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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  • 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.


  • 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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