Published Cases & Awards

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Distinguished Service Award Top Attorneys in New Jersey 2008 Top Attorneys in New Jersey 2008
Distinguished Service Award2008 NJ Top Attorney2009 NJ Top Attorney

Distinguished Service Award

In July 2008, Don McHugh received the first Distinguished Service award from the 500-member Elder Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Don considers this his most prestigious achievement in his 44 years of practice. He served as chair of the Elder Law Section in 2005-2006.

Top 100 Attorney

Vincent Macri was named a 2017 Top 100 attorney by Super Lawyers in addition to being named to 2017's New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers as published in New York Magazine.

Top Attorneys In New Jersey (New Jersey Monthly — April 2008 through April 2015)
We're proud to have been selected by New Jersey Monthly as Super Lawyers, one of only 10 NJ Top Attorneys in the elder law category. That honor is limited to less than 5 percent of New Jersey attorneys. Attorneys savor this accomplishment for the recognition by both potential clients and fellow attorneys who can count on their expertise.

Martindale-Hubbell, the attorney rating service, bestowed its premier AV rating on both Don McHugh and Vince Macri in 2011, which reflects the highest attainable rating for standards of ethics and for expertise in their area of specialty, elder and disability law.

Don McHugh and Vince Macri are members of the Council Of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), an invitation-only group of 75 pre-eminent leaders in elder law practice nationwide.

Published Cases
Don McHugh has experience in Medicaid litigation from fair hearing through appellate division appeals, including the Johnson v. Guhl (2002) case at the federal level. He achieved a landmark New Jersey ruling, In re: Labis (1998), to permit guardians to conduct Medicaid planning; assisted fellow counsel to expand the Labis authority to nonspousal cases in In re Keri (2003); overturned the state payback requirement on commercial annuities in AB vs. DMAHS (2005); and litigated to increase the adviser/amount allowed to be sheltered (LeFevere vs. Velez, 2014) and to confirm that Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance benefits are not countable income for Medicaid eligibility purposes (Galletta vs. Velez, 2014).

In 2010-2011, he achieved federal court victories in the Frugard and Prall cases, which rewrote state Medicaid agency directives.