Webinar: 2016 Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts Administration - Speakers

Robert B. Fleming
Attorney at Law

Fleming & Curti PLC
Tucson, Arizona

Robert Fleming is the author of The Elder Law Answer Book, now available from Aspen Publishers. He is a fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been certified as a specialist in Estate and Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Legal Specialization, and he is also a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Fleming is a member of the State Bar of Arizona (he was president of the Young Lawyers Section in 1978, Chair of the Probate and Trust Section in 1992, and chair of the Mental Health and Elder Law Section in 1999), and the Pima County Bar Association (he was president in 1986). Fleming is also a member of the Special Needs Alliance, the premier national organization of lawyers working with "special needs" trusts, and the Elder Law Alliance, an elite national group of a dozen lawyers with a common interest in improving the practice of elder law.

While serving as the Pima County, Arizona, Public Fiduciary (the Tucson area's public guardian's office), Fleming was one of the litigants in the Arizona Supreme Court case of Rasmussen v. Fleming, which established the right of incompetent patients (through their guardians) to refuse life-sustaining treatment when there is little prospect of recovery. He has also been actively involved in reviewing care at the Arizona State Hospital, and served as the Chair of the City of Tucson's city retirement plan for eight years.

Fleming & Curti, P.L.C. prides itself on use of up-to-date technology in the practice of law. In addition to speaking regularly on the use of Time Matters™ case management and HotDocs™ document assembly software, Fleming also manages an independent e-mail listserver for Time Matters™ users; interested lawyers and staff members can subscribe online. You may want to check out the TimeMatters list archives. The firm also operates smaller listservers for other software programs used in the office, including Televantage, the telephone communications package in use at Fleming & Curti, PLC.

Fleming's primary personal interest is his family (wife Rhonda and their two children Erik and Robyn). The entire family practices Cha Yon Ryu, a combination martial arts discipline incorporating Korean Tae Kwon do, Korean Hapkido, Japanese Karate and Chinese Ch'uanfa. He also enjoys antiques (particularly Mission and Arts and Crafts styles), scuba diving and computers.

René H. Reixach Jr.
Attorney at Law
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Rochester, New York

Rene H Reixach Jr. is a partner in the firm’s Elder Law and health Care practice Group and responsible for handling all elder law and health care issues.

Reixach received his J.D degree from Harvard Law School, and his B.A. degree from Yale College.

Prior to joining Woods Oviatt, Reixach was the executive director of the Finger Lakes health System Agency, a health planning agency covering a nine-county region of western New York. In this capacity, he oversaw the local input to the State Department of Health process for planning and review of the development of the health facility services in this area.


Shirley B. Whitenack
Attorney at Law
Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP
Florham Park, New Jersey

Shirley B. Whitenack is a partner at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP with offices in Florham Park, Paramus, and Sparta, New Jersey and co-chairs the firm’s Elder and Special Needs Law Practice Group and the Estates and Trusts Litigation Practice Group. Whitenack devotes a substantial portion of her practice to elder and special needs law, estate planning and administration and trust and estate litigation. She is on the State of New Jersey roster of approved mediators.

Whitenack is the president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a NAELA Fellow, and a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), an invitation-only group of elder and special needs planning practitioners and has served as an adjunct professor of law in the J.D. and LL.M. in elder law programs at Stetson University College of Law.

Whitenack is a member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), an invitation-only nationwide alliance of special needs planning attorneys, the American Bar Association (Litigation Section and Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section), the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Advisory Committee on Continuing Legal Education and past chair of the NJSBA’s Elder & Disability Law Section. Whitenack is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Program Development Committee, the Morris County Bar Association’s (MCBA) Estates & Trusts Committee, and is past chair of MCBA’s Elder Law Committee.

Whitenack publishes and lectures extensively on topics related to guardianship, elder and special needs law, estate and trust litigation and probate mediation. She is quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Money magazine, Barron’s, Market Watch and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

Whitenack received the NJSBA’s Legislative Service Award in September 2003 for her contribution in drafting and promoting revisions to New Jersey’s guardianship statutes and the NJSBA’s Amicus Curiae Award in 2004. Whitenack received GANJI’s Recognition Award in October 2003 for her contribution in advocating for the civil rights of incapacitated individuals. She received NJICLE’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and the Distinguished Service Award from the NJSBA’s Elder and Disability Section in 2009. Whitenack received the Community Health Law Project’s Ann Klein Advocate Award in 2011 for improving the lives of people with disabilities and was recognized in 2011 by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey in a joint resolution for service to those with special needs. In 2012, she was honored by the NJSBA for her long service as a trustee of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and received the NJSBA’s Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her contribution to New Jersey’s enactment of the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. Whitenack received the Morris County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Award in 2015.