Recent Settlements

DISCLAIMER: I have provided zealous, efficient and effective representation to families of children with special needs for over 15 years.  Here are some of the successful outcomes I have achieved for my clients.  Please keep in mind that special education matters depend greatly on the facts of each individual case. The favorable results I achieved in the following decisions do not guarantee I will win the same results in your case. Please contact me to discuss the merits of your particular case.

 

OM v.                   School District (Chester County, February 2018).

OM suffers from ADHD, executive functioning deficits and learning disabilities. The District refused to offer him any specially designed instruction at public expense during the school day. Instead, OM’s teachers charged Parent up to $75 per hour to “tutor” OM after school. The District settled the matter. OM is now doing very well at Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) at District expense. The District also repaid Parents’ legal fees.

 

EB vs.                     School District (Lackawanna County, January 2018).

EB is a deaf child with significant learning disabilities. The District refused to provide EB with an interpreter so he could play sports, attend assemblies and the like. Parents retained my services. I successfully negotiated a private residential placement for EB at Katzenbach, New Jersey School for the Deaf, at District expense, including transportation and legal fees. EB is now thriving in Katzenbach’s deaf culture and making great progress in reading and writing.

 

LY v.                     School District (Chester County, October 2017).

LY is a high school student with ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety and post-concussion syndrome. As the work got harder, LY’s stress level spiked and her grades dropped. The District blamed LY for her own struggles. Parents retained my services. I negotiated a placement for LY at Delaware Valley Friends School at District expense, including transportation and legal fee reimbursement. LY is doing very well at DVFS and is back on track to go to college.

 

MK v.                      School District (Berks County, June 2017).

MK is a middle school student with a very slow processing speed and depression. Her problems worsened when she started in the District’s enormous middle school. Her teachers treated her as lazy and indifferent. Parents retained my services. I convinced the District to pay 90% of MK’s annual tuition at Janus School, including transportation and one-on-one support. MK is now thriving in Janus’ small school environment, where she receives the educational and emotional support she needs.

 

JB v. __________ School District (Montgomery County, December, 2016)

JB suffers from a mood dysregulation disorder, autism and learning disabilities. He frequently acted out in class and ran away from school. Instead of helping JB, the District regularly sent him to the nurse’s office and let him sleep most of the day. Not surprisingly, JB did not make meaningful educational progress. Parent retained my services, and I filed for due process. I convinced the District to fund JB’s placement at Pathway, a small private school for children with autism and serious emotional disturbance. In this new placement, JB has calmed down and is finally making meaningful progress.

 

CJS v. _________ School District (Berks County, October 2016)

CJS suffers from ADHD and significant academic underachievement. Despite this, the District refused to offer CJS any special education services. Parents retained my services. After just one meeting, the District agreed to offer CJS intensive, daily 1:1 Wilson Reading instruction and reimburse Parents’ attorney’s fees.

 

LB v. __________ School District (Dauphin County, August, 2016)

LB is in 4th grade but can only read at a 1st grade level. Despite this, the District kept LB in a regular classroom and offered him no significant specially designed instruction. When LB could not keep up, his teacher regularly belittled him in front of the class. I demanded an IEP meeting right away. The District agreed to transfer LB to another elementary school and provide him with intensive 1:1 reading instruction. They also reimbursed Parent’s attorney’s fees and set up an educational trust fund for LB, totaling approximately $18,000.

 

JS v. __________ School District (Dauphin County, August, 2016)

JS suffers from a hearing problem that makes her extremely sensitive to routine classroom sounds like coughing and foot tapping. She became anxious at school, and her grades plummeted. When the District refused to help, I filed for due process. Soon, the District agreed to buy JS a sound canceling device and pay for her hearing therapy. It made much needed classroom accommodations and reimbursed Parent’s attorney’s fees. JS is now doing much better in school.

 

CA v. __________ School District (York County, July, 2016)

CA is mentally gifted but suffers from severe learning disabilities and a speech/language impairment. When the District offered him no meaningful services, his grades suffered and he became school avoidant. Parents sought my help. I was able to negotiate a District-paid, long-term private school placement for CA without resorting to due process. CA is doing much better than he ever did in the District and can look forward to going to college.

 

IP v. __________ School District (Chester County, January, 2016)

Parent came to me because IP was struggling in reading and writing. I arranged an Independent Educational Evaluation which revealed she was years below grade level in both areas. When the District still would not help IP, I threatened due process. The District soon settled the case. It set up a large special education trust fund for IP and reimbursed Parent’s attorneys fees. The District is now offering IP Wilson Reading instruction. IP is doing much better in school.