Vinny, as most of his friends and clients call him, founded the Casiano Law Firm and the San Diego Elder Law and Estate Planning Firm in August of 2005 after leaving the firm of Sorem Patore and Casiano, LLP. Vinny is not your typical attorney. Although he graduated from one of the top tier law schools in the country -UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco- Vinny 's first career was navigating tankers as an officer in the Merchant Marine. Upon graduation from Hastings, Vinny decided to open up his own practice and immediately began to practice in the area of estate planning and probate. Early on Vinny realized that most estate planning attorneys failed to address elder care issues - such as diminished capacity, assistance with normal daily living activities, long-term care costs, financial and physical abuse and undue influence, to name a few. Seeing the need for compassionate attorneys and a firm that is interested in helping seniors and their families with these issues, Vinny developed an expertise in the areas that affect seniors the most. Over time Vinny has become an authority in Estate Planning, Medi-Cal planning, Elder Abuse, Probate and Trust Administration, Conservatorships, Special Need Trusts and Will and Trust Disputes. Vinny is a frequent lecturer to Attorneys, Professionals and the Public on these topics and devotes a great deal of time to serving the legal community. Vinny is former chair of the San Diego County Bar Association's Elder Law Section, a past fellow to the American Bar Association's Real Property Probate and Trust Section, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law Answers, the Academy of Special Needs Planners.