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Kelly J. Mikullitz and Matthew J. Dorsey named Senior Shareholders at O&A

O’Connell and Aronowitz, one of the Capital District’s largest, locally owned, full-service law firms, announces the promotion of attorneys Kelly J. Mikullitz and Matthew J. Dorsey to Senior Shareholders.

“As we enter our 97th year, we are very pleased to have Kelly and Matt become Senior Shareholders at O’Connell and Aronowitz,” said firm President Michael McDermott.  “Collectively, Kelly and Matt have been with our firm for over three decades, and they possess tremendous expertise in their respective areas of practice.”

Kelly J. Mikullitz

Kelly significantly concentrates her legal practice in our Family and Matrimonial Law Department with attorneys Florence Richardson and William Berglund.  Together, Attorneys Mikullitz, Richardson, and Berglund have over seventy years of experience in zealously advocating for clients with difficult family matters, including divorces; legal separations; custody/parenting time disputes; issues regarding spousal maintenance and child support; and the drafting of prenuptial, post-nuptial, and separation agreements.  They take great pride in compassionate collaboration with their clients while guiding them through these difficult personal matters.

Kelly is also the managing partner of the firm’s Lead Poisoning and Toxic Exposure Litigation Group where she has represented hundreds of injured children and adults throughout the last fifteen years, dedicating a significant amount of her practice to advocating for individuals with serious brain injuries.  Since 2006, Kelly has been an active member of the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) and has served on their Board of Directors since 2014.  She is an active member of their Resource Management, Membership, Governance, and Executive Committees, and formerly served as Secretary and 2nd Vice President before being elected 1st Vice President in June 2019.

Kelly’s community service efforts also include her service to the Third Judicial District’s Committee on Character and Fitness and her active participation in the End Distracted Driving Student Awareness Initiative.  She was honored to be designated as an Attorney for Children by the Third Judicial Department Office of Attorneys for Children in 2016 and worked in that capacity through 2020.

Kelly was twice named to the Upstate New York Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers, which acknowledges attorneys under 40 years old and in practice less than 10 years. The distinction is earned by less than 2.5% of all attorneys in New York State.

Matthew J. Dorsey

Matt concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law, Medicaid planning, and guardianship. In his Medicaid planning practice, Matt works with families to preserve their assets, while obtaining access to necessary long term care services. Matt has been a Legal Services Provider for the Saratoga County Office for the Aging for over a decade and previously served as the Saratoga County Examiner of Guardianship Accounts. He has lectured on legal issues for the State and County Bar Associations, as well as the Office for the Aging and Community Hospice.

Matt is the President of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Counsel of Eastern New York, whose members include attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors throughout the Capital Region and the North Country.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Elder Law and Special Needs Section. He also previously served as an elected representative to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates.  Matt is a frequent pro bono volunteer for the Legal Project, and he currently writes a bi-monthly column for the Saratoga Today newspaper covering trusts and estates matters.

Matt has a long history of community involvement, including prior service as the President of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, where he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow.  He is also a Member of Local #161 of Benevolent Protective Order of Elks (Wilton-Saratoga Lodge), where he serves as their Justice of the Subordinate Forum.  Matt is a graduate of Leadership Saratoga and was previously recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Matt received his law degree from Vanderbilt School of Law and obtained a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brown University.  Matt is also a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, where he was awarded the Yaddo Medal.  He lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife Sarah and their three children.  Matt enjoys running in his spare time and has completed five marathons.

O’Connell and Aronowitz

O’Connell and Aronowitz was named a 2021 “Best Law Firm” by Best Lawyers and US News & World Report. With more than 30 attorneys and offices in Albany, and Saratoga Springs, the Firm provides a broad range of legal services to businesses and individuals throughout the State.

Unique to the area, O’Connell and Aronowitz offers clients the resources of a large, big-city firm, with the comfort and familiarity of a neighborhood lawyer. O’Connell and Aronowitz is proud to announce the promotion of Kelly J. Mikullitz and Matthew J. Dorsey to Senior Shareholders and congratulates them on their achievement.

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