Julie Stoil Fernandez, Esq., a co-founding partner of Finkel & Fernandez, LLP., is a highly experienced attorney with a history of litigation in elder law and mental health law since 1993. 

As a new attorney, Julie worked for seven years for Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, representing psychiatric patients in retention proceedings and guardianships in both civil and forensic facilities. She maintained a private solo elder law practice for 15 years before co-founding Finkel & Fernandez with Fern J. Finkel.

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Julie skillfully analyzes the myriad issues which arise when a person’s legal capacity is in question, and she excels in creative solutions - effectively negotiating agreements between oppositional family members in contested cases, and when litigation is necessary, fiercely advocating on behalf of her clients.


As an advocate for persons with dementia, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities, Julie has assisted thousands of clients – protecting housing benefits, individual liberties and patients’ rights in institutional settings through litigation, advocacy and special needs planning.  Julie is also certified as an Elder Law, Family and Divorce mediator and offers services to parties who seek workable solutions to conflicts, without litigation.

Julie is the Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Special Needs Section’s Mental Health Committee, and the former Co-Chair of the Elder Abuse Committee.  She is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Brooklyn Bar Association, and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association. She is a mentor attorney at the New York Law School Elder Law Clinic, Touro Law School Elder Law Clinic, and the Brooklyn Law School Helping Elders Through Litigation and Policy (HELP) Clinic.  As a volunteer attorney at the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project – LEAP, Julie lectures regularly at community forums, senior centers, housing groups and churches, advising seniors of practical planning opportunities to remain at home.  Julie lectures for various Bar Associations and Continuing Legal Education providers on advance directives, elder abuse, and guardianship.  She has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyers Selectee in the field of Elder Law in 2019.

 Julie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and her Juris Doctor degree in 1992 from Northeastern University Law School.  

Prior to law school, Julie worked as a counselor to the homeless, and ultimately as the Associate Director of a 500-bed emergency overnight shelter for homeless men in Boston, forging a permanent bond with those in need of protection and advocacy.