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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The Piccone Law Firm, LLC d/b/a Colorado Animal Attorneys was founded in 2013 by Colorado licensed attorney Juliet Piccone to provide personalized, affordable pet/animal related legal services for guardians and their animals. Colorado Animal Attorneys is one of only two law firms in CO that provide full time, exclusively animal law related legal services. It pays to hire an experienced animal attorney.

After graduating from Wheat Ridge Sr. High School in 1992, Ms. Piccone enrolled in The University of Colorado Boulder where she majored in Political Science. She then continued her education at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, CO. After graduating with her Juris Doctor from CU Law in 1999, she embarked on her legal career. Ms. Piccone clerked for a district court judge in the 8th Judicial District. Upon completion of her clerkship, Ms. Piccone became a skilled and aggressive civil litigator in the field of insurance defense. In that capacity she evaluated cases, counseled clients, researched and wrote pleadings and motions, conducted all aspects of discovery and disclosure, conducted hearings, prepared for and assisted with trials and worked on post-trial matters and appeals. Ms. Piccone merged her passion for animals with her legal talents in 2012 by entering the field of animal law. She quickly learned that this field requires familiarity with virtually every subcategory of law (criminal law, civil law including animal custody, torts, contracts, civil rights, replevin, and also the area of administrative law). In 2013 Ms. Piccone decided to open her own animal law practice. She pulls from her litigation background to provide aggressive representation to both pet and person. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants and also provides initial consultations to numerous individuals who need to discuss whether to pursue litigation or other avenues for a particular issue. Ms. Piccone lives in Aurora with her rescued cats and dogs.

Practice Area
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I do not offer free consultations because I am an expert in animal law. Other attorneys who offer free consults do not have my years of experience, so you get what you pay for, and a free consult is usually worthless. I do offer discounts on my normal hourly rate to non-profits, veterans and active service members.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
10th Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (1999)
University of Colorado - Boulder
B.S. (1996) | Political Science
Professional Associations
Colorado State Bar # 30934
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Speaking Engagements
PACFA Rule Changes for Petsitters and Rescues, Hopeful Hound
No Kill Colorado
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109 Questions Answered

Q. A friend gave us a dog and now wants her back after 9 months. We have paid all expenses. He changed his mind.
A: Is you friend claiming that you were only taking care of the dog for him? Is there anything in writing either showing that he unconditionally gifted the dog to you? If he just wants the dog to breed an easy solution is to spay her, so long as you do have proof that he gave her to you and is now trying to renegotiate the gift and make it a conditional gift. This is not necessarily a black and white issue, you need a consultation with an experienced animal attorney. A few who claim to be experienced (but really only dabble in this area) will give free consultations but those with real experience and results will charge for their valuable advice.
Q. Additional information after lawyer responded
A: If a criminal case is filed, you could be entitled to restitution for the value of the dogs, but it's up to a judge and only if there is a conviction. Since you want to find your dogs, you should sue her civilly under a replevin theory. These are complicated cases, so while the courts do have forms you can fill out to file on your own, it really makes sense to hire an attorney that handles custody cases. There are other potential claims you can add that could even entitle you to attorney fees and triple damages. Bottom line, it pays to hire an experienced animal attorney in matters like this.
Q. If I have an ESA letter from a LCSW who is from out of state and not licensed in CO, is my ESA Letter still valid?
A: That sound like it violates the requirements of Colorado's fake assistance animal law. Google it or perhaps seek a legal consult from someone like me that deals with this frequently.
Q. I am a visitor at an apartment complex and are demanding medical history to prove need for my service animal. Can they.?
A: This sounds highly unusual. But it's also highly unusual that you would have "proof" that your dog is a licensed service animal because there is no such licensing. There are websites that will give you a 1"certification" for money, but they have no legal effect. Are you sure you are not talking about an Emotional Support Animal? There may be some exemption if this is occurring on a military base, and your question says it comes from US Airforce Academy. Usually in places of public accommodation they can only ask if it's a service dog that's needed because of a disability and what task(s) the dog performs.
Q. My stolen dogs. filed police report in Boulder. Det told woman to return dogs. She won’t. file civil suit? restitution?
A: I'm not sure how the detective is going to cite or arrest her for theft if you and they do not know where she lives. You aren't going to get anywhere without knowing where she is located, because how will she be served with a criminal or a civil summons? In my opinion, you need a real consultation from an attorney who handles these cases all the time, like me, not just a random post on Justia. We could discuss what information is known, what is unknown, and how to fill in the gaps and proceed.
Q. My mother kept my dog. All the vet records are in my name and he is registered as a support animal.
A: I'm sorry you are experiencing this, but it's not a simple issue. You need to talk to someone who handles these cases a lot, which I do. It pays to hire someone experienced, so please consider paying for a consultation with me. Free consultations are usually worth what you pay for them; nothing!
Q. If my dog got through the fence and into the neighbors yard and killed their dog can animal control take my dog?
A: Absolutely. About 50% of my case load is dangerous dog defense. You need a lawyer right away. I charge for my consults, because this is my specialty.
Q. Isn't a stolen dog treated the same as a stolen car? It's stolen property.
A: The answer is no. Typically the police will not intervene, they will say it's a civil matter. I've only seen a few cases where they have charged someone with theft of a dog. You will need to take them to court. I'd recommend you consult with an attorney who handles matters like this on a regular basis, such as myself.
Q. If a person purchases an item in "good faith" & later finds out the item was reported stolen,can they now keep it?
A: The police typically will not intervene in cases involving property disputes regarding dogs. Your best bet is to sue them for replevin in county court (not small claims court), and make a civil claim under the rights to stolen property statute. If they truly are a good faith purchaser you would not necessarily be entitled to triple damages and attorney fees, but the question for court would be whether their good faith ended once they were advised that the dog was stolen.
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The Piccone Law Firm LLC dba Colorado Animal Attorneys
14261 East 4th Ave
Suite 210
Aurora, CO 80011
Telephone: (720) 535-6246
Fax: (866) 409-0499
Mailing Address
PO Box 472764
Aurora, CO 80047
Telephone: (720) 535-6246
Fax: (866) 409-0499