Robert C. Gerhard, III is an elder law specialist with the Montgomery County law offices of Gerhard & Gerhard, P.C. located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Attorney Gerhard specializes in elder law matters, helping his clients to protect assets from long-term care costs by qualifying them for Medicaid long-term care benefits.
Mr. Gerhard is author of the law treatise Pennsylvania Medicaid Long-Term Care 2021 (currently in its 17th Edition) and the Pennsylvania Medicaid Long-term Care Lawsource, both published by the George T. Bisel Company. He is a co-author of Pennsylvania Elder Law, Fifth Edition, which was published by the PBI Press in July 2019. He devotes his practice exclusively to elder law matters. Mr. Gerhard is certified as an elder law attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, one of few such specialists in Pennsylvania.
Robert C. Gerhard, III is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is an international organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors.
He served as chair of the Montgomery Bar Association's Elder Law Committee for over 15 years, and is past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Elder Law Section.
Mr. Gerhard is a member of the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council, Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is currently serving as president (2021) of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA) and is co-chair of the programming committee and chair of the nominating committee for that organization. Attorney Gerhard was recognized by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as "2019 PAELA Chapter Member of the Year."
Mr. Gerhard received his law degree (J.D.) from the Dickinson School of Law and earned his tax law degree (LL.M. Taxation) from the Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Gerhard served as law clerk to the Honorable Theodore S. Gutowicz in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court Division.
He has been honored with Martindale Hubbell's highest lawyer rating of "AV" for legal ability and ethics, and has been selected for inclusion in 2005 - 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® and Philadelphia's Best Lawyers® 2021 Edition in the field of elder law.
Mr. Gerhard is co-author and editor of the Montgomery County Elder Law Handbook, and is the 2019 editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Elder Law Section Newsletter.
Mr. Gerhard teaches numerous continuing education courses for attorneys and long-term care professionals, including Representing an Individual Entering a Nursing Home and the Do's and Don'ts of the Medicaid Application Process.
Robert C. Gerhard III received the Excellence in Elder Law Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Elder Law Section. The award recognized Gerhard for "superior professional efforts in the field of elder law, significant contributions to the legal profession and noteworthy service to the elderly.” The award was presented during the 17th Annual Elder Law Institute at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.
Gerhard is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, as approved by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and American Bar Association.