Joseph Lilly   ASSOCIATE

JOSEPH LILLY received his Juris Doctor Degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1992 and his B.A. from Fordham University in 1989. Upon graduation from law school, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. During his years as an Assistant District Attorney, Joe tried numerous cases involving a variety of criminal charges. After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Joe was an associate with a firm in Melville, New York, where he worked on behalf of a number of different insurance carriers investigating and litigating cases involving insurance fraud, and defending personal injury law suits. From 1999 until 2008, Joe maintained a private law practice, concentrating in the area of criminal defense. He became associated with the firm in 2008, and became a partner in July 2018. Joe handles a wide variety of cases, including Education Law §3020-a and Civil Service Law §75 employee discipline, student discipline, student residency issues, and general litigation. Joe has defended administrative appeals to the Commissioner of Education on matters involving student discipline and residency. Joe is a frequent speaker on topics including the obligations of public school districts related to student discipline, the Dignity for All Students Act, and student concussions. In November 2014, Joe authored an article entitled, “Executive Sessions and the Open Meetings Law,” which appeared in the Nassau County Bar Association newsletter. Joe also had an article featured in the October 2017 edition of On Board, the statewide newspaper published by the New York State School Boards Association (“NYSSBA”) entitled “Reasonable Suspicion Must Precede Cellphone Search.” Joe handled a matter before the Appellate Division, Second Department which established a school district’s right to discipline students for speech that is potentially disruptive.


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Events Calendar
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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”.
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