Ellen Makofsky has concentrated her practice in Elder Law and Trusts and Estates and Probate and Estate Administration for over a quarter of a century. The National Elder Law Foundation has named her a certified elder law attorney(CELA).
Ms. Makofsky is a past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter and just completed a third term as Secretary of the New York Bar Association (NYSBA), the largest voluntary Bar in the United States. She served as Chair of NYSBA's Committee on Legal Education and as Co-Chair of NYSBA's Women in the Law Committee and is Chair of the Working Group to amend the Power of Attorney statute. Ms.Makofsky has served as a member of the Executive Committee of NYSBA for three terms and served as Chair of NYSBA's Elder Law Section. Ms. Makofsky is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, served as a Chair of the Long Island Alzheimers' Foundation Legal Advisory Board and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a member of the Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advisory Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. She is also one of the founders of the Senior Umbrella Network of Queens and founder of the Sun Council, Inc. She is past president of the Nassau chapter of the Gerontology Professionals of Long Island and the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau.
Ms. Makofsky graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. In 2009, she received an award from the NYSBA Elder Law Section for her work in furtherance of the rights of the elderly and the disabled. In 2010, the 7th Senatorial District of New York State named her a Woman of Distinction. Long Island Business News named her a Top 50 Woman in 2014. In 2016 Ms. Makofsky was honored by The Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Families and the Law as an Outstanding Woman in the Law. In 2017 Ms. Makofsky received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Law from Long Island Business News