Jonathan Heidelberger   OF COUNSEL

JONATHAN HEIDELBERGER (Of Counsel) received his Juris Doctor from Cornell University Law School in 1973 and his B.A. from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences in 1970. He is admitted to practice law in New York and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Jon is certified by NYSED as a Special Education Impartial Hearing Officer and is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association. He became associated with the firm in July 2010 and has spent over 40 years actively engaged in every aspect of public school district representation. He has successfully represented school districts in countless rounds of collective bargaining, including mediation; fact finding and super conciliation; hearings and proceedings before PERB and other administrative agencies; negligence and civil rights defense in both state and federal court and before the EEOC, OCR, and SDHR; competitive bidding disputes; all types of appeals to the Commissioner; and certificated and non-certificated employee and student disciplinary proceedings. His depth of experience in the general practice of law has enabled him to develop a special expertise regarding real property law as it relates to school districts. As such, he has successfully negotiated and completed the acquisition, use, leasing, and disposition of numerous parcels of real property on behalf of his school district clients. He presents twice a year at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Clerks’ Workshop on such issues as elections, FOIL, Open Meetings, FERPA, and clerk’s responsibilities generally. He and Laura Ferrugiari also conduct our in-house school district election workshop for our district clerks, central office staff and board members. Having represented a number of public libraries over the years, he has also developed an expertise in the law as it relates to public libraries and their relationship with their local school districts. He also served as Village Attorney or Assistant Village Attorney for the villages of Asharoken and Northport for many years and is currently special counsel to the Northport Board of Zoning Appeals. In addition, Jon has maintained an active general practice serving private clients including one of the largest school bus transportation companies on Long Island.



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  • UPCOMING EVENTS
  • October 25, 2019
    Rochester Riverside Convention Center
    123 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 24-26, 2019. Ms. Jacobson will present on the topic of “Free Speech in the Era of Social Media.” 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
  • October 4, 2019
    IEPs and 504 Plan Legal Workshop

    On October 4, 2019, Jack Feldman and Timothy Mahoney presented a program on 504 plans on behalf of National Business Institute. 504 plans, like IEPs, are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. The seminar addressed key considerations for implementing IEPs, functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com.

  • August 19, 2019
    Live Teleconference 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., presented a Live Teleconference Seminar on “Sexual Harassment in Schools: Interpreting the Latest Legal Guidelines”. The program covered the latest school sexual harassment guidelines you need to know. How to determine critical Title IX protections for victims of sexual harassment; how to properly respond to and document allegations using the latest federal guidance; and how to handle delicate sexual violence allegations the right way. For more information please visit www.nbi-sems.com.

  • June 3, 2019
    Four Points by Sheraton Melville Long Island
    333 S Service Road
    Plainview, NY 11803

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq. and Timothy M. Mahoney, Esq., presented a seminar on “New York Special Education Law”. The program covered compliance with Special Education Laws to avoid liability; Strengthen knowledge of how recent special education legislation affects school policies and operation; Learning what to do and what not to do in 504 plans; Evaluating the legal protection offered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP); How to successfully handle disciplinary actions for students with disabilities; Exploring the role of manifestation determination reviewing the legality of disciplinary actions; and Understanding the rights of special needs students so as to avoid inadvertent illegal actions that may lead to a lawsuit. For further information please visit www.nbi-sems.com.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Hofstra University
    Hempstead, New York

    We are proud to announce that our partner Christie R. Jacobson was honored as one of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Women in Law at an awards dinner reception held on Monday April 22,2019. This recognition celebrates women who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. For more information please visit www.law.hofstra.edu/owl.

  • Friday, December 7, 2018

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., presented a seminar on “Special Education”.
    Christie Jacobson, Esq., presented a seminar on “The Non-Resident "Resident" Student”.
    Joseph Lilly, Esq., presented a seminar on “Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace”.
    Laura Dilimetin, Esq., presented a seminar on “School Safety”.
    For additional information visit www.nassaubar.org..



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