What Is A Certified Elder Law Attorney?

NAELA National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.

What Is A Certified Elder Law Attorney?

This page details the required expertise and qualifications for certification in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) and how Vince Macri met these qualifications. He is one of only 450 certified elder law attorneys (CELA) nationwide: 1 of the 100 member Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) and have been named Elder Law Super Lawyers for 10 years in a row and hold the highest rating (AV) for ethics and expertise in Elder Law.

Substantial involvement — CELAs must have spent an average of 16 hours per week practicing elder law during the three years preceding their application. In addition, certified elder law attorneys must have handled at least 60 elder law matters during those three years with a distribution among specific legal areas defined by the foundation.

Macri Law Group devote 80 hours per week to elder law and have handled over 2,000 cases since being certified in 1997.

Continuing legal education — A CELA must have participated in at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in elder law during the preceding three years.

Besides qualifying for his continuing legal education in elder/disability law, Macri teaches attorneys seeking continuing education in elder law for the N.J. Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), including an annual program titled "College of Elder Law."

Peer review/professional references — CELAs must submit the names of five references from attorneys familiar with their competence and qualifications in elder law. These references must themselves satisfy certification requirements.

Vince is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) and holds a pre-eminent AV rating in elder law from Martindale-Hubbell.

Vince Macri was named one of the 100 top New Jersey attorneys in elder law in 2017.

Examination — A CELA must pass a full-day certification examination.

Vince Macri passed this exam, as well as passing the New Jersey bar exam on their first attempt in 1973.

Licensure — A CELA must be licensed to practice law in at least one state.

Vince Macri is licensed to practice in New Jersey and have New Jersey State Bar-recognized certification in elder law.

Practice — CELAs must have practiced law during the five years preceding their application and must still be practicing law.

Vince Macri has been practicing law since 1973 and have each specialized in elder law for the past 20 plus years before it was designated "Elder Law".

Integrity/good standing — CELAs must be members in good standing of the state bars where they are licensed.

Vince Macri is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Association of Trial Attorneys of America.