Recent Settlements

DISCLAIMER: I have provided zealous, efficient and effective representation to families of children with special needs for over 17 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.

 

ZR v. _________ School District (Luzerne County, January 2020)

ZR suffers from ADHD and learning disabilities. Sadly, his overworked teachers routinely ignored his IEP. One teacher even punished ZR in front of the entire class when he failed to answer questions correctly. Instead of offering ZR the support he needed, the District warehoused him in a one-size-fits-all special education class. Parent retained my services. I negotiated a large compensatory education settlement for Parent, which she plans to use for ZR's much-needed tutoring after she moves to a different District. The District also paid Parent’s attorney's fees.

 

CP v. _________ School District (Bucks County November 2019)

CP is a gifted child performing years above grade level. Unfortunately, in keeping with policy, the District refused to offer CP anything but a nondescript occasional pullout program. Parent retained my services. I convinced the District to skip CP an entire grade. CP is now thriving in a much more challenging educational environment.

 

SW v. _________ School District (Montgomery County, November 2019)

SW suffers from significant learning disabilities. By the start of 6th grade, he was reading on just a 3rd grade level. Citing staffing and funding shortages, the District refused to offer SW any meaningful instruction in reading or math at his unique level. Parent retained my services. I convinced the District to fund SW’s placement at Woodlynde School for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 school years, including transportation and attorney’s fee reimbursement. SW is now thriving in Woodlynde’s child-centered environment.

 

SA v. _________ School District (Dauphin County, August 2019)

SA was doing very well in his placement at Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) at District expense. He was making up the ground he failed to cover due to years of District neglect. Unfortunately, to save money, the District refused to pay S.A,'s senior year tuition at DVFS. Through my advocacy, the District not only funded S.A.'s tuition in full but also reimbursed Parents' considerable transportation expenses.

 

MG v. _________ School District (Chester County, July 2019)

MG suffers from profound learning disabilities. She was not making meaningful progress in her large classroom setting, with its one-size-fits-all instruction. Parents sought my services. I successfully negotiated a settlement under which the District paid MG's tuition and transportation at Centreville-Layton School, including attorney's fee reimbursement. MG is a much happier, successful child in her new placement.

 

AL v. _________ School District (York County June 2019)

AL suffers from autism, a speech and language impairment and learning disabilities. Despite his profound special needs, the District refused to offer him anything but an insignificant §504 plan. Parents retained my services. I successfully negotiated a settlement under which the District paid AL's tuition at the Janus School (including one on one services) for several years. The District also reimbursed my legal fees.

 

MH v. ________ School District (Delaware County, May 2019)

MH suffered from profound ADHD and learning disabilities. NG's teachers blamed NG for his own disabilities, demanding that he quote take responsibility" for his own education. District officials began targeting MG, even calling the police for minor acts of disobedience. Parents retain my services. I was able to engineer a settlement under which the district paid for students private placement at Centreville Layton School, including an expensive summer program. The District also reimburse Parents attorney's fees.

 

MB v. _________ School District (Montgomery County, April 2019)

MB suffers from learning disabilities and a seizure disorder. Unfortunately, MB's teacher regularly subjected him to ridicule and improper restraint in class. Parents came to me. Through my advocacy, the District agreed to fund MB's private school placement (including transportation) at AIM Academy during the 2019/2010 and 2020/21 school years. MB is now thriving in his small class, small school environment.

 

IP v. __________ School District (Chester County March 2019)

IP suffers from serious "double deficit dyslexia." She failed to make meaningful progress in the District for several years. Parent retain my services. I convinced the District to set aside a substantial trust fund so Parent could pay for IP's enrollment in a specialized private school, including transportation and legal fee reimbursement. IP is now doing much better than she ever did in the District.

 

KK v. ________ School District (Montgomery County, August 2018)

KK suffered from dyslexia and was years behind in school. Parents investigated placing KK at DVFS but could not afford the tuition there. Parents then retained my services. I negotiated a settlement under which the District paid a substantial portion of KK's tuition for the next three school years, including legal fees. KK is doing very well at DVFS.

 

FC v. ________ School District (Chester County, September 2018)

FC suffers from ADHD and significant learning disabilities. Even though he was functioning years below grade level, the District refused to offer him any meaningful specially designed instruction other than classroom modifications. I filed for due process. The District settled the case. It agreed to fund a high percentage of FC’s private school placement in a school for special needs children, including transportation. The District also agreed to reimburse Parents attorney’s fees.

 

SG v. _______ School District (Delaware County, September, 2018)

SG suffers from ADHD, a speech and language impairment and other disabilities. Despite his average intelligence, he was reading well below his grade level. SG was suffered ongoing bullying because of his learning differences. Parents retained my services, and I demanded due process. The District agreed to place SG in a superb private school for children with similar special needs. It also promised to provide Parents with much needed transportation reimbursement and reimburse attorney’s fees.

 

SA v. _______ School District (Dauphin County, June, 2018)

SA suffered from severe language-based learning disabilities and was years behind his educational peers. He had become school avoidant and suffered from low self-esteem. Parents retained my services. Instead of going to due process, the District settled the case. They agreed to pay for SA’s tuition, transportation and summer programming at an excellent private school on an ongoing basis. SA is now thriving in an appropriate educational environment.

 

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.