Advocates & Attorneys
ADRIENNE ARKONTAKY (Attorney)
Cuddy Law Firm
50 Main Street, Suite 1000
White Plains, NY 10606
Practice Areas: Special needs planning, special education advocacy and litigation, guardianship, SSI and SSDI and Medicaid, OPWDD appeals and Special Needs Trust administration.
Geographical Areas: New York City, Westchester County, Dutchess County
LAUREN A. BAUM (Attorney)
Law Offices of Lauren A. Baum, P.C.
307 East 53rd Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10022
Practice Areas: Special Education
Geographical Areas: New York
JESSICA BAUMANN (Advocate)
1961 Route 6
Carmel, NY 10512
Areas of Practice: Special Education Advocates serving Putnam, Westchester and lower Dutchess Counties.
SANDRA BLUMENREICH (Advocate)
Sandra Blumenreich and Associates, LLC.
P.O. Box 243
Pamona, NY 10970
Areas of Practice: I work with students and families to obtain services through their school districts. IEP/CSE/504/Manifestation Meetings. Will work with families with students with all disabilities.
Geographical Area: New York: Lower and Mid-Hudson Valleys, New York City
JACQUELYN BONOMO (Learning Diabilities Specialist)
Jacquelyn Bonomo, Ed.D.
310 East 51 Street, Apt.3
New York, New York 10022
Areas of Practice: Remediation in reading and writing for learning disabled individuals of all ages, school age, college, postgraduate, adults. Dyslexia, Receptive/Expressive Language, NLD. Over 25 years experience. Diagnostic services also available.
Geographical Area: New York City
NICOLE BOVELL (Advocate)
Beyond Special Education
475 Avenel Street
Avenel, NJ 07001
Areas of Practice: Nicole Bovell is a former special education teacher providing special needs advocacy and consulting to help parents navigate through the special education process. She assists with developing appropriate IEPs and 504 plans through educational and transitional planning, supporting parents though the complexities of special education advocacy, researching services to prepare for IEP meetings and mending relationships between school districts. She works with all areas of special education and all disabilities.
Geographical Area: Located in Central New Jersey, but will travel throughout New Jersey and NYC area.
LISA M BROWN (Advocate)
229 Mill Road
Holbrook, NY 11741
Areas of Practice: Certified Students With Disabilities Birth through Grade Two. Certified Students With Disabilities Grades One Through Six. Certified Elementary Education Nursery Through Grade Six. Twenty five years of experience teaching and advocating for families who are experiencing difficulty navigating appropriate services.
Geographical Area: Long Island, New York
HEATH BURCH, CFP (Special Needs Family Planning)
The Special Needs Planning Center
1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy., Suite 110
Kansas City, MO 64116
Areas of Practice: We are a family and financial planning firm exclusively serving families with special needs by helping coordinate their legal and financial plans. Issues we address with families include guardianship, social security education, special needs trust direction and continuity of care planning.
Geographical Area: Kansas City - Las Vegas - New York - Topeka - Dallas
BETSY COMBIER (Advocate)
315 E 65th St Apt 4C
New York, NY 10065-6849
Areas of Practice: Assist parents, guardians, interested parties in resolving problems with obtaining service providers, appropriate technology, private schools; represent at due process hearings (Impartial Hearings) and IEP Review meetings; assist in writing letters to obtain all of the above.
Geographical Areas: New York City
ANDREW CUDDY (Attorney)
Law Office of Andrew K. Cuddy
5693 South Street Road
Auburn, NY 13021
Areas of Practice: Special education litigation, special needs planning, guardianship, OPWDD, special needs trust
Geographical Areas: State of New York
LYNN DALTON (Advocate)
On With Learning, LLC
802 Orchard Hill Lane
Brewster, NY 10509
Areas of Practice: On With Learning provides special education consulting and advocacy services to guide parents through the complex special education process and to develop effective individualized education plans with critical accommodations and support for their child. Creating a collaborative team, On With Learning turns student frustration and failure into meaningful success in school. Areas of expertise include autism, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and nonverbal learning disorder.
Geographical Areas: New York, Connecticut, Northern New Jersey, Western Massachusetts
ADAM DAYAN (Attorney)
Law Offices of Adam Dayan
100 Church Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Areas of Practice: Education Law, Special Education Law, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship.
Geographical Areas: New York; New Jersey
CARMINE DEPALMA (Advocate)
475 Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Cell Phone: 914.282.7780
Areas of Practice: Special Education advocacy regarding autism, apraxia, emotional disturbance, suspensions... you name it.
Geographical Areas: Westchester County, Northern. Will not advocate in Chappaqua NY
BARBARA EBENSTEIN (Attorney)
Law Office of Barbara J. Ebenstein
53 Pengilly Drive
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Areas of Practice: Over twenty years of experience in special education, including CSE and Section 504 meetings, impartial hearings, and federal court; school discipline, harassment and bullying; transition to adult services; post-secondary and college issues, adult disability cases.
Geographical Areas: New York State
KAREN EDLER (Attorney)
Price, Meese, Shulman & D'Arminio, P.C.
50 Tice Blvd, Suite 380
Mack-Cali Corporate Center
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
Cell Phone: 201.321.7119
Areas of Practice: Karen Edler leads Price, Meese, Shulman & D'Arminio, P.C.'s Disability & Education Law Group. Ms. Edler has eighteen years of experience in the field of special education law, advocating for parents in connection with obtaining a free, appropriate public education for their children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). Ms. Edler and the firm's special education paralegal and parent advocate, Michelle Krone, provide a wide range of services to parents in including obtaining appropriate educational services from school districts, reviewing Individual Education Plans (“IEP”) and Section 504 Plans. We represent any student with educational issues including handling school disciplinary matters and board hearings through all levels of education. We also provide special needs planning, including the preparation of Special Needs Trusts and guardianship applications.
Geographical Area: New Jersey, New York
TRIESHA EDWARDS (Advocates)
Open Doors Educational Advocates
4 Christopher Ave
Highland, NY 12528
Areas of Practice: Open Doors Educational Advocates are committed to working with both families and school districts as a team, in an environment of cooperation, not animosity. We work to ensure that teachers, administrators, service providers, and families have the same goal in mind--your child's educational success. Our staff has over 20 years experience in the field of special education as teachers, counselors, and administrators. We understand the system from the inside, so we know what students are entitled to and what school districts are able to provide. We use this knowledge to create a positive relationship between families and the CSE.
Geographical Areas: Hudson Valley; Orange, Ulster, Dutchess Counties
PATRICIA EXMAN (Advocate)
24 Main Street
Highland, NY 12528
DEBORAH EZBITSKI (Attorney)
The Law Offices of Deborah A. Ezbitski
500 Mamaroneck Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
Practice Areas:Practice dedicated to couseling and representing families with children who have special education or disability-related education needs, including those with Specific Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and students designated twice-exceptional as gifted and learning disabled.
Geographical Area: Metro New York area
EXCEPTION CHILDREN CONSULTANTS, LLC (Advocate)
Exceptional Children Consultants, LLC
Areas of Practice: Exceptional Children Consultants, LLC is a premier Long Island based educational consultation firm specializing in the needs of students with disabilities who attend K-12 public and private schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. We provide advisement services to parents and/or guardians of children who require Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) or 504 Plans. Whether your child is at the initial stages of a special education referral, due for an upcoming re-evaluation or annual review, or preparing for the transition from high school to college, Exceptional Children Consultants will provide expert advice to guide you through the confusing requirements and jargon of the special education world.
Geographical Areas: Long Island, New York: Suffolk and Nassau counties
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MARTIN FRIEDMUTTER, Psy.D. (Pyschologist)
Westchester Psychological Testing Center
1088 Central Park Ave, Suite 224
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Areas of Practice: At Westchester Psychological Testing Center we evaluate if an individual has a Learning Disability, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism. We Offer Psychological, Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological evaluations. We can determine what specific accommodations and or special education services are appropriate in order for the individual to thrive. We can also assist parents at IEP and 504 meetings.
Geographical Areas: Westchester, Connecticut and Long Island
NICOLE GARCIA (Advocate)
Littman Krooks LLP
399 Knollwood Road
White Plains, NY 10603
Areas of Practice: Special Education Advocacy, Special Education Litigation, Transition Planning and Advocacy, School Discipline Matters, and Private School Tuition Reimbursement.
Geographical Areas: Westchester, Putnam, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island.
BRIAN GOLDMAN (Advocate)
Goldman & Maurer, LLP
475 Northern Blvd., Suite 24
Great Neck, NY 11021
Geographical Areas: Education Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate & Matrimonial Law
MARY K. GRANT
1400 Plymouth Av. S., Apt. 414
Rochester, NY 14611
Practice Areas: I am a certified teacher of the disabled, well seasoned and experienced in handling IEP's, meetings with all school professionals on the CSE Team, and advocating for the disabled, with special expertise in the educational needs of the deaf or hard of hearing.
Geographical Area: Western New York State
(New York Special Needs Consulting)
305 Battery Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Geographical Areas: Serving the five boroughs of NY and beyond.
LISA ISAACS (Attorney)
Law Office of Lisa Isaacs
2108 Yardley Road
Yardley, PA 19067
Practice Areas: Special Education and Disability Rights, Family Law, Mediation
Geographical Area: New York City, Southeastern Pennsylvania
TERRY KALB (Advocate)
Special Child Advocacy
21 Barnes Rd
Wading River, NY 11792
Areas of Practice: Newly retired Eastern Suffolk BOCES teacher with 30+ years of experience in developing appropriately challenging IEP's, academic/behavioral evaluation and assessments, advocating for mainstream, inclusion or small class placements, persuasive rationale for needed assistive technology devices and equipment, adapted curricula, differentiated instruction, testing modifications, and support services. I have attended hundreds of CSE meetings in Suffolk County school districts, successfully advocating for a highly diverse group of students with special needs- i.e. Asperger's syndrome, autism, social/emotional disorders, learning and processing disabilities, dysgraphia and cognitive impairment. Experience with children ranging in age from infancy through ninth grade. The Common Core must not trump the IEP in meeting a child's educational needs.
Geographical Area: Eastern and Central Suffolk County NY
BERYL KAUFMAN (Advocate)
CACLD - Connecticut Association for Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities
25 Van Zant Street, Suite 15-5
E. Norwalk, CT 06855
Areas of Practice: CACLD has Educational Advocates including a retired school psychologist and a special education attorney who can help you. As advocates, our services include consultations, review of records, helping parents understand evaluations, attending PPT meetings and more.
Geographical Area: Connecticut and Westchester County, NY
HOPE KIRSCH (Attorney)
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC
8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 250
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Areas of Practice: IEPs, special education legal advocacy, Due Process, restraint & seclusion, bullying
Geographical Areas: Arizona, all counties
Former special education teacher and school administrator (18 years), Arizona Certified Special Eduation teacher (Emotional Disabilities, grades K-12), Masters Degree in Special Education, licensed attorney in NY, NJ and AZ
LORI KIRSCH (Attorney)
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC
8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 250
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Areas of Practice: Special education law and legal advocacy (all aspects including IEPs, due process complaints and hearings, resolutions, discipline matters involving suspensions and expulsions).
Geographical Areas: Arizona
As the mother of a teenager who is on the spectrum and has cerebral palsy, I have been advocating for my son and can help you advocate for your child. I have been an attorney since 1987 and am licenses in NY, NJ and Arizona.
MICHELE KULE-KORGOOD (Attorney)
Kule-Korgood, Roff & Associates, PLLC
118-35 Queens Boulevard, 17th floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Practice Areas: Special education
Geographical Areas: New York
CARLA LEONE (Attorney)
Carla C. Leone, Esq.
329 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 5
Lexington, MA 02420
Practice Areas: Attorney Leone advocates for the unique educational needs of children aged three to twenty-one, pursuant to IDEA, 2004 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A strong advocate for children, her success rests on the broad perspective she has gained from being both an experienced litigator and a parent of a child with disabilities. She brings a collaborative approach to IEP Team Meetings, in order to try to avoid the necessity of pursuing litigation. However, she is equally prepared to litigate in the courtroom, if a dispute cannot be resolved at the Team level.
Geographical Area: Massachusetts, New York
SCOTT LIMMER (Attorney)
The Law Offices of Scott J. Limmer
200 Old Country Road
Suite 2 South
Mineola, NY 11501
Practice Areas: Many children have special needs and require special services that must be accommodated by your school district. Unfortunately, dealing with your child's school can sometimes be overwhelming and even intimidating.
From legal advocacy to representation in court, we are dedicated to protecting your child's right to a quality education. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through all the legal intricacies of Special Education Law. We can help you fight for the rights of your child.
Geographical Areas: Long Island and New York City
Research Options Support Education
10 June Road
Newburgh, NY 12550
Practice Areas: Helping Parents /Guardians understanding their Children's Educational Rights.
To work with the parents/Guardians in studying the IEP and the programs that is appropriate for their child. An in between for the parent /guardian before looking for a legal action against the school district .
Reviewing and organizing educational materials and identify where further research is needed.
Geographical Areas: To assist families in Orange NY Ulster NY and Putnam NY counties
SUSAN LUGER, LCSW (Advocate)
Susan Luger Associates
155 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Practice Areas: Our special education adv0ocacy firm assists parents of children with special needs in identifying appropriate services for their child and obtaining those services from their school district. Our advocates and affiliated attorneys support you through the entire special education process.
Geographical Areas: Greater New York Area
MEREDITH MADON (Attorney)
Law Offices of Meredith Madon
260 Madison Avenue, 17th floor
New York, NY 10016
Practice Areas: The Law Offices of Meredith I. Madon provides legal representation and educational consulting to parents of students with special needs.
During the course of representation, the Law Offices of Meredith I. Madon may do the following in an attempt to secure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with special needs:
* File for, and represent clients at, impartial hearings
* Represent clients at resolution sessions
* Represent clients at IEP meetings
* Serve as a legal consultant on issues relating to special education
Geographical Areas: New York
JAMIE MATTICE (Attorney)
Law Office of Jamie Mattice, LLC
PO Box 116
Brookfield, CT 06804
Areas of Practice: For several years, I have represented children with special needs and their parents at Planning and Placement Team and Committee on Special Education meetings, due process hearings and subsequent appeals, to attain a free, appropriate public education. I also represent children in disciplinary and bullying matters and for special needs planning.
Geographical Area: Connecticut and New York.
GILBERT MCMAHON (Attorney)
McMAHON ADVOCACY GROUP
33 Highland View Road
Mahopac, NY 10541
Practice Areas: Special Education, CSE meetings, Special Education Litigation,Personal Injury Litigation for Special Needs Children, Guarianship and Special Needs Trusts.
Geographical Areas: NYC, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland , Orange, Dutchess and surrounding areas.
ILENE MILLER (Advocate)
Ilene B. Miller, M.S. Ed. Psychological and Educational Services
228 East Route 59, #325
Nanuet, NY 10954
Practice Areas: My belief is that ALL children deserve the same chance.
I am well aware of the disconnect between the support services a child needs and what services they are actually receiving (if any). If you don’t know what to do or where to turn, it’s time to contact me. Working as a special education advocate for the past 17 years, I successfully secure support services on a regular basis for all kinds of children. Prior to advocating, I taught pre-school, 2nd and 4th grade.
It can be time consuming, frustrating and downright exhaustive. Because of my tenacity, expertise and genuine interest in getting each child what they are entitled to, I can proudly say my clients’ kids have thrived both in school and in life.
How I Advocate:
-Develop appropriate IEP and 504 Plans
-Recommend accommodations, modifications and related services
-Attend school meetings
-Perform observations of the child in school and at home
-Monitor at-home services to ensure that they are being performed correctly and that the professional is a “correct fit” for the child
-Work with the child outside school to improve behavioral issues
-Coach the family on how to address everything above
They did not ask to be born with these disabilities and it is our duty to provide them with all the services and help that is available so they can grow and flourish and reach each milestone with dignity and grace. Don’t rob them of the chance of a productive life.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Psychology and Education, respectively.
If you’re at the point of hiring an advocate, hire one with a pristine track record like myself. This isn’t just a job, it’s my PASSION to see your child succeed.
Geographical Areas: New Jersey (Monmouth County and above), Manhattan, Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties
SUZANNE MYRON (Attorney)
Law Office of Suzanne Myron
7669 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797
Practice Areas: Discipline, Residency, IDEA and 504 Hearings and Appeals
Geographical Areas: Long Island, New York City
RENATA NISENBAUM (Advocate)
60 Devon Road
Bethpage, NY 11714
Practice Areas: Retired Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Psychologist with 30+ years of experience attending and chairing CSE meetings. My extensive experience has made me knowledgeable about what students are entitled to and what school districts are able to provide.
Geographical Areas: Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island
PIPER A. PAUL (Attorney)
Law Office of Piper A. Paul, LLC
P.O. Box 126
Westport, CT 06881
Areas of Practice:Special education, manifestation hearings, expulsion hearings, criminal matters.
Geographical Area:Connecticut and New York
PATRICIA PAYNE (Advocate)
Phoenix Rising Educational Advocates
17 Warner Road
Fredon, NJ 07860
Areas of Practice: We specialize in special education advocacy and litigation. We strive to provide education and counsel to those navigating the varied aspects of special education.
Geographical Areas: NJ, NY, PA, and CT
JAY C. PLETCHER (Attorney)
Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP
70 Niagara Street, Suite 200
Buffalo, NY 14072
Areas of Practice: Special Education, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Section 504, Discrimination
Geographical Area: New York State and National representation
WILLIAM PORTA (Attorney)
The Law Office of William J. Porta
42 Maple Ave
Hamilton, NY 13346
Areas of Practice: Special Education Law
Geographical Area: New York State
WAYNE ROCK (Advocate)
Special Education Advocate
PO Box 2120
Greenport, NY 11994
Areas of Practice: Helping parents get the maximum amount of Speech & Language. Reading Programs for decoding and fluency. Discuss Assistive Technology and ipads and iphones.
Geographical Areas: Long Island, NYCDOE, Westchester and Rockland.
IRINA ROLLER (Attorney)
Law Offices of Irina Roller, PLLC
New York, NY 10006
Cell Phone: 212.688.1100
Areas of Practice: Special Education litigation, impartial hearings for tuition reimbursement and/or services, CSE meetings. We are dedicated working in this year, to ensure that families are able to identify and fund appropriate programs and placements best suited to meet their child's individualized needs. We guide families through the entire process.
Geographical Areas: New York City, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx.
BONNIE SCHINAGLE (Attorney)
Law Offices of Bonnie Spiro Schinagle
19 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Cell Phone: 516.387.5874
Areas of Practice: My practice uses the available legal tools to secure the educational placement your child needs. Services range from seeking private school tuition reimbursement, inclusion placements and compensatory education for related services,
Geographical Areas:Manhattan and the 5 boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and Southern Connecticut City
MICHELLE SIEGAL (Attorney)
Law Office of Michelle Siegel
379 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10014
Cell Phone: 646-530-2130
Areas of Practice: Special Education
Geographical Areas: New York City
RONALD E. STISKIN (Attorney)
Ronald E. Stiskin & Associates, P.C.
295 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Areas of Practice: Special Education Law and Disability Planning. My associates and I represent special needs children and their families in education law matters, advocating for appropriate services at the school district level and at administrative hearings and appeals. We also help families plan for the future, petitioning for guardianship and drafting supplemental needs trusts, wills, etc. to ensure that disabled family members will be properly cared for throughout their lives.
Geographical Areas: New York City metropolitan area, Rockland County
CHRISTINA THIVIERGE (Attorney)
Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C.
5 Hanover Square, Suite 1201
New York, NY 10004
Cell Phone: 646.413.3115
Areas of Practice: Thivierge & Rothberg, PC. is a law firm that focuses exclusively on the representation of children with disabilites through the special education process at all levels.
Geographical Areas: New York and New Jersey
LAWRENCE WEINBERG (Attorney)
Lawrence D. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, Doctor of Education
35 Underhill Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Areas of Practice: Special Education hearings, Special Education appeals, appeals to the New York State Commissioner of Education related to transportation, vaccinations, gifted and talented programs, and other educational issues.
Geographical Area: New York State, New Jersey
ILENE WEISS (Advocate)
Consulting, Advocacy & tutoring
28 Massachusetts Avenue
Congers, NY 10920
Areas of Practice: I was a Special Education teacher for 28 years and then became a CSE Chairperson. I have now retired from the school system, and started consulting and advocating for special needs students.
Geographical Area: Rockland County, NY