Frances Pantaleo, Esq. of Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, Named 2020 Lawyer of the Year
White Plains, NY – Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP, Westchester County’s preeminent law firm, is pleased to announce that partner Frances Pantaleo, Esq. received several accolades in 2019, for her work in her practice area of elder law. She has been named as White Plains’ 2020 Lawyer of the Year in her field by Best Lawyers, regarded nationally as the most credible measure of legal integrity for more than three decades, and will be listed in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Additionally, the Thomson Reuters publication Super Lawyers Magazine has once again recognized Ms. Pantaleo as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in the Metro Area and once again as one of the Top 25: 2019 Westchester County Super Lawyers.
As partner, Pantaleo draws on her expertise in elder law, special needs planning, and guardianship proceedings to further the firm’s 80-year legacy of providing superior legal counsel to Westchester residents and businesses. A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), she heads the firm’s Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group, a team dedicated to helping elderly individuals and their families handle the legalities of long-term care, estate planning (including preparation of wills, trusts and advance directives), asset preservation, Medicaid applications, guardianship, and other concerns that come with aging and disability.
Ms. Pantaleo is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and has taught elder law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and Pace Law School.
Pantaleo has served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Special Needs Section and is currently Co-Chair of the Committee on the Elderly and Disabled of its Trusts and Estates Section.
This breadth of knowledge and passion for her practice areas has earned Pantaleo numerous honors. Earlier this year, Pantaleo was presented with an award from the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law & Special Needs Section for her work “in furtherance of the rights of the elderly and persons with disabilities.”