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Next Generation: Kelly Barrett, elder law attorney and health care rights advocate

The next generation of behind-the-scenes movers and shakers is rising up with fresh passion, bounding energy and unbridled drive — without them, the "new Buffalo" wouldn't have begun to take hold. Whether they're shepherding along the Queen City's entrepreneurs, reimagining what it means to be a full-service marketing agency or coming up with creative ways to match superstar workers with the companies that need and deserve them, the next generation of leaders in their fields is coming up fast. Here is a look at one such standout; click here to see more.


As an attorney at the Center for Elder Law and Justice, Kelly Barrett has grown the firm's health care advocacy unit, representing vulnerable clients in appeals and grievances involving Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance companies.

Through her work, she has established herself as a leading advocate for health care rights in Western New York.

Just three years out of law school, she is already chairwoman of the Erie County Bar Association's Elder Law Committee. She's on the Steering Committee for Medicaid Matters NY, the largest Medicaid consumer advocacy coalition in the state. In her first year of legal practice, she enacted a major adjustment in health care law when she won a change in environmental modification under Medicaid Long Term Care in New York.

Barrett mentors students at the University at Buffalo's School of Law and serves as a mentor and coach for the American Bar Association Representation in Mediation competition.

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