Jeff is an active member of the Louisville community, having served in leadership roles as a board member of multiple organizations, including the the Special Needs Alliance, Wellspring, the Community Foundation of Louisville, Leadership Louisville, and Metro United Way, where he was involved for over twenty years.  Jeff was recognized with the Allen Society Community Service Award and the Alberta Wood Allen Continuous Service Award by Metro United Way.

Jeff is known nationally as a writer and lecturer on topics of special needs law, estate planning, business succession and charitable planning. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Jeff Yussman’s Recent Accolades & Expertise

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Remote Signing of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Etc. During Covid-19 Emergency and After. Kentucky Justice Association, April 2020.
  • Planning for a Special Needs Family Member, Bluegrass EP Council with Life Plan of Kentucky, February 4, 2020
  • Planning for an Elderly Person with Special Needs, University of Kentucky Elder Law Conference, November 1, 2018.
  • Pitfalls and Preferences for Special Needs Trusts, Midwest-Midsouth Estate Planning Institute, July 12, 2018.
  • Recent Developments& Ethical Issues in Representing the Disabled and the Elderly, Kentucky Justice Association, April 25, 2018.
  • Planning for a Special Needs Family Member, ARGI Financial Group, February 2018; Summit Academy, January 23, 2018.
  • Legal Planning for Protecting Government Benefits Available to Persons with Special Needs, Western Kentucky University’s Special Needs Summit, October 13, 2017
  • Transition, Estate and Trust Planning for Young Adults with Special Needs, Summit Academy of Greater Louisville, January 25, 2017


  • President and member of the Special Needs Alliance
  • Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America© for 2018 in the areas of elder law and trusts and estates.
  • Recognized as one of the “Top Lawyers” in the area of Disability Law, Elder Law and Trusts, Wills & Estates Law by Louisville Magazine, 2016
  • Highest Professional AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized by his peers in Kentucky Super Lawyers®