GDGC Attorney Spotlight…
Meet Nancy Troetti
Nancy Troetti joined GDGC in September 2010, and is currently a Supervising Paralegal in the firm’s Healthcare Facility Reimbursement and Medicaid departments, securing benefits for clients such as nursing home assistance and Medicaid.
Nancy graduated from Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia with a degree in marketing. She went into sales and marketing directly after graduating college, but Nancy knew she would eventually end up working in law. Her aptitude for analyzing complex situations helped her succeed in her studies, and after taking time off to raise her two children, she achieved her paralegal certification from Nassau Community College in 2010.
Nancy was drawn to elder law because she recognized the growing number of baby boomers and aging New Yorkers who would need assistance planning for their futures. She is the perfect match for GDGC, and her prior work experience lends itself to the highly detailed and thorough work Nancy completes.
This month we recognize Nancy because of her focused and results-oriented approach to client management. Many of the cases Nancy works on start with very little information, and she is able to systematically piece details together to form a complete history. She determines exactly what kind of benefits are available to individuals, or what steps they have to take to become eligible for the assistance they need.
The best advice Nancy ever received is “The right decision is the one that makes you feel good.” She believes if a situation doesn’t make you satisfied and happy, it might not be right for you. She enjoys working at GDGC because of the family-like atmosphere, and the staff are all supportive of each other and we feel the same towards her. In her spare time Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son and dog, a cairn terrier. Nancy also enjoys going to yoga classes and relaxing at the beach.
Meet Cameron M. Catrambone
Cameron joined GDGC in May 2016 as a summer intern and has continued on as a law clerk this fall while she completes her third and final year at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Cameron enjoys being a legal advocate for the senior community and has focused her energies in law school in that direction. Cameron has shown a natural affinity for the practice of elder law. Volunteerism, fundraising and assisting the underprivileged and underserved have been a way of life for Cameron since she was in high school in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
We are pleased she will be joining the firm full time upon her graduation from law school in May of 2017.
While she initially intended to practice maritime law, stemming from growing up on the water in New Jersey and her love of crabbing, fishing and all water sports, she changed her focus when she was an intern for the NYS government agency, Mental Hygiene Legal
Services, where she performed legal research and was exposed to guardianship petitions. In that role, she was involved in investigating and fact finding that included interviews with clients, petitioners, court evaluators, attorneys and caregivers to determine the best interest for clients. That experience convinced her to pursue a law career.
Her path to law school almost detoured when she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her appendix while suffering from appendicitis during her junior year in college in 2013. An average person likely would have needed to take a leave of absence to recover and postpone applying to law school. Cameron persevered and while she needed to take two incompletes that semester, she increased her course load, graduated on time, obtaining a 4.0 her last semester. Cameron's illness challenged her to set new personal goals and to overcome many fears. It also reinforced her commitment to assist those less advantaged and in need of her support.
This month we recognize Cameron because she continually strives to do her best and has a natural draw and ability to work in the elder law community. This upcoming semester Cameron was accepted into the Pro Bono Scholars Program, an honor that is usually available only to approximately 5% of the class. Cameron is scheduled to complete all her required curriculum by December 2016 so she can devote the remaining law school semester to her Pro Bono Scholars Service, which is a 500 hour, 12 week commitment. Proudly, Cameron was placed in Nassau Suffolk Law Service's Senior Citizen Project Unit.
Among Cameron's many achievements, she is the President of the Hofstra Law School Veterans Law Student Association, the first female and first non- veteran to hold this position. She also was an Executive Board member for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, raising over $110,000 for the cause.
GDGC looks forward to Cameron's bright future with the firm.
Meet Adam Kahn, Esq
Adam Kahn has been with GDGC since 2012, when he began working with the firm as a law clerk while finishing law school. We immediately recognized Adam’s unique blend of intelligence, advocacy, passion and compassion — characteristics which make him ideal for the practice of elder law.
Upon graduating magna cum laude from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2013, Adam joined the firm full time. Adam concentrates his practice in GDGC’s Health Care Facility Reimbursement and Recovery practice group, devoting his time to guardianships and litigation. He has developed a reputation as both a fierce advocate and a compassionate attorney, and he is often sought out by judges to serve as Court Evaluator, Counsel for the Alleged Incapacitated Person, and Guardian.
This month we recognize Adam because of his commitment to educating the Long Island community about advanced care planning and advocating for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Not only does Adam participate in GDGC community education programs, he is also a frequent lecturer at non-firm events that encourage families to actively engage in the medical decision-making process, which, although sometimes uncomfortable, helps to ensure that individuals’ values and wishes are honored when they need assistance in the decision-making process.
Adam dedicates his efforts to the following initiatives:
- Adam is a Senior Fellow with the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law & Policy at Maurice A. Deane School of Law, at Hofstra University which endeavors to facilitate and strengthen ties between legal and medical communities.
- Adam is a founding member of Hofstra’s CHAT (Conversations: Health & Treatment) Project, a partnership between the Gitenstein Institute, Northwell Health System and communities in the New York metropolitan area. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals regarding advanced care planning. Most recently, Adam participated in the CHAT Project’s presentation at the Town of North Hempstead’s annual Project Independence celebration. Project Independence assists elderly residents of the Town of North Hempstead with remaining in their own homes as they age.
- Adam is a law teacher and educational consultant for the Saturday Scholars Academy through Hofstra University’s School of Education. This is a weekend academic support program for middle school and high school students.
- Adam is developing an on-line class as an adjunct professor for Hofstra’s Master’s program in Health law
We wish Adam continued success with Genser Dubow Genser & Cona and in all his life endeavors.
*pictured in the photograph above from (L to R) Adam Kahn, Esq. Charley Berman, Lee Seeman, Judi Bosworth, Anna Kaplan, Steven J. Walerstein, MD,MACP
Genser Dubow Genser & Cona is recognized as a leading elder law and estate planning firm on Long Island. The firm has been ranked the #1 Elder Law firm by Long Island Business News for the past 6 years and has been a finalist in the HIA Business Achievement Awards. GDGC is also recognized for its charitable works and has received the Outstanding Corporation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The firm provides creative advocacy and cutting edge planning strategies and has been featured in many publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, L.I. Business News, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, The Daily News, The New York Post, Kiplinger’s, Reader's Digest and many others. GDGC attorneys have appeared as guests on WNBC-TV, WABC-TV, CNN-fn, News 12, WLNY News 55 and many radio stations including WOR, WCBS AM, WBAB and WFAN.