Larry Friedman

Larry Friedman is a leader in the New Jersey elder law and special needs bar, and has been practicing elder law, developmental disabilities, Medicaid, Medicare, special needs, wills, trusts, estates, tax, and real estate law for over thirty years.

Larry previously chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section and began its annual Elder Law Retreat, a two-day educational symposium for elder law attorneys that continues to this day. Larry was awarded the NJSBA’s Distinguished Legislative Service Award twice– first for drafting a law that made it easier to use special needs trusts in New Jersey and in 2016 for his work on the Uniform Trust Code in New Jersey.

In 2019, Larry was recognized for his 20+ years of work doing educational programs for other attorneys, teaching New Jersey lawyers about elder law, special needs, disability and estate planning.  Larry was awarded the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s (NJICLE) Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in CLE.  Among his extensive work educating other attorneys, Larry is probably most proud of the Sophisticated Elder Law program.  When Larry started this program in 1994, it was the first Elder Law CLE program in New Jersey, and he’s been moderating the program every year since.   Sophisticated Elder Law held its 25th annual program in 2019.

During his career, Larry has:

-Helped thousands of clients navigate these complex legal areas
-Recognized in New Jersey Super Lawyers (published by Thompson-Reuters) from 2006 to 2019
-Awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer-review rating, AV-Preeminent
-Rating on Avvo of 10 / 10, Superb
-Named to Board of Consultors of NJSBA Real Property, Trusts & Estates Law Section
-Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation
-Vice Chair of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Special Needs Law Section
-Served on boards of directors of the ARC of Somerset County, Plan/NJ, Midland Adult Services, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, and NAELA’s New Jersey chapter
-Written dozens of articles, a sampling of which is at our Articles page

Larry is a frequent speaker on elder law, special needs, Medicaid and other disability benefits and trusts and estates issues.  He has served as an expert witness on these topics in medical malpractice and other lawsuits. He regularly presents programs to educate other lawyers on issues that affect seniors, people with disabilities, and their families.  Upcoming and recent programs can be found at our Events page.

When he’s not helping clients navigate the complexities of Medicaid and special needs, Larry enjoys cycling, swimming, rock music, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Rangers (sorry Devils fans).


Bar Admissions:
New Jersey
New York
United States Tax Court

LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1982
J.D., New York University School of Law, 1976

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Homepage photo: Cows grazing at Meadowbrook Farm, Bernardsville, NJ by Siddharth Mallya. October 23, 2012.
Interior photo: Somerset hills pastoral scene by Lawrence Friedman.