Robert Clofine has been practicing law since 1982 and is nationally recognized as a specialist in Elder Law and Estate Law.
In 2000, Mr. Clofine became the sixth attorney from the state of Pennsylvania to be certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization accredited by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to offer a certification in the field. Fewer than 50 attorneys in Pennsylvania have received this certification. Clofine has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of elder law every year since 2008 and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Elder Law for the Harrisburg Region for 2014-2015.
Here is what Best Lawyers® says about the “Lawyer of the Year” award. “Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments we conduct with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.”
He has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by the independent
Super Lawyer magazine every year since 2005. The firm was given a first tier rating in the 2012 inaugural Best Firms survey conducted by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®. It was one of only 11 Pennsylvania firms to receive this recognition in the field of elder law. The firm received the same honor in 2013, when only 7 Pennsylvania firms received a tier 1 rating and in 2014 when only 8 Pennsylvania firms received the distinction.
Mr. Clofine has an “AV Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell. An “AV Rating” is the organization’s highest honor, and is bestowed only on those who have reached the height of professional excellence. Click here to see his Martindale-Hubbell® Rating.
In 2009, Clofine was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949. Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. All ACTEC members have made substantial contributions to the field of trusts and estates law through writing, teaching and bar leadership activities.
In 2010, Clofine became a member of Pennsylvania’s Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Decedents’ Estates Laws. This is a standing group of attorneys and judges from across the Commonwealth who assist the General Assembly by recommending improvements to Pennsylvania’s laws dealing with estates, trusts and related matters.
Mr. Clofine is a past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Real Property and Probate Section and the York County Bar Association, where he is the former Chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Section. He has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1991. He is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys and a past President.
In 2012, he has received the “Excellence in Elder Law” award from the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and in 2011 he was named as the “Outstanding Chapter Member” by the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys.
Mr. Clofine is nationally recognized in the field of Estate and Elder Law, and has been interviewed and quoted by USA Today, Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Personal Wealth Manager, Mutual Fund Magazine, Fortune and Forbes Magazine.
Mr. Clofine is also a sought after speaker on Estate and Elder law issues, and has given hundreds of lectures and seminars to legal, professional and community groups. Click here to see a list of his recent speaking engagements.
He is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Villanova University and a 1982 cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served on the Law Review.