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
  • 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.

  • October 26, 2018

    Christie Jacobson, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 25-27, 2018. Ms. Jacobson will present on the topic of “Student Residency, Undocumented Students and Homelessness.” 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 26, 2018

    Jacob Feldman, Esq., will present at the New York State School Boards Association Annual School Law Conference held on October 25-27, 2018. Mr. Feldman will present on the topic of “Special Education - An Ever Changing Landscape.” 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 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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