Julian E. Gray


Julian is the founder of Julian Gray Associates and has provided assistance to a variety of clients and their families for over 25 years in the areas of Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits, special needs planning and related Estate Planning and Tax issues. Julian is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law.


Julian is the managing attorney of the Firm and oversees the Firm’s various practice areas. Julian concentrates in the areas of Elder Law, including Estate Planning and Administration, and related Real Estate transactions. Julian is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Beaver County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Gray is one of only a few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in Western Pennsylvania, a designation conferred by the National Elder Law Foundation. The CELA designation is the only Elder Law certification accredited by the American Bar Association and recognized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. For more than 25 years, Mr. Gray has represented individuals and families with the complex legal, financial, tax and real estate issues involved in a variety of elder law and estate planning issues, with a focus on asset protection planning for senior citizens in the areas of Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans benefits. He also represents clients of all ages and their families in the area of Special Needs Planning.

Julian is a frequent author and lecturer for continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, as well as continuing education programs accredited by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Gray has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Superlawyer and in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Elder Law. Julian is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where he serves as Chair Elect to the Elder Law Section Council. Julian also serves as a Director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Julian is the Western Pennsylvania representative of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) and has also served on the Board of Directors from 2016-2019. Membership to SNA is selective and competitive, and is extended by invitation only. Julian joins a select group of attorneys who comprise the SNA. These members serve on the boards of national, state and local organizations serving the disability community. They are current, former or incoming executive members of prominent legal and advocacy organizations such as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and the bar associations of their respective states.

Julian Co-Authors a monthly Elder Law column with Frank A. Petrich, CELA which appears in the Business Section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Julian resides in Peters Township along with his two sons.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1991


  • Continuing Legal Education, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Continuing Legal Education for Pennsylvania Certified Public Accountants
  • Continuing Legal Education for Pennsylvania Nurses and Social Workers

Honors and Awards

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007 – 2022
Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2022
5 Star Wealth Manager, 2010-2013, 2015
Lawyer of the Year 2014, 2017 & 2020
National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent, 2016 – 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, PA Chapter Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Council Member, Vice Chair
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Beaver County Bar Association
  • Western Pennsylvania Representative of Special Needs Alliance
  • Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh
  • National Association of Medicaid Set-Aside Professionals
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