Melissa Negrin-Wiener, elder law attorney and partner at Cona Elder Law, a leading elder law and estate planning firm in Melville, recently received the Outstanding Woman in Law award given by Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law for 2017. She joins Jennifer Cona, Cona Elder Law managing partner, and Roseanne Beovich, Cona Elder Law senior associate, who won this award in its inaugural year in 2016.
Judge Gail Prudential, Hofstra Law Dean, honored 47 deserving women during the second annual reception at Carlyle on the Green with nearly 300 people in attendance that Included judges, attorneys, business executives and professors. Lieutenant Governor of NYS Kathleen C. Hochul delivered the keynote address.
The award celebrates women who have made meaningful and inspirational contributions to the legal community. "This year’s recipients are advocates for the underrepresented and are leaders in the workplace, community and serve as role models for young women aspiring to join the legal profession," said Judge Prudenti. "It was an honor to recognize such a diverse and accomplished group of women."
Melissa Negrin-Wiener practices exclusively in the field of elder law, trusts and estates. She manages Cona Elder Law’s government benefits department, concentrating her practice in Medicaid planning, asset protection planning, disability matters, guardianships, estate planning and Veterans benefits.
"Melissa's continued selfless advocacy for seniors on Long Island and her leadership role at Cona Elder Law makes her a well deserving recipient of this prestigious award,” says Jennifer Cona, managing partner, Cona Elder Law. In addition to providing legal services, Melissa has developed programs to help seniors in need, such as Cona Elder Law’s Senior Dreams Come True that grants wishes to low income seniors. She often speaks at assisted living facilities, senior centers and organizations to educate the public and professionals on how to protect their assets, balance work and elder caregiving and Medicaid planning.
Melissa has received many awards including Long Island Business News’ “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business” as well as the prestigious “Leadership in the Law” award. She received LIBN’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars on Long Island” award and the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney award from Touro Law School. Melissa is the immediate past President of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association and serves as co-chair of the Healthcare Committee of the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island (HIA-LI).
Ms. Negrin-Wiener is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee, the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association. She is also a member of the Hauppauge Industrial Association (HIA) and serves as the Charities Coordinator for 100 Women Who Care about Long Island.
Melissa received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University.
Cona Elder Law is recognized as a leading elder law and estate planning firm on Long Island. The firm has been ranked the #1 Elder Law firm by Long Island Business News for the past 6 years and has been a finalist in the HIA Business Achievement Awards. Cona Elder Law is also recognized for its charitable works and has received the Outstanding Corporation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 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 Business 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.