Laura A. Ferrugiari   PARTNER

LAURA A. FERRUGIARI received her Juris Doctor Degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1994 and her B.A. from Colgate University in 1989, where she studied Political Science and Russian Language. She was Notes and Comments Editor of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal, assisting in the creation and development of topics for future inclusion into the Journal. She is admitted to practice in the State Courts of New York, Federal Court in the Eastern District of New York as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She began working at our firm in November, 1993. Laura became a partner in the firm in January 2005. Laura handles a large number of special education matters, including impartial hearings and appeals, and attends Section 504 and CSE meetings, student discipline and manifestation determination hearings. Laura has successfully handled numerous employee discipline cases, and discrimination cases before the Office for Civil Rights, State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has handled special education trials in Federal District Court and has successfully defended numerous appeals to the Commissioner of Education, the SRO, the Appellate Division, Second Department, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. For the past 15 years, Laura has supervised all of our clients’ budget votes and school board elections. Laura has also been featured this year in New York Magazine’s “New York Women Leaders in the Law” 2016. Laura has co-authored with associate, Joe Lilly, an article published in the Nassau Lawyer, the Nassau County Bar Association monthly newsletter, entitled “Executive Sessions and the Open Meetings Law” (November 2014). Additionally, Laura has co-authored with associate, Timothy Mahoney, a number of articles published in the Nassau Lawyer including “Transgender Students in Schools: a Shifting Spectrum of Gender, Identity, Biology, and Expression” (August 2016) and “Permissible Drug Use: The Administration of Medication in the School Setting” (April 2016).



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

    Jacob S. Feldman, Esq., will present a Live Teleconference Seminar on “Sexual Harassment in Schools: Interpreting the Latest Legal Guidelines”. The program will cover 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.

  • 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
  • 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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