VINCENT J. RUSSO, Managing Shareholder of Russo Law Group, P.C., Long Island’s Signature Elder Law, Special Needs and Estate Planning Law Firm with offices in Garden City, Islandia, Lido Beach and Manhattan, New York has championed the rights of seniors and people with special needs since 1985.Vincent is a Founding Member, Fellow and Fifth President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is a Founding Member and First President of the New York Chapter of NAELA. He is the only NAELA member to receive the prestigious President’s Award twice. He is also a member of the invitation only, NAELA Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). He is a Founding and current Chair of the NAELA Foundation (NELF) and the current Chair of the NELF Programs Committee. Vincent is a Founding Member and Past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and Co-Founder and Past Chair of the Board of ElderCounsel, LLC.Vincent is also a Member of the NYSBA Advocacy Committee on the Medicaid Budget. He is a Co-Founder of the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP), Past Board Member and current President of the Guardianship Corporation of United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County and a Co-Founder of Theresa Alessandra Russo Foundation for children with special needs.

Vincent is the Founding Chair and current member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter and a former Board Member of the Arthritis Foundation Long Island Chapter and United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County.

His professional achievements include an invitation to join the WHITE HOUSE 2005 Conference on Aging as an at-large delegate. This invitation followed two other major events in Washington, D.C. as a representative of NAELA: (1) Testimony before the UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGING on the proposed, detrimental changes in the Medicaid Program and (2) Featured Speaker at the Policy Forum of the CATO INSTITUTE on the subject of “Medicaid and the Long Term Care Crisis.”

Joining a special group of New York attorneys, Mr. Russo is Co-Chair of the New York State COMPACT Working Group, introducing new and innovative long term care program which is being considered by the New York State Legislative.

As a national advocate for people with disabilities, seniors and their families, Mr. Russo has appeared on the NBC’s TODAY SHOW, WNBC NEWS, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CNN, NEW YORK TIME FORUM, CNBC, the FOX NEWS NETWORK, CSPAN II, WCBSRADIO, TELECARE, NEWS 12 LONG ISLAND, as well as numerous, other local radio and television programs. He created and co-hosts Family Comes First on cable TV, which won two Telly Awards, one for the Alzheimer’s Impact on Family, The Henley Family Story and another for Military Moms.

His press interviews include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, and Newsday. His articles have been published in the New York State Bar Journal, The Elder Law Report, Nassau Lawyer, Trust and Estate, National Underwriter and the NAELA Quarterly. His 1993 cover story in Financial Planning – The Official Magazine of the International Association of Financial Planning – was well received by a whole new audience of professionals serving seniors. Since that lead article, Mr. Russo has written for a host of other professional organizations and has co-authored, New York Elder Law and Special Needs Practice and two consumer books on Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Mr. Russo is a nationally recognized speaker and noted authority on Elder Law, Special Needs and Estate Planning. His distinction in Elder Law, Special Needs and Estate Planning has made him one of the most prominent attorneys in his field.

Mr. Russo earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law and his LLM in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He is admitted to the New York, Massachusetts and Florida State Bars, and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Vincent J. Russo, J.D., LL.M., CELA

State Admitted to Bar:
New York 05/23/1979
Florida 01/25/1990
Massachusetts 12/22/1978
Law Firm: Russo Law Group, P.C.100 Quentin Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 102
Garden City, New York 11530
(516) 683-1717 / Fax (516) 683-93933740 Express Drive South
Islandia, New York  11749
(631) 582-1919 / Fax (631) 582-8484250 Lido Boulevard
Lido Beach, New York 11561
(516) 897-7100 / Fax (516) 897-7575485 Madison Avenue 13th Floor
New York, New York  10022
800-680-1717E-Mail:    [email protected]
Web Site: www.vjrussolaw.com
Martindale Hubbell Rating:

5.0 Rating  2007 – 2016

AV Preeminent Rating: 2016

Super Lawyers Member 2007 – 2016
AVVO 10.0 Rating
Position: MANAGING SHAREHOLDER
Russo Law Group, P.C.
Co-Author: New York Elder Law and Special Needs
Practice, Thompson West Publisher
Co-Author: A Will is Not Enough in New York
Eagle Publishing Company of Boca
Consulting Counsel: Guiding Those Left Behind in New York
Eagle Publishing Company of Boca
Contributing Author: Why Wills Won’t Work
Avery, A Member of the Penguin Group
Anna’s Legacy, The Beauty of our Special Children
Editor and Contributing Author: All the Bunnies
Academy of Special Needs Planners
Former Co-Editor-in-Chief: New York Elder Law Newsletter
Thomson Reuters Business
Former Adjunct Professor: CUNY School of Law at Queens College
The City of New York – 1996 and 1997
Licenses: Life, Accident & Health Insurance Broker:New York, New Jersey and FloridaReal Estate Broker:  New YorkRegistered Representative with AXA Advisors:
New Jersey, New York and Florida
Residence: Lido Beach, New York
Personal Data: Date of Birth: January 4, 1954
Name of Spouse: Susan S. Russo
Children: Dante, Elizabeth, Theresa (1986-1991) & Robert

Education

Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, Tucson, Arizona
February 14, 1995 – present

Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts,
1978-1979 Degree:  Masters of Law in Taxation

Fordham University Law School, New York, New York
1975-1978, Degree:  Juris Doctor

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
1971-1975, Degree:  Bachelor of Science / Accounting

Brooklyn Preparatory High School, Brooklyn, New York
1967-1971

Memberships

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS
2007 – present Programs and Education Committee
2006 – present Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP)
2004 – 2005 President, New York Chapter
2004 – Founding Member New York Chapter
2003 –  2007 Chair, Medicaid Strategies Task Force
1997 Char, Special Legislative Task Force
1995 – 1998 Chair, Long Range Planning Committee
1995 Chair, Symposium
1995 CELA (Certified Elder Law Attorney)
1993 – 1994 Chair Public Policy Committee
1992 – 1993 President
1991 – 1992 President Elect
1991 Chair, First Annual Elder Law Institute
1990 Fellow
1988 – 1993 Board of Directors
1988 – 1991 Treasurer
1988 Founding Member
NAELA FOUNDATION
2011 – present Founding, Chair, NAELA Foundation Programs Committee
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION – ELDER LAW SECTION
2008 –  2011 Co-Chair, Special Needs Committee
2010 Member, Advocacy Committee on Medicaid Budget
2004 – present Co-Chair Compact Working Group
2004 Chair, Leadership Task Force
1997 Chair, Special Legislative Task Force
1995 – 1996 Chair
1994 – 1995 Secretary
1993 – 1994 Secretary/Treasurer
1991 – 1992 Elder Law Section: Tenth District Delegate of theElder Law Section Member of Sections on Elder Law, Trusts and Estates and Taxation
1989 Founding Member – Elder Law Section
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
1979 – present Member
NASSAU COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
1989 – present Member of the Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee
SUFFOLK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
1988 – present Member of Elder Law Committee
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
1979 – present Member
ACADEMY OF SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNERS
2006 – present Co-Founder and Officer
ADELPHI UNIVERSITY
2009 Member, Suburban Aging Committee
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION – LONG ISLAND CHAPTER
2006 –  2010 Board Member
2006 – 2010 Member, Committee for Financial Development
Legal Advisory Committee on Elder Law, Disability and Estate Planning
2003 –  2010 Member – Legal Advisory Committee on Elder Law, Disability and Estate Planning
ELDERCOUNSEL, LLC
2006 –  2011 Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
2012 Past Chair
LONG BEACH CATHOLIC SCHOOL
1994 – 1996 School Board President
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION – LONG ISLAND CHAPTER
1990 – Founder and Past Chair – Legal Advisory Board
1990 – present Legal Advisory Committee, Member
THE ASSEMBLY, STATE OF NEW YORK
1991 – 2011 Member – Aging Advisory Council
THE CENTER FOR SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
1985 – 1987 Member – Technical Advisory Committee
THE THERESA ALESSANDRA RUSSO FOUNDATION
1991 – present Founding Member and Treasurer
UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF NASSAU COUNTY
1987 – 1990 Past Member – Board of Directors
1991 – 2002 Chair – Guardianship Committee
1991 – 2002 Committee Member – Guardianship Committee
UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY GUARDIANSHIP CORPORATION
2003 – present President – Guardianship Corporation