Elizabeth L. Gray, Esq.

Cossa, Gray and O’Reilly, PLC
3975 University Drive, Suite 360
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Elizabeth Gray has been practicing in the estate planning, special needs planning, and elder law area for over 14 years. She is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Besides drafting a wide variety of estate planning documents, Elizabeth also helps disabled adults obtain public benefits including Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD). She serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem and has aided numerous families in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

Elizabeth is the current President of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“VAELA”). VAELA is the Virginia Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”), an association of attorneys who work with the elderly, with disabled persons, and with the families of both.

Elizabeth has been selected as a member of the Special Needs Alliance. Established in 2002, the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, non-profit collective of many of America’s leading disability and public benefits attorneys. Currently in 48 states, SNA members work to secure Medicaid and other public benefits for individuals with special needs. The SNA’s mission is to help enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities by coordinating private resources with public benefit programs through special needs planning and trusts.

Membership to SNA is selective and competitive, and is extended by invitation only. Attorneys must meet specific criteria to ensure that SNA clients are served with the utmost professionalism and compassion. Criteria include a minimum number of years of practice in the special needs area and proven involvement with disability advocacy organizations. Many SNA attorneys have personal experience with individuals with special needs—either as a sibling or parent.

For helping victims of September 11, 2001, Elizabeth received the “Legal Assistance Distinguished Service Award” from the American Bar Association. In 2009, Elizabeth was selected as a SuperLawyer in the field of Elder Law for Virginia and in 2010 Elizabeth was selected as a SuperLawyer in the field of Elder Law for the Washington, D.C. area. In December 2009, Elizabeth was listed in The Washingtonian Magazine among the top elder law attorneys in the Washington, D.C. area.

Elizabeth is a former Virginia “Law Reader”. The Law Reader program is an alternative to law school where the student apprentices with a practicing attorney. Elizabeth received her license to practice law from the Supreme Court of Virginia in 1996. She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1986.


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Elizabeth L. Gray, Esq.