Robert Abrams (Bob) is the co-founder and an executive partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP, a law firm located in Lake Success, New York, with locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Rochester. A nationally recognized expert in Health and Elder Law, Bob has participated in many important matters in courtrooms, boardrooms and other venues.
Recognized for his substantive expertise and leadership skills, Bob has been called a “Pillar of Knowledge” and a “National Treasure.” Bob served as Chair of both the Elder and Health Law sections of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Bob had the unique honor to serve as guest editor of the historic 2011 issue of the NYSBA Journal which was titled “Are You Prepared for the Elder Years?” Over 100,000 people have read this special issue of the NYSBA Journal.
Bob has twice been invited to participate in the once in a decade White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), the first of which was hosted by President Bill Clinton in 1995 and the second hosted by President George W. Bush in 2005. At the 2005 Conference, Bob coordinated the first ever WHCoA Technology Exhibit which showcased technological initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for older individuals in America and throughout the world.
A prolific educator and writer, Bob has presented educational programs to attorneys, healthcare professionals and consumers throughout the United States. Bob has made presentations to many prestigious organizations including the American Healthcare Association; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; American Bar Association; Arizona Healthcare Association; Rhode Island Healthcare Association; California Association of Healthcare Facilities and the National Association of State Veterans Homes.
At the request of NYSBA, Bob has served as an Editor for the following legal resources: Guardianship Practice in New York State; a joint project with the New York State Medical Society titled: The Legal Manual for New York Physicians; and, at the direction of the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of New York State, The Legal Manual on Public Health Emergency Preparedness.
In 2000, Bob co-authored Boomer Basics, which was published by McGraw Hill and which addressed personal, financial and health issues that affect Baby Boomers, their parents and children. In 2009, Bob wrote Watered-Down Truth: A Flood of Lies More Deadly Than Hurricane Katrina. This book received multiple accolades for providing a riveting and truthful account of how and why 35 patients drowned in their Nursing Home during Hurricane Katrina.
Bob’s latest book Be a Planner, Not a Gambler: What You Need to Know and Do to Prepare for the Elder Years has resulted in the creation of the “Be a Planner” phenomenon. Over 1,000,000 people throughout the United States are expected to be exposed to this movement which encourages Americans of all ages to prepare for life’s contingencies.
As an outgrowth of the “Be a Planner” movement, Bob created the Aging and Longevity Law Institute (“ALLI”) for the Touro Law Center. ALLI has been designed to provide attorneys and other professionals with the information and resources they need to serve the 100 million Americans who are 50 years of age or older. The Institute will address a wide variety of educational topics, including fragility of capacity, adult children with special needs, bankruptcy, confidentiality, emergency preparedness, estate planning and administration, financial planning, grandparents’ rights, mental health issues, retirement, taxes and many others. As the Institute grows, plans include a research agenda focused on law and public policy in the area of longevity and aging law.
As part of ALLI, Bob has begun an initiative to expand and transform the practice of elder law into a new area of law which would be called Aging and Longevity Law. Bob has defined Aging and Longevity law as follows:
A confluence of several substantive areas of law which individually and collectively address the diverse legal challenges and related life contingencies that impact many of the ever evolving and growing demographic of the 100 million Americans who are approximately 50 years of age or older.
Bob received his law degree from the evening division of New York Law School. While attending law school at night, Bob worked in an administrative capacity in a nursing home. He passed the New York State Nursing Home licensure test the same year he passed the Bar exam. He received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University, which included course work completed at Fresno State University of the California University System. Bob graduated with honors from Brooklyn College where he received his bachelor’s degree in special education.
New York Law School, New York, New York
New York University
Boomer Basics, Co-Author, McGraw-Hill
Educational programs to attorneys, Healthcare Professionals and consumers throughout the United States,American Healthcare Association
Honors and Awards
Guest Editor of the historic Summer 2011 issue of the NYSBA Journal which was titled “Are You Prepared for the Elder Years?”
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Health Lawyers Association, Active Member
Health Care Compliance Association, Active Member
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Active Member
New York State Bar Association, Active Member
NYSBA's Elder Law, Health Law Sections, Former Chair
Past Employment Positions
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Chair
Guardianship Practice in New York State, Editor