Joanna C. Feldman, Esq.

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Joanna C. Feldman is an associate with the firm Maker, Fragale & Di Costanzo, LLP located in Rye, New York, and Yorktown Heights, New York.  Joanna is an attorney whose area of practice is elder law, trusts and estate planning, Medicaid and long-term care planning, estate administration, special needs planning, and guardianships. She supports prospective and existing clients, offering peace of mind and comfort during what can be a difficult and confusing time.

Prior to joining Maker, Fragale & Di Costanzo, LLP, Joanna served 13 years with a prestigious Westchester County firm representing local governments in all areas of municipal law, including tax certiorari.  She began her legal career with a year-long judicial clerkship during which she advised judges and drafted judicial decisions.  Prior to practicing law, Joanna was a compliance manager, writer, and editor with an international securities broker-dealer.  She has a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D., cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law.

Joanna is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and a member of the elder law and special needs and trusts and estates law sections of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).  She is also a member of the municipal law section and elder law, adult guardianship, and tax certiorari and condemnation committees of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA).  She is licensed to practice in New York.

Education

American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
Juris Doctor, cum laude
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, Kennedy Inn, Vice Magister
Award for highest grade in Civil Procedure II, Section II

Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
Bachelor of Arts

Professional Experience

McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP, White Plains, New York
Senior Attorney, March 2013 – April 2017
Associate Attorney, September 2003 – March 2013
Primarily represented municipalities and public agencies and advised municipal officials, boards, and employees of most areas of governmental functions, including regulatory compliance.  Drafted legislation and facilitated public consideration and adoption.  Defended tax certiorari litigation proceedings and negotiated settlements.  Drafted and negotiated contracts and real property transactions.  Collaborated with outside counsel, insurance carriers, and consultants.  Also represented private clients in real property tax law and tax certiorari, land use and zoning, contractual, and real property matters.

The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Superior Court, Stamford, Connecticut
Judicial Clerk, August 2002 – August 2003
Drafted judicial decisions.  Edited and revised decisions drafted by judges.  Many decisions published in the Connecticut Law Reporter.

The Law Firm of Obadal & MacLeod, P.C., Alexandria, Virginia
Law Clerk, September 2001 – March 2002

Legal Internships
State of New York, Office of the Attorney General, New York, New York
Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Washington, D.C.

Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, June 1996 – July 1999
Assistant Editor / Analyst, Morning News, Darien Connecticut
Compliance Manager, New York, New York
Compliance Assistant, New York, New York

 

Member, NY State Bar Association

Westchester County, NY Elder Law Attorney

Member, Westchester County, NY Bar Association