JOAN LENSKY ROBERT
A tireless advocate for clients challenged by age and disability-related issues, Ms. Robert offers skilled, compassionate representation to those dealing with elder care matters.
Ms. Robert is a graduate of Skidmore College, where she was a member of Periclean, the Skidmore College Honor Society, the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied pursuant to a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and Touro College School of Law, summa cum laude, where she was the recipient of a Deans Fellowship and was valedictorian of the part time division. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Robert taught French with the Valley Stream Central High School District.
Ms. Robert served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section from 2003-2004 and served as Co-Chair of its Special Needs Planning Committee from 2006-2009. She is now Co-Chair of the Section’s Mentoring program. She is a past member of the Committee of Persons with a Disability and of the Committee on Committees of the New York State Bar Association. She is an attorney member of the Guardianship Advisory Committee formed by the Office of Court Administration. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Elder Law Section in January, 2014. She has been named a Super Lawyer for 2014.
A past Director of the Nassau County Bar Association and a past chair of its Elder Law/Social Services/Health Advocacy Committee, Ms. Robert served as Dean of the Nassau Academy of Law. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association and as a member of its nominating committee.
Ms. Robert is Past President of the New York Chapter of NAELA, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and was a Co-Chair of the Special Needs Planning Summit sponsored by NAELA. She is a member of the Publications and Programs Task Force and is Co-Chair of the State Chapters Committee of NAELA. She received the NAELA award as outstanding member of the New York Chapter in 2012 and also received the Theresa Foundation Award for outstanding service and advocacy to persons with special needs, sponsored by NAELA.
Ms. Robert has been honored for outstanding service by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, Project Real and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.. She served on the Board of Editors of the Bill of Particulars, the publication of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, which honored her as outstanding downstate speaker. She is a past Editor in Chief of the New York Elder Law and Guardianship Newsletter. She co-wrote the chapter on Special Needs Planning in the book Guardianship Practice in New York State and wrote the chapters on Medicaid liens and planning in Personal Injury Actions in New York published by the New York State Bar Association. The author of numerous articles for community groups and professional groups concerning elder law and disability law, Ms. Robert has been a faculty member at various Bar Association programs concerning Elder Law, Supplemental Needs Trusts and asset preservation, and has been an instructor at certified training programs for Guardians, Supplemental Needs Trust Trustees and Court Evaluators.
Prior to joining Robert Legal Group, Ms. Robert was a partner in Kassoff, Robert & Lerner, LLP, a premier Long Island elder law firm.
Ms. Robert and her husband, Charles, are the proud parents of Heather Robert Coffman, Esq. and Jay Robert, Esq.. They are the doting grandparents of Naomi Coffman and Leo Coffman, residents of San Francisco, and Edie Robert and Ike Robert, of Brooklyn.