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Elder Law Institute (25th Annual)

 
Author(s): Douglas J. Chu, Jeffrey G. Abrandt
Practice Area: Estates & Trusts, Pro Bono
Published: Apr 2013
PLI Item #: 42791
CHB Spine #: F237

JEFFREY G. ABRANDT is a partner at Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin, LLP.  He practices primarily in the areas of Elder Law, Health Law, Trusts and Estates, Guardianships, and with the rights of the elderly and disabled.

For the first third of his career, Jeffrey was a public interest attorney focusing on government benefits and the legal problems of the elderly and disabled. During this time, he gained substantial experience in law reform and federal class actions.  In 1989, Jeffrey left public interest law after close to a decade as Attorney-In-Charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Office for the Aging, but continues to work with legislative reform efforts, and does ongoing community work with non-profit organizations which support the elderly and disabled.  

Currently Jeffrey is an Adjunct Professor at Hoftra University School of Law where he teaches Elder Law.  Since 2002, he has served as Co-Chair of the Elder Law Institute, an annual program for attorneys practicing elder law by the Practicing Law Institute.  Jeffrey has published numerous articles in the Practicing Law Institute’s Course Handbook Series as well as the Brookdale Institute’s Entitlement and Advocacy Training pamphlet series.  He is a frequent lecturer in Elder Law for various groups including the New York State Bar Associations, as well as other local bar associations.  He writes on Elder Law topics for many publications and organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jeffrey is on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Special Needs Section. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and was acting Chair of the Senior Section of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (1988-89). He is a perennial “Best Lawyers” in New York, and has also been named as a “Super Lawyer.”

Jeffrey has litigated numerous cases including Mancher vs.  Sheepshead Bay Nursing Home, which successfully challenged New York State’s closure order of this nursing home, and Strano v. Perales, a class action lawsuit which established the right of Medicaid recipients to receive continuous 24 hour home care in New York City.


Mr. Chu has been involved with the area of Elder Law since 1990.  Before joining the firm he was the Senior Staff Attorney for the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College from 1990 to 1999, where he specialized in Medicaid eligibility and government entitlements. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Chu was also the attorney in charge of the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. ; known for his speaking skills, Mr. Chu has been an invited speaker/presenter at the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Programs in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 

EDUCATION:

  • RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Of Law -Camden : J.D.1987 with an Honors Degree in International Law  {Law Review Staff Member} 
  • UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT - B.A. 1981.

Mr. Chu has been an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Law School and Long Island University, where he taught Elder Law related courses.  He is a respected lecturer on government entitlements and presents a monthly lecture series on applying for Medicaid home care at the Alzheimer's Association of New York City.  Mr. Chu is a regular speaker for the National Constitution Center Audio Conference Series, which provides continuing legal education to attorneys nationally.  Mr. Chu is the current Co-Chair of the New York City Citywide Medicaid Advisory Council . He is the author and editor of  the chapter "Medicaid for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled", found in The New York Elder Law Handbook published annually by the Practicing Law Institute of New York, where he is also a member of their faculty and current Co-Chair of their Annual Elder Law Institute.    Mr. Chu is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey (inactive) and Washington, D.C. (inactive).  Before entering the field of Elder Law, Mr. Chu was involved in the area of White Collar Criminal defense work in Washington, D.C.