Ellen G. Makofsky

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Garden City, NY

Makofsky & Associates, P.C.
 | 600 Old Country Road, Suite 444
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516-228-6522
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1986
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%)
Attorney Profile

Four times selected to the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers list for the New York metro area, Ellen G. Makofsky is a the principal shareholder of Makofsky & Associates, P.C. successor firm to  Raskin & Makofsky, LLP.  Ms. Makofsky has concentrated her practice in Elder Law and Trusts and Estates and Probate and Estate Administration for over a quarter of a century.  The National Elder Law Foundation has named her a certified elder law attorney (CELA).

Ms. Makofsky is a past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter and just completed a third term as Secretary of the New York Bar Association (NYSBA), the largest voluntary Bar in the United States.   She served as Chair of NYSBA's Committee on Legal Education and as Co-Chair of NYSBA's Women in the Law Committee and is Chair of the Working Group to amend the Power of Attorney statute.  Ms.Makofsky has served as a member of the Executive Committee of NYSBA for three terms  and served as Chair of NYSBA's  Elder Law Section.  Ms. Makofsky  is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, served as a Chair of the Long Island Alzheimers' Foundation Legal Advisory Board and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a member of the Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advisory Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.  She is also one of the founders of the Senior Umbrella Network of Queens and  founder of the Sun Council, Inc. She is past president of the Nassau chapter of the Gerontology Professionals of Long Island and the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau.  

Ms. Makofsky graduated cum laude from  Brooklyn Law School. In 2009, she received an award from the NYSBA Elder Law Section for her work in furtherance of the rights of the elderly and the disabled. In 2010, the 7th Senatorial District of New York State named her a Woman of Distinction. LI Business News recently named her a Top 50 Woman.  In 2016 Ms. Makofsky was honored by The Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Famiilies and the Law as an Outstanding Woman in the Law.

 
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About Ellen Makofsky

Admitted: 1986, New York

Professional Webpage: www.MakofskyLaw.com/Bio/EllenMakofsky.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding Woman in the Law, The Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Famiilies and the Law, 2016
  • Annual award to the 50 most influential businesswomen on Long Island, Top 50 Long Island Business Woman, Long Island Business News, 2014
  • Nassau County Bar Association  Access to Justice Award, 2013
  • Award for contributions to the 7th Senatorial District and the Long Island community at large, Woman of Distinction, 2010
  • Award for furthering the rights of the Elderly and Persons with disabilities, New York State Bar Association
  • Cum Laude, Brooklyn Law School
  • Award for Pro Bono Service to The Nassau Bar Association Senior Citizen Clinic , The Nassau County Bar Association
  • Award for Special Distinction, The Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island
  • Award for Outstanding Service to the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation ("LIAF"), Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association, 2017
  • Secretary of The New York State Bar Association, 2016
  • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association, 2015
  • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association, 2014
  • President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys ("NAELA") New York Chapter, 2014
  • Co Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Women in the Law, 2014
  • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association Senior Lawyer Section Executive Committee, 2014
  • Chair of the Legal Advisory Board of the Long Island Alzheimers Foundation ("LIAF"), 2012
  • President of The Sun Council, Inc., 2011
  • President of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau, Inc, 2011
  • Member-at-Large of the New York State Bar Association Executive Committee, 2009
  • Chair of the New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, 2007
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1986
  •  New York, 1985
  • Past President of the Gerontology Professionals of Long Island, Nassau Chapter
  • Past Chair of the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau ("Sunn")
  • Past Chair and Co-Founder of the Senior Umbrella Network of Queens (Sun-Q) an organization that of professionals who serve older adults and the disabled.
  • Member of The Nassau County Bar Association and member of the Elder Law, Social Services, Health Advocacy Committee, Surrogate's Court Estates & Trusts Committee and Women in the Court's Committee
  • Member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Initiated Statewide Pro Bono Senior Clinic for the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2007
  • Attorney volunteer to the monthly Nassau Bar Association Senior Clinic, 2005
  • Nassau County Bar Association Access to Justice Champion
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Center Located in Port Washington, New York
  • Founder NYSBA Elder Law Section Pro Bono Senior Clinic, 2006 - 2010
  • Past Trustee of Landmark on Mainstreet, Port Washington, NY

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Advance Directive News:Circumstances Change, NYSBA Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, 2012
  • Elderly Will Suffer With Medicaid Change, Times Union, June 25, 2006
  • Ask the Expert-Yes, Mom Can Buy Your Help, Newsday, December 29, 2007
  • Improving Long Term Care, New York Law Journal, January, 2007
  •  Advance Directive News Column, NYSBA, Quarterly Column

Educational Background:

  • Brooklyn Law School, 1985
  • Boston University, Boston, New York, B.S. in English, 1966
  • Queens College of the City of New York, Queens, New York, M.S.
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Comments

  • “Wonderful, caring attorney.”
  • “She is very experienced, knowlegeable and personable.”
  • “I have worked with Ellen Makofsky for many years. She is certainly one of the best Elder Law attorneys in New York State.”
  • “Premiere Elder Law Attorney and former head of the New York State BarAssociation's Elder Law Section.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Ellen G. Makofsky

600 Old Country Road
Suite 444
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: 516-228-6522

 

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Last Updated: 4/7/2016

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