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In addition to our highly-skilled and experienced ElderCounsel Principals, the members of our National Advisory Board help guide ElderCounsel’s offerings and provide substantive input regarding the content of our documents.

Stephen W. Dale

Stephen W Dale– Owner, The Dale Law Firm, PC in Pacheco, California
– Special Needs Alliance member
– Recipient of 2010 Theresa Foundation Award
– Recipient of 2007 NAELA Powley Award
– Serves on numerous boards and committees of organizations serving those with disabilities and speaks nationally on topics related to special needs planning.

Tim Nay

Tim Nay– Partner, Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg in Portland, Oregon
– Founding President of NAELA
– Current Fellow of NAELA
– Board Member, Academy of Special Needs Planners
– Founding Member, National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals

Bradley J. Frigon

Bradley J. Frigon– Owner, Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon PLLC in Englewood, Colorado
– Vice President, NAELA
– Tresurer, Special Needs Alliance
– Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
– Member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP)
– Adjunct Professor, Stetson University College of Law

René H. Reixach, Jr.

RenÉ H. Reixach, Jr.– Partner in the firm Woods, Oviatt, Gilman, LLP in Rochester, NY
– NAELA Fellow
– Has successfully represented Medicaid applicants in federal court litigation throughout the northeast.

A. Frank Johns

A. Frank Johns– Charter Partner, Booth, Harrington & Johns of NC, PLLCin Greensboro, North Carolina
– Past President and Current Fellow of NAELA
– Board Member, Academy of Special Needs Planners,
– Published author

Mary Schmitt Smith

Mary Schmitt Smith– Attorney at Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer and Garin P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
– NAELA Fellow
– First Certified Elder Law Attorney in the state of Michigan
– 2003 Recipient of The Theresa Foundation Award
– Created the concept of an Interceptor Trust; a court authorized Special Needs Trust

Michael Gilfix

Michael Gilfix– Partner, Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP in Palo Alto, California
– Co-founder and Fellow, NAELA
– Co-author, “Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly: Forms and Practice”
– Principal author, “Medi-Cal and Asset Preservation”