Skip to:

Elder Law and Advocacy: Awards & Honors « About Patti

Award Ribbon


Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek – Awards & Honors

September 2014 – Crain's Detroit Business & Hour Detroit, Top Attorneys In Michigan


  • 2012-2013 Board of Directors – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    Ms. Dudek has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) for 2012-2013. NAELA is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.

Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) – 2010
Membership in CAP is available only to preeminent elder law attorneys who have made substantial contributions to elder or special needs law. Requirements include being an NAELA member for a minimum of 10 years, AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and either an NAELA Fellow or Certified Elder Law Attorney.

Fellow of the Academy – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) – 2009
The Academy's highest honor – a designation for those who concentrate practice in the field of elder law and meet strict criteria. Nominees must have distinguished themselves by making exceptional contributions to meeting the needs of older people. Election as a Fellow signifies that his/her peers recognize the lawyer as a model for others, and as an exceptional lawyer and leader.

AV Rated – Martindale Hubbell
An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. It is the highest rating available to any individual lawyer.

DBusiness – Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, has named Dudek a Top Lawyer for 2012 and she was featured in the September 26, 2011 publication.  Top Lawyer for 2018 seen in the Nov/Dec 2017 Issue . 

Best Lawyers has named Ms. Dudek as a Michigan Lawyer of the Year for 2012.  Recipients of this honor are selected by receiving high ratings from their peers, demonstrating that she has earned the respect of those in her field.

Top Attorneys in Michigan – 2012.

Avvo – Ms. Dudek is among the highest rated elder law attorney in her area.

Super Lawyer – 2009-2014 (from
For six years, Ms. Dudek has been named to the list of Michigan Super Lawyers, a list compiled by Super Lawyers magainzes. Attorneys are only selected for this status following a rigorous review, including peer evaluations and professional achievements.

Powley Elder Law Award – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) – 2005
This award is presented annually to a NAELA member who is recognized in his or her community as a leader in promoting a greater understanding of the rights and needs of elders and persons with special needs and of how elder law attorneys advocate for those rights.

Distinguished Business Award – Arc of Western Wayne County – 1996

The 2012 Best of the Web contest highlights the best senior living and caregiving websites, blogs, and resources for consumers and senior living professionals.

U.S. News & World Reports has named Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek as one of 2015's Best Law Firms in the area of Elder Care Law and Disability Rights. Page