THE LAW OFFICES OF MARISSA T. JONES
Marissa T. Jones has been practicing law since 2005. She is a 2001 graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College and graduated New York Law School in 2004.
Marissa T. Jones was first exposed to the practice of law when she was sixteen. At that time she began working at the Law Firm of Anthony V. Guardino, whose practice primarily focused on real estate transactions and probate and administration of wills. Her experience solidified her decision that she wanted to go to law school and become an attorney. After Graduating from Law School in 2004, she became a Contract Attorney working on assignments for two large law firms: Paul Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison, LLP and Hughes and Hubbard and Reed, LLP. In February 2005, she became a Staff Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. For the next eleven years of her career, she was a corporate regulatory attorney working both as in-house counsel and as an associate in a private practice firm. She worked as a Staff Attorney at Skadden from February 2005 until July 2007. It was at Skadden that she became exposed to the insurance regulatory world and mergers and acquisitions. In July 2007, she became in-house counsel to Starr International USA, Inc., a client of Skadden Arps. She was in-house counsel to Starr from July 2007 until September 2010. From September 2011 until March 2013, she was a compliance manager for Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc. From April 2013 until she opened my own practice in March 2015, I was an associate at Goldberg Segalla, LLP.
Although Marissa was fortunate enough to have had a successful career in the area of corporate law, in 2015, her passion changed to servicing the elderly, the incapacitated, and individuals with disabilities and special needs. Through her own personal experience becoming a legal guardian for a member of her family that was incapacitated, Marissa realized that this was an area of law that she wanted to pursue and felt passionate about. Her personal connection to this area of law and believe I can use my experience to bring comfort and offer guidance to others similarly situated.
In 2015, she shifted her focus to helping individuals with their estate planning, real estate matters, and issues relating to guardianship proceedings. In this capacity, she works to protect individuals, couples, families, seniors, veterans, adult children with elderly parents, and parents with mental and physical disabilities. She has worked with hundreds of families to help them achieve their goals of preserving their assets, providing those they love with the protections and care they need through guardianship proceedings and proper medicaid planning. She has also helped families during their times of loss through the administration and probate process. It is her top priority to help families preserve everything that they have worked hard to achieve over the years and ensure that their wealth is passed down to future generations, while still receiving the medical care and attention required to live out their remaining years with dignity and grace.
She brings to this arena both a personal and professional connection to the incapacitated community. She currently serves as an Article 81 Guardian for various individuals suffering from mental health issues including depression, bipolar schizophrenia, personality disorders, and others who are just mentally and physically unable to care for themselves. She has firsthand knowledge of the issues and hardships family members of those suffering from mental illness face-including both the financial challenges and alienation from the community based upon the stigmas associated with mental illness. Years of visiting several different hospitals has taught her that these individuals facing mental disabilities need an advocate who will protect not only their assets, but also their quality of life and dignity. She am committed to making sure that the incapacitated community has an advocate that will treat them with the respect, compassion, and dignity they deserve while protecting their best interests.
Admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey
- Super Lawyer’s Rising Star 2015
- Best of NY Honoree 2016 – The Law Office of Marissa T. Jones earned one of the top scores among the Best for NYC Finalists, specially, earning top scores for Community and the Environment in Staten Island.
- New York Metro Area Rising Star Top Lawyers 2018
Recording Secretary – Staten Island Women’s Bar Association
Board Secretary: Member of the Board for Busy Beach Day Care, which provides child care services for ages 3 months – 5 years, including UPK.
Community Board 2 – Board Member
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Elder Counsel Attorney
- Women’s Bar Association of New York (WBASNY)
- Staten Island Women’s Bar Association
- Richmond County Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Staten Island Business Council
- NY Real Estate Broker License