I grew up in New Orleans in a family of eight (8) children. My mother managed our large household in Gentilly, and my father, Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., worked as a lawyer for more than twenty (20) years before entering public service. He was elected in 1972 and served as a Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court. By 1990, as the senior member of the bench, he was elevated and served as Chief Justice until his retirement in 2008. He served in the Louisiana judiciary for more than thirty-six (36) years. Then, upon retirement from public service, he re-entered private law practice. My interest in the law was sparked at a young age, as I observed my father’s work habits, conscientious service, quest for equality, truth & justice, with humility and integrity. I have aspired to these qualities in my personal, educational and professional life.
At Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, I played center field on the baseball team and served as team captain. Academically, I applied myself diligently in the classroom. Upon my high school graduation, I was on the honor roll and was privileged to receive the Golden Crusader Award, a recognition given to a Brother Martin student who exhibits the ideals and mission of Brother Martin High School – service for the good of others. Such an accomplishment is due to the values instilled in me by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
In the fall of 1981, I enrolled in Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in 1985 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. For the next five (5) years, I worked in local government, and in the fall of 1990 I began my career in the law, a career that defines my primary place of service in the interests of each client.
Specifically, in 1990 I began attending Loyola University College of Law Night Program while working full-time. My academic record qualified me to serve on the Loyola Law Review with the top 10% of my law school class. When I graduated from Loyola Law School ranked in the top 3% of my graduating class in December 1993, the Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society extended an invitation to me for membership.
Upon passing the Louisiana Bar Exam in the spring of 1994, I was licensed by the Louisiana State Bar Association to practice law, and for the past twenty (20) years, I have been licensed to practice law in Louisiana.
From June 1994 through December 1997, I gained valuable experience as an associate attorney for a local law firm in New Orleans. In January 1998, I established The Law Office of Michael G. Calogero, LLC in January 1998, and for the past sixteen (16) years I have represented more than 1,500 individuals and business clients.
Presently, my primary focus and practice areas include Injury Claims & Litigation, Wills & Estate Planning and Criminal Law. My priority and forte is to provide my personal attention to each client, with promptness, professionalism and vast experience in the law.
What sets me apart from other attorneys is my approach to each client matter – by listening intently to the circumstances of each client matter, understanding the legal issues, passionately representing people who need an attorney, and establishing practical goals to accomplish desired results.
Each client deserves and receives highly skilled legal representation. Each client matter entrusted to me receives my personal attention. If you need an attorney to handle a legal matter, I would be privileged to consult with you and to represent you upon request.
My personal interests include my faith and family. My wife of over seventeen (17) years, Amanda Chauvin Calogero, is an attorney and Chief Administrator for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. We have two (2) daughters. I enjoy spending time with my family, movies, reading, sports, music and dancing.
MEMBERSHIPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
LOUISIANA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
JEFFERSON PARISH BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW ORLEANS BAR ASSOCIATION
FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN FEDERAL COURTS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT, MIDDLE DISTRICT AND WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
ALPHA SIGMA NU NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA – GREATER NEW ORLEANS