Joseph Lilly   PARTNER

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 from 1992 to 1996, where he prosecuted numerous criminal cases involving a variety of criminal charges. In 1997, Joe entered private practice in Melville, New York, where he worked on behalf of a number of insurance carriers investigating and litigating cases involving insurance fraud, and defended personal injury law suits. From 1999 until 2008, Joe maintained a solo practice, working in the area of criminal defense. He has tried many cases in both the criminal and civil courts. Joe joined Frazer & Feldman, LLP in 2008 and became a Partner in 2018. Joe has handled a wide variety of cases involving student discipline, student residency issues, staff discipline and general litigation. Joe conducts more then 100 student discipline hearings a year and has successfully handled the defense of numerous appeals of discipline matters to the Commissioner of Education. Joe also counsels our school district clients at manifestation determinations. Joe has co-authored with partner, Laura Ferrugiari, an article published in the Nassau Lawyer, the Nassau County Bar Association monthly newsletter, entitled “Executive Sessions and the Open Meetings Law” (November 2014). On March 23, 2017, Joe, along with Tim Mahoney, presented a speech to the Education Law Committee on “DASA, FAPE and TK: the Acronyms of Bullying”. Joe has also co-authored with associate Nicole Donatich, an article published in On Board, a publication of the New York State School Boards Association, entitled “Reasonable Suspicion Must Precede Cellphone Search” (October 2017).

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  • UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Friday, April 8, 2022
    10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    2022 Annual School Law Conference
    Sponsored by the Education Law Committees of Suffolk and Nassau County Bar Associations
    As well as the Suffolk & Nassau Academies of Law


    Speakers:
    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP
    Christie Jacobson, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP
    Joseph Lilly, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP
    Dennis O’Brien, Esq., Frazer & Feldman, LLP

    Topics will include: “Deal or No Deal” - Disciplinary Proceedings in Cyberspace; Special Education “Jeopardy!” – Navigating the Perils of Spe-cial Education Ethics One Question at Time; and “Let’s Make a Deal” – Negotiating in the Post Pandemic.




  • RECENT EVENTS
  • March 30, 2022
    Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) Training Seminar


    Christie R. Jacobson held a client training seminar on the New York State Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) for all school board members, Superintendents of Schools, interested school administrators, Records Access Officers, FOIL Appeals Officers, and district clerks. For more information, please go to the Client Memoranda tab of our website for a recording of the seminar.



  • February 11, 2022
    On-Line Seminar
    9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop


    Jack Feldman will be presenting a seminar on the IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues and Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs. The seminar will address IDEA evaluation report essentials; IEP Meetings; creating measurable IEP goals and progress requirements; who should receive a copy of IEPs and what form should it be; and what to do when IEPs aren’t working. For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com.



  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    Webinar: Social Media Ethics for School Attorneys
    When lawyers use social media, what ethical rules apply? And how?

    Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
    Price: $110 per person


    Christie R. Jacobson will co-present a seminar on the topic of school attorneys and their law firms are using social media platforms such as LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter to connect with both current and prospective clients. However, as with all other forms of attorney advertising, they must remain mindful of potentially serious ethical implications. For example, Rule 7.1 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct governs attorney and law firm advertisements, including content published on the Internet and via social media. This webinar will review the rules governing social media ethics and their application to attorneys who practice education law. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.nysasa.org.



  • December 9, 2021
    On-Line Seminar
    9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    New York Special Education Law


    Jack Feldman will be presenting a seminar on Special Education Law in New York. The seminar will address the increasing number of students qualifying for special education services. Professionals working with special needs children know that an understanding of special education law is crucial. You need to know the law in order to deal with complex questions that arise on a regular basis. Who pays when a special needs child is placed in private schooling at the parents' election? How can a school create the least restrictive environment and promote inclusion to the best interests of all students? It can be costly if you don't know. For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com.





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