Lake Success, NY, January 16, 2014 – Long Island-based law firm, Abrams Fensterman, LLP, today announced that Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Esq., an Executive Partner in the firm and Director of the Mental Health Law practice, has been promoted to name partner. Effective immediately, the official firm name is Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP.
With the only mental health practice of its kind in the nation, Ms. Wolf’s practice concentrates in the areas of mental health and health care law, representing mental health and health care professionals, major hospital systems and community hospitals, institutional and community outpatient programs, skilled nursing facilities, higher education institutions, individuals and families.
“Mental health issues are highly charged in the public eye, ever changing in the policy arena and extremely multi-layered in legal situations, which is why Carolyn’s talents and practice are so valuable. With such a unique practice, Carolyn has become recognized in legal and mental health circles and by the media as one of the nation’s leading thinkers and legal practitioners in this highly specialized and dynamic industry. As families, institutions and corporations work through the increasingly complex social and commercial challenges associated with mental health issues, Carolyn helps clients navigate channels to optimize outcomes.”
– Howard Fensterman, Managing Partner
Her practice area includes mental hygiene law, including retention and treatment over objection psychiatric cases, mental health warrants, capacity determinations, informed consent and medical treatment cases, confidentiality and release of records matters, interaction with law enforcement in health care facilities and institutions of higher learning, Kendra’s Law applications (Assisted Out-Patient Treatment Orders), Article 81 and 17-A guardianship proceedings, civil and criminal litigation and negotiation specific to mental health issues, consultation and advice in navigating the mental health system and legal interventions in the inpatient and outpatient treatment settings as well as mental health issues in the higher education setting.
Ms. Wolf holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, an M.S. in Health Services Administration from the Harvard School of Public Health and an M.B.A. in Management from the Hofstra University School of Business. She is admitted to practice in New York State and Federal Courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, Ms. Wolf is currently an adjunct professor at Hofstra Law School (Maurice A. Deane School of Law), teaching Law and Psychiatry. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Wolf was a hospital administrator and Director of Hospital Risk Management.