Donald Vanarelli Has Been Selected By The New Jersey Law Journal As A “Top Rated Lawyer In 2019”

Top Rated New Jersey Lawyers In 2019

Donald D. Vanarelli has been selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as a Top Rated New Jersey Lawyer in 2019.

Mr. Vanarelli, and the other attorneys featured in the list of Top Rated NJ Lawyers, have all achieved the peer reviewed rating of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent service which has rated attorneys nationwide for more than a century. An “AV Preeminent” rating is the highest available, and is a significant accomplishment.  The AV Preeminent rating signifies that Don has been recognized by judges and fellow attorneys as having achieved the highest level of professional excellence.

The “AV Preeminent” rating is awarded to fewer than 5% of all lawyers in the US. An “AV Preeminent” rating means that the lawyer has reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence. The lawyer is recognized by his or her peers as having achieved preeminent legal ability, characterized by adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.

The AV Preeminent rating is a nationally-recognized acknowledgment of Don’s professional accomplishments and skills as an attorney, and places him among the elite practitioners in the country.

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Donald D. Vanarelli has been a practicing attorney since 1983 in New Jersey and New York. Don provides legal services in the areas of elder law, estate planning, trust administration, special education, special needs planning and trial advocacy, including probate litigation, will contests, contested guardianships and elder abuse trials.

Don is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, an Accredited Veterans Attorney and a Past Chair of the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Don is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the New Jersey State Bar Association – Elder and Disability Law Section. The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on an attorney with an established history of distinguished service who has made significant contributions in the field of elder and disability law throughout his or her career.

Don is actively involved in trial advocacy on behalf of elderly and disabled citizens. Don represented the plaintiff in a pivotal special needs trust case decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court entitled Saccone v. Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, 219 N.J. 369 (2014). He also represented the plaintiff in a seminal estate planning / guardianship / Medicaid planning case entitled In re Keri, 181 N.J. 50 (2004). Don was also co-counsel representing the plaintiff in Galletta v. Velez, Civil No. 13-532 (D.N.J. June 3, 2014) in which a federal court ruled, for the first time, that a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs may not be counted as income in determining Medicaid eligibility.

When he’s not working, Don spends his time with his wife, Marion, and his three children, Julianne, Evan and Alex.

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