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Advocates & Attorneys

LAURA A. ATHENS (Attorney & Mediator)
25542 Ranchwood Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Phone: 248.426.8800
Fax: 248.426.8803
Email: lathens@mi.rr.com
Practice Areas: Special Education, education law, school discipline, civil rights
Geographical Area: Michigan


DEBORA BLAKE, J.D. (Advocate & former IHO/ALJ)
ACCESS Education
Address 1:
2531 Jackson Ave., Suite 219
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Address 2:
3105 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Suite 352
Lansing, MI 48910

Address 3:
Post Office Box 422
Plainwell, MI 49080

Phone: 888.834.4340
Email: deborablake@aol.com
Website: www.accesseducationmi.com
Practice Areas: Education/Special Education, Section 504/ADA, Behavior Assessments/Positive Behavior Support Plans, Disciplinary Issues.

Additional Information: Proactive, professional advocacy provided by a former administrative law judge and special education hearing oficer to ensure that students obtain the educational services and supports to which they are entitled.
Geographical Area:
Southeast Michigan
, Southwest MI (Greater Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Central MI (greater Lansing/Jackson areas)

JOHN BROWER (Attorney)
Law Office of John F. Brower, PLC
335 Brighton Lake Road, Suite A
Brighton, MI 48116

Phone: 810.227.9797
Email: jbrower@michedlawcenter.com
Website: www.michedlawcenter.com
Practice Areas: Special Education, student discipline, Section 504/ADA
Geographical Area: Michigan


Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc.
4095 Legacy Parkway Ste. 500
Lansing, MI 48911

Phone: 517.487.1755
Email: cgrant@mpas.org
Practice Areas: Special Education, Section 504


Marcie Lipsitt LLC
27260 Willowgreen Ct.
Franklin, MI 48025

Phone: 248-514-2101
Email: marcielipsitt@outlook.com
Practice Areas: Special education advocacy. I received my COPAA certification in advanced advocacy and was in the first cohort of the SEAT training. I have gone through the Williamand Mary ISEA advocacy training and spent thousands of hours in training that continues. I am knowledgeable in all 13 areas of IDEA eligibility and Section 504.
Geographical Area: State of Michigan


Kids First Advocacy
5085 Lake Bluff Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Phone: 248-890-0584
Email: carla@kidsfirstadvocacy.com
Practice Areas: Carla Baker Marymee is an IEP special education expert, advocate, and consultant who partners with parents to support their children with learning challenges. The owner of Kids First Advocacy, her 16 years of experience includes advocating for children with autism, ADD, ADHD, developmental delays, emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, and speech and language impairments. From preschool to college, she provides expert guidance to assist parents in making positive decisions proactively to assist their children and young adults, maximizing successful outcomes at home, in school, and in their communities.
Geographical Area: School districts throughout the Metropolitan Detroit Area, Wayne County, and Macomb.


PO Box 275
Troy, MI 48099

Phone: 248.641.3072
Email: louanntompkins@aol.com
Practice Areas: Educational and Juvenile law (including criminal)
Geographical Area: Southeastern Michigan


Children's Advocacy Resource for Education
2442 Ramblewood Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Phone: 269.270.1278
Email: kristin@kristintotten.com
Practice Areas: Special Education, 504, School Behavior issues
Geographical Area: Southwest Michigan


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