Marvin, of Lantana, FL, formerly of Levittown – East Meadow, NY, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at the age of 85. Marvin is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Rachlin, his children, Susan, Michael and Lisa and his five grandchildren. Marvin was preceded in death by his son, Ronald in 1991. Marvin was chief counsel to the Nassau County Department of Social Services (NCDSS) for 23 years from 1966-1989 and was responsible for the administration of the county’s Medicaid program since its inception. Marvin then joined Russo Law Group, P.C. (formerly known as Vincent J. Russo & Associates, PC.) in an “of Counsel” position. He practiced law for over 50 years. Marvin was a nationally recognized speaker on elder law issues and a mentor to elder law practitioners in New York and around the country. He also co-wrote New York Elder Law and Special Needs Practice which is the seminal treatise for elder law and special needs practitioners in New York. We will always remember this wonderful, loving man who was a champion of the elderly and individuals with special needs. He will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. All those that knew him will forever remember his quick wit, sense of humor and unforgettable smile. Although he will be deeply missed, his spirit will remain alive and well in the hearts and lives of all who were blessed to know and love him. Services for Marvin were held privately at the Star of David Memorial Chapel (West Babylon, NY) followed by burial at Wellwood Cemetery. The family has requested that donations be made in his honor to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.


Marvin Rachlin, LL.B., is a respected and recognized authority on Elder Law, formerly with the law firm of Vincent J. Russo & Associates, P.C. for over 25 years. He was Chief Counsel to the Nassau County Department of Social Services for 20 years prior to joining the law firm of Vincent J. Russo & Associates, PC.

Mr. Rachlin has lectured before the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Nassau County Academy of Law, the Nassau County Bar Association, and numerous community and professional organizations, both locally and nationally. The emphasis of his lectures was on preserving and protecting the rights and dignity of the elderly and the disabled. Mr. Rachlin has even lectured on various elder law topics on the high seas aboard cruise ships.

Mr. Rachlin is a noted author on Elder Law topics and Government Benefits. He has published articles in the New York State Bar Association Journal, the Elder Law Attorney Newsletter of the Elder Law Section of NYSBA, and the Nassau Lawyer.

Mr. Rachlin was a member of the President’s Council on Welfare Reform, a past member of the National Association of Counties which was created by the governors of the 50 states to draft national legislation addressing problems with welfare and Medicaid. A founding member of the New York Welfare Attorneys
Association, he drafted New York State legislation and regulations regarding Medicaid and served on the New York State Governor’s Task Force for Child Welfare Reform.

Mr. Rachlin practiced law for over 50 years in the field of elder law and special needs. He received his L.L.B. from Brooklyn
Law School.

He mentored Vincent J. Russo in the field of Elder Law and Special Needs, who is very grateful for all that Marvin has done for him and the profession.