Nassau Bar Association Names Tae Ethan Choi Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for May 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

  • Nassau County Bar Association

Attorney Tae Ethan Choi of Mineola uses his Korean heritage and his fluency in the Korean language to help for the advantage of Korean residents. He regularly volunteers for the Nassau County Bar Association’s mortgage foreclosure and Sandy recovery clinics whenever Korean language interpretation and a consulting attorney are needed, even on short notice. For his exemplary volunteer service, NCBA President Marian Rice has named Tae Ethan Choi Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for May 2013.

Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated with his family to Queens in 1985. He began his professional career as a CPA, then as an attorney, receiving his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where he was a William P. Richardson Scholar. He served Wall Street firms, international banks, venture capital funds and consulting companies. Ethan's long-term commitment to volunteer work, however, changed his life course. Gradually, he began to move towards elder law.

Currently, Choi is an associate attorney in the firm of Michael L. Pfeifer PC, Garden City, where he focuses on elder law, Medicaid law, trusts, estate planning, long-term care, planning for persons with disabilities and asset preservation. At the Nassau County Bar Association Choi is active in the Elder Law, Social Services, Health Advocacy and Surrogates Court Estates and Trusts committees.

In 2011, Ethan was selected as a New York State Empire State Counsel for pro bono work by the New York State Bar Association and was a recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Office of Minority Health. He continues to serve as a volunteer lecturer on the legal implications of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease for various organizations including the Holy Name Medical Center, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Korean-American CPA Association, Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, HSBC Bank, Korean-American Senior Citizens Association and the Long Island Asian Pacific American Community Center.

Choi is fluent in Korean and his elder law columns are published in the New York Korea Times, Korea Daily, Senior US Times and Sunday Korea Times. He serves as a regular guest on a live call-in radio program on AM1660 for seniors where he discusses elder law issues and has also appeared on MKTV, KNN News, TKC-TV, KBN-TV.

Tae Ethan Choi
Tae Ethan Choi

Nassau County Bar Association
Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. NCBA demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, senior citizen and mortgage foreclosure clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. WE CARE, the NCBA’s charitable arm, assists children, the elderly and others in need, through countless projects and donations. For more information, call (516) 747-4070 (translation services available), email, or