Metro Women's Leadership Summit

Elizabeth Manzo

Elizabeth Manzo

Elizabeth Manzo has been an attorney with Lindabury since 1997. She concentrates her practice in trust and estate planning, elder law, estate litigation, ERISA and employee benefits law. She also has experience representing trade associations and other nonprofits, including hospitals and other healthcare entities, in mergers, acquisitions, tax-exemption issues, fraud and abuse, as well as other tax issues.

Elizabeth received a B.A. from Rutgers College in New Jersey where she graduated as a Henry Rutgers Scholar with high honors. She received a Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law where she was a contributor to The Seton Hall Legislative Law Journal and a legislative intern to the Office of the Governor's Counsel. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Richard J. Hughes American Inns of Court.

Elizabeth frequently lectures to civic associations and community groups on elder law, long term care planning, Medicaid eligibility / government benefits planning and employee benefits. She has also lectured to a number of hospitals and physicians groups, for Professional Development/CME credit, and has presented seminars to trade associations, including the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey, Inc., and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans on requested topics.

As an elder law attorney, Elizabeth represents older or disabled persons and their representatives in financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits, special needs trusts planning, and trust administration. She also advises on estate planning, estate and gift taxation, will contests and estate litigation, probate and estate administration as well as guardianship and conservatorship issues.

In the area of employee benefits, Elizabeth provides counsel to trustees of multi-employer Taft Hartley pension, welfare and annuity funds regarding ERISA fiduciary liability, legal standards for plan design, participation, benefit accrual, vesting, and funding as well as other implementation and administration issues impacting the tax qualified status of such plans. Elizabeth has experience with investigation and compliance issues, prohibited transactions and IRS reporting and disclosure requirements.

Elizabeth serves as co-chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Union County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Elder Law and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Elizabeth is admitted to practice before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States District Court of the District of New Jersey.