MEMBERS OF THE FIRM

PARTNERS

Practice Areas:
-Corporate
-Real Estate
-Trusts and Estates

Admissions:
-New York State
-Southern District New York
-Eastern District New York

Education:
-Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1981)
-Connecticut College (B.A., 1978)

Kenneth H. Gardner
Partner
Email: kgardner@gardnerweiss.com
Tel: 212.907.0600
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Ken Gardner focuses his practice on corporate, business, real estate, and trusts and estates matters.

Ken counsels many closely held corporations and other entities in connection with the operation, structure and succession planning of their businesses, including preparation of governance documents, negotiating and structuring mergers and acquisitions, and advising on debt and equity financing.

Ken also handles real estate transactions ranging from representing both sellers and purchasers of cooperatives, condominiums and single and multi-family homes as well as commercial properties, including mixed use locations and apartment buildings.

Ken also assists clients with their estate planning needs, including preparation of Wills, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, and Trusts.

Prior to forming Gardner Weiss & Rosenblum LLP in 1991, Ken was a partner with Tannenbaum Dubin & Robinson, New York, New York.

Member, Business Law, Real Property Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Trusts and Estates Law Sections, New York State Bar Association

Practice Areas:
-Estate Planning
-Trusts and Estates
-Elder Law

Admissions:
-New York State
-Southern District New York
-Eastern District New York
-Florida

Education:
-New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1985)
-Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1981)
-University of Albany (B.S.A., 1978)

Gregg M. Weiss
Partner
Email: gweiss@gardnerweiss.com
Tel: 212.907.0600
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Gregg Weiss focuses his practice on estate planning, trusts and estates and elder law matters.

Gregg has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in the Estate Planning and Probate practice areas by the New York Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2008 through 2018.

Admitted to practice law in both New York and Florida, Gregg takes a personal approach in working with families and their advisors to accomplish their estate planning, wealth transfer, charitable, and business succession goals.

He advises a diverse group of clients on developing and implementing a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to estate planning.

Gregg represents executors and trustees, including several banks, in the administration of estates and trusts in connection with probate and administration proceedings, accounting proceedings, Will contests, and construction proceedings. He also represents beneficiaries of estates and trusts to ensure their interests are protected.

Gregg advises seniors and their families on issues related to Medicaid planning and guardianships and serves as counsel to private foundations and public charities.

Gregg has been a speaker at CLE seminars for the New York City Bar Association and the Office of the Nassau County Attorney; and has also been appointed as Guardian Ad Litem by the New York County Surrogate’s Court.

Prior to founding Gardner Weiss & Rosenblum LLP, Gregg was a partner at Putney, Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP and an attorney for the Office of District Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.

A lifelong fan of the New York Knicks, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, a grassroots not-for-profit that uses basketball as a vehicle to help inner city students gain admission into college.

Member, Trusts and Estates, Elder Law and Special Needs and Senior Law Sections,  New York State Bar Association; and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Florida Bar Association

Richard K Rosenblum

Practice Areas:
-Real Estate
-Corporate

Admissions:
-New York State
-Southern District New York
-Eastern District New York

Education:
-New York University School of Law (J.D., 1980)
-University of Rochester (B.A., 1977)

Richard K. Rosenblum
Partner
Email: rrosenblum@gardnerweiss.com
Tel: 212.907.0600
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Richard Rosenblum focuses his practice on real estate and corporate matters. His clients include high net worth individuals and businesses ranging from closely-held companies to multi-billion dollar corporations in connection with their acquisitions, sales, financings, refinancings, and commercial leasing (office, retail and warehouse) needs, as well as structuring and negotiating their business transactions. His clients also include both owners of commercial buildings and tenants operating in sectors such as professional services, insurance and financial services, entertainment, manufacturing, importing, retailing, and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining Gardner Weiss & Rosenblum LLP in 2007, Richard was with Labaton Sucharow LLP for 27 years where he became a Partner and Managing Partner.

Member, Business Law and Real Property Sections, New York State Bar Association

ASSOCIATES

Practice Areas:
-Estate Planning
-Trusts and Estates
-Elder Law

Admissions:
-New York State

Education:
-University of Arkansas School of Law (LL.M., 2014)
-St. John’s University School of Law (J.D., 2011)
-Fordham University (B.S., 2008)

Ada Chan

Ada Chan focuses her practice on estate planning, elder law and probate matters. She assists clients with Medicaid, guardianship, probate, and estate issues, and tailors individual estate plans to advance family goals.

After being admitted to practice law in New York, Ada continued her studies at University of Arkansas School of Law and received a Master of Laws in Agricultural and Food Law.

Prior to joining Gardner Weiss & Rosenblum LLP, Ada was an associate at Levy Konigsberg handling Surrogate’s and insurance subrogation matters, and practiced trusts and estate and elder law at Yana Feldman & Associates.

A native New Yorker, Ada was born to Chinese immigrants and is bilingual in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese). In her spare time she volunteers at District 38 Participatory Budgeting and enjoys hiking and climbing.

Member, Trusts and Estates, New York State Bar Association; New York City Bar Association; Psi Chi Society.

OF COUNSEL

Practice Areas:
-General Civil Litigation
-Real Estate
-Corporate

Admissions:
-New York State
-Southern District New York
-Eastern District New York
-2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Education:
-Wesleyan University (B.A., cum laude 1977)
-Hofstra University School of Law (J.D. 1980)
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Donald L. Citak
Of Counsel
Email: dcitak@citaklaw.com
Tel: 212.759.9585

Don Citak has been engaged in the general practice of law for nearly 40 years with an emphasis on civil litigation. He has handled trust and estate litigation involving contested probate, accounting, guardianship and trust fiduciary matters, real estate litigation involving coop/condominium disputes, landlord/tenant matters, and foreclosure, business litigation involving partnership, corporate and limited liability company ownership disputes and bankruptcy matters, and matrimonial litigation involving complex financial and valuation issues.

Don has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the New York Metropolitan area in both trials and appeals including US Circuit Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), US District and Bankruptcy Courts (SDNY, EDNY, New Jersey), Supreme Court (Appellate and Trial Divisions), Court of Claims, and Surrogate's, Civil, Family, District and Small Claims Courts.

In transactional matters, Don has represented Co-ops, condominiums, corporate entities, not-for-profit/religious entities, partnerships and individuals, in a wide array of commercial matters (e.g., employment agreements, employment termination agreements, joint venture agreements, partnership agreements), commercial and residential leasing and the purchases and sales of apartments, houses, commercial buildings and religiously-owned properties.

Don started his career in 1980 as an Associate at Roseman Colin Freund Lewis & Cohn in New York before joining his father, Burton Citak, in the law firm, Citak & Citak. Don has served as a Member of the Arbitration Panel in the US District Court (EDNY) and in the Civil Court of the City of New York and has been a Member of American Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Bar of the City of New York and Queens County Bar Association.

Practice Areas:
-Estate Planning
-Elder Law

Admissions:
-New York State
-New Jersey
-Massachusetts

Education:
-Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1991)
-Fordham University (B.A., 1988)

Matthew J. Nolfo
Of Counsel
Email: mnolfo@estateandelderlaw.net
Tel: 212.286.9499

Matt focuses his practice on elder law and estate planning and works with clients on their estate planning needs, assists clients with the institutional and community Medicaid process, and advocates on behalf of clients whose loved ones are in need of guardianship.

Matt also maintains a litigation practice involving contested guardianship and estate matters.

Over the course of his career, Matt has held a number of prestigious positions. He has served as Chair of the Committee on the Problems of the Aging at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a noted speaker on estate planning and elder law and has chaired and lectured on his practice areas at various symposiums. He has served as an adjunct professor at New York University’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, where he taught courses in estate planning and asset protection planning.

Matt serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Elder Law and Special Needs Sections of the New York State Bar Association, where he has co-chaired the legislation committee.

Member, Trusts and Estates Law Section, Elder Law and Special Needs Sections, New York State Bar Association