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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

A.S. v. __________ School District (Lancaster County, July 2015)

A.S. has from autism and a speech/language impairment. During her one year in the District, she received no meaningful support. Her speech remained unintelligible, her writing was at a beginner’s level and she was reading years below grade level. With my help, the District agreed to a substantial compensatory education award. Parents are using the money to pay for A.S.’ much needed one-on-one tutoring.

B.Y-H v.__________ School District (Lehigh County, June 2015)

B.Y-H suffers from low functioning autism and ADHD. For many years, the District kept him in an undifferentiated autistic support class. Without appropriate supports, B.Y-H’s educational, behavioral and self-help skills dropped. Parent enlisted my help. I convinced the District to pay for an out of District placement for B.Y-H, including transportation. I also obtained a considerable compensatory education trust fund for him. B.Y-H is now receiving the intensive, small group, skilled intervention he desperately needs.

W.F. v. _________ School District (Berks County, May 2015)

W.F. suffered from long-term educational deprivation in the District. Due to his profound dyslexia, he was years behind in reading, writing and math. Through my intervention, the District agreed to set up a special needs trust for W.F. in the amount of $35,000 and reimburse Parents’ attorney’s fees. W.F. is now receiving the one-on-one Orton-Gillingham reading instruction he desperately needs.

EK v. __________ School District (Delaware County, April, 2015)

EK is a very intelligent but suffers from severe anxiety and depression. When he struggled in high school, the District blamed his “poor attitude.” EK was on the verge of dropping out when Parents sought my help. I helped EK gain admission into a small private school for students like EK. I then negotiated a settlement under which the District is paying EK’s tuition and providing transportation. EK expects to graduate soon and attend college.

L.H. v. __________ School District (Montgomery County, March, 2015)

LH has above average educational abilities but suffers from behavioral issues. When she began exhibiting school avoidance, the District suspended her from school. Parents contacted me. I convinced the District to fund LH’s ongoing private placement at New Hope Academy, a small private school. L.H. is now receiving the emotional and behavioral support she needs to make meaningful progress.

D.L. v. __________ School District (Lancaster County, November, 2014).

D.L. has very superior intellectual ability but struggled with depression and an autistic spectrum disorder. D.L. also suffered from bullying in school and stopped attending school. Rather than help D.L., the District declared him a truant and repeatedly suspended him from school. Parents retained my services. I convinced the District to pay for D.L. to attend a private boarding school for students with similar skills and disabilities. The District also reimbursed Parents for my attorney’s fees.

T.G. v. ___________ School District (Delaware) (November, 2014).

As a result of my earlier intervention, the District paid for T.G. to attend a private school for autistic children during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 school year. T.G. did very well there. Unfortunately, to save money, the District insisted on placing T.G. in a substandard, in-District program for the 2014/15 school year. Through local counsel, I filed for due process. Just days before the first hearing, the District agreed to continue to fund 80% of T.G.’s private school tuition (plus full transportation) until he graduated. It also agreed to reimburse Parents for their attorney’s fees.

J.B. v. __________ School District (Dauphin County, August, 2014).

J.B. suffers from severe learning disabilities. For years, his guardian complained to the District that J.B. could not perform even basic addition and subtraction. By seventh grade, J.B. was reading it just a third-grade level. Still, the District took no meaningful action. J.B.’s guardian retained my services. I convinced the District to set up a special needs trust so that JB could attend the Janus School, a private school geared to children with learning disabilities. J.B. now receives the intensive reading and math instruction he desperately needs. The District also reimbursed the guardian for my attorneys fees.

 

J.A. v. __________ School District (Schuylkill County, June, 2014).

J.A. suffers from a severe speech/language impairment as well as significant emotional/ behavioral problems. Despite this, the District offered J.A. just 90 minutes of speech therapy per month. It never prepared a behavior plan to address his needs. Parents retained my services. With my efforts, the District set up a $20,000 special needs trust for J.A.’s benefit. J.A. may use the trust proceeds for any educational purpose until he reaches age 21 or graduates from high school. The District also reimbursed J.A.’s parents for my legal fees.

 

S.W. v. _______ School District (April,2013)

S.W. suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.  He suffered regular bullying in the District’s very large junior high school.  Eventually, S.W. refused to go to school.  Rather than help S.W., the District instituted truancy proceedings against Parents.  I filed for due process.  The District settled the case.  It agreed to pay for S.W. to attend New Hope Academy, a small private school, where he receives the behavioral and educational help he needs in a small, nurturing setting.  The District also paid for S.W.’s transportation and reimbursed Parents for their attorney’s fees.

 

J.A. v. _______ School District (March, 2013 and July, 2014)

This is a Delaware case where I represented Parents with the assistance of local counsel.  J.A. suffers from severe learning disabilities as well as a visual impairment.  Unfortunately, the district only offered her occasional OT and speech therapy.  I filed for due process.  The District settled the case.  It paid for J.A. to attend Centreville School for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 school years, including reimbursement, Extended School Year services, transportation and Parents’ attorneys fees.  J.A. made great progress and has returned to the District (with appropriate supports) for the 2014/15 school year.

 

T.G. v. _______ School District (January, 2013)

This is another Delaware case in which I represented Parents with the help of local counsel.  T.G. suffers from high functioning autism, specific learning disabilities and other special education needs.  Unfortunately, the District only offered him a regular education placement.  It then “modified” his grades to make it seem that he was doing well.  I filed for due process.  The District settled the case.  It agreed to pay for T.G. to attend Vanguard School for the 2013/14 school year.  It also provided T.G. with 200 hours of compensatory education, reimbursed Parents for Extended School Year services and paid Parents’ attorneys fees.