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Sanford (Sandy) J. Mall, JD, CELA, CAP, VA Accredited Attorney


Sandy is the founder and senior partner of Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C. - The Holistic ElderCare Special Needs & Estate Planning Law Firm located in Farmington Hills, Oakland County, Michigan. Sandy is a past Chairperson of the Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a nationally board certified as an elder law attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, a VA Accredited Attorney and is a member of NAELA's Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Mr. Mall is a contributing editor and faculty for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

Sandy's credentials including his CELA & CAP designations further distinguishes him in the practice of law as a nationally recognized expert in his practice areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs disability planning and advocacy, VA benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, and probate and estate administration. He was also selected by Worth Magazine as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the country and has been designated a Super Lawyer. He is a frequent speaker for the legal, accounting, health care, mental health and financial advisory professions as well as being the author of numerous articles and seminars on all topics within his areas of expertise.

In addition to his membership on the State Bar of Michigan Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Council, he also serves as Chair of the Section's Litigation Committee, the Probate & Estate Section, the Health Care Section and the Social Security Section. Sandy serves on the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology (IOG) Elder Law and Finance Committee, the Federal Reserve Money Smart Week Advisory Committee, Chair of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Government Assistance Programs Section Steering Committee, and as an ElderCare Matters Editorial Board Member. Sandy is also a member of the ARC, the Financial Planning Association of Michigan, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, the Michigan Association of Justice (MAJ). Wealth Counsel, and the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers.

Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C. provides holistic legal counseling and advocacy services to individuals, families and estates. The firm's full service legal practice areas include estate and business succession planning, elder law, mediation, Medicaid / Medicare beneficiary rights, elder care advocacy, special needs disability planning and advocacy, VA Benefits planning, Social Security, probate litigation, and estate administration. The firm works collaboratively with professional colleagues throughout Michigan and the United States primarily serving the Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Macomb and Livingston Counties in Michigan.

Sandy and his high school sweetheart wife, Harriet (Dr. Harriet Mall) have been together for more than 40 years. They have two married children and two grandchildren.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    20 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  2. Elder Law: 35%
    20 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  3. Probate: 30%
    20 years, 800 cases



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Leon Labrecque

    Sandy is a brilliant elder care expert, particulalry in the Veterans Administration aspect of elder care. We've worked with Sandy's firm on unusual elder case issues, as well as probate litigation. I endorse him


    Leon Labrecque Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

30445 Northwestern Hwy Ste 310
Farmington Hills, MI, 48334


MIActive And In Good Standing199605/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Top 100 AttorneysWorth Magazine2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
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Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderMall Malisow & Cooney, P.C.1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights SectionChairpersonN/A
State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights SectionMemberN/A
Financial Planning Association of MichiganMemberN/A
National Elder Law FoundationAttorneyN/A
International Alliance of Holistic LawyersMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996