Special Education Law

A significant part of the firm's practice involves special education representation of our school district clients. Our approach is to create practical solutions to the many complex legal issues faced by special education administrators. Our services include providing legal counsel and guidance during all stages of the special education process, including brainstorming with special education administrators prior to CSE meetings regarding classification, placement and related services issues; review prior written notice in contested matters before they are sent to parents; attendance at CSE and CPSE meetings when parents are represented; attendance at resolution sessions; defense of districts' positions at impartial hearings, and in appeals to the Office of State Review, and state and federal courts. In addition, we provide extensive staff development to both regular education and special education staff to assist them in developing defensible IEPs. We believe this is a very effective way to help districts avoid situations which frequently lead to costly and time-consuming special education litigation, and at the same time, provide students with the special education services to which they are entitled.


Special Education Counsel Services


We provide special education counsel to districts where we are not general or labor counsel. As special counsel, we can offer our full array of special education legal services including Bulletproof IEP and 504 training for staff, attendance at CSE and 504 meetings, brainstorming with special education directors about potentially difficult or contentious cases, attendance at manifestation determination meetings, and representation at impartial hearings and appeals.

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Events Calendar
  • UPCOMING EVENTS
  • February 6, 2020
    Four Points by Sheraton, Melville
    Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide

    Jack Feldman and Timothy Mahoney will be presenting a seminar on IEPs, 504 plans, Manifestation Determinations Reviews and more on behalf of National Business Institute. Jack will discuss developing legally compliant IEP’s that benefit students, 504 plan eligibility and accommodation best practices. Timothy will discuss bullying and harassment and ensuring special needs students receive free and appropriate public education (FAPE), along with Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs). For additional information, please visit www.nbi-sems.com..


  • RECENT EVENTS
  • 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 www.nbi-sems.com.

  • 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 www.nbi-sems.com.

  • 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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