Brian Raphan Lawyer
Jack Raphan

Jack Raphan 1927-2017

Brian A. Raphan, Esq.
Founder, Principal Attorney

Growing up in Brooklyn as the son of a well-liked New York City policeman who served his local community for 20 years, and with a mother who was a homemaker and also a legal secretary, it's no surprise that Brian followed a career path that at its core helps people. 


As founder and lead attorney of the firm, Brian is available to all clients on all cases. His hands-on, personal approach permeates the firm and gets results.

Appointments & Memberships:

Special Referee Supreme Court State of New York, Appointed as Member of the Office of the Court Administration Guardianship Advisory Committee, First Department; Member of the Final Account Subcommittee of the Guardianship Advisory Committee;

Appointed as a Member of the Statewide Judicial Training Subcommittee. 

Appointed by Appellate Division,1st Department, as a Court Examiner in May 1997. Individually selected and appointed by Surrogate's Court and Supreme Court in various capacities in hundreds of cases; 



National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association. 


In the press: 

Brian's cases have been written about in The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, The Villager, and he has appeared on CBS News television and NY Radio. Online, his Elder Law News blog covers timely legal news facing New Yorkers and seniors. He publishes a monthly email newsletter for clients of the firm with vital, helpful legal information facing New Yorkers and Seniors. 

Brian is also a regular editorial contributor to The Senior News, and 50+ Lifestyles NY, Avvo, and on legal issues as well as writing about nursing home neglect and bedsores for The Doctor Weighs In.


Pro Bono Lectures & Seminars:  

Brian frequently gives pro bono lectures and provides Q&A sessions in New York City to community groups and corporations seeking his advice. These sessions include help on legal matters such as estate planning, Medicaid planning, asset protection, nursing home negligence, guardianships, and issues facing the elderly.

During the COVID pandemic, he began his Webinar series to answer seniors' questions remotely.


Admitted New York & New Jersey:

Admitted to New York State bar in 1989 and New Jersey State bar in 1988. Admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York 1990; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York 1990; United States Supreme Court 1994. Former founding partner of the firm of Druckman, Raphan and Sinel, New York, N.Y.



Temple University

(B.S., cum laude, 1985);

Cardozo Law School, New York, N.Y. (J.D., 1988)

Brian Raphan Attorney
“I would like to thank your firm. 
I always felt that the answer to any question was just a telephone call or email away which made the disposition of the estate proceed
very smoothly." 
- Michael J./Executor


•National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

•American Bar Association

•New York State Bar Association

•United States District Court New York Southern District • USDC NY Eastern District

•State of New York Unified Court System

•National Alliance of Trust & Estate Professionals

•Temple University • Cardozo Law School NY

•AARP Listed Attorney

*Free consultation for new clients only. The information on this site is not, nor is it intended to be legal advice and does not automatically create an attorney/client relationship. 

On negligence and medical malpractice cases we may participate or partner with other counsel with disclosure to potential client before we or such partnering counsel accept the case.           

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