Jennifer B. Cona

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Melville, NY

Cona Elder Law PLLC
225 Broadhollow Road, Suite 200
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 631-390-5000
Fax: 631-390-5001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Elder Law (70%), Estate Planning & Probate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Jennifer B. Cona is the managing partner of Cona Elder Law PLLC, a leading Elder Law and Estate Planning firm on Long Island. The firm provides a holistic approach to Elder Law, working together with both families and health care facilities to sustain quality care for older adults.

Ms. Cona practices exclusively in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates, including representing older adults and their families in connection with Medicaid planning, preservation of assets, estate planning, estate litigation, probate and administration of estates, special needs planning, Veterans benefits and guardianships.  Ms. Cona also heads up the Health Care Reimbursement and Recovery practice group.

Ms. Cona provides hands-on management and leadership for the firm of 40.  Under Ms. Cona’s direction, both Ms. Cona, the firm and its attorneys have won numerous awards for business acumen, leadership, and community involvement.  The firm has prioritized corporate social responsibility. Cona Elder Law founded its own non-profit, Senior Dreams Come True, which grants wishes for low-income seniors on Long Island.  Cona Elder Law seeks to raise the profile of attorneys and law firms in general, leading by example with outreach and good deeds.

About Jennifer B. Cona

Admitted: 1997, New York

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Ms. Cona serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) and serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Long Island.  Ms. Cona not only dedicates her personal time to community involvement and charitable endeavors but she has made charitable giving and community outreach part of the fabric of her law firm.  In 2007, Ms. Cona launched GDGC Charitable Events, the firm’s own not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for the elderly and the underprivileged. She spearheads various community outreach programs including GDGC’s own Senior Dreams Come True which grants wishes to low income seniors - from helping a senior meet basic needs to fulfilling a lifelong dream.  Senior Dreams has granted such wishes as airfare to see a newborn grandchild, building a wheelchair ramp, assistance with medical costs and co-pays, dental work, hearing aides, a day trip upstate to visit a disabled child in a group home and more.  GDGC attorneys and staff volunteer their time so there are no administrative costs, allowing every dollar raised to directly benefit seniors. Under her direction and as a team, “Team GDGC” has volunteered, participated in and raised money for charitable causes including the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF), the American Heart Association, the MS Society, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  With her support and work schedule accommodation, the firm has entered three attorneys in the Long Island Fight for Charity.  GDGC attorneys and staff volunteered as a group to serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House, the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), stocked shelves at Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank and participate annually in a Midnight Run relief mission to hand deliver food and warm clothes to New York City’s homeless.  In 2016, the firm was honored with the Outstanding Corporation Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  For 2017, the staff voted to fundraise internally for Sweet Cases - Together We Rise to support foster children and Honor Flight to support Veterans. 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ms. Cona is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”), the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Sections of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County. 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Ms. Cona has been featured in both local and national media and is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, USA Today, Long Island Business News, New York Law Journal, CPA Wealth Provider, Nassau Lawyer and Suffolk Lawyer and has been featured numerous times in Newsday’s Ask the Expert column. She has appeared as a legal expert on CNN, WNBC News, News 12 Television, News 55, Channel 21, WBLI Radio, WOR and WFAN.   Ms. Cona has authored numerous articles, including:  ♦ Healthcare for Seniors:  Now is the Time to Act (Long Island Business News) ♦ Protecting Assets:  What Seniors and Their Loved Ones Need to Know (Anton Media) ♦ Elder Care Expands in New York:  Will it Be Enough? (Long Island Business News) ♦ Accessing a Loved One’s Medical Records:  The Intersection of HIPAA and the Family Health Care Decisions Act (The Suffolk Lawyer) ♦ End-of-Life Decisions for Incapacitated Adults: Caught Between a Conflict of Laws (New York Law Journal) ♦ Promissory Notes:  Know What You Don’t Know (Suffolk Lawyer) ♦ Re-Thinking Law Firm Culture:  Blending Attorney Values with Client Demands and  Demographic Realities (New York Law Journal) ♦ Protecting Residents: Should Nursing Homes Bring Guardianship Proceedings (Nassau Lawyer)  ♦ Medicaid and Promissory Notes:  The Challenge Continues (Suffolk Lawyer) ♦ Promissory Notes and Medicaid Planning:  A Last Bastion of Asset Transfers Following Changes in Federal Law (New York Law Journal) ♦ Advocating for Twenty-Four Hour Split-Shift Home Care:  Building Your Case at Fair Hearing (NYSBA Elder Law Attorney)  ♦ Medicaid Reform and the Deficit Reduction Act:  What Attorneys Need to Know (Nassau Lawyer)  ♦ When Planning for Medicaid Leads to Estate Litigation (New York Law Journal) ♦ Beware of the Deficit Reduction Act:  What Accountants Need to Know (CPA Wealth Provider)  ♦ Spreading the Risk:  Managed Medicaid Home Care (Nassau Lawyer)  ♦ Promissory Notes and Medicaid Planning:  Not for the Weak at Heart (New York Law Journal)  ♦ Family Health Care Decisions Act:  A Surrogate Decision-Making Framework (Nassau Lawyer) ♦ Shielding Assets for Medicaid:  The Note and Loan Strategy (Long-Term Living Magazine)  ♦ Putting an End to the Statistical Games in Medicaid Home Care Cases (Suffolk Lawyer)  ♦ Death Before Determination:  Securing Retroactive Medicaid Home Care Benefits (NYSBA Elder Law Attorney) ♦ Innovative Medicaid Planning Strategy – Note and Loan (Suffolk Lawyer) ♦ Special Needs Trusts:  The Basics for Personal Injury Attorneys (Nassau Lawyer)

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Ms. Cona is a New York State Certified Guardian, Court Evaluator and Counsel to incapacitated persons and is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits. 

Educational Background

  • Ms. Cona received her Juris Doctor Degree with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree cum laude with high honors in liberal arts from William Smith College.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • 10.0 Avvo Rating, 2019


  • , AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • , Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • , Top 50 Women in Business Hall of Fame, Long Island Business News, 2018
  • , Who's Who in Healthcare Law, Long Island Business News, 2017
  • , Smart CEO Brava Award, Smart CEO, 2016
  • , Top Women in the Law, New York Law Journal, 2016

Industry Groups

  • Advanced Elder Law Focus Group
  • Founder And Chair
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Office Location for Jennifer B. Cona

225 Broadhollow Road
Suite 200
Melville, NY 11747

Last Updated: 5/5/2021

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