David J. Hoey Receives John J. Regan Writing Award

From NAELA, May 22, 2019. 

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) proudly announced that David J. Hoey of North Reading, Mass., received the award for his article, “The Intersection of Tort Law and Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation,” published in the Fall 2018 NAELA Journal.

His article identifies and describes some of the lesser- known aspects associated with litigating personal injury
claims against nursing homes in the current industry climate. In making the selection, editorial board members acknowledge that this article presents an excellent guideline for nursing home issues of abuse and neglect
and how this is a systemic issue that needs to be addressed from that perspective. The article provides background information a nonlitigating elder law attorney needs in order to be able to present a case of abuse or neglect to a law firm that does do such litigation.

The Regan Writing Award was established in 1996 in memory of John J. Regan — a long-time NAELA member and Fellow, and a pioneer in Elder Law — and is meant to encourage quality submissions to NAELA Journal from NAELA members and non-members.

NAELA Journal is a publication of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. It covers substantive elder and special needs law topics including preservation of assets, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, disability, health insurance, tax planning, conservatorships, living trusts and wills, long-term care planning, housing and nursing home issues, elder abuse, fraud recovers, age discrimination, and retirement.

NAELA Board Member Bridget O’Brien Swartz, CELA, presents the 2019 Regan Award to David J. Hoey at the 2019 NAELA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Tex.


Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.

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