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JACOB S. FELDMAN is a founding partner in the Garden City law firm of Frazer & Feldman. He received his J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. degree (cum laude) from Brooklyn College. He is admitted to practice law in the state courts of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit and the Federal Circuit courts of Appeals, and the Southern and Eastern District courts of New York. Since 1987, he has served public school districts as general counsel. He has handled the defense of public school districts in major federal and state litigation involving civil rights, age, race, disability and sexual discrimination matters, sexual harassment complaints, special education matters, and appeals to the Appellate Division, First and Second departments, the New York State Court of Appeals and to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled the successful defense of dozens of impartial hearings and appeals to the SRO and federal courts on behalf of school districts. Mr. Feldman is a frequent speaker in various special education law programs, speaking on topics including "Developing a Bulletproof IEP," student discipline, preparation for and defense of impartial hearings and Section 504 in New York., conducted by the Nassau-Suffolk Academies of Law, NYSSBA, LIASEA, the Council of New York Special Education Administrators, St. John's University, and many school district clients. He is the author of "Read All About It," a monthly compilation of special education cases appearing in the "Attorney’s Corner" of Frontline's Directors' Website. He has been recognized annually by Pulse magazine as one of Long Island's Top Legal Eagles in the field of education law since 2010 and by New York Magazine as a Legal Leader - New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers annually since 2013.
BONNIE L. GORHAM is a partner with the law firm of Guercio & Guercio, LLP. Ms. Gorham currently provides advice and counsel to school districts in all areas of education law with a concentration in special education law. She represents school districts in litigation matters pending before state and federal courts and in state due process special education and other administrative hearings. Ms. Gorham is a member of the Education Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and is admitted to the bar in New York state, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her B.A. degree from Brooklyn College and her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law.
TIMOTHY MAHONEY is a partner in the law firm of Frazer & Feldman, where he practices in the areas of special education matters, including impartial hearings and appeals, and attends Section 504 and CSE meetings, student discipline, and manifestation determination hearings. Mr. Mahoney is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, as well as the Federal Court in the Eastern and Southern districts of New York. He received his J.D. degree from City University School of Law and his B.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
REBECCA SASSOUNI's practice consists entirely of representation of students of all ages in various school, college, and university settings. She consults with and represents families of students with special learning needs at CSE and in due process hearings. Ms. Sassouni also represents students facing disciplinary actions, such as suspension or academic probation, and in residency matters. She is one of a select cohort of IEP facilitators certified by New York State. She is a member of the New York Bar Association and the Nassau Bar Association. In December 2018, Ms. Sassouni was awarded Hofstra University's George M. Estabrook Foundation Distinguished Alumni award. In May 2017, she was elected to a three year term as a trustee of a school board in Nassau County. From 2014 through April 2017, she also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of a private day school with NYS accreditation. Ms. Sassouni received her bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University and her J.D. degree from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
LAUREN SCHNITZER is an attorney at Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, where she concentrates her practice on education, labor and municipal law, and civil litigation. She serves as general and labor counsel to the firm’s school district, BOCES, and other municipal clients and as special education counsel to school districts. She also represents management in public and private sector labor and employment matters, including workplace investigations, discipline, contract negotiations, and grievance arbitrations. Ms. Schnitzer represents public and private sector clients in all phases of civil litigation in state and federal court and in administrative matters, including before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the New York State Education Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. She has lectured at programs sponsored by the Nassau and Queens County bar associations and has been the author of articles for the Nassau Lawyer, the Suffolk Lawyer and On Board, a publication of the New York State School Boards Association. She was an assistant chapter editor for the Second Edition of the American Bar Association’s treatise Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration. Ms. Schnitzer received her undergraduate degrees from Binghamton University and her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. While in law school, she was an editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and served as a judicial intern for Justice Kenneth A. Davis of the Nassau County Supreme Court. Ms. Schnitzer is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern districts of New York.