Peter J. Strauss

Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law
Co-Director, Elder Law Clinic

Peter J. Strauss

Peter J. Strauss is codirector and founder of the Elder Law Clinic, which provides representation to persons for whom a guardianship is sought and serves as court evaluator in guardianship proceedings. He also teaches the Elder Law course. He has been an adjunct professor at New York Law School since 1992 and was named distinguished practitioner in residence in the fall semester 2003.

Professor Strauss is nationally recognized as one of the first attorneys in the country to focus in the field of elder law. His special expertise lies in the legal problems of the aging and persons with disabilities. He is a cofounder of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. He is currently a partner in the law firm Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where his practice area is personal planning and his areas of focus are elder law, guardianship, estate planning, and trusts and estates law.

Professor Strauss has served on the faculty of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning of the University of Miami School of Law and was an adjunct faculty member of the school’s Masters Program in Estate Planning from 1993 to 2000. He is a frequent lecturer on advance planning for older persons and persons with disabilities.

An extensively published author on elder law, Strauss is the coauthor of Aging and the Law, a treatise for professionals. His most recent book (with Nancy M. Lederman) is The Complete Retirement Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Safeguard Your Money, Your Health, and Your Independence (Facts on File, Inc., 2003). He formerly wrote a column on “Law and Aging” for the New York Law Journal and now writes guest columns for that publication.

Professor Strauss earned his A.B. in 1957 from Bowdoin College and his J.D. in 1961 from New York University.