State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section Presents its Highest Honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to New Jersey Attorney

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section

Westfield, NJ – April 30, 2015 —Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. received the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section during its annual retreat in Philadelphia, PA.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, the Elder and Disability Law Section’s highest honor, 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. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognized Mr. Vanarelli’s advocacy in elder and disability law, including a number of precedent-setting legal victories which advanced the rights of seniors and persons with disabilities.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was named in honor of attorney Marilyn Askin, considered by many to be the “Mother of New Jersey Elder Law.” Marilyn founded what has become the NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section and served as its chair for many years.

“To be chosen for this award by fellow elder law attorneys who work beside me in this rewarding field is truly an honor,” Mr. Vanarelli reflected

About Donald D. Vanarelli

Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA-certifying organization, Mr. Vanarelli is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney and an Accredited Professional Mediator. He has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors and disabled persons in estate planning, financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other public benefits, special needs planning, and litigation, including probate, elder abuse and guardianship lawsuits. 

About Vanarelli & Li, LLC

Vanarelli & Li, LLC, located in Westfield, New Jersey, provides a broad range of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families. The law firm guides clients through complex legal areas including public benefits planning, trial advocacy and court procedures, the administrative process, as well as estate and gift tax laws. Call 908-232-7400 or e-mail [email protected] for an appointment. 

Contact: Ginny Morrissey, Vanarelli & Li, LLC, Tel: 908-232-7400, Email: [email protected]

Notification of Mr. Vanarelli’s receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award was distributed via press release through various  media as follows:

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After accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, I received congratulations from friends, family and colleagues, for which I am very grateful. A sample of those congratulatory notes and emails follow:

Congrats Don! Thanks for all the great work you’ve done for NJ’s senior and special needs communities.

Gary Mazart, Esq., Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP


Congratulations on the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award. It is an honor to work with such an advocate of the elderly and disabled.

Judith S. Parnes, L.C.S.W., C.M.C., Elder Life Management, LLC


Congratulations on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award!  What a great honor!

Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care, The Arc of New Jersey


Congrats, Don! A great accomplishment and a recognition well deserved!”

Thomas D. Begley III, Esq., Chair, Wills, Trusts & Estates Department, Capehart & Scatchard


Congratulations! Well deserved. You set the model!

Adrienne Robertiello, Autism Educator, Children’s Specialized Hospital


What an honor, Don! Congratulations.

Eileen Kohutis, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist


Congrats! Well done and deserved.

John H. Schmidt, Jr., Esq., Lindabury, McCormack, Estabrook & Cooper


You’ve earned it Don. Congratulations!

Amy Wechsler, Esq., Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP


Congrats! Sorry I missed it.

Gwen Orlowski, Esq., Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging


Don, I just learned that you received the Marilyn Askin award. Well deserved.Please accept by belated but heartfelt congratulations. Hope to see you soon.

Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esq., Begley Law Group


Don – Congratulations on a well-deserved Award!

James Estabrook, Esq., Lindabury, McCormack, Estabrook & Cooper


Congrats! Truly, a marvelous achievement! You & your family should be PROUD!

Joyce Wein Wohl, Principal at Wohl2Wohl Art Consultants


Congratulations Don!!

Dana Rozansky Bollokbinder, Esq., Law office of Dana Bookbinder


Congrats Don! Great work. Keep it going.

Bob Gavrielski, Esq., Chair, Corporate and International Law Groups, Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA


Great, but is it because you are elderly?

Peter Caruso


Congrats dad!!! Love you

Julie Vanarelli

Personal Trainer, Certified Massage Therapist, Pasadena, CA


That’s no big deal. I graduated from law school before the Don. I am his mentor & role model so you all should congratulate ME!!!

John Vanarelli, Esq., Deputy District Attorney, Ventura County, CA


Congratulations Don and well-deserved.

Jerry Ricciardo, Certified Financial Planner, Mark F. Swingle Group

A big congratulations to you on the occasion of this very prestigious award! So well deserved…. and here’s to many more years of great work and achievement. Elyse 

Elyse Weber-Sacks, President/Owner at Connie Rosenberg & Associates Care Management, Inc.



Janice Chapin, Esq., Central Jersey Legal Services, Inc.


Congratulations Don! So happy to see that all your years of true professionalism, empathy for clients in unique situations and practical good advice has been recognized!

Donna L. Sicola, Esq., Partner at Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry LLP


Congrats Don! A great accomplishment for a great guy in a space where people like you are desperately needed! All the best, Bob

Bob Gabrielski, Esq., Member and Chair of Corporate and International Law Groups, Member of Mgmt Comm, at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA



Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA, Board of Directors, NJ American Society of Appraisers, and President, The Magnusson Group


Congratulations Mr. Vanarelli on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Sally Damm, MSA, LNHA, QALA, LSWA Preceptor, Sally Damm Consulting and Services


CONGRADULATIONS!!! Don. Well Deserved!!!

Matthew J. Sheehy, Principal at SHEEHY Consulting Associates

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