The Principals

ElderCounsel PrincipalsMichael AmorusoLouis PierroHoward Krooks, and Vincent Russo (pictured left to right) collectively visioned to pair a second-to-none document assembly system with high quality education for member attorneys. Their vision created ElderCounsel. This partnership formed with WealthCounsel has allowed ElderCounsel to build on a tremendous document assembly system platform, while adding the expertise of Michael, Howie, Lou and Vincent to create elder law and special needs planning documents that make up ElderDocx®.

Michael J. Amoruso, Esq.

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Michael is a partner in Amoruso & Amoruso, LLP and concentrates his practice on Elder Law, Asset Preservation, Comprehensive Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Guardianship. He was chosen as a 2010-2016 New York Metro Super Lawyer for Elder Law.  From 2011-2016 he was named one of the Top 25 Westchester Super Lawyers among all practice areas and was featured by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013.  He is also included in the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Lawyers in America for Elder Law. In 2009, he received a U.S. Congressional Proclamation for his work in Elder Law and Special Needs Law. He is Past Chair of the New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA") Elder Law Section, a member of the Executive Committee and former Chair of the Legislation Committee and the Estate & Tax Planning Committee. He was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious NYSBA Elder Law Section Award as a principal drafter of NYSBA’s significant amendments to the 2009 Power of Attorney statute and the 2007 recipient of the NYSBA Elder Law Section Award for work as a principal drafter of the New York State Compact for Long Term Care - a bill that offers an alternative to Medicaid coverage for long term care services. From 2011-2016, he received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell – the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Amoruso is President of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”) and is Chair of the NAELA Programs & Publications Steering Committee and past Chair of NAELA’s Public Policy Committee. In April, 2016, Mr. Amoruso was named as a NAELA Fellow in recognition of his outstanding leadership and exceptional commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the Elderly and those with Special Needs. He was the 2014 recipient of the NAELA Theresa Foundation Award for his dedication to those with Special Needs and received the 2013 NAELA President’s Recognition Award and the 2010 NAELA Outstanding New York Chapter Member Award. He also served as President of the New York Chapter of NAELA.

Mr. Amoruso is a nationally published author and frequent lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Stetson Law National Supplemental Needs Trust Conference, WealthCounsel LLC and ElderCounsel LLC, the Westchester Business Journal and Generations and is a frequent source of quotes and opinions by local press and The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Kiplinger, Reuters, New York Law Journal, AARP, Money,, and Jewish World Review. Mr. Amoruso hosted the weekly “Eldercare on the Air™” radio show on WFAS AM. 

Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA

Howard Krooks
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Howard is a partner in Elder Law Associates PA, with offices in Boca Raton, Aventura, Weston, and West Palm Beach, Florida, and serves as Of Counsel to Amoruso & Amoruso, LLP in New York. As a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, Howard devotes his professional time to Elder Law and Trusts & Estates matters, including Asset Preservation Planning, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Medicaid, Medicare, Planning for Disability and Guardianship. Howard is a past Chair of the NYSBA Elder Law Section, where he currently serves on the Executive Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors and an officer (Secretary) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He also serves on the Board of the NY Chapter of NAELA, and is a member of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and the Joint Public Policy Task Force of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section where he also serves on the Executive Council. Howard received the 2006 Most Outstanding Member Award of the NY Chapter of NAELA and the 2007 NYSBA Elder Law Section Award for work as a principal drafter of the NY State Compact for Long Term Care. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from SUNY Albany (summa cum laude) and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Howard is admitted to the New York and Florida State Bars.

Louis W. Pierro, Esq.

Louis Pierro
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Lou is founding partner at Pierro, Connor, & Strauss, and concentrates his practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Business Succession Planning, and Elder Law. He has chaired the NYSBA Elder Law Section; the Estate Planning Committee and the Committee on Taxation of the Trusts and Estates Law Section; and the Long-Term Care Reform Committee of the Elder Law Section; and serves on the Executive Committee of both Sections. Lou is a frequent lecturer on estate planning, tax planning, and issues that affect the elderly and their families on the state, national, and collegiate levels, serving as adjunct professor at Sienna College from 1987-1995. He recently co-authored Healthcare Without Medicare, a new practice manual for community-based care management. He has served as a Director of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York, Inc.; the Capital Area Consortium on Aging and Disability, Senior Services of Albany, Inc.; Alzheimer's Association of Northeast New York; McAuley Residence and a member of the Albany County Bar Association (Chair, Elder Law Committee 1993-1998), NAELA, and the American Bar Association, Probate and Trust Section. A graduate of Lehigh University and Albany Law School, Lou is licensed to practice in all New York State Courts, the US Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Vincent J. Russo, J.D., LL.M., CELA

Vincent Russo
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Vincent is the managing Shareholder of Russo Law Group, P.C., Long Island's Signature Elder Law, Special Needs and Estate Planning Law firm with offices in Garden City, Islandia, Lido Beach, and New York City, New York. . He has championed the rights of seniors and people with special needs since 1985 and is Founding Member, Fellow and Past President of NAELA and a charter member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners. Vincent is nationally recognized for his contributions and achievements in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. He is a Founding Member and Past Chair of the NYSBA Elder Law Section, Founding Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee, Alzheimer's Association, Long Island Chapter and Co-Founder of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He is a co-author of the New York Elder Law Practice. Vincent has testified before Congress on the Medicaid program and his guest appearances on the "Today" show on NBC, as well as CNN, FOX, C-SPAN, New York Times Forum and NEWS 12 Long Island, have provided him with both a local and national platform to address the concerns of the elderly, people with special needs and their families. He is the creator and co-host of Family Comes First which has received the Telly Award. Vincent earned his law degree from Fordham University and his LLM in Taxation from Boston University. He is admitted to the New York, Massachusetts and Florida State Bars, and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.