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33rd Annual Elder Law Institute

Speaker(s): Douglas J. Chu, Hal R. Lieberman, Jeffrey G. Abrandt, Lindsay Heckler, Michael S Kutzin
Recorded on: Apr. 22, 2021
PLI Program #: 305970

Hal Lieberman is the co-author of NEW YORK ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (updated for 2020) and the former Principal Trial Attorney and Chief Counsel for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee in New York’s First Department. During the past 22 years, he has defended hundreds of lawyers and law firms before disciplinary and grievance committees in connection with lawyer discipline complaints, formal disciplinary prosecutions, reciprocal discipline proceedings, post-conviction disciplinary proceedings, reinstatements, and matters related to bar admissions before the several New York character and fitness committees. Mr. Lieberman is a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal on the subject of Professional Discipline. He also publishes a blog,

In addition to attorney discipline defense, Mr. Lieberman has been a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School teaching legal ethics, has lectured widely, and has published numerous articles on the subjects of legal ethics and professional discipline. He has testified as an expert in legal ethics in approximately 45 civil and criminal adjudications since 1998, including, among others, disqualification motions, legal malpractice cases, partnership disputes, fee disputes, and numerous issues involving interpretation and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Mr. Lieberman joined Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP in 2014. He is the past partner-in-charge of the New York office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and was the subject of an exclusive interview in the March 23, 2011 issue of the New York Law Journal. The article, “Q&A with Hal R. Lieberman,” focused on Mr. Lieberman’s long and unique experience handling New York attorney disciplinary cases and legal ethics matters more generally, and his views on the state of New York’s lawyer discipline system from the perspective of a former Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee.

Jeffrey G. Abrandt is of counsel at Raphan Law,  Prior to joining Raphan Law, Jeff was a partner at Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman LLP.  He practices primarily in the areas of Elder Law, Health Law, Trusts and Estates, Guardianships, and with the rights of the elderly and disabled. For the first third of his career, Jeffrey was a public interest attorney focusing on government benefits and the legal problems of the elderly and disabled.  After close to a decade, as Attorney-In-Charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Office for the Aging, he left public interest law. Currently Jeffrey is also an Adjunct Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University School of Law where he teaches Elder Law.  Since 2002, he has served as Co-Chair of the Elder Law Institute, an annual program for attorneys practicing elder law by the Practising Law Institute.  Jeffrey has published numerous articles in the Practising Law Institute’s Course Handbook Series as well as the Brookdale Institute’s Entitlement and Advocacy Training pamphlet series.  He is a frequent lecturer in Elder Law for various groups including the New York State Bar Associations, as well as other local bar associations.  He is a perennial “Best Lawyers” and “Super Lawyer”.

Lindsay Heckler is a Supervising Attorney at Center for Elder Law & Justice, where she manages the agency's response to nursing home and long term care policies and regulations; as well as other issues that impact older adults and vulnerable populations. She is the legal liaison for the partnership between the Center for Elder Law & Justice and People Inc.'s New York State Region 15 Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, and is a certified ombudsman. In her roles as legal liaison and ombudsman, Ms. Heckler is an advocate and resource for information pertaining to long term care issues for residents in nursing homes, adult homes, and their families. Prior to joining the Center for Elder Law & Justice, Ms. Heckler was Associate Compliance Counsel for a Medicare Compliance Firm, assisting clients in navigating the CMS system, policy initiatives and appeals procedures.

Michael S. Kutzin is a partner in the White Plains, New York law firm of McCarthy Fingar LLP, where he practices in the areas of Trusts & Estates, Estate Litigation, Guardianships and Tax.

Mr. Kutzin received his B.S. in Econ. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, in 1984, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1987, where he became a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10% in class).  He was admitted to practice in New York in 1988 and is admitted to practice in the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States Court for the Eastern District of New York.

He became the co-author, at the end of the year 2020, of New York Elder Law, published by Lexis/Nexis, which is one of the premier publications in the field.

Mr. Kutzin is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Sections on Trusts & Estates and Elder Law.  He currently co-chairs the Section’s joint task force on Virtual Notarization and Will Executions.  He has also served as Vice Chair of the Trusts & Estates Sections Estate Litigation Committee and Governmental Relations Committee, and served as co-chair of the Estate Litigation Committee’s subcommittee on Premortem Will Contests.  He is also a member of the Real Property, Trusts & Estate Section of the American Bar Association.

He has had numerous articles published in bar and professional publications throughout the years.

In 2003, Mr. Kutzin testified before the United States Special Committee on Aging on abuses in Adult Guardianships. 

In 2005, Mr. Kutzin won first prize in the New York Law Journal Fiction Writing Contest for his short fiction entitled The Grannysnatchers.

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 New York State Bar Association Sponsored Programs in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2019. 


  • RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Of Law -Camden : J.D.1987 with an Honors Degree in International Law and member of the Law Review Staff  

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 since 1998 has presented a monthly lecture series on applying for Medicaid home care at Caringkind (formerly known as 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 has been the Chair of the New York City Citywide Medicaid Advisory Council since 1995 . 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 Practising 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 an associate attorney at Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter in Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 1989 where he focused on White Collar Criminal defense work.