Drew Blanton   ASSOCIATE

DREW BLANTON received his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 2002, with a concentration in Labor and Employment Law. He won the American Bar Association and Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. He received his B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Delaware in 1998, with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Philosophy. Mr. Blanton is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York . Following graduation from law school, he served for more than a decade as Staff Attorney, and later General Counsel, with Service Employees International Union, Local 200 United. His responsibilities included overseeing all legal aspects of the union. He negotiated dozens of collective bargaining agreements and represented the union in hundreds of arbitration/administrative hearings. Drew successfully argued cases before the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and Court of Appeals. He represented private, public, and federal sector employees; including many school district employees. Since joining the firm in 2015, Drew has represented our clients on a variety of labor and employment matters. He is an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association Education Law Committee. Drew was a co-presenter on the topic of "Pre-Employment Inquires and Employment Investigations" at the Nassau and Suffolk Academies of Law 2016 Annual School Law Conference.

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  • RESIDENCE INN PLAINVIEW, 9 GERHARD ROAD, PLAINVIEW, NY 11803

    Friday, October 19, 2018


    Jack Feldman will conduct a full-day seminar on "Developing a Bulletproof IEP." The program will cover IDEA and its regulations, as well as the New York State Regulations. It is important for those working in special education to keep up to date with procedures for conducting a CSE meeting and developing a defensible, bulletproof IEP. This seminar aims to provide a comprehensive, one-day approach to the impact of IDEA on New York Special Education Law, for those working within the education system. Administrators, board members, regular and special educators, related service providers, counselors, psychologists, and social workers will find this seminar invaluable and are encouraged to attend. The seminar is sponsored by PESI. The seminar will also cover discipline for students with disabilities, including a discussion about the standards to be applied in manifestation determinations and when and why FBAs should be conducted and BIPs developed and reviewed. The seminar will also cover initial referrals, evaluations, medical diagnoses, classification and more. For additional information visit www.PESI.com.

  • October 26, 2018

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 25-27, 2018. Ms. Jacobson will present on the topic of “Student Residency, Undocumented Students and Homelessness.” The audience for this presentation will be school board members, school administrators and school attorneys from throughout the State of New York. . For additional information visit WWW.NYSSBA.ORG.

  • October 26, 2018

    Jacob Feldman, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 25-27, 2018. Mr. Feldman will present on the topic of “Special Education - An Ever Changing Landscape.” The audience for this presentation will be school board members, school administrators and school attorneys from throughout the State of New York. For additional information visit WWW.NYSSBA.ORG.


  • RECENT EVENTS
  • June 15, 2018

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., and Timothy M. Mahoney, Esq., presented “Applying Special Education Law to Everyday Issues” on June 15, 2018, the second day of a two-day event, for the National Business Institute. Mr. Feldman presented on preparing for and testifying at due process hearings. Mr. Mahoney presented on prior written notices, behavioral issues, and student discipline. The workshop was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Plainview, 333 South Service Road, Plainview, NY 11803. For further information please visit www.nbi-sems.com.



  • Christie Jacobson, Esq., to Present at Annual Law Conference

    June 1, 2018

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., presented at the New York State Association of School Attorneys 18th Annual School Attorney Law Conference, held on June 1-3, 2018. Ms. Jacobson presented on the topic of “Student Enrollment: Practical and Legal Challenges Involved in Verifying Resident Students.” The audience for this presentation were school attorneys from throughout the State of New York.



  • Christie Jacobson, Esq., to Present on Free Speech Rights

    March 27, 2018

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., recently presented “The Contours of Student Free Speech Rights” on March 27, 2018 at the New York State School Boards Association’s 2018 Policy Workshop. The workshop was held at the Holiday Inn Plainview, 215 Sunnyside Boulevard, Plainview, NY 11803. For further information please visit www.nyssba.org.



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    Friday, January 19, 2018

    • Special Education Presentation
    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq.



  • LIASEA Conference

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    The Impact on IEP Development of the Supreme Court Decision in Endrew F. and the Second Circuit Decision in T.K.
    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq. For more information visit www.liasea.org.



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