Frances M. Pantaleo

Partner

Ms. Pantaleo is the head of our Elder Law Practice Group.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pantaleo was a partner at Walsh Amicucci & Pantaleo LLP in Purchase, New York; of counsel to Keane & Beane, P.C. in White Plains, New York,  an associate clinical professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and an adjunct professor at Pace Law School, where she developed and taught a course on elder law.

Ms. Pantaleo handles a broad range of matters with a particular emphasis on elder law, special needs planning, guardianship proceedings under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and Article 17A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, drafting and administration of special needs trusts, estate planning, drafting of wills and trusts, and estate administration.

Education

  • New York University Law School (J.D., 1979)
  • City University of New York’s Brooklyn College (B.A., 1977) (summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Memberships

Ms. Pantaleo is the former Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the Trusts and Estates Section.  She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a member and has served as past-chair of the Elder Law Committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association.  She is co-author of a chapter on elder law in General Practice in New York, published by the West Publishing Company.

Ms. Pantaleo has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been voted a Super Lawyer in the area of Elder Law since 2011.  She was named one of the top 25 lawyers in Westchester County in Westchester Magazine in 2011 and 2012. 

Ms. Pantaleo serves on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  In 2007, Ms. Pantaleo received a Partner in Justice Award in recognition of her outstanding pro bono assistance to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.   Ms. Pantaleo is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

Ms. Pantaleo is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education programs which provide training to attorneys regarding elder law and special needs planning.  She also makes frequent presentations on these topics to community organizations, consumers and non-legal professionals at the request of organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, UJA- Federation, the Pace Women’s Justice Center, Westchester Arc, the Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

Professional Recognition

  • New York Super Lawyers, 2014 to present
  • The Best Lawyers in America,® 2015, 2016, Elder Law