Keith J. Cornell is a cum laude graduate of Vermont Law School and received his B.A. from Swarthmore College. He is the Managing Partner of Cornell & Cornell in New City, NY, and has practiced law since 1987. Keith has a diverse and in-depth background representing technology companies, educational institutions, business clients, not-for-profits, and individuals. Keith's experience includes engaging in complex real estate transactions, Land Use Law, Planning and Zoning Law, and Labor and Employment Law. Keith’s primary area of focus for the last fifteen years has been Elder Law, which includes estate planning, estate administration, probate and Surrogate’s Court matters, trusts, special needs trusts, Medicaid and asset protection issues.
Keith is the longtime Village Attorney for the Village of South Nyack and served for many years as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Clarkstown handling the labor and employment matters.
Outside of work, Keith has strong community ties. He is a Commissioner of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, President of the Board of Trustees of Rockland Country Day School, and past President of the Arts Council of Rockland. Keith is a pillar of the legal community. He is a past President of the Rockland County Bar Association and is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, the Estate Planning Council of Rockland County and the Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Rockland County Bar Association. Keith has written and lectured on elder law, estate planning and legal ethics.
Keith comes from a long line of lawyers; two of Keith’s great-grandfathers were lawyers and his grandfather, Julien Cornell started his legal career in his father’s large firm in New York City and later practiced law in Orange County, New York.
Keith’s father, J. Martin Cornell, was a lawyer and a former president of the Bar Association. Martin Cornell was the Rockland County Attorney in the late 1960's and the chief architect of the county’s charter revision establishing the Rockland County Legislature, and the Office of the County Executive. Keith’s mother is Harriet D. Cornell, who has served on the Rockland County Legislature since 1984 and was the first female Chair of the Legislature and served nine terms as chair - the longest tenure as chair in the history of the Legislature.
Keith was raised in West Nyack and attended Clarkstown Schools. He lives in Valley Cottage with his wife, Carrie Steindorff, who is a public health official, his son Robin, a junior at Oberlin College and his son Skyler who is a senior in high school.