Gregory J. Pond
Gregory J. Pond is a Partner in and Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. He is involved in every aspect of estate planning, administration and litigation.
Mr. Pond understands the complex legal, tax, business and personal issues that arise in estate planning, especially those involving closely-held businesses and families concerned for the future of relatives with special needs. He is regularly involved in the construction and implementation of estate plans, including the preparation of complex wills and trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, Medicaid qualifying trusts and grantor trusts and other entities designed to reduce estate values.
His focus on estate litigation is a culmination of years of advising clients in matters related to the probate and administration of estates, small business transactions and real estate matters. He knows the problems that may occur in estate administration and planning matters, having litigated on behalf of clients in the areas of contested wills, accountings and guardianship matters. He also has extensive experience handling actions for wrongful death and serious personal injuries.
Mr. Pond earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from St. John’s University and graduated from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1983. He returned to his alma mater as an Adjunct Professor, and teaches an undergraduate course in business law.
Greg is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Trusts and Estates Law Section and Elder Law Section, the Nassau County Bar Association and its Elder Law Committee and Surrogate’s Court Estates and Trusts Committee, the New York Trial Lawyers Association.
He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and the U. S. Supreme Court. In addition, he has received the highest professional rating from Martindale Hubbell, as a result of a confidential review conducted among his peers, and he was named in March 2011 by Long Island Business News as one of the “Ones to Watch in Law.” In 2013, Long Island Pulse Magazine awarded Mr. Pond a “Legal Eagle” in the category of Trusts and Estates Law.
A resident of Port Washington for over twenty years, Mr. Pond is active in his community and serves on the Board of Directors of Port Youth Activities.