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Vlad Portnoy Lawyer Profile

Biography

Prior to founding his own law firm specializing in Trusts & Estates, Elder Law, Business and International Law, Vlad Portnoy had previously served as a General Counsel in a New York branch of a European global marketing company. Before that Mr. Portnoy provided alternative dispute resolution for both private and corporate clients in New York and New Jersey, starting his mediation training at Better Business Bureau in New York City and continuing through his practice of law. Vlad is also certified by the New York State Court System as a Court Translator for Russian-speaking litigants.

Mr. Portnoy is a member of and an active participant in Elder Law and Trusts and Estates sections of New York State Bar Association; he is a member of American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, New York County Bar Association and Brooklyn Bar Association. He is currently serving as Secretary for New York City Bar's Committee on Legal Problems of the Aging (Elder Law), where major focus of discussions is concentrated on private retirement planning, Medicaid and other public benefits, as well as policies and laws affecting elder population of New Yorkers. Vlad is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, and in United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He volunteers his time as a Board member with a number of not-for-profits, which include Russian Speaking Business Attorneys of New York (RUSBAN), Discovery Times Square Foundation (in partnership with Discovery Museum Times Square), Gotham Comedy Foundation (in affiliation with Gotham Comedy Club, New York), as well as Carroll Gardens Association, a historic affordable housing and community development organization in Brooklyn, New York.

Vlad Portnoy is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and elder law with various non-profit organizations and financial planning firms. He had also made guest appearance on the Brooklyn-based Russian radio station, Danu Radio, 87.7 FM to educate the community on the aspects of estate planning, asset protection and government benefit entitlement programs.

Employment History

Managing Attorney
October 2009 - Present Law Offices of Vlad Portnoy, P.C.
Full-service bilingual law firm based in Manhattan concentrating in estate planning, elder law, international and domestic corporate and estate legal matters. • Providing strategic planning solutions for all estate-related matters: o Estate Planning: wealth management, legacy preservation, asset protection; o Post-Mortem Planning: administration and probate of estates (New York, New Jersey, Israel, States of Former Soviet Union - Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.); o Elder Law / Elder Care: Long-Term Care and Medicaid planning (Medicaid applications, fair hearings and local conferences); o Guardianships: Mental Hygiene Law Article 81; o Special needs clients and minors (Special Needs Planning and Trusts); o Corporate: business continuation and succession (operating agreements, funded buy-sell agreements, Family Limited Liability Companies and Family Limited Liability Partnerships). • Drafting and negotiating Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA), Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA), Master Services Agreements (MSA), Requests for Proposal (RFP), Statements of Work (SOW), Letters of Agreement (LOA), Memoranda of Agreement (MOA), Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) related to service, employment, product distribution, and licensing agreements for small-to-midsize businesses with up to $5,000,000 ongoing concern. • Mediating estate disputes domestically and internationally; collaborating with estate litigation attorneys on contested matters.
Vice-President, General C
February 2008 - October 2009 Intway Corporation (InSpace)
Direct consumer marketing and e-commerce Corporation with approximately 500 employees, sales force of approximately 100,000 independent distributors, and business interests and subsidiaries in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Israel, India, Canada, Australia, Germany, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Dominican Republic. • Managed an international legal department of New York-based division of international business development; promoted to General Counsel in 6 months for excellent performance and creative thinking. • Generated over $10M in savings by creating, designing and implementing large-scale taxation and revenue-saving financial measures through sophisticated multi-country holding company structure. • Drafted and negotiated Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA), Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA), Master Services Agreements (MSA), Requests for Proposal (RFP), Statements of Work (SOW), Letters of Agreement (LOA), Memoranda of Agreement (MOA), Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and sophisticated intellectual property licenses and contracts for speaking engagement seminars and appearances by internationally renowned motivational speakers, musicians and other guest celebrities and talent, valued between $60,000 and $500,000. • Advised Board of Directors on key decisions regarding employee-related actions, policies and review. • Protected corporation from potential legal actions by assessing risk of proposed corporate actions. • Revised and implemented company by-laws, policies and procedures, legal and marketing strategies both domestically and worldwide for all satellite offices based on governmental regulations and policies in the United States, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Canada, India, Australia and various states in Eastern and Western Europe. • Ensured installation, legalization and operation of satellite business by traveling to India and Cyprus and establishing solid working relationships with Executives and Officers in other countries. • Retained, negotiated and coordinated outside legal representation in the United States, India, Israel, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, Nevis, Cyprus and Bulgaria.

Education

University of Miami School of Law
Year Graduated: 2002
Doctorate Juris Doctorate
University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review Mock Trial Client Counseling Competition-Semi Finalist Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International-Vice President
Better Business Bureau of Greater New York
Year Graduated: 2001
Other Legal Mediation Program
University College of London School of Law
Year Graduated: 2000
Other International Comparative Legal Study Program
University of New York at Binghamton
Year Graduated: 1998
Bachelors Philosophy, Politics & Law
Russian Student Association-Founding Member Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Theater, Drama & Improvisation

Awards & Certifications

Guardian Ad Litem Trainee
Year(s): 2012
Organization: New York State Bar Association
Learn procedures for becoming a Guardian Ad Litem.
Mental Hygiene Law Article 81
Year(s): 2011
Organization: Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity
A person becomes mentally incapacitated and are unable to take care of their personal needs and/or financial needs and has not before becoming mentally incapacitated,signed a General Durable Power of Attorney then the person will need to have a Guardian appointed by the court. Article 81 authorizes other people besides family members and government agencies such as Social Services filing a Petition for the appointment of a Guardian.
Notary Public
Year(s): 2011
Organization: New York State Department of State
A notary's main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents.
Certified Court Translator of Russian
Year(s): 2003
Organization: Unified Court System of the State of New York
Translates Russian language for the court.

Bar Associations

New York City Bar Association
December 2013 - Present
Trusts, Estate and Surrogates Committee
New York City Bar Association
December 2010 - Present
Committee on Legal Problems of the Aging -Committee Member 2010-1011 -Committee Secretary 2011-2013 Pro-Bono Projects Cancer Advocacy -Volunteer Elder Law -Volunteer
Brooklyn Bar Association
December 2010 - Present
Brooklyn
New York State Bar Association
December 2008 - Present
Member since 2008 Trusts & Estates Section -Member Elder Law Section -Member
New Jersey State Bar Association
December 2004 - Present
NJ
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
December 2004 - Present
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
American Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section
December 2004 - Present
Member

Courts Practiced

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December 2004 - Present New%20Jersey%20Courts
December 2004 - Present United%20States%20District%20Court%2C%20District%20of%20New%20Jersey

Other Experiences

•Danu Radio, 87.7 FM, (Russian American Radio Station), Brooklyn, NY 2011 - Present
“Armyanskoye Radio” Talk Show, “Wills, Trusts and Medicaid Planning,” – Frequent Guest Speaker
•ReporterUS.com, (Russian Internet Radio), Brooklyn, NY February, 2011
“Face-to-Face” Talk Show, “Wills, Trusts and Medicaid Planning,” – Guest Speaker, Live Question-and-Answer Program
•Prudential Insurance Company of America, Brooklyn (Bay Ridge), NY January, 2011
“Estate Planning Primer for Financial Advisors,” – Presenter
•Prudential Insurance Company of America, Queens (Howard Beach), NY November, 2010
“Preserving Your Legacy: The Importance of Estate Planning,” – Presenter

Other Affiliations

MD Preferred Physician Services
July 2013 - Present
Network Member
Discovery Times Square Foundation (DTSF)
December 2012 - Present
in affiliation with Discovery Times Square Museum (DTSM) and Running Subway Productions – Board Member
Caroll Gardens Association (CGA)
December 2011 - Present
Board Member
United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of New York
January 2011 - Present
Elder Care Volunteer
Russian-Speaking Business Attorney Network (RUSBAN)
December 2006 - Present
Board Member

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