Nancy Burner, Esq., CELA

About Nancy

Nancy Burner, Esq. is the founder of Burner Law Group, P.C., a prominent Elder Law and Trusts and Estates firm established in 1995. Nancy holds the designation of a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association. Since 2014, Nancy has been selected by her peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America for Elder Law. Most recently, Nancy was recognized as the Best Lawyers® 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Elder Law on Long Island. Nancy previously earned this honor in 2020. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 8.2 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.

Nancy is a former five term trustee for the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, a state administered agency which was created in 1981 to protect law clients from the misuse of their money by dishonest attorneys and to promote public confidence in the administration of justice in New York State. She is also a past president of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association and a past co-chair of the Suffolk County Elder Law Committee.

In 2022, Nancy was inducted into the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law Inaugural Hall of Fame as one of only 50 inductees. Hofstra Law established the Hall of Fame to honor alumni whose exemplary careers, or extraordinary service to the betterment of society, or outstanding contributions to the Law School have significantly impacted the Hofstra Law community and beyond. The Hall of Fame inductees were nominated by their peers, and selected by a committee of Hofstra Law alumni, faculty and administrators.

Nancy frequently lectures on the legislative changes, financial implications, and governmental benefits affecting the elderly and special needs population.  In 2016, Nancy was named as an “Outstanding Woman in Law” by Hofstra University School of Law Center for Children Families and the Law. Later that same year, she was named by Manhattan Magazine as a Big Apple Entrepreneur winner.

For sixteen consecutive years, Nancy has been named as a Super Lawyer in the field of Elder Law. In the same publication, for five consecutive years, she has also been named a Top 50 Women Attorney in New York. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1985 from Stony Brook University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She graduated in the top 2% of her class, with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law with her Juris Doctor in 1988.  In 2011, Nancy returned to her alma mater as an Adjunct Professor, where she created their first law school course in Elder Law.

Nancy continues to grow her practice with offices in New York City, Setauket, Westhampton Beach, and East Hampton.

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