John J. McNicholas
John J. McNicholas, Esq. is an attorney in the Special Needs & Elder Law Practice Group. With close to 40 years of experience in elder law, Jack focuses his practice on sophisticated long term asset planning, complex MassHealth applications and resolving the sudden financial crisis brought on by an unplanned need for long term care.
Prior to joining Fletcher Tilton in 2016, attorney McNicholas was a partner in the Medfield, MA law firm of McNicholas & Proulx, LLP. From 1980-1986 Jack managed King Philip Elder Legal Services, a Title III Legal Services Program serving twelve Norfolk County communities, while growing a private practice devoted to elder law. Since then he has guided hundreds of individuals and families through the physically, emotionally and financially draining process of funding long term care while maintaining the person’s self-determination and dignity.
Jack served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and was a longtime member of the Public Policy Committee. He was a Co-Chair of the MassNAELA Litigation Committee having previously chaired the Litigation Initiative Long-Range Strategic Planning Committee. When the Public Policy and Litigation Commitees were merged to form a single Advocacy Committee in 2018, Jack has remeined involved in the state-wide effort to support and counsel attorneys in administrative and Court advocacy on behalf of individuals needing MassHealth benefits. In 2014, he was a joint recipient of the inaugural John J. Ford Litigation Advocacy Award presented by MassNAELA.
Jack has presented on Medicaid treatment of irrevocable trusts and related topics at MassNAELA Meetings, MassNAELA Litigation Workshops, MCLE Elder & Disability Law Conferences and the MBA Probate Conference from 2013 to 2017. He has also testified at public hearings before the Massachusetts Legislature Joint Health Care Financing Committee advocating for MassNAELA sponsored bills.
A native of Lexington, MA, Jack has been an involved resident of Medfield since 1979. A 1973 graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, he received his JD in 1976 from Ohio Northern University.
Attorney McNicholas’ paralegal is Lainie Petrou, who can be reached at 508.459.8082 or email@example.com
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter
- Member of the Public Policy Committee
- Co-chair, Litigation Committee
- Board of Directors, 2005-2014
- Former Chair, Litigation Initiative Long-Range Strategic Planning Committee
Joint recipient of the inaugural John J. Ford Litigation Advocacy Award presented by MassNAELA
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court of Massachusetts