Sarah A. Chussler is a Partner at Abrams Fensterman, LLP and is a member of the firm’s Mental Health Law Practice Group. Her practice focuses on Mental Health and Elder Law, representing private clients, healthcare professionals, and major hospital systems in Article 9 proceedings for involuntary psychiatric treatment and retention hearings, Kendra’s Law applications (Assisted Outpatient Treatment), Mental Hygiene Warrants, as well as in elder planning matters. These include the preparation and execution of Advanced Directives and Article 81 Guardianship proceedings.
Ms. Chussler’s interest in elder law began when she was young and volunteered and later worked in nursing homes. Her prior legal experience in elder law, Medicaid planning, matrimonial law, and civil litigation allows her to identify potential issues which may arise within the context of a Guardianship proceeding to best guide clients and advocate for their interests. Ms. Chussler frequently receives court appointments pursuant to Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge of the New York State Unified Court System in Guardianship matters in multiple counties as Court Evaluator, Counsel for Alleged Incapacitated Persons, and Counsel to Guardians.
Ms. Chussler obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, she served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Arthur M. Diamond of the Supreme Court of Nassau County. Following law school, Ms. Chussler served as a Fellow with the 15th Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, Florida. She received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and interned for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office while in college.
Ms. Chussler was selected as a “Rising Star” in New York Elder Law by “Super Lawyers” in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Ms. Chussler was selected to the Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for Elder and for Health Care Law in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Ms. Chussler is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association where she is a member of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section and Health Law Section. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Elder Abuse Committee and member of the Guardianship Committee, both under the Elder Law and Special Needs Section.
- New York, 2013
- Florida (inactive), 2011
- University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
- Pennsylvania State University, B.A.
Honors and Awards
- New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”, 2019-2021
- Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch”, 2021-2023
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New York State Bar Association; Vice Chair of the Elder Abuse Committee of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section
- Nassau County Bar Association
- Brooklyn Bar Association
- When Decisions by Authorized Representatives are not in the Patient’s Best Interest, MD News Long Island Edition, (February 2018), Author
- Psychiatric Advanced Directives in Mental Health Planning, Nassau Lawyer (March 2022), Author
- Legal Tools to Respond to Mental Health Crises, 3.1 New York State Bar Association Women in Law Section (“WILS”) Connect 14-15 (February 2022), Co-Author
Classes and Seminars
- Adult Continuing Education, Massapequa Public Schools: Estate Planning with a Heart, Speaker, October 2018