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When selecting a law firm, is it helpful to know more about the lawyers with whom you will be working. On this page we will introduce our firm's lawyers.

Thomas A. Hynes, Esq.
(Partner )




Mr. Hynes has been practicing Elder Law exclusively since 1989. 
  • Franklin and Marshall University, B.A.
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 1989
Mr. Hynes studied under the late John Regan, who is recognized as a founder of the field of Elder Law.  Mr. Hynes is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a member of the Elder Law committees of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations.  He is author of a chapter in Guardianship Practice in New York State, published by the New York State Bar Association.  Mr. Hynes is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a member of the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law Section.

Douglas J. Chu, Esq.

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Mr. Chu has been involved with the area of Elder Law since 1990.  Before joining the firm he was the Senior Staff Attorney for the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College from 1990 to 1999, where he specialized in Medicaid eligibility and government entitlements. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Chu was also the Attorney-in-charge of the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. ; known for his speaking skills, Mr. Chu has been an invited speaker/presenter at New York State Bar Association Sponsored Programs in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2019. 


  • RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Of Law -Camden : J.D.1987 with an Honors Degree in International Law and member of the Law Review Staff  

Mr. Chu has been an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Law School and Long Island University, where he taught Elder Law related courses.  He is a respected lecturer on government entitlements and since 1998 has presented a monthly lecture series on applying for Medicaid home care at Caringkind (formerly known as theAlzheimer's Association of New York City) .  Mr. Chu is a regular speaker for the National Constitution Center Audio Conference Series, which provides continuing legal education to attorneys nationally.  Mr. Chu has been the Chair of the New York City Citywide Medicaid Advisory Council since 1995 . He is the author and editor of  the chapter "Medicaid for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled", found in The New York Elder Law Handbook published annually by the Practicing Law Institute of New York, where he is also a member of their faculty and current Co-Chair of their Annual Elder Law Institute.    Mr. Chu is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey (inactive) and Washington, D.C. (inactive)  Before entering the field of Elder Law, Mr. Chu was an associate attorney at Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter in Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 1989 where he focused on White Collar Criminal defense work.


Office Staff 

Lorrianne Wynn (Medicaid Paralegal) 


Patricia Donnelly (Medicaid Paralegal)


Sonia Messana
(Paralegal - Estates)
Mackenzie Sherburne
(Paralegal - Medicaid)  


We service clients throughout the greater New York area
(All the boroughs of New York, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester)

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