Clelia Pergola, CDP

Chief Operating Officer, Author and Caregiver Advocate


Clelia was instrumental in building the NJ Elder Law Center at Goldberg Law Group (NJELC) from the ground up by implementing a streamlined, procedures-based model for the elder care area. This process allows the attorneys and team members to accomplish their tasks efficiently without unnecessary distractions and stress. What this means for our clients is better results and friendlier service. Clelia has since translated these successful techniques into The Law Firm Revolution” a book she co-wrote with Barbara Mannino, on this new law firm model.

Clelia has also written a second book Life, Lessons, & Legacy which is the story of Clelia’s odyssey of self-discovery in the years following her grandmother Nonna Lidia’s death. While Clelia went through all the motions of a normal life and strived to project strength to those around her, internally, she was experiencing tremendous self-doubt. In reality, at many times, she was overtaken by self-recrimination about some of the decisions she had made about Nonna’s care during the years when Nonna’s dementia and physical atrophy were reaching new heights.

Clelia is passionate about helping caregivers rise above the frustrating and emotionally draining outcomes of caregiving responsibilities… women establish goals, manage the challenges of accomplishing them, and achieve balance in their lives… helping all these dedicated individuals become the best versions of themselves! Clelia is an Italian immigrant and was a caregiver to her Nonna & Nonno and has personally experienced the frustrations and challenges of the long-term care system. When not working, Clelia enjoys traveling to back to Italy to her family home, cooking, reading/learning about business, and spending time with her husband and sons, Dante Domenico and Gino Angelo.


2018 Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Top 25 Leading Woman Intrapreneur
2018 Boy Scouts of America Tribute to Women Award
2018 NJBIZ 40 Under 40
2019 NJBIZ Top 50 Women in Business
2021 NJ Business & Industry Association Executive of the Year
2022 Forbes & Fortune Magazine Extraordinary Women in Business
2023 NJBIZ Empowering Woman


Founding Member of Ragazzi: An Italian-American Business Owners Club
Member of the Passaic County Ethics Committee
Board Member of the Mental Health Association
Certified Dementia Practitioner
NJBIA Women Business Leaders Council
Morris County Chamber of Commerce
Alzheimer’s New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey
NJ Health Collaborative
Former Healthcare Association of New Jersey
Former Vistage and Toastmasters Member

She also hosts a podcast named What’s Your Legacy with Debbie Wolpov, CEO of Merx Payments, interviewing accomplished women and their journeys.


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