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Peter J. Strauss

Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC

Peter J. Strauss

Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC

Peter J. Strauss

Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC

Peter J. Strauss became Senior Partner at Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC in July 2018. Mr. Strauss counsels on trusts and estate law, elder law and guardianship law with a particular focus on the legal problems of seniors and persons with disabilities. He frequently lectures on these topics and is considered to be one of the pioneers in elder law in the United States. Mr. Strauss has special interest in issues involving capacity for the execution of legal documents and making health care decisions and the legal issues and rights of persons with respect to health care treatment at the end of life. He is known for his work in counseling individuals with disabilities, parents of children with special needs, designing special needs trusts, and advising clients as to how to pay for long-term care.

Before assuming the position of senior partner, Strauss practiced law at the New York City firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath, and previously was a partner at Epstein, Becker & Green in New York. He has been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School for 28 years, teaching Elder Law & Aging in America and serving as Director of the guardianship clinic. He is a founding member and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and co-author of The Complete Retirement Survival Guide. Peter also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of JALBCA (Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert) and End of Life Choices New York. 

Strauss earned his law degree at New York University School of Law and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bowdoin College.

Firm Description

Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC offers individualized Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Guardianship, Elder Law, and Special Needs Planning services to private clients, their families and family owned businesses.  The mission of Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC is to empower our clients to achieve their goals, protect their families and navigate through the complex problems encountered by each generation.

Our attorneys have gained recognition as thought leaders in the areas of estate planning, long-term care, special needs, business succession and tax planning. Each member of our firm provides compassionate, comprehensive legal service, and through rigorous education, research and experience they combine the expertise necessary to design innovative plans and solutions, and the attentiveness to be timely and responsive to the needs each client.

Our entire staff is dedicated to providing ongoing service of the highest quality, constructing life strategies that meet the unique goals and needs of our clients, and continuing to provide counsel to the individuals and families that we represent as their plans move forward.

The experience our firm possesses in planning for individual clients, their families and family owned businesses can be traced to the individual practice of founding partner Louis W. Pierro. In February 1999, Mr. Pierro formed the firm and with the growth and expansion of the firm, it was renamed Pierro Law Group, LLC in 2007. In 2015, Aaron E. Connor was named managing partner, and the firm became Pierro, Connor & Associates, LLC. On July 1, 2018, Peter J. Strauss became Senior Partner and the firm became Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC, and on January 1, 2021, Caryn B. Keppler joined as Partner The partners and associates have a combined experience of over 280 years in Trusts, Estates, Special Needs, Elder Law and Business and Tax Planning.

We constantly strive to maintain a high level of service to our clients, while keeping costs reasonable through effective management and utilization of resources.  Please click the attorney's link on the top navigation bar to read brief biographies of the attorneys practicing with our firm.

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Tuesday 9:30 AM 5:00 PM
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488 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022

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43 British American Boulevard
Latham, NY 12110

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