Lori L. Guzmán became involved in disability law and public benefit eligibility issues in 1988 following the birth of her medically fragile daughter with multiple disabilities. In her fight to provide for the special needs of her daughter, she learned firsthand the state and federal laws relating to persons with disabilities of all ages, how to work with local and state agencies, and the multiple challenges involved in finding and maintaining appropriate services and supports for those living with disabilities.
She now concentrates her law practice in the areas of establishing and administering trusts, including special and supplemental needs trusts, guardianship and conservatorship, estate planning and probate, planning for incapacity, and advising and assisting her clients with government benefit eligibility including Medical Assistance and other available programs for persons with disabilities and seniors.
Ms. Guzmán frequently speaks to community groups on special and supplemental needs trusts, guardianship and conservatorship, elder law, and estate and long term care planning. She also presents on these topics in continuing legal education courses for attorneys.
Ms. Guzmán is a 1998 magna cum laude graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and received her B.A.summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in 1995. Ms. Guzmán was also employed as an adjunct professor in clinical programs at William Mitchell College of Law from 1999 to 2011.
Ms. Guzmán received the prestigious Mary Alice Gooderl Award from the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2009 for her contribution to the practice of elder law in Minnesota.
Ms. Guzmán currently serves on the Governing Council of the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and previously served two consecutive terms as Chair of the Council. She is a former appointed member of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Medicaid Advisory Committee and a former appointee by the Governor to serve on the Minnesota’s Early Intervention Committee (for persons with disabilities), for which she served as Chair for several years. Ms. Guzmán has also served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations that support persons with disabilities and their families, including Arc Minnesota and PACER Center.