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Elder Law Institute (27th Annual)

Author(s): Jeffrey G. Abrandt, Douglas J. Chu
Practice Area: Estates & Trusts, Pro Bono
Published: Apr 2015
PLI Item #: 57678
CHB Spine #: F261

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

Jeffrey was Attorney-in Charge of the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Office for the Aging from October 1982 – May 1989 and before that a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society from September 1977 – September 1982, where he concentrated in housing, governmental benefits and the legal problems of the elderly. He also has substantial law reform and federal class action litigation experience.

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

Jeffrey received his juris doctorate from New York Law School where he received a Board of Trustees Commendation for heading a law student staffed Consumer Law Clinic for the low-income community.  His undergraduate degree was a B.A. in History from Hofstra University.

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

Jeffrey has litigated numerous cases including the class action Strano V. Perales 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. 


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

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. .