Robert J. Romano, Jr., was born in Bronx, New York, November 1, 1950. He attended Villanova University (B.A., 1972) and St. John's University (J.D., 1978). He served as Law Secretary to the Honorable Paul R. Huot, J.S.C., 1978-1979. He assisted with municipal representation for the Boroughs of Closter, Demarest, Little Ferry and Township of South Hackensack, 1982-1985. He was public defender, Borough of Ramsey, 1980-1983; Prosecutor, Township of River Vale, 1982-1983; Prosecutor, Borough of Closter, 1984-1986 and 1991; Public Defender, Borough of Closter, 1986 to 1994 and Borough of Haworth, 1988 to 1994. He has also served on the Elder Law Committee of the Bergen County Bar Association
Mr. Romano is a member of New Jersey State and Bergen County Bar Associations and National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. He is a member of the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Mr. Romano has long been involved in the area of business law including commercial and residential real estate as well as partnership and corporate matters. He is counsel to various businesses and corporations throughout Northern New Jersey. Mr. Romano represents Passaic Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic as outside counsel with respect to guardianships and issues concerning Advance Directives. He is also counsel for Oakland Care Center and Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, as well as other nonprofit corporations established to assist consumers of mental health services.
Mr. Romano provides presentations on health care law to the community through such diverse organizations as the American Cancer Society, Health Awareness Regional Program (HARP) of Hackensack Medical Center and the Elder Care Consultation and Referral Service. He has in the past provided classes to the general public with reference to Advance Directives and the right to die through the Adult Education Programs of Bergen Community College, Warren County College and Sussex County College. In addition, he assists various nursing homes and hospitals with the fulfillment of their obligations under "The New Jersey Advance Directives for Health Care Act" and the "The Patient Self Determination Act."
Mr. Romano is a past member of the Ethics Committee for the Home Health Assembly of New Jersey and has been influential in the Development of a model Ethics Committee to be implemented throughout New Jersey Home Health Care Agencies. He is also a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for Bergen Community Health Care, an affiliate of Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, New Jersey and the Ethics Committee of Valley Home Care, Inc. in Paramus, New Jersey.
Mr. Romano has published in the area of Elder Law and Advance Directives and has been an author for the The New Jersey Trial Lawyer and the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Romano, his wife, Patricia and daughter, Emily reside in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Over the years, the law firm of Andora & Romano L.L.C. has emphasized those legal issues of primary concern to the elderly, disabled, consumers of mental health services, their families and the health care professionals responsible for their care. In doing so, the firm has represented both the individual and his or her family as well as various health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, and health care agencies throughout the state
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