Jennifer Cona, managing partner of Cona Elder Law, a leading elder law firm in Melville, was recently honored as a winner of The 2016 Smart CEO Brava Award on Long Island.
This award celebrates female CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high-impact executives who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. The winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the right path. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring.
“I am so honored to be included in this incredible group of women leaders who dedicate their time not only to growing their businesses but to supporting others and making their communities better,” says Cona.
As Elder Law attorneys, Cona Elder Law’s team is dedicated to analyzing every case and course of action by asking: “What would I do if it was my mom or dad?” Cona states that this helps keep the attorneys and staff grounded, compassionate and empathetic to their clients’ needs. Cona Elder Law helps clients navigate caregiver issues, family dynamics, financial matters and other practical issues in addition to their legal matter. The firm opened a Caregiver Resource Center in its office to help support caregivers and their families. Cona Elder Law’s mission is to work together with both families and healthcare facilities to sustain quality care for older adults.
Cona started with a solo practice in Manhattan 18 years ago, but quickly made connections with healthcare facilities and the business community on Long Island. She grew the practice by over 300 percent in the first year.
Under Cona’s leadership, Cona Elder Law has prioritized corporate social responsibility and community outreach. In 2007, she launched the firm’s Senior Dreams Come True charity which grants wishes for low-income seniors on Long Island. Cona Elder Law’s staff volunteer to work in soup kitchens, deliver clothing to the homeless, and raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
Cona Elder Law is recognized as a leading elder law and estate planning firm on Long Island. The firm was ranked the #1 Elder Law firm by Long Island Business News for 4 consecutive years (2012 – 2015) and was a finalist in the 2015 HIA Business Achievement Awards. The firm provides creative advocacy and cutting edge planning strategies and has been featured in many publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, L.I. Business News, Investor’s News Daily, USA Today, The Daily News, The New York Post, Kiplinger’s, Reader's Digest and many others. Cona Elder Law attorneys have appeared as guests on WNBC-TV, WABC-TV, CNN-fn, News 12, WLNY News 55 and many radio stations including WOR, WCBS AM, WBAB and WFAN.