Our Attorneys

Mr. Dennis Collins

Mr. Collins graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1981, the University of Virginia in 1985 and Seton Hall University Law School in 1989. During the same year, he became licensed to practice in New Jersey and the United States District Court and joined the Long Branch firm of Gagliano, Tucci, Iadanza and Reisner, established in early 1930s.  In 1995 the firm changed its name to Tucci, Reisner and Collins.  Mr. Collins left to start his own firm in 2001 and formed Collins, Vella and Casello in 2005.

Mr. Collins represents, in the public sector, local governing bodies, local agencies and school boards.  He represents several large and mid-size development companies in both land use and transactional matters.  He also represents various mid-size companies as both general counsel and litigation support.  Mr. Collins still enjoys providing individual legal counseling ranging from residential real estate to small business support.

Present Public Sector Cleints

•Borough of Monmouth Beach 
•Township of Upper Freehold
•Tinton Falls Planning Board
•Eatontown Board of Education

•Monmouth County Improvement Authority
•Borough of Spring Lake(Special Counsel).
•Spring Lake Heights Planning Board 
•Shore Regional High School (Special Counsel) 

Formerly Represented:

•Howell Township Planning Board
•Hazlet Township Planning Board
•Borough of Keansburg
•Union County Educational Services District
•Monmouth/Ocean Educational Services (Conflict Counsel)

•Hazlet Township Zoning Board of Adjustment
•New Jersey American Water Company (Statewide Land Use)
•Monmouth County Joint Insurance Fund (Defense Litigation)
•Town of Boonton Board of Education since 1999

Mr. Gregory Vella

Mr. Vella graduated from St. John Vianney High School, Albright College in 1992 (accounting major), and Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995. That same year he was admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bars and to practice in the District Court.

He joined Tucci & Collins, P.C. in April 1997 and became partner on January 1, 2000. Previously, Mr. Vella was employed by the Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor and Hugh B. McClusky and Associates in Asbury Park. On April 1, 2004, he partnered with Mr. Collins to form their own firm. He handles all litigation, including municipal, juvenile, county, federal and administrative law and has appeared before numerous school boards, township councils, planning boards and zoning boards.


•Middletown Township Zoning Board of Adjustments
•Hazlet Township Land Use Board
•Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority


•Millstone Township Zoning Board of Adjustment    

•Neptune City Land Use Board

Formerly Represented:

•Ocean Township Board of Education
•Shore Regional Board of Education

•Wall Township Zoning Board of Adjustment

•Long Branch Board of Education
•Henry Hudson Regional School District

•Hazlet Township Zoning Board of Adjustment

•Hazlet Township Planning Board

Mr. Joseph Casello

Mr. Casello received his B.A. from Boston University in 1989 and J. D. from Rutgers Law School-Camden in 1993. He joined the firm as a partner in January 2005.  Prior to joining the firm Mr. Casello was first an associate and then a member of Broege, Neumann, Fischer & Shaver.  Mr. Casello practice consists primarily of representing clients in the United States Bankruptcy Court.  Mr. Casello also represents clients in litigation matters in the New Jersey Superior Court  and United States District Court of New Jersey.  

He previously served as first law clerk for the Honorable Kathryn C. Ferguson, U.S.B.J. from 1993 until 1995. He is the former chairman and member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Casello currently serves as Secretary of the District IX Ethics Committee.  Mr. Casello is an active member of the Monmouth Bar Association and serves as the Secretary for the association.

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