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Pond To Be Recognized by St. John’s University

East Meadow, NY, October 5 — Gregory Pond (resident of Port Washington), Partner and Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Practice Groups at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, will be honored by St. John’s University as a new member of its Heritage Circle.  Established in 2002, this award is presented to an alumnus who has graduated from the University 40 or more years ago, and has maintained a close relationship with the University through participation, interest and extraordinary support. Mr. Pond will attend the Alumni Convocation at St. Thomas More Church on the Queens campuson October 21, 2023 , followed by a dinner for the honorees and their guests.

About Gregory Pond

Mr. Pond practices in every aspect of estate planning, administration and litigation. He has a comprehensive understanding of the complex legal, tax, business and personal issues that arise in estate planning, especially those involving real estate owners, closely-held businesses and professional practices.  He is involved in the construction and implementation of estate plans, including the preparation of complex wills and trusts, charitable and gift planning and other strategies designed to reduce estate values and protect assets for the next generation. 

He has over thirty years of trial experience and now focuses primarily on trust and estate related litigation, including contested wills, accountings and valuation disputes He also advises clients in matters related to the probate and administration of estates, small business transactions and real estate matters, and is often asked to serve as an executor or trustee  

He is an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, St. John’s University. He earned a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in HistoryAdmitted to practice in the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and the U. S. Supreme Court, he is member of the New York State Bar Associationthe Nassau County Bar Association, and the New York Trial Lawyers Association.  

Active in his communityhe serves on the Alumni Board of Directors of Port Youth Activities, and has been inducted into its Hall Of Fame. He also serves on the board of Life’s Worc that offers comprehensive services, programs and support to more than 2,000 people and families with intellectual disabilities and autism in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.  

About Certilman Balin

Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP has grown into Long Island’s second largest full-service law firm with offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Its 15 practice areas include: real estate, real property tax certiorari and condemnation, cooperative and condominium, land use, environmental law, corporate/securities, litigation, commercial lending, labor relations/employment law, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights, nonprofit/tax exempt and religious organizations, trusts and estates, elder law, telecommunications law, and criminal law. For further information, visit