Jodi Argentino is the Managing Partner of Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy, LLC. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York.
Prior to the establishment of this firm, Jo was a Partner with Guston & Guston, LLP, and the Managing Partner of the firm’s Custody and Dissolution Team, which has now transitioned into Argentino Family Law. Jo’s own practice is focused on work involving LGBTQ families and children, non-nuclear family structures, families with special needs, and complex parentage situations.
Jo is also qualified by the State of NJ as a Family Law Mediator and act as a Guardian ad Litem in disputed custody and or Guardianship matters across the state. Jo also loves to do Parent Coordination work with high conflict families. She is currently finishing up her Masters of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology through Northcentral University, focusing on the neurobiological/developmental effects on young children when they suffer trauma such as neglect or separation from a known caregiver. She has also extensively studied neurobiological and behavioral disorders such as ADHD, ASD, ODD, and CD. Jo has studied personality disorders and mental health conditions, and will be publishing and writing regarding how these interplay with parent-child relationships and co-parenting in divorce.
Jo received her JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 2002, where she also received a Certification of Specialization in Family Law and Social Policy and was a Teaching Assistant for The Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinical Program. She was also an Editor of The Digest (Journal of the Italian-American Bar Association). Jo then began her legal practice as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Deanne M. Wilson, J.S.C. Jo has spent 15 of her 17 years of practice, focusing exclusively in the area of Family Law and the other two immersed in civil litigation including employment discrimination and personal injury.
Jo is an active and passionate volunteer within the legal and LGBTQ communities, as well as her children’ school communities. She is a member of the American Bar Association (including the Family Law Section), The National LGBT Bar Association (including as an admitted member of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association) and a member of the New Jersey Bar Association (NJSBA).
Jo is a Past Chair of the NJSBA LGBT Rights Section, a member of the NJSBA Family Law Executive Committee, and a member of the Solo and Small Firm Section. Jo has also served with the District X Fee Arbitration Committee of the NJ Office of Attorney Ethics and is currently an appointed member of the NJSBA CLE Advisory Committee.
Jo has written extensively on the subject of Family Law and LGBTQ issues, is a contributing author for the NJSBA LGBT Rights Section Newsletter, and has been a speaker for various organizations including NJICLE, the National LGBT Bar Association, Gender Conference East, and for the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.
Jo was a recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2015 Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 Award.
Jo resides in Montclair, NJ and is the proud parent of three children. Jo’s blended family proudly includes multiple co-parents, children born of reciprocal IVF and with special needs, a musically-talented athlete, and a transgender child, all of whom never cease to amaze. Jo considers her own family a great influence and inspiration for her work.