Mitch Adel, Managing Partner of Cooper, Adel & Associates recently completed the rigorous process to become one of only 21 attorneys in Ohio certified as elder law attorneys (CELAs) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF).
Mitch joins a rich tradition of elder law attorneys who have been certified by NELF. In 1993, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys assisted in forming NELF, the only national certifying program for elder law and special needs attorneys. NELF is approved by the Ohio Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists and by the American Bar Association. The certification process includes a rigorous examination as well as peer endorsements and demonstration of on-going involvement in the practice of elder law. Once certified, CELAs are required to apply for recertification every five years, demonstrating that their practice is primarily elder law and that they have completed continuing education specifically targeted to advanced practitioners.
In 2013, there were 37,745 practicing attorneys in Ohio, only 21 are CELAs. Of law firms in Ohio with CELAs, only two have more than one CELA. Cooper, Adel & Associates is proud to be one of those two firms. Congratulations, Mitch!