Special Education Advocate and Attorney
I have been a member of the State Bar of California for over 20 years. I grew up on New York and obtained my undergraduate degree at Boston University and Georgetown University Law Center to receive my Juris Doctorate Degree. I have practiced in corporate law, entertainment law, patent and trademark law, data privacy law and hospitality law.
My interest In Special Education law came about when my son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two years old. I spent the next several years as his personal advocate and attorney fighting to make sure that he received the services he needed. This experience made me realize that helping other children with disabilities get the services they needed was the best possible use of my law degree.
On most weekends, I can be found coaching soccer. I’ve been a youth soccer coach for over a decade and have had the honor of coaching three different all-star teams with both of my daughters.
I am a proud member of COPAA.
Just as each IEP must be individualized, each family I represent needs to have individualized representation based on your child’s specific situation and the services your child needs.
My preference is always to get involved as early as possible. It’s my belief that a well written IEP that delivers the services your child needs its worth its weight in gold. That’s why I strongly recommend contacting me well before your child’s next (or first) IEP so we can review the relevant details to come up with the appropriate goals and the services needed to achieve these goals. I believe that the best way to achieve these goals is to treat the IEP team with respect and collegiality. My initial approach is to collaborate with the IEP team and not be adversarial. I can be your pit bull if need be (I am a native New Yorker) but I’d rather be your golden retriever.
If we can’t come to an agreement with the IEP team, I will vigorously represent you and your child, whatever next steps we decide on, whether it’s a resolution hearing, mediation or a straight to a due process hearing. I can also help with Manifestation Determination Reviews, an appeal of the due process hearing or whatever else I can do to help.
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COVID-19 and Special Education: How You Can Help Your Child with Special Needs (4/22/20)
As we work our way through this crisis, the shutdown of the public school system looks like it will last months not days. As a result, most schools are switching […]read more
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