Joanne Seminara

Joanne Seminara, Esq.

In Loving Memory


Joanne Seminara

Grimaldi Yeung Law Group is sad to announce the passing of our partner and dear friend, Joanne Seminara. Joanne passed on December 15, 2022, after a brief illness.

Joanne Seminara was an extraordinary elder law attorney who followed in the footsteps of her father, Joseph Seminara. A well-respected community leader, she was a tireless advocate for elders, a preservationist who kept our neighborhood liveable, and an effective member of the Democratic political party, serving as a Bay Ridge District Leader.

Founding partner Judith D Grimaldi shares: “My dear friend and sister Joanne Seminara is a shining example of a woman who loved her family–her husband Pierre, two children, and four grandchildren–her friends, and her community. Joanne’s last instruction to me was to always ‘share your love.’ And I will do this in her memory. I will miss my dear friend and sister Joanne Seminara.”

Grimaldi Yeung Law Group hopes you will join in remembering Joanne Seminara for her friendship, leadership and goodness.

In lieu of flowers, the Seminara family encourages you to make a donation to the Bay Ridge Center.

Grimaldi Yeung Law Group hopes you will join in remembering Joanne Seminara for her friendship, leadership and goodness.

Joanne Seminara has been an attorney licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey for over 3 decades. Joanne is a partner of the elder law firm of Grimaldi Yeung Law Group.

Joanne practices in the areas of elder law, estate and trust planning, including estate tax and Medicaid and special needs planning. An attorney known for her thoroughness, tenacity and compassion, Joanne is experienced in other practice areas, including residential and commercial real estate, corporate law, employment law and land use and zoning matters.

Passionate public speaking, organizing and community service has been an important part of Joanne’s life. She regularly speaks at community education seminars on estate, trust and tax matters and conducts continuing legal education seminars. In 2015, Joanne, with Judith D. Grimaldi, authored her first book entitled: Five @ Fifty- Five; Five Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55, as part of a public education campaign that highlights the critical importance of having 5 legal documents in place by mid-life. Her various television appearances include the 6 PM News on Fox 5 New York, Brooklyn Savvy, NY1, Good Day New York and WPIX Channel 11 News.

Joanne Seminara has received numerous awards and recognitions, among them: 2017 Bay Ridge Third Avenue Merchant’s Civic Award; 2016 Power Women in Business Award from Home Reporter & Spectator News; 2016 Community Service and Law Award from the Brooklyn Real Estate Board; 2014 Winner of New York City Council Women’s Community Service Award; 2012 Winner of Top Women in Business Award from Home Reporter & Spectator News. Joanne was recently named “Best Lawyer” 2020. This recognition is based solely on peer review and recommendations.

Joanne is an active member of the Elder Law and Special Needs (ELSN) Section and the Trusts and Estate Section of the NYS Bar Association (NYSBA). She is co-Chair of the ELSN Ethics Committee, co-chair of ELSN’s Committee on Long-Term Care Facility Reform, and a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Bay Ridge Bar Association, and the Brooklyn Bar Association. As member of Community Board 10 for over 2 decades, Joanne served as Chair of Board 10 from 2010 to 2013. A volunteer member of community organizations for many years, Joanne is past President and member of her local chapter of Business Networking International and an elected NYS Democratic Committeewoman and Executive Committee member of the NYS Democratic Party.

A life-long Bay Ridge, Brooklyn resident, Joanne enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband, Pierre A. Lehu, children and grandchildren.

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