Advocating for the rights of families of children with special education needs

Lori understands firsthand the plight of parents of children with special needs, and is passionate about empowering them with the knowledge of State and Federal laws so they too can obtain for their child the free appropriate public education promised by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

If you are the parent of a child with special needs, and are facing challenges and frustrations in dealing with your school district, call on Lori for compassionate legal counsel and zealous representation to assist you in advocating for your child to receive an appropriate education and services.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that secures special education services for children with disabilities. The law is meant to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that emphasizes special

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Landmark Cases in Special Education Law

In the United States legal system, judicial decisions play an important role in determining what a particular law means. This type of law is known as “case law” and is developed when courts are asked to resolve disputes that are occurring between two or more parties and must interpret what the law

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Due Process Procedure

Parents have the right to file a request for due process if they disagree with the school’s decision regarding their child. The IDEA includes rules of procedure for resolving disputes between parents and schools. A request for due process is the written document used to request mediation and/or a due process hearing in order to resolve a dispute related to the identification, evaluation, or educational program of a child with a disability, or the provision of a free, appropriate public education (FAPE).

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Client Testimonials

  • "During our son’s annual IEP meeting, it was obvious to us that something was not right. For years we assumed the District had our son’s interests at heart. We trusted the District and followed every suggestion they made. But this time we knew the accommodations offered were inadequate. The IEP Team insisted “the accommodations are appropriate” and stated such in a clear “take it or leave it" tone. We were shocked. It was like watching our house burn down and having the fire department say “all you can have is this garden hose.” My wife consulted friends and I looked online for guidance. The State guidebooks are of no help to the average parent, and the rules are too confusing for a layperson to follow correctly. We felt helpless and were overwhelmed by the complexities of the process. We had nearly lost any hope of challenging the school, and knew we needed help. We hired Lori who educated us as to the dispute resolution process, and explained that our son had been under served for many years. Unfortunately, it took a major problem for my wife and I to realize we should have sought help sooner. We understand that schools are under pressure to control their costs, homeowners do not enjoy property tax increases, parents of school children want the money spent where it most benefits their children, and the deck is stacked against the children who need special education services. As parents of a child with special needs, we had to fight for what the law entitled him to. Lori was the perfect person to help us with our fight. In addition to being an attorney, she is a mother who fought for her own child. We felt she understood our challenge in advocating for our son. She was compassionate, and explained everything in clear language we could understand. Lori also brought in a special education consultant to work with us, and to help control the costs of preparing for due process. We felt it added a teacher's “schoolhouse” perspective to Lori's “courthouse” perspective. It was interesting watching them volley “if we say ‘A’, they’ll say ‘B’” scenarios back and forth. With Lori’s assistance, we challenged our son's IEP before a Judge, and the school finally agreed to make the appropriate changes for our son. It wasn’t cheap, but it definitely paid for itself. We were extremely satisfied with the outcome. Any parent who is concerned their child is not receiving an appropriate education, and is willing to invest in their child's future, should call Lori. Even the most well-educated and well-meaning parents are not properly equipped to fight the school on their own."

    R.B. - Father of a child with ADHD, ODD and Mood Disorder

  • "It was great working with Lori, she helped us to feel at ease during a very difficult situation. She dealt with all of the complexities and filtered out all the chaos for us so we could just focus on our son. She moved everything along efficiently and quickly in order to ensure that our son was able to get the most effective learning environment in an appropriate time frame. My favorite thing about working with Lori was that she personalized everything for our son and our family. We were not simply a number to her. She handled our case with compassion and personalized service. Her knowledge of "the system" was impressive, and through her knowledge she was able to help educate us as well. I would recommend Lori to anyone with a special needs child. Even if you "think" your child is getting what they need, you might be surprised to find that they are entitled to much more. Children with special needs can be a very vulnerable group. They need great guidance and advocacy from people like Lori to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential."

    J.P. - Mother of a child with Autism

  • "It was a great experience working with Lori, she made what was a very difficult situation much more palatable. She was very understanding of what we were going through. Lori has an amazing grasp of the law and made it very easy for us to understand so we were able to make the best decisions. Lori is always accessible anytime time of day, and even the night. I could not imagine working with anyone else."

    J.Y. - father of a twice exceptional child with ODD and school avoidance

  • "The most passionate attorney you can find who will always have your best interests at heart."

    L.D. - former client

  • "Our school district presented an IEP to us that we could not agree on so we submitted a request for mediation through the NJ DOE. We never needed legal counsel before and we really didn’t know where to start so we started asking around and through a referral, we contacted Lori because we heard great things about her. When we met Lori at the initial consultation meeting, we knew that she was the one for us. She was full of knowledge and really knew the ins and outs of the law. She also had experience with dealing with child study teams on a personal level because she had to go through legal battles with her own school district. She really took the time to listen to our story and understood where we were coming from and what was important to us. She presented options and the pros and cons of going with each of the options presented. We felt like we were a team after meeting with her and could breathe again because she was going to guide us and help us through the ordeal. I have to say that we would not have had the same result at the mediation if it wasn’t for Lori. She went to the mediation very prepared and was a pro. The opposing counsel, child study team and mediator knew her from the past and knew that she would not back down and would take it to the next level if necessary. What we liked best about working with her is that she took the time to read the documentation that we provided and listened to us so that she could understand what our son was about and we felt that she really cared about the outcome and wanted the best for us."

    L.G. - mother of a child with communication impairment

  • “Lori's success in helping bring our issues to a satisfactory conclusion are a result of not only her in-depth expertise in Education Law, but also the fact that she has fought this battle on her own behalf, and knows firsthand the turmoil her clients are experiencing. Her guidance and representation is getting us what we were seeking to get our son the education he deserves.”

    K.A. & G.A. - parents of a child with autism

  • “Thank you so much for yesterday. I am so pleased with how things went [at mediation]. It has been a pleasure working with you and I feel so relieved that you are available to call upon as needed. I anticipate that this is a dance I may have to do with the district for awhile, especially since I have two boys in the system.”

    L.S. - mother of a child with dyslexia

  • “Lori is excellent and is one of the best special ed attorneys I have ever met. Before I met with Lori the first time, I had already sent her some documents, I was impressed when I sat down with her, she showed me that she understood my case. She was able to discuss with me on what I needed to do and gave me very good suggestions. I wish I have met her the first time I began advocating for my kids.”

    Anna - mother of a child with special needs

  • “Thank you for the meeting. I truly admire and appreciate your readiness and knowledge. I wish I had met with you last year or the year before. You are able to articulate better than I do on my daughter's deficits. In my previous settlement hearing, my attorney was with me, but I was alone in explaining to the ALJ what my daughter needs because my attorney said he didn't know. We parents need someone like you. Thanks again.”

    F.C. - mother of a child with special needs

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Latest News

We encourage parents to become informed about State and Federal laws that can affect their child’s right to receive a free appropriate public education, and their right to participate in development of the individualized education program.

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Special Education Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations

The ABCs of IEPs - special education acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations. It can all be a bit confusing. In the world of special education there are a lo
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Independent Educational Evaluation

Parents have the right to request an Independent Educational Evaluation at public expense to determine their child's special education needs.

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The Burden of Proof & The Burden of Production

The School District Bears the Burden of Proof and the Burden of Production in Special Education Disputes in New Jersey.

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