Andrea L. Gellen

Andrea L. Gellen

Poughkeepsie, New York

Prior to joining McCabe & Mack LLP, Andrea served as general counsel to approximately 55 school districts in the Hudson Valley handling a variety of student driven litigation matters. Andrea lives in Hyde Park with her husband, David. In her spare time, Andrea bikes the Hudson Valley and hikes the Adirondacks.

Special Education/Student Driven Litigation:
Representing disabled students and their parents in Committee on Special Education meetings (CSE or IEP Meetings), 504 meetings, impartial hearings, suspension hearings, manifestation determinations, appeals to School District Boards of Education, appeals to Commissioner of Education, and appeals to State and Federal Courts.

Applications for appointment of guardians for incapacitated and developmentally disabled individuals under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and Article 17-A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act.  Assist guardians with all aspects of the management of guardianship estates.

Elder Law:
Development of plans for possible incapacity, or need for nursing home care, including preparation of Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills and Medicaid Trusts.  Applications for appointment of guardians for the incapacitated and developmentally disabled under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and Article 17A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act.

Estate Planning:

Development of Estate Plans for individuals and the preparation of estate planning documents, including Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Supplemental  Needs Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Generation Skipping Trusts and Charitable Trusts.  Creation of Estate and Gift Tax Plans to reduce or avoid taxation.   Assist business owners to plan for the transfer of businesses to a younger generation.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Special Education/Student Driven Litigation
  • Elder Law
  • Guardianships

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2013
  • New York, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2017


  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    • J.D. cum laude - 2013
  • Stony Brook University
    • B.A. - 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association
  • Hudson Valley Young Professionals’ Society
  • Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mid Hudson Bike Club, Vice President
  • Greystone Foundation, Inc., Board Member, Finance Committee Member