Gary Garland, Esq.


Gary B. Garland, Esq. is the founder and managing attorney of Garland Law Offices, P.A. His practice is devoted to Estate Planning, Elder Law, and ensuring his clients are fully protected – with most of his clients being either seniors, of the children of seniors concerned about their loved ones. To provide a holistic approach, Mr. Garland often engages the use of the firm’s social worker for Life Care Planning – where we fully service the elder and their family.

Mr. Garland grew up in Brooklyn, and spent the weekends at his grandmother’s home – sensitizing him to the needs of seniors. A reformed litigator, Mr. Garland didn’t find the Courtroom enjoyable – but he does enjoy helping families reduce or avoid estate taxes, save money, and protect assets.

Mr. Garland lives in Monmouth County with his wife, 3 daughters, and female dog. He is an avid golfer, and fortunately, a better lawyer than duffer. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney* one of only about 45 in the state. He was the President of the Estate and Financial Planning Council of Central New Jersey from 2015 to 2016, a former President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals Monmouth/Ocean Chapter, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer.

Dina Tuccillo

Administrative Assistant

Dina joined Garland Law Office, P.A. in August of 2015 as an administrative specialist. She is often your first point of contact with our firm as she oversees the client intake process. Dina is skilled in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law and assists every department in the firm. Among her many responsibilities is the management of client correspondence from inception to completion, including being responsible for the visual overviews of complex documents that our trust clients receive. 

Dina lives in Manalapan with her husband, Mark and her three wonderful sons, Mark Jr., Vincent and Joseph. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys gardening and watching mysteries.

Tina Ruane

Social Worker / Elder Care Coordinator

Tina Ruane is the Elder Care Coordinator for the law practice. Prior to joining the team at Garland Law Offices, Tina worked for 15+ years in the long term care health industry. Her prior professional roles include nursing home administration, social work and hospice case management. Tina serves as an expert advisor empowering the clients and families with support through the health care maze to ensure individual needs are met. Tina has valuable connections in the senior services community that continue to grow.

Tina has been on the receiving side of services having been a care giver for an Aunt that suffered and died from ALS. This experience that has made Tina’s contribution to the Elder Law Firm so unique. Tina will aways help our clients and families find the best options available to them.

She holds her Certified Assisted Living Administrator license and social work certification in the state of NJ . Tina completed her undergraduate studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and is masters prepared from Rutgers, The State University of NJ.

Tina is a life long Middletown resident and a married mother of one daughter. She enjoys the beach as much as possible and her beloved dog Dolly Llama.

Jani Rubin

Operations & Business Relations

Jani joined the firm September 2018 and is integral in crafting and conveying the Garland Law Offices brand message and service offerings to prospective clients as well as the community. 

Jani has spent years marketing categories from packaged goods to entertainment and financial services. She works at Time Inc. publishing on a variety of life stage magazine titles and marketing brands before deciding to parlay her experience into a role within the senior market. She enjoys helping families understand how playing an active role in planning for and managing their loved one’s long-term care needs can give them the peace of mind they need to navigate their journey with confidence. 

She currently lives in Marlboro with her husband and two sons.

Alexis Downes


Alexis joined the firm in July 2017 and has quickly become a valued member of the firm. 

Alexis assists in drafting, executing, and managing the many legal details that may be required to meet a family’s goals. Whether preparing trusts, wills and ancillary documents; guiding clients through the process of funding their trusts; or handling estate administration or trust administration, Alexis works tirelessly to help make the process easier for families. 

Alexis graduated from Seton Hall University in 2016, with a duel degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology and a minor in Philosophy. She currently resides in Ocean County with her puppy, S’mores.

Christine Grilli

Administrative Assistant

Christine joined the firm in June 2018 and has quickly shown her mastery of all things Medicaid, including processing applications, follow up, and communicating with families. Christine’s background in banking has prepared her for the detail work involved when crunching numbers. After experiencing firsthand the issues families face, Christine has found that she can empathize and truly understand what many of our families are going through. Christine enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

John Florentino

John Florentino is our Chief Financial Officer and Suite Manager. His duties include making sure the financial operations of the practice work well, ensures we are in compliance with taxes, oversees payroll, P&L, and ensures we have a thriving, successful practice able to care for our clients, today for the future. John’s belief is that performing excellent work is not enough – a business that is not fiscally responsible can not weather out seasons or properly handle their clients and infrastructure.

As Suite Manager, John is responsible for the overall issues with the suite, and was involved in the lease negotiations, dealing with vendors and contractors, and handling other issues for Garland Law Offices, P.A., Garland & Mason, LLC, and the other businesses within the suite. John accepts private clients for accounting issues – personal and businesses. John is an Enrolled Agent and frequently appears for audits resolving issues caused by prior accountants.

John lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey and is married to Sophia. They have a son, John. John attended college on a baseball scholarship and aside from athletic activities, enjoys collecting rare batman items and memorabilia.