Alicia Calagiovanni: Partner, Attorney
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Alicia S. Calagiovanni

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Ms. Calagiovanni joined Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC in 1982 and is a partner in the firm. She practices in the fields of estate planning, wills, trusts and elder law.

As an estate tax attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, Ms. Calagiovanni received comprehensive training in estate tax law and performed estate tax audits of every size estate. She now represents executors, administrators and trustees before the IRS and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on matters of estate and gift tax returns, audit and tax collection. She was awarded a Master's Degree in Accounting by Syracuse University in 1985.

Since joining the firm, Ms. Calagiovanni has represented fiduciaries as well as beneficiaries before Surrogate's Courts throughout the state. She has also served as guardian by court appointment for individuals with special needs. She also practices in the field of elder law, including assisting those in need of long-term care in the areas of asset preservation and nursing home placement.

In 1974, Ms. Calagiovanni graduated from Syracuse University and received her law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law with honors in 1977. While in law school, she was a member of the editorial staff and board of the Syracuse Law Review. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1978 and is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Ms. Calagiovanni is a former president of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York.  She is a co-author of the Onondaga County Bar Association's Surrogate's Court Practice Manual. In 2006 she achieved the designation of Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) through the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Additionally, she is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. 

In 2010, Ms. Calagiovanni was appointed by the Honorable Ava S. Raphael, Surrogate Court Judge of Onondaga County, to be the County's Public Administrator.  In this position she serves as Administrator, Guardian and Trustee of estates, individuals and trusts throughout Onondaga County. 

Ms. Calagiovanni is the Co-Vice President of the Onondaga Community College Foundation.  She is a Lector and Eucharistic Minister to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse where she and her family are parishioners.  Alicia serves as a lay member to of the Religious Retirement Committee of the Diocese of Syracuse.  She has been active in the Parent Teacher Organizations of the West Genesee Schools and  has served as a Girl Scout Leader.  She is also a regular speaker at seminars conducted by the New York State Teachers' Retirement System, the Onondaga County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Practice Areas


Syracuse University, M.S., Accounting, 1985

Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1977

Syracuse University, A.B., Economics and Political Science, 1974


New York

United States Tax Court, 1988

Speaking / Publications / Awards

New York State Teacher's Retirement System- Pre-retirement planning seminars, 1980-present

New York State Bar Association Continuing Education Seminars

Super Lawyer- 10 years

Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

Public Administrator of Onondaga County, 2010-present


New York State Bar Association

Onondaga County Bar Association

Estate Planning Council of Central New York

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, NAELA

Eucharistic Minister and Lector, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse

Home Aides of Central New York, former Board Member

Onondaga County Community College Foundation Board of Directors, Co-Vice President and Board Member