Laura Silver Traiger, President

Laura Silver Traiger is a senior associate at the law firm of Starr Vander Linden.  Ms. Traiger concentrates on the legal issues facing older and disabled clients, including estate and Medicaid planning, public benefits protection using special needs trusts, guardianships/conservatorships and estate administration.

She is the author of a chapter on MassHealth options for individuals living in the community in Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts published by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”).  Ms. Traiger is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, currently serving as its President.  In 2014, she was named MassNAELA’s Member of the Year and in 2015, she was awarded the Deborah H. Thomson Advocacy Award relative to her work in drafting and promoting legislation to help keep elders in their homes. She is also involved with the Worcester County Bar Association, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Probate Committee, the Greater Worcester Alzheimer’s Partnership and the Massachusetts Bar Association.  She also serves on the advisory committee for the money management program of Elder Services of Worcester and mentors for the Elder Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation.

Ms. Traiger has presented before the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, MCLE, Suffolk University Law School’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ms. Traiger received her law degree cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A. cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Margot G. Birke, Immediate Past President

Margot G. Birke, Esq. founded Elder Law Solutions in Newburyport to focus on the intricate legal and financial needs of older and disabled adults.  She has also served as a state-certified nursing home ombudsman, and is a past Chairperson of the Advisory Council of Elder Services on the Merrimack Valley.  She received her B.A. in romance languages from Fordham College in New York and her J.D., with academic honors, from
Fordham University Law School.  She is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and New York.

Karen B. Johnson, President Elect

Attorney Karen B. Johnson practices law in Acton, Massachusetts and has been a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAELA since 2000, the same year she earned her LLM degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.  She served on the Programs Committee from 2006 to 2008 and was a Director in 2005.  Currently, Karen is currently serving on the Publications Committee and the Chapter Archives Committee.

Steven Mann, Treasurer

Steven F. Mann, Esquire,  is in private practice in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning, estate and income taxation and probate administration.  Steve is a CPA as well as an attorney.  He is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and received his MBA from the Suffolk University School of Management.  He received a BS in Accountancy and a BS in Public Administration, both from Bentley College. He has been a member of NAELA since 1992.

Alexis Levitt, Clerk

Attorney Alexis Levitt focuses her practice on four closely related and highly specialized areas of the law: elder law, special needs planning, estate planning and Veteran’s Benefits. Attorney Levitt has been practicing in these areas for over eight years and has owned her own firm for six years. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her J.D. from Vermont Law School. She is also a VA-accredited attorney.

Matthew P. Albanese, VP

Matthew P. Albanese is in private practice in Milton, Massachusetts where he assists a diverse group of individuals and families in the areas of elder law, estate planning, disability law and Medicaid planning.  He received his B.A. from Providence College, his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his M.B.A. from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.  Attorney Albanese serves as co-chair of the MassNAELA membership committee and as a member of the public policy committee.  He has been a member of NAELA since 2004.

Patricia Keane Martin, Director

Patricia Keane Martin is a Partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC, concentrating in a broad range of estate matters including elder law, special needs and disability planning, trust planning, and general estate planning. In addition to estate and elder law matters, Patricia concentrates on all aspects of probate litigation involving will contests, estate administration disputes, trust and fiduciary, and contested guardianships and conservatorships.

Ms. Keane frequently lectures on special needs planning, elder law, and probate controversies. She has been a lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and was an instructor in business law at Northeastern University

Paula K. Almgren, Director

Attorney Paula K. Almgren of Lenox, Massachusetts concentrates her practice in elder law, estate and tax planning, Medicaid eligibility, probate law, estate administration, Life Care Planning and Veterans Benefits. Paula is a graduate of Williams College and Albany Law School of Union University.  She is also an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Michael Couture, Director

Attorney Michael Couture is an associate of the Winston Law Group in Somerville, Massachusetts where he practices public benefit law and special needs planning.  Mike represents seniors and disabled individuals with MassHealth, Social Security (SSDI & SSI), and Veterans Affairs (VA) applications and appeals.  He received his law degree from Suffolk University and his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.   Mike can be reached at (617) 841-4000 or

Patrick G. Curley, Director

Patrick G. Curley, Esquire, has been a member of MassNAELA since 2003, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2010.  He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan Law School and earned the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) from the National Elder Law Foundation.  Patrick was selected to 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Estate Planning.  Patrick can be reached at 781/245-2222 or

Albert Gordon, Director

Attorney Albert Gordon has a private practice in Springfield and concentrates on estate planning , elder law, special needs law, probate, and veterans  issues. He is an accredited Veterans Administration attorney and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington ,D.C.. Attorney Gordon is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Probate Section Council and has written articles for the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal  on Medicaid issues. In addition he has spoken on Medicaid planning for the Massachusetts Bar Association and MCLE.

Pamela Greenfield, Director

Pamela B. Greenfield is a Senior Associate at Samuel, Sayward & Baler LLC in Dedham, Massachusetts.  Attorney Greenfield focuses her practice in elder law, estate planning, asset protection planning and complex MassHealth applications and appeals.  She represents families as well as skilled nursing facilities in guardianship and conservatorship matters.  Attorney Greenfield has served as both chair and panelist for various Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) programs.  She has been a MANAELA member since 2007 and currently serves as Chair of the Publications Committee.

Susan H. Levin, Director

Attorney Susan H. Levin practices elder law and Medicaid-related estate planning at Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee LLP in Newton, MA. She is the author of the chapter, “Medicaid and Resource Planning,” in Estate Planning for the Aging and Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts, (MCLE, 1998 – 2012). As a long-time member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Public Policy Committee of MassNAELA, Attorney Levin has been active in the drafting of state legislation, regulations and policy affecting elders in Massachusetts.

Geralyn M. Warren, Director

Geralyn M. Warren received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she was a member of the Honors Moot Court Team. She interned at the US Attorney’s office in Boston. Geralyn is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is on Active Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAELA, serving on the Program Committee and Public Policy Committee.

Paula A. Nedder, Director

Attorney Paula A. Nedder is with the law firm of Heaney and Small, with offices located in Milford and Walpole, Massachusetts.  Her practice areas include all aspects of Elder Law, including litigation, as well as estate planning, guardianships, probate, criminal law, real estate and Veterans benefits, for which Paula is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Paula is a board member of Metrowest Legal Services, a member of the Bar Association of Norfolk County, and a former Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County.

John L. Roberts, Director

John L. Roberts, Esquire serves clients in Hampden County from an office in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  A judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Springfield from 1989 – 1991, he has provided probate, estate settlement, real estate, Medicaid and estate planning services since 1991. John is also admitted in Connecticut, and is the author of several recent articles including  Eight Questions to Help Your Clients Avoid Antipsychotic Medications, published in NAELA’s Guardianship Bulletin.

Natalie A. Simon, Director

Attorney Natalie A. Simon,is a sole practitioner in the Law Office of Natalie A. Simon, Gloucester, Massachusetts, specializing in Probate and Elder Law.  Natalie is a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School (1981).  She has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1991, is a founding officer of the Massachusetts Chapter, and has served on its Board of Directors since its inception.  Natalie lectures frequently and has authored articles for the ElderLaw Report and for MCLE. Natalie can be contacted at:

Gina M. Barry, Director

Attorney Gina M. Barry, who is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Connecticut, is a partner with the regional law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C.  She graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law, where she served as the Articles Editor of the Western New England Law Review.  In addition to being a board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, she is also a board member of Western Massachusetts Elder Care Professionals Association and a member of the Women Business Owners Alliance.  Ms. Barry served as the President of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County from 2013-2014, and is the current President of The Joy of Jasper, a non-profit horse sanctuary she founded in July of 2007.  Beginning in 2013 and each year to date, she has been named as a Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine, after having been recognized as a Rising Star for several years.  Ms. Barry has also received additional awards and recognition as follows: Distinguished Alumni of Holyoke Community College (2015); Woman of Influence by the Women Business Owners Alliance (2015); Visionary Achievement Award from Western Mass Women’s Magazine (2014); one of the Top Five Business Women in Western Mass by Western Mass Women’s Magazine (2010); one of Forty Under Forty by Business West (2009); Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America (2008), and Business Woman of the Year by the Women Business Owners Alliance (2005).  Ms. Barry is a frequent lecturer and published author in her field.  Ms. Barry practices in Estate Planning, including Estate Planning for Pets, Asset Protection/Medicaid Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Residential Real Estate.

Denise Yurkofsky, Director

Attorney Denise N. Yurkofsky has a private practice in Wayland, Massachusetts, focusing on estate planning, including planning for families with members who have special needs, probate law and elder law.  She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law and has done graduate work in estate planning and estate tax at Boston University School of Law. She is certified as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and participates in the Trusts and Estates Section of the Boston Bar Association.

Liane Zeitz, Director

Attorney Liane Zeitz  practices law in Dedham, MA, concentrating in elder and disability law, Medicaid, health care and estate planning, nursing home issues, guardianship, conservatorship and probate law and has been certified as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.  She has worked  in the elder law units of the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, Worcester (LACCM), and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS).   Ms. Zeitz is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Law.

Annette M. Hines, Director

Annette M. Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law and Estate Planning for over fifteen years. She received her JD from Howard University School of Law, her MBA from Suffolk University and her BA from the University of Vermont. Her clients include individuals and families of children with special needs, the elderly and others in the community.

Ms. Hines is the mother of a disabled child, fueling her passion for quality special needs planning and driving her special understanding and dedication to her practice.

Clarence D. Richardson, Jr., Director

Clarence grew up in Michigan, and moved to Massachusetts to attend law school.  While he was in law school he participated in multiple internships. Some of his internships included family and veteran’s law with Shelter Legal Services, landlord/tenant law with Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Land Use law with the Town of Braintree.  While volunteering at Shelter Legal Services he met his wife Anna.  They currently reside in Waltham.  In his free time Clarence enjoys exercising and volunteering  with the Community Day Center of Waltham.