National Board Members

In addition to our highly-skilled and experienced ElderCounsel Principals, the members of our National Advisory Board help guide ElderCounsel's offerings and provide substantive input regarding the content of our documents.

Stephen W. Dale


Tim Nay

Stephen W. DaleOwner, The Dale Law Firm, PC, Pacheco, CA.  Special Needs Alliance member, recipient of 2010 Theresa Foundation Award and the 2007 NAELA Powley Award.  Serves on numerous boards and committees of organizations serving those with disabilities and speaks nationally on topics related to special needs planning.


Tim NayPartner, Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg, Portland, Oregon. Founding President of NAELA, Current Fellow of NAELA. Board Member, Academy of Special Needs Planners; Founding Member, National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals. 


Bradley J. Frigon


RenÉ H. Reixach, Jr.

Bradley J. FrigonOwner, Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon PLLC, Englewood, Colorado.  Vice President, NAELA, Tresurer, Special Needs Alliance, Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), Adjunct Professor, Stetson University College of Law.


René H. Reixach, Jr.Partner in the firm Woods, Oviatt, Gilman, LLP, Rochester, NY. NAELA Fellow. Has successfully represented Medicaid applicants in federal court litigation throughout the northeast. 


A. Frank Johns


Mary Schmitt Smith

A. Frank JohnsCharter partner, Booth, Harrington & Johns of NC, PLLC, Greensboro, North Carolina. Past President and Current Fellow of NAELA. Board Member, Academy of Special Needs Planners, well-published author. 


Mary Schmitt SmithFounder, The Theresa Law Center, Bloomfield Hills, MI. NAELA Fellow. First Certified Elder Law Attorney in the state of Michigan. 2003 Recipient of The Theresa Foundation Award. 


Michael Gilfix


Michael GilfixPartner, Gilfix & La Poll Associates PLLC, Palo Alto, CA. Co-founder and Fellow, NAELA; Co-author, “Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly: Forms and Practice; principal author, “Medi-Cal and Asset Preservation.”