Juliet Piccone

Juliet Piccone

Pet Legal Problems? Call Juliet! It pays to hire an experienced animal attorney
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Colorado
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Biography

I have represented or provided animal law consultations to hundreds of people over the past 8 years. If you hire me for an initial consultation, I will be thorough and will tell you exactly how I assess your pet legal problem. I do not believe in sugar coating bad news. I have seen and handled so many different types of pet/livestock cases that I have a different perspective from the generalist who dabbles in animal law.

I endeavor to give you as many low-cost options as I can, including do-it-yourself if that is what you can afford. My goal is to help you do the right thing for your pet. During your consultation, we will discuss whether you want to hire me to represent you. If we both agree to move forward with representation, I will draft an engagement agreement for you to review.

Often my consultation will give you the peace of mind or instructions you need to move forward without an attorney. Everything we discussed will remain confidential whether you retain me to represent you or not.

These are some of the legal issues for which I have represented clients or provided legal advice about: Criminal Defense: dog bites, "dangerous dog" designation cases, restricted (banned) breed, animal control violations, etc. (largest area of practice). Civil litigation: custody disputes, replevin (court order of possession for wrongfully held pets), veterinary malpractice, negligence, breach of contact (second largest area of practice). Second opinions for represented individuals and animal law expert consultation services to non-animal law attorneys to assist in their cases, including out of state attorneys. Transactional: demand letter, contracts (buyer/breeder, pet adoption from rescue), pet custody agreements. Administrative: Licensure, PACFA compliance, inspections and record keeping. I have also represented disabled individuals in need of assistance animals in housing or in public.

Practice Area
    Animal & Dog Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I require pre-payment; please see my cancellation policy here: https://thepetlawfirm.com/cancellation-policy
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I have specialized in this field for eight of my 21 year legal career. When deciding whom to chose for advice, remember the adage "you get what you pay for". My initial consultations start at $250. If retained, my hourly rate starts at $200. Animal Law is considered a specialty because it is both vast and obscure. The field includes any type of legal matter, whether it be criminal, civil, administrative or transactional, that affects the rights, standing and/or welfare of an animal or its guardian or third parties. It is a relatively new area of the law where sparse case and statutory law exists in terms of defining, establishing and protecting the welfare of animals and legal rights and responsibilities of their guardians or owners. As a lawyer who practices animal law exclusively, with a emphasis on protecting pets, I use the tools that the legal system provides to give animals a voice in both the litigation and transactional forums.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Member, Senior Attorney
The Piccone Law Firm LLC dba The Pet Law Firm
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In June 2013 I founded The Piccone Law Firm, LLC dba The Pet Law Firm, with the goal of becoming Colorado's leading expert regarding pet legal issues. I provide compassionate yet aggressive representation to both pet and person, using best interest of animal analysis . I have provided hundreds of initial consultations to individuals, businesses and animal welfare organizations to craft unique solutions and weigh pros and cons of going to court or to trial, and lay out as many different options I can think of for a particular issue. In 1990 when I decided to become a lawyer, I never thought I'd become a criminal defense attorney; but these are some of my most important cases. I defend both pet and person for vicious or dangerous dog cases which could lead to the pet's death at the hands of the government. The next largest category of animal law I handle is civil litigation or negotiating with the opposing party (or insurance company) for custody disputes and liability issues.
Associate Attorney
The Animal Law Center LLC
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After taking some time off, somewhat disheartened about "the law" and my place in the field, I decided to explore options in animal law. I joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund and was offered an internship with a local animal law practice following a mixer sponsored by ALDF. I worked part time for free or later on for a small stipend so I could learn the field of animal law. During my 10-month internship, I quickly learned that attorneys practicing "animal law" must be fluent with divergent areas of the law. After 10 months I was ready to branch out on my own.
Associate Attorney
Various insurance defense law firms
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Prior to 2012 I worked as an insurance defense attorney, litigating property, malpractice, serious injury and death cases. I represented both individuals and companies that had liability insurance coverage for alleged negligence. Later on in my carrier I also represented insurance companies in disputes with their insureds ("bad faith breach of contract being the main complaint"). Since insurance companies hire lawyers for their insureds (the defendants), the cases usually came down to what was the property or the injured or deceased person worth? How much money should be paid to the person or his or her family? Although I empathized with my clients and always defended them vigorously, I did not become a lawyer to save corporations money; I became an attorney to help people and make a difference in society. I did not become a lawyer to reduce an insured's chances of being covered under their paid liability or property policies. I decided to take a break and rethink my career options.
Board Member
Every Creature Counts
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I was a volunteer board member for a local no-kill pet rescue/high volume spay and neuter clinic. I obtained first hand experience of what animal shelters go through with the pet overpopulation crisis. I assisted with fundraising activities and social media operations.
Law clerk to Chief Judge John David Sullivan
Colorado District Court Eighth Judicial District
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I was then Chief Judge John David Sullivan's law clerk. He presided over felony criminal cases, civil cases and adoption proceedings. He presided over a number of jury trials. Part of my job was to be his bailiff and keep order in the courtroom while simultaneously reviewing motions that had been filed and drafting legal memorandum or proposed orders. All this in the era before the court used laptops, tablets or smart phones, so everything was written by hand until I could go to my office when court was not in session. This was an invaluable experience.
Felony Victim/Witness unit Volunteer
Boulder County Colorado District Attorney office
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I very much desired to become a criminal prosecutor, so in my senior year at C.U. Boulder I volunteered with the local prosecutor's office in the felony crimes victim witness unit. I became close to several district attorneys, and obtained letters of recommendation for law school.
Education
University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (1999) | Law
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University of Colorado - Boulder
B.S. (1996) | Political Science
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Professional Associations
Colorado State Bar  # 30934
Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
PACFA Rule Changes for Petsitters and Rescues, Hopeful Hound
No Kill Colorado
Websites & Blogs
Website
The Piccone Law Firm’s official website
Legal Answers
152 Questions Answered
Q. Neighbor yelled at me for letting my dog pee on the grass in a public area.
A: In Littleton CO there is no ordinance pertaining to dog urine specifically, the closest thing I could find is this and I don’t believe it applies: 6-1-1: CONDITIONS AND ACTS PROHIBITED: B. Annoying Odors: The maintenance on any premises in the City of a dog or other animal in such a manner or in such living quarters so as to cause annoying and offensive odors to permeate the neighborhood, or to seriously annoy persons passing to and fro upon the streets or sidewalks, is hereby declared to be a nuisance and shall not be permitted within the City. (1971 Code § 4.2) 6-2-13: REMOVAL OF DOG WASTE REQUIRED: A. The owner of any dog shall immediately remove any feces deposited by such dog on any property, public or private, not owned or exclusively occupied by the owner. B. The owner of any dog shall also be responsible for the periodic removal of feces deposited by such dog on property owned or exclusively occupied by such owner as to not allow such accumulation that creates an unsanitary, offensive, or unhealthy condition. (Ord. 12, Series of 2020) Effective on: 5/5/2020
Q. Is it illegal to abandoned and not pick up a dog after asking someone to temporarily watch the dog?
A: The roommate who agreed to watch the dog is responsible for its care unless he/she transfers it to a local humane society clearly stating all the details of ownership known to them, identifying the owner and disclosing the details about the owner can’t be contacted.
Q. My girlfriend who l lived with 11 years moved out and took the dogs we bought together. can i get shared custody?
A: I’m not sure if your situation falls under common law marriage (or if Ohio recognizes such) so I’d suggest you figure that out first. You may need to file for divorce and division of debt/property. If you are not considered common law married you need to file a replevin action against her and be prepared to prove you own the dogs. Courts typically do not order shared custody with out an agreement by the parties. I do not recommend asking for visitation/joint custody with an ex.
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Contact & Map
The Piccone Law Firm LLC dba The Pet Law Firm
P.O. Box 5072
Greenwood Village, CO 80155-5072
Telephone: (720) 535-6246
Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Friday: 11 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 12 PM - 3 PM
Sunday: Closed
Notice: All appointments must be pre-scheduled and pre-paid online at https://thepetlawfirm.com/services