Saundra Gumerove Interview

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Saundra Gumerove has enjoyed a distinguished legal career that spans nearly 30 years, practicing in the areas of special needs, corporate law, banking, commercial finance, real estate, workouts and creditor’s rights. Her experience encompasses a wide spectrum of legal matters, both advisory and transactional, on behalf of domestic and foreign financial institutions, corporations and individuals.

She earned a B.A. degree from the School of Government and Public Administration at American University, and a J.D. degree from Hofstra University Law School. She worked for Senator Charles Goodell for four years, and later for North Carolina Congressman James Broyhill as a legislative assistant and caseworker. Saundra has represented well-known financial institutions and borrowers in various loan transactions, such as term loans, revolving credits and real estate transactions, asset-based finance, leasing, sales, and lender liability. She is experienced in representing businesses and individuals in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate, in lending relationships, and in general corporate legal matters.

Saundra has been published and quoted in trade journals and consumer publications, including American Banker, Newsday and Long Island Business News. She has presented numerous seminars on corporate financial topics. The birth of Saundra’s first child was the defining moment that literally changed her life. She now defines herself as a lawyer, an advocate, and most importantly, the parent of a developmentally disabled, learning disabled and medically involved young adult.

When Saundra noticed that many parents of children with disabilities were facing similar issues Saundra began to refocus her practice on the acquisition of vital services for those with special needs – including special education, guardianship, estate and life planning, and Special Needs Trusts. She created Advokidsblog.com, an active forum and educational resource for these issues.

As a crusader for special needs, Saundra has testified before the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate on pertinent issues affecting the disability community. She recently faced the NYS Senate Finance Committee with her daughter Lauren by her side. Her testimony can be see at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODFxHr_ktZg. She also participated in the National Town Hall Meeting sponsored by Advancing Futures for Adults
with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Saundra is the proud recipient of the prestigious Long Island Works Coalition Workforce Builder Award for three years in a row. She is active in the NYSARC Board of Governors, AHRC Nassau, the Brookville Center for Children’s Services, and the Birchwood Civic Association. She has been active with the Jericho School Board, the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, the Sturge-Weber Foundation, and the New York State School Boards Association. She is a member of County Executive Suozzi’s Autism Subcommittee on Adult Autism.

Saundra has participated in Continuing Legal Education programs for the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, and Suffolk County Bar Association. She has also presented seminars for parents of children with disabilities for Nassau-AHRC, Life’s WORC, and the Developmental Disabilities Institute, among others. Saundra was named a Trustee of Life’s WORC Supplemental Pooled Trust. She was voted “Woman of the Year” by the Town of Oyster Bay and elected VP of the Board of AHRC Nassau County. She received the Mets Spirit Award during Disability Awareness Night at Shea Stadium for her work on behalf of disabled Americans. She was recently named 2010 Public Interest Attorney of the Year by the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She received this honor for her advocacy work with individuals with special needs, particularly those with developmental disabilities. She addressed the Academy of Special Needs Planners National Conference in Charleston, SC, were she presented a seminar titled, “Special Ed Advocacy and Litigation.”

Devoted to the Long Island community where she lives and practices, Saundra contributes both time and talent to many good causes. She is a sought-after speaker in the areas of special needs and corporate law, and is an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College. She has recently been inducted into the Jericho High School Hall of Fame. Saundra is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Nassau County Bar Association. She resides with her husband Jeff in Jericho, NY, and is the proud mother of three lovely daughters.

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