Judith D. Grimaldi

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Partner since 2008
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"The most rewarding part of what we do is helping to honor our client’s wishes and ensure that their directions are carried out."

Judith D. Grimaldi, is a partner in the pioneering elder law firm GRIMALDI & YEUNG LLP.  Ms. Grimaldi’s perspective on the issues facing the elderly and disabled is unique; it was shaped by more than a decade of field experience as a social worker.  In this capacity, Ms. Grimaldi served as Director of Lutheran Medical Center’s Community Care Organization and instructor in Gerontology in Marymount Manhattan College.  In addition, she was a community relations and family coordinator at South Beach Psychiatric Center of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Each of these positions provided her with unique, first-hand encounters with the day-to-day impact of aging and disability.

As an attorney for the past 20 years, Ms. Grimaldi has represented the rights of the elderly and disabled.  She has special expertise on Medicare and Medicaid, health law, trusts and wills and estates.  Her particular focus is on family caregivers and homecare.  Ms. Grimaldi is a Certified Elder Law Attorney.  She has been named one of “New York’s Women Leaders in the Law 2012”, by New York Magazine and after an extensive peer review and rating process, New York Magazine has named her one of New York’s “Best Lawyers” 2008 to 2015, and has also been named “Super Lawyer” 2009 to 2014. She is also Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability through Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Grimaldi is very active in professional organizations as follows:  National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); She is the Immediate Past President of NAELA, New York Chapter, she serves as an editor of the NAELA NEWS and is a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners; New York State Bar Association (Executive Committee, Elder Law Section, Trust and Estate Section; Seminar Chair of NYSBA’s Elder Law Section’s Annual meeting in January 2008 and for the Summer Meeting, 2011; Co-Chair Health Issues Committee of the Elder Law Section & Chair of the Mediation Section organizing Elder Law’s First Mediation Training in May, 2013); Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chair of NYC Bar Association’s Elder Law Section’s Committee on Legal Problems of the Aging); Brooklyn Bar Association; Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.  In addition, she has served on several nonprofit boards.  Her current board commitments include:  New York Memory Center in Park Slope and member of Brooklyn’s Community Board #10, and is currently an adjunct professor of Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Grimaldi is a frequent speaker at both professional conferences and community information sessions. She has written on elder law issues for Newsday and has appeared on the "New York Voices" program for PBS as well as Bill Moyers’ PBS special on end of life choices.

A 1993 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Grimaldi also holds an MSW from Hunter College of the City of New York (1982, with honors) and a BA from Marymount Manhattan College with a certificate in Gerontology (1980, summa cum laude).  

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1993
  • New Jersey, 1993
  • U.S. Federal Courts

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Major: Elder Law
  • Marymount Manhattan College, New York
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1980
    • Major: Gerontology/Sociology
  • Hunter College of the City University of New York, School of Social Work
    • MSW - 1982
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Social Work - Aging Services

Published Works

  • "Personal Care Contract Options", New York City Bar Association, January, 2008
  • "New Power of Attorney Law", Alzheimer's Association, New York Chapter Newsletter, Spring, 2009
  • Columnist, New York Newsday
  • "Staying at Home Options Other Than Medicaid," , New York State Bar Association Advance Elder Law Seminar, Spring 2001; Personal Care Contract Options, January 2008
  • MOLST: New York State's Medical Orders to Honor the Wishes of Seriously Ill Patient, NYSBA Elder Law Attorney, Spring 2009
  • "New York State's Power of Attorney Gets a New Look & Better Control", Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter, Summer 2009
  • Overview of Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NYSBA, Fall, 2010
  • Legal Capacity Counseling, NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, January, 2011
  • Updates on Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NAELA News, Winter, 2011
  • The Class Act – Community Living Assistance Services Supports Act—A Long Term Care Option in the Health Care Legislation, NYSBA Newsletter, Spring, 2011
  • Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Long-Term Planning and Nursing Home Protection - Authored chapter: Effective Strategies for Client Long-Term Care, Aspatore Publishers, a Thomson Reuters business , March, 2011

Classes/Seminars

  • Veteran's Benefits Training Chair, New York National Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), 2012
  • "Staying at Home Options Other than Medicaid", New York State Bar Association Advanced Elder Law Seminar, 2001
  • Updates in Elder Law — Medicare, Medicaid and Homecare Updates, New York City Bar Association, CLE, 2009 - 2011
  • MOLST: New York State's Medical Orders to Honor the Wishes of a Seriously Ill Patient, NYSBA's Elder Law Section's Health Issues Committee, 2009
  • Panelist, Bill Moyers — on End of Life Issues

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Recognition, New York Time's Magazine, 2013
  • Peer-Review AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners in Elder Law, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Best Lawyer, 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Member
  • Academy of Special Needs Attorneys, Charter Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Trusts and Estates Section, Member, Elder Law Section
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Chair of the Committee on Legal Problems of the Aging, Member
  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Member
  • Bay Ridge Lawyers — Association, Member
  • Newyork National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Vice Chair Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Trusts and Estates Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Seminar Chair, Annual Meeting of the Elder Law Section, 2008
  • New York State Bar Association, Summer Meeting, 2010
  • New York State Bar Association, Chair, Health Issues Committee of the Elder Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Freedman Fish & Grimaldi LLP, Partner, 2000 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boards of Directors, New York Memory Center
  • Boards of Directors, City of New York, Community Board #10 of Brooklyn
  • FRIA (Friends and Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged)
  • Member of Metropolitan Jewish Hospice
  • President of Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Associations
  • Chair of Bay Ridge Interagency Council on Aging