Ken Kern, Esq., 39, partner at Cona Elder Law in Melville, was recently presented with the Leadership in Law award by Long Island Business News. Recognized for his outstanding achievement in the legal profession, contributing to the community and making an impact on Long Island, Kern is a highly regarded pioneer in his field. As a young partner at a leading elder law and estate planning firm, Mr. Kern leads the firm’s Health Care Reimbursement and Recovery Department, concentrating his practice in health care facility representation, civil litigation, complex Medicaid eligibility matters, Fair Hearings, guardianships and resolution of all issues related to resident financial accounts and health care facilities’ bottom line. He handles a wide range of complex matters affecting not only health care facilities but senior citizens and the disabled as well.
Kern’s superior advocacy skills and incomparable negotiating abilities set the standard in health care facility representation. He is also responsible for numerous court and fair hearing decisions, which have changed the Medicaid and guardianship landscape leading to increased reimbursement rates for health care facilities.
“I am honored to be recognized by my peers in the legal profession with this award,” stated Kern. “Attorneys on Long Island set a very high bar for advocacy on behalf of our clients, advancement in the profession and contributions to the community.” “Ken has been a superstar at our firm since the day he joined us some thirteen years ago,” says Jennifer Cona, Managing Partner of Cona Elder Law. “Ken is respected and endeared by his staff, team and clients alike.”
Mr. Kern has a deep commitment to his community and helping those in need. He is an advocate for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled adults having worked in the mental health field for over 15 years as a case manager and a direct care counselor. Mr. Kern participates in the law firm’s Midnight Run mission to bring food and clothing to the homeless in New York City and boxed in the Fight for Charity to raise funds for a school for autistic children and a community residence for disabled adults. Mr. Kern has also been honored as an Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney by Touro Law School and has received the Caregiver of the Year award from the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF).
Kern has been rated a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He has received LIBN’s 40 Rising Stars Under 40 award and has received the Kings of Long Island award from Star Network. Kern has been included in the Top Attorneys of North America 2015-2016 edition of The Who’s Who Directories. Mr. Kern regularly provides in-service seminars for health care facility staff as well as continuing education programs for health care administrators. Mr. Kern has appeared in Newsday’s Act II “Ask the Expert” and has been featured in The Suffolk Lawyer as well as Long Island Business News’ “Who’s Who in Health Care Law.”
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.