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 criminal 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 section 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

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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

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