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Joseph J. Ranni

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Florida, NY

Ranni Law Firm
148 North Main Street
Florida, NY 10921
Phone: 845-228-8443
Fax: 845-651-5111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2017, 2020 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1987
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

The Principle of Ranni Law Firm, Joseph J. Ranni has represented clients with disabilities, regardless of type or age of onset, for over 34 years. He manages matters involving disability law, elder law, trust, wills and estate planning with the goal of people remaining home and avoiding congregate care. This includes nursing home avoidance as well as discharge and facilitating home placement while preserving independence, assets and appropriate service delivery.  A Diamond Member of the Top Attorneys of North America, he was also named to the association’s Presidents Circle. The Expert Network included him as a Distinguished Lawyer, and he was formerly named to the Top 100 by the National Advocates.

Mr. Ranni is a member of the Elder and Disability Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and on the 9th District Committee on Disability Rights for the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates. A member of the New York State Magistrates Association, he is also actively involved with the Orange County Bar Association and the Bar Association of Erie County.

The former Presiding Justice for the Town of Chester, Mr. Ranni is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School with his Juris Doctor and began representing clients in 1987. In 2014, he attended Stetson University College of Law, where he earned a Master of Laws in Elder Law.

With a passion for helping those in his community, Mr. Ranni is on the board of directors of Independent Living Inc. For over three decades, he has represented his clients in legal matters related to gender, age, sex, religion, disability, color, race, pregnancy, national origin and sexual orientation discrimination matters.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Elder Law
  • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2017, 2020 - 2022

About Joseph J. Ranni

First Admitted: 1987

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Educational Background

  • Stetson College of Law - LL.M. Elder Law, 2015
  • Brooklyn Law School, 1987
  • National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners - Certified Dementia Practitioner, 2022
  • Alzheimer's Association - Certification Alzheimer's essentiALZ, 2021

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Independent Living Inc. - Board President, 2016
  • New York State Surrogate Decision Making Committee, 1997
  • Nursing Home Ombudsman, 2001
  • Suffolk Independent Living Organization, 1992

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Co-Chair Disability Rights Committee, New York State Bar Association, 2019
  • NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section - Long Term Care Facilities Reform Legislative Committee, 1917
  • NYSBA Health Law Section - Committee on Long Term Care and the Public Health Committee, 2019
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/NY-Former Board Member, Legislative Committee, 1995
  • NYS Bar Association House of Delegates - 9th District Committee on Disability Rights, 2019
  • New Jersey Bar Association - Elder and Disability Section, 2015
  • New York State Magistrate's Association, 2006
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2009
  • New Jersey Bar Association, 2000
  • Florida Bar Association, 1999
  • New York State Bar Association, 1989
  • Erie County Bar Association, 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • A multi-disciplinary collaborative effort to develop privately owned fully accommodative suites in a condominium environment with direct access to common areas in which spouses or family can reside together despite escalating needs through end of life without any need for transfer., Author, Accommodative Residences Utilizing Community Medicaid Exemptions for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities, 2021

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Top Attorneys of North America, 2021
  • Top Attorneys of North America - Diamond Member, 2020
  • Top Attorneys of North America - Presidents Circle, 2019
  • Top Attorneys of North America - Diamond Member, 2019
  • Top Attorneys of North America, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Expert Network - Distinguished Lawyer, 2017
  • National Advocates Top 100, 2017
  • Heritage Registry Who's Who, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Who's Who for Attorneys and Professionals, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2012
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Office Location for Joseph J. Ranni

148 North Main Street
Florida, NY 10921

Phone: 845-228-8443

Fax: 845-651-5111

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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