Peter J. Strauss

Peter J. Strauss, Esq.

Peter J. Strauss became Senior Partner at Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC in July 2018. Mr. Strauss counsels on trusts and estate law, elder law and guardianship law with a particular focus on the legal problems of seniors and persons with disabilities. He frequently lectures on these topics and is considered to be one of the pioneers in elder law in the United States. Mr. Strauss has special interest in issues involving capacity for the execution of legal documents and making health care decisions and the legal issues and rights of persons with respect to health care treatment at the end of life. He is known for his work in counseling individuals with disabilities, parents of children with special needs, designing special needs trusts, and advising clients as to how to pay for long-term care.

Before assuming the position of senior partner, Strauss practiced law at the New York City firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath, and previously was a partner at Epstein, Becker & Green in New York. He has been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School for 28 years, teaching Elder Law & Aging in America and serving as Director of the guardianship clinic. He is a founding member and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and co-author of The Complete Retirement Survival Guide. Peter also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of JALBCA (Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert) and End of Life Choices New York. 

Strauss earned his law degree at New York University School of Law and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bowdoin College.

2019 Attorney Professionalism Award

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Peter J. Strauss was honored by the New York State Bar Association by awarding him with the prestigious Attorney Professionalism Award, granted each year to a single attorney in the State. The honor was presented at the annual NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Service Awards in Albany by President Michael Miller and President-Elect Henry Greenberg.

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