your estranged spouse. She is a no nonsense lawyer interested in working for you to provide an expedient end to your marriage. I would recommend Gina not only to represent you in your divorce proceedings, but also work with you to establish a financial trust and plan for your financial future.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2011
Knowledgable. Personable. Responsive.
The issues she successfully addressed were not straightforward. She was able to innovate and pivot when necessary. From what I can tell, Gina has skills that go well beyond the standard expectations. She can boil down complex issues into what is relevent and what is irrelevent very quickly. Very happy with my representation.
Posted by Alice | December 22, 2010
Excellent lawyer!
Gina is very professional and knowledgeable. I have always been made to feel at ease with her and her friendly office staff. I would recommend to anyone who needed lawyer services.
Posted by Jorge | April 12, 2010
Great Lawyer!
It was a pleasure working with Gina, she was dedicated and hard working attorney. She was very professional, responsive and had a clear and simple way of explaining the law as it pertained to me regarding visitation and child support. I will highly recommend her as a great attorney to anyone seeking legal help. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Kirk | September 3, 2009
Gina's rating
Gina was very straight forward and went far beyond what was expected of her. She kept me well informed and quickly returned phone calls and emails. I have no complaints at all about her.
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2009
Gina Policastri is a very good lawyer.
If you need a divorce lawyer, hire Gina Policastri. She listens carefully to everything her clients tell her. She is very easy to talk to and is very knowledgeable about the law. She was always accessible. My questions and concerns were answered by her very promptly. She is very nice and friendly. I am very happy with the outcome of my court procedures.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2009
Gina is an excellent choice!
Gina did an outstanding job representing me during my divorce. Her attention to detail and excellent communication skills were a real asset to my case. I felt she was always there for me, making sure my interests were protected. She is able to think outside the box and bring discrepancies to light quickly, which is important when you're dealing with myriad details during a very stressful time in your life.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 550-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri
  • 2003 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Lonich & Patton, LLP
  • 2001 - 2003

Education

  • Santa Clara University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Santa Clara University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • International Custody Dispute Resulting in Return of Child to China
  • Prevailed
  • DCSS v. John Doe
  • Prevailed Against DCSS in Paternity Action

Associations

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2013
  • World Wide Who's Who
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Santa Clara University Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2003 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Family Law Lawyers
  • The Daily Journal
  • 2023
  • Top Family Law Lawyers
  • The Daily Journal
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Family Lawyers Under 40
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center - Small Business Seminar
  • How to Start a Small Business
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (30)
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Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gina is my "go-to" attorney for referring clients for family law matters in the South Bay. She is one of the smartest and most diligent attorneys I know in an area of law that is complex and emotional. She must hold the record for clients sending her candy, flowers and thank you notes for consistently helping clients in need."
Business Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gina has handled several business dissolution cases for us. Excellent attorney. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Gina Policastri. Like Gina, I am a family law attorney and understand her role in the legal community. I have known Gina professionally for over 15 years and during such time we have had numerous active family law cases across the table. I am so impressed with Gina's ethics, stellar work product, pragmatic and insightful approach to resolution, formidable representation in court, and courtesy as counsel and as an employer. Gina's education, advocacy and acting in her clients' best interests are bar none, and that is why I gladly often refer divorcing parties to her. I'm proud to call her a colleague and collaborator, not a competitor. Thank you Gina for raising the bar in the family law community. Jim"
Alimony Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gina is an excellent attorney with a reputation for her zealous advocacy and results. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hiring an experienced family law attorney is the best way you get peace of mind when dealing with custody , visitation, spousal support, etc. Having a family law attorney's services helps ensure that nothing is left out of your case/claim or matter, which means that costly mistakes won't come back to bite you later. I endorse this lawyer . -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Clients referred to Gina were very satisfied."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gina is highly capable!"
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