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• Partner at Elder Law firm Pfeifer & Choi PLLC. Practice focuses on elder law, estates & trusts, long term care planning, planning for persons with disabilities, Medicaid law, guardianship and asset preservation. Firm designs individualized solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.


• Adjunct Professor, City University of New York. Elder Law.

• Selected to the 2013, 2014, 2015 New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Only 2.5% of lawyers in the state were selected.

• Former member of the Legal Problems of the Aging Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Client & Consumer Affairs Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law Section. Former member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Former Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Admitted to practice in state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Fluent in Korean.

• Certified to be appointed as a Court Evaluator under Part 36 of the New York State Unified Court System.

• 2011 Empire State Counsel (New York State Bar Association). 2014 Access to Justice Pro Bono Provider (Nassau County Bar Association)

• Frequent lecturer to seniors, social workers, nursing home staff and medical professionals. Featured in Newsday and the Long Island Business News. Author of legal columns for various publications. Legal columns published in the Korea Times, Korea Daily, Senior US Times, The Korean New York Daily, Sunday Korea Times and other publications. Appeared on MKTV News, TKC-TV, KNN News, KBN-TV, Verizon FiOS1 News and continues to be interviewed on AM 1660 New York in news segments dealing with senior issues.

Primary Practice Area: Helping the elderly in need and families dealing with some of the most stressful and difficult challenges in life. Guiding clients through the complex maze of trust, tax, Medicaid and property law to prevent the loss of their home and life savings due to long term care costs.


Languages spoken: Korean, Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 40%
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 30%
  3. Estate Planning: 30%


Payment types:


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90 Merrick Avenue, Suite 106
(CLK Building)
East Meadow, NY, 11554


NYCurrently registered 200707/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Access to Justice Pro Bono ProviderNassau County Bar Association2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Pro Bono Attorney of the MonthNassau County Bar Association2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Certificate of AppreciationSuffolk County Department of Health Services - SCDHS Office of Minority Health (Gregson H. Pigott, Director of Minority Health)2011
New York State Empire State CounselNew York State Bar Association2011
William P. Richardson ScholarBrooklyn Law School2002
Founders Day AwardNew York University1998
MemberBeta Gamma Sigma1997
Honor KeyNew York UniversityN/A
Alumni ScholarNew York UniversityN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorCity University Of New York2015 - Present
PartnerPfeifer & Choi PLLC2010 - Present
Elder Law AttorneyLamson & Cutner, PC2008 - 2010
Senior AssociatePricewaterhouseCoopers LLP1998 - 2001
Summer AssociateCoopers & Lybrand LLP1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nassau County Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Client & Consumer Affairs CommitteeFormer Commitee MemberN/A
New York County Lawyers' Association, Elder Law CommitteeFormer Committee Member2008 - 2009
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Legal Problems of the Aging CommitteeFormer Committee Member2008 - 2010
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMember1998 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of G. C.Administrative Law Judge held that the government's discontinuance of appellant's Medical Assistance benefits should be reversed.
Estate of J. R.Moved court to appoint new administrator. $600,000 creditor claim resolved in its entirety. Inheritance preserved for bereaved family members.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Korea Times New York (March 13, 2014)Nursing Home Care - Crisis Management (1)2014
Korea Times New York (March 27, 2014)Nursing Home - Crisis Management (2)2014
Korea Times New York (April 17, 2014)Public Benefits Fraud (1)2014
The Korea Times New York (October 10, 2013)Elder Abuse (2)2013
The Korea Times New York (September 26, 2013)Elder Abuse (1)2013
The Korea Times New York (September 5, 2013)Trusts2013
The Korea Times New York (July 25, 2013)Loss of Senior Real Estate Tax Abatement2013
The Korea Times New York (July 11, 2013)Medicaid Fraud2013
The Korea Times New York (May 30, 2013)Legal & Financial Implications of Inter-Vivos Gifting2013
The Korea Times (May 9, 2013)Medicaid Liens & Medicaid Estate Recovery2013
The Korea Times New York (April 18, 2013)Legal Entity Management2013
Lawyers Giving BackAmerican Bar Association2012
The Korea TimesElder Abuse - Frauds & Scams Targeting the Elderly2011
The Korea DailyLegal Column - Guardianship & Powers of Attorney2011
Mom & I Magazine Health (March, 2011 Edition)Medicaid & Dementia2011
Michael Pfeifer, P.C.Medicaid Crisis Planning for Middle Class Seniors - 2nd Edition2011
Senior US Times"Ask an Elder Law Attorney" Legal Column2010
Sunday Korea Times"Ask an Elder Law Attorney" Legal Column2010
Senior US TimesMedicaid Planning - Asset Protection for the Middle Class2009
The Korea TimesElder Law Column2009
The Korea DailyElder Law Column2009
The Sunday Korea TimesEmergency Planning for Seniors with Alzheimer's Disease2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UniversityDual DegreeBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Stuyvesant High SchoolN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UnitedHealthcare Lecture Series (June 18, 2015)Managing Long Term Care Costs During Retirement2015
New Jersey Korean American Chamber of Commerce Lecture (May 11, 2015)Elder Law & Estate Planning2015
New York State Bar Association Mitchell-Rabbino Program (Silver Town) (April 11, 2014)Making Informed Legal, Healthcare and Financial Decisions2014
AM1660 Radio | New York - Dr. S. Sun (Clinical Professor, Cornell Medical College) & T. Ethan Choi, Esq. (January 28, 2014)Geriatric Medicine & Elder Law2014
AM 1660 Radio | New York - Daniel S. Oh (New York Life) and T. Ethan Choi, Esq. (April 17, 2014)Life Insurance & Seniors2014
AM 1660 Radio | New York (March 4, 2014)Medical Crisis Management - Nursing Care2014
AM 1660 Radio | New York (March 13, 2014)Senior Medical Crisis Management2014
UnitedHealthcare Oxford Lecture (November 11, 2013)New York State Elder Law & Medicaid Law2013
UnitedHealthcare Lecture (July 11, 2013)Long Term Care Planning for Middle Class Seniors & Medicaid Law2013
Senior Umbrella Network of Queens (SUNQueens) - Parker Jewish Institute (May 28, 2013)Various Uses of Trusts in Elder Law Planning2013
New York State Bar Association Mitchell-Rabbino Program - Staten Island Adult Day Program (April 17, 2013)Healthcare Decisions2013
Nassau County Bar Association Community Education Seminar (April 24, 2013)Elder Law Education Seminar for Seniors & Caregivers2013
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management LectureEstate Planning & Elder Law2013
Korean-American Chamber of Commerce (September 20, 2013)Elder Law, Medicaid Law & Estate Planning2013
Korean American Realtors Association Lecture (May 23, 2013)Real Estate Issues in Elder Law & Estate Planning2013
Korea New York Daily LectureElder Law Planning for Middle Class Seniors2013
Continuing Legal EducationEthical Issues in Representing Non-English Speaking Clients (CLE Continuing Legal Education - May 20, 2013) Nassau County Bar Association (May 20, 2013)2013
Continuing EducationUses of Trusts in Elder Law Planning for Middle Class Seniors - Korean American CPA Association of Greater New York CPE Continuing Education Lecture (June 26, 2013)2013
AM1660 Radio | New York - Dr. Philip Whang (Holy Name Medical Center) & T. Ethan Choi, Esq. (November 21, 2013)Medical & Legal Issues of Dementia- Alzheimer's Disease2013
AM 1660 Radio | New York - Daniel S. Oh (New York Life) and T. Ethan Choi, Esq. (October 24, 2013)Long Term Care Insurance and Legal Long Term Care Planning2013
AM 1660 Radio | New York (September 19, 2013)Elder Law & Medicaid Law2013
AM 1660 Radio | New York (January 17, 2013)Elder Law & Medicaid Law2013
Korean American CPA Association of Greater New York (October 5, 2012) CPE Continuing Education LectureWhat Every CPA Should Know about Elder Law2012
Holy Name Medical Center Dementia & Depression Expo Lecture (April 14, 2012)Understanding the Legal & Financial Issues of Dementia and Mental Incapacity2012
Flushing Hospital Medical Center (FHMC)Legal Planning for Dementia & Alzheimer's Patients2011
TKC-TV News InterviewMedicaid Planning for Stroke Victims and Alzheimer's Patients2010
TKC-TV News DeskPooled Income Trusts2010
Queens Boulevard Extended Care Facility - Adult Day Care ProgramElder Law Seminar2010
MKTVAsset Protection Planning2010
KNN News InterviewAsset Protection Planning2010
HSBC BankMedical-Legal Conference for Stroke Victims and Alzheimer's Patients2010
Elder Law Planning for Social Workers & Seniors (Sponsored by X-Treme Care Home Health Care Agency)2010 Elder Law Lecture Series2010
AM 1660 Radio News InterviewMiddle Class Senior Citizens & Medicaid Planning2010
AM 1660 (New York) Radio News InterviewSenior Centers - Challenges and Problems2010
AM 1660 (New York) Radio News InterviewMedicaid Fraud2010
1,000 Free Flu Shot Community Service EventElder Law Clinic2010
Korean-American Senior Citizens Association of New YorkMedicaid Planning2009