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ELENA J. EISENBERG is an attorney with Education Law Offices, where she specializes in education cases, discipline matters, and juvenile criminal defense. Ms. Eisenberg advocates for students throughout Colorado concerning their individual education plans (IEP's) and 504 plans, private placements, mediations, administrative hearings, federal and state courts, expulsion hearings, threat assessments, and manifestation determinations. Former clients include families with students from preschool through graduate school. Ms. Eisenberg is frequently sought to lecture to attorneys and non-attorneys about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Prior to joining the firm, she represented children in district and county court privately and for the Colorado Public Defender's Office. In addition to helping children and their families, Ms. Eisenberg also represented adults with disabilities and practiced in other areas of complex civil litigation. She is also a former religious school teacher for elementary age children. Appellate cases include: Peter Moreno v. Joseph Cleveland et. al., unpublished; People v. Darin Johnson, 865 P.2d 836(Colo. 1994); and City of Colorado Springs v. Kathleen Conners, 993 P.2d 1167(Colo. 2000). Ms. Eisenberg earned her B.A. degree from the University of Southern California and her J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law.
JOHN R. STANEK has more than 35 years of experience in public education, including various aspects of public education law and concentrating in law governing students with disabilities in the public schools. Mr. Stanek is currently serving Colorado schools and school districts as special counsel for Anderson, Dude & Lebel, P.C. (“ADL”) in Colorado Springs. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, his master's degree in school psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and his law degree from the University of Denver. Prior to his work as special counsel at ADL, in 2017, Mr. Stanek retired as the in-house legal counsel for Cherry Creek School District. Prior to his role as in-house counsel, he was executive director of Student Achievement Services-Special Education for Cherry Creek School District. Prior to his work in Cherry Creek, Mr. Stanek served as associate in-house legal counsel for Douglas County Schools after first serving Douglas County Schools as a regional director of special education and, earlier, as a school psychologist. He has also taught for more than 20 years as an adjunct professor at the graduate level in school law, special education law, functional behavior assessment and planning, and human learning at the University of Colorado at Denver.