NYSBA Awards Robert M. Freedman with Lifetime Achievement Award


NYSBA Awards Robert M. Freedman with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association honored partner Robert M. Freedman with its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Robert received the award during the January 2016 annual meeting in New York City. The Award honors Robert for his pioneering efforts in creating the field of elder law, his essential role in founding the Elder Law and Special Needs Section, and his lifetime of work in advocating for and protecting the rights of elderly clients and persons with disabilities and their families. Robert was a founder of the Section and one of its first Chairs. 

“For over three decades, Bob has been a luminary in elder law and special needs planning,” said Thomas W. Abendroth, the firm’s Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Practice Group Leader. “We’re proud of Bob’s achievement and thank him for his many contributions as a leader and mentor.”

Robert is nationally recognized for advising clients on planning for families with older adults and family members with disabilities. In 1985, Robert founded the law firm Freedman and Fish, which was one of the preeminent of elder law firms for 23 years. Robert is also a founder of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is now delighted to be serving these clients at Schiff Hardin LLP.

“Ever since I was a law student, I’ve devoted my career to advancing elder law,” said Robert. “I am deeply honored by the Bar’s recognition and will continue to focus on protecting my clients and strengthening the Elder Law and Special Needs Section to support the dedicated attorneys who serve elderly clients and clients with disabilities.”

Robert’s practice focuses on elderly clients with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other debilitating illnesses. Robert and his team advise clients with disabilities and their families in applying for government benefits and nursing home admissions, obtaining homecare services for the elderly, and securing programs and residential placements for individuals with disabilities.