Celeste is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with educational and social roots in advocacy work and international policy.
Celeste’s practice consists of family law, special education and anti-bullying work, legal assistance for the transgender and non-binary identified community and advancement of LGBTQ rights in general.
Celeste chose to merge The Fiore Law Firm, LLC into Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy, LLC upon its opening in 2017 so as to be able to serve a larger community of people and focus on the areas of law that Celeste is most passionate about.
Celeste is a long-time LGBTQ educator, activist, and advocate, starting at American University in Washington, DC by leading its LGBTQ undergraduate organization. While at Rutgers School of Law (Camden), Celeste also led Outlaws, the LGBTQ law student group. Celeste presents regularly on LGBTQ cultural competency and legal issues specific to the LGBTQ community. Prior to law school, Celeste completed a volunteer year with City Year-Greater Philadelphia (Americorps) helping children in underserved populations succeed in their educational pursuits and personal potential. That experience has set Celeste on a path focused on advocacy for traditionally marginalized communities that is central to Celeste’s passions within the legal field.
Celeste has run LGBTQ cultural competency and gender-education related presentations for various organizations including NJ Administrative Offices of the Courts, NJ County Bar Associations and Courts, NJ ICLE, school board associations, and for conferences/events such as those run by Gender Conference East, PFLAG, and the New Jersey Bar Foundation’s Speakers Bureau (as well as for private entities).
Celeste currently serves as the Chair of the LGBT Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a member of the Section’s Legislative Committee and reviews. They also advise on proposed legislation referred to the Section and assists in legislative drafting for bills which may impact the LGBTQ community. Celeste has been appointed to the NJSBA’s Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the NJSBA Family Law Section and NJSBA Young Lawyer’s Division.
In New Jersey, Celeste has relationships with numerous civil rights and advocacy groups such as ACLU-NJ and Garden State Equality and pro bono legal service providers and organizations. Celeste uses these relationships to work for the best results for clients, while keeping in mind the costs of litigation. Celeste is currently working to develop a program for pro bono representation of transgender adults for legal name changes in New Jersey.
Nationally, Celeste has connections to advocacy groups serving the LGBTQ community such as the National Center for Transgender Equality, The LGBT Task Force, and Lambda Legal. Celeste is also a member of the National LGBT Bar Association (and is a recently admitted member of the Family Law Institute). Celeste believes that through coordinated efforts and the sharing of resources with both state and national organizations, a positive impact can be made in the lives of individual clients and for our broader community.
Celeste was named a New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2017 and 2018. Most recently, Celeste was recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40!
Celeste (originally from Allentown, PA) has lived in South Jersey, Central Jersey and has made their way up to North Jersey and put down roots in Montclair. Celeste hates inefficiency, is willfully autonomous, has as fierce sense of dedication, and is an amateur triathlete. Celeste enjoys using that dedication and athleticism to inspire others and to support not-for-profit causes, along with the other team members of Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy.
Celeste prefers the pronoun “they” to “he” or “she.” When in doubt, Celeste always answers to their name.