Michael J. McGuire
Attorney at Law and President of the California Elder Law Center
Michael McGuire’s depth of experience is unique and has proven very valuable to the clients of the California Elder Law Center and in his role as an active advocate for seniors on the national and state level.
McGuire was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received his college education at Arizona State University and went to law school in West Los Angeles.
McGuire is a recognized speaker, having appeared on television and addressed national audiences on senior issues. His radio show, “Elder Answers” is currently on KNEWS Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. 94.3 FM and 970 AM
A great believer in our duty to be of service to others, McGuire is active within his community and profession and speaks regularly before seniors throughout California. In addition, he provides leadership and educational experiences for professionals serving the needs of seniors.
McGuire has been a member of the State Bar of California’s Speaker Bureau and provided continuing education sessions for other attorneys through the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and San Diego and Los Angeles. He has also provided educational sessions for professionals throughout Southern California, including CPAs and Enrolled Agents, financial representatives, medical personnel, hospitals and physician groups. McGuire served a three year term on the California Department of Insurance’s Curriculum Board, a member of workgroups that created the current educational outlines for annuities and long-term care insurance training standards for California. He has served at the state and national level for National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, been a member of the Annuity Task Force of NAELA, served as the president of the So. California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and has held many elected offices within that organization. In addition, he has organized and presented the largest national meeting for attorneys based upon diversity for the benefit of NAELA. As a member of the LA County Bar Association, he has served on the Elder Law Committee and the Veterans Committee.
An advocate for seniors, the disabled and veterans in California, McGuire, as the Chairman of the Joint Advocacy Committee for California NAELA since 2004, has participated in on-going efforts to protect benefits and entitlements in California, participating in meetings in Sacramento and teleconferences with DHCS management and leadership. McGuire was chosen as the Member of the Year by the Northern California and Southern California Chapters of NAELA in recognition of his advocacy effectiveness and success. McGuire is a member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, seeking to create a better outcome for seniors and the families caring for them. McGuire was a member of the National Organization of Veterans Attorneys (NOVA) and is accredited by the Veterans Administration to represent vets and their spouses before the Veterans Administration and frequently volunteers his own time and that of his organization to serve the needs of veterans and their families in Southern California.
Under the leadership of McGuire, the So. California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has expanded membership, professional training programs and positioned itself at the leading edge of safeguarding the rights of seniors and the disabled by his participation in regular stakeholders meeting with high ranking government agency management, ever vigilant as to the actions of government.
McGuire has litigated aggressively against the DHCS, winning major cases that preserve the rights of seniors and the disabled, assuring that the law is followed in every instance.
In his community, McGuire has served in service organizations for over thirty years. He has been president of the Kiwanis Club of Long Beach and currently serves as the Chair of the Endowment Fund and participated in international meetings to serve the needs of children. He served as a member of the Board of the Community Hospital Foundation and worked on that Board’s Executive Committee for two years. After a three year term as president of the Beacon House in San Pedro, he was recognized by elected officials from the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles and the State of California. McGuire served as the first non-medical professional on the Southern California Organ Procurement Committee and the Regional Organ Procurement Association.
McGuire and the California Elder Law Center specialize in obtaining entitlements to pay for the quality of care seniors facing long-term care issues need. McGuire is also an expert in helping seniors protect their homes from liens, legally keep their life savings and obtain the best possible care. Over the years, the firm has developed unique resources and insights into senior issues, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia issues. Under McGuire’s leadership, the California Elder Law center has now expanded in the Coachella Valley with offices in Palm Springs and Palm Desert.
McGuire, and his wife, Vivien, also an attorney, currently live in Long Beach and La Quinta. His son, Sean, joined the firm as a Veterans Benefits Coordinator, providing counseling and services to veterans.