Brenda D. Colbert, Esquire, LL.M.*, CELA**

Partner at Colbert & Grebas, P.C.

Brenda ColbertBrenda is a lifelong member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania community. She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Mansfield University and worked for several years as a Social Worker and Patient Advocate in nursing homes for frail elderly residents and younger people with special needs.  It was her experience as a Social Worker that led to her decision to enter law school.  She attended Touro Law Center and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000. Brenda then earned a Fellowship to the University of Miami School of Law where she received a Master of Laws in Estate Planning.

Brenda has been practicing elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2002. She and her partner, Kevin R. Grebas, Esq., founded the law firm of Colbert & Grebas, P.C. in 2012 in order to provide compassionate, professional, and client-centered legal services with a continuing focus on the needs of the seniors and people with special needs in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Brenda is a frequent speaker for professional and community organizations, including, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Wilkes-Barre Law Library, Lackawanna County Bar Association and area nursing homes and personal care homes.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, 2000
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2002

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Fellow
    Master of Laws (LL.M.), Estate Planning,  2000 – 2001
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center,
    Juris Doctorate, Law, 1997 – 2000
  • Mansfield University,
    Bachelor of Social Work, Social Work, 1986 – 1991

Professional Certification:

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,  2009

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Elder Law Section Member
  • Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association
  • Wilkes-Barre Law Library Elder Law Committee, Co-Chair
  • Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimers Committee, Past Chair
  • NEPA Aging Network Alliance
  • Lackawanna County LINK
  • Luzerne/Wyoming Counties LINK
  • Author and Lecturer, PBI Elder Law Institute 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Author and Lecturer, Luzerne County Bench/Bar Conference,  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Author and Lecturer, Lackawanna Bar Association Peoples’ Law School,  2015
  • Author and Lecturer, Wilkes University Continuing Education, 2015, 2013

Kevin R. Grebas, Esquire, CELA**

Partner at Colbert & Grebas, P.C.

Kevin GrebasAttorney Kevin Grebas is a founding partner of the law firm of Colbert & Grebas, P.C.   A native of Scranton, Kevin received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Scranton and his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.

Kevin is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Lackawanna Bar Association, Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, and is past President of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Luzerne County Bar Association.

From 2010 thru 2014 he was named a “Rising Star” lawyer in a poll that surveyed 34,000 Pennsylvania lawyers. In 2014, he was recognized by the Northeast Business Journal as one of the top “20 Under 40” professionals in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Super LawyersSince 2002, Kevin has devoted his practice to the areas of elder law and estate planning, representing clients from all across Northeastern Pennsylvania. He has earned the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by meeting the rigorous requirements set forth by the National Elder Law Foundation. By earning this distinction, he is one of fewer than 60 CELAs in Pennsylvania.
Bar Admissions:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2004

Education:

  • J. D., Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1999 -2002
  • B. S., Political Science, University of Scranton, 1993-1997

Professional Certifications & Recognition:

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Super Lawyer “Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine for 2010 – 2014
  • One of the “Top 20 Under 40” business professionals in Northeastern Pennsylvania as recognized by the Northeast Business Journal for 2012
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year (2004) by the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association

Professional & Community Affiliations:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Elder Law Section member
  • Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association (Luzerne Co. Bar Association)
  • Estate Planning Council of NEPA
  • NEPA Aging Network Alliance
  • Lackawanna County Interagency Council
  • Luzerne County Interagency Council
  • Lackawanna County LINK
  • Luzerne/Wyoming Counties LINK
  • LIFE Geisinger Plan Advisory Committee

Select Seminars & Events:

  • Author and Lecturer, PBI Elder Law Institute, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Author and Lecturer, Luzerne County Bench/Bar Conference, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Author and Lecturer, Lackawanna Bar Association Peoples’ Law School, 2012, 2010, 2007
  • Author and Lecturer, Legal and Financial Update for Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 2005 – present