Education Law

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erstman Schwartz & Malito is the premier New York special education law firm, with expertise in advocating, mediating and litigating on behalf of children with special education needs and their families. Our practice is highly regarded and our lawyers are recognized for their passion and excellence in representing the interests of our clients. We are committed to delivering exceptional, collaborative services and being the firm of choice for parents with special needs children.

Under the direct leadership and supervision of nationally recognized attorney and child advocate, Brad Gerstman, our team of highly qualified attorneys, paralegals, assistants, and special education advocates work together to provide our clients with sensitive and timely counsel, as well as diligent representation in all areas of their child’s educational needs.

We assist parents in all aspects of the evaluation and classification process for their child; the development of a meaningful Individualized Education Plan (IEP); recommendations on a public or private special education school placement, and assist in obtaining funding reimbursement of parental placements; Mediation; Due Process; and, when necessary, litigation in the State and/or Federal Courts.

Gerstman, Schwartz & Malito has extensive experience representing children in all of New York, especially in the five boroughs of New York City and the Long Island Region of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We have established working relationships with the NYCDOE, NYSED and School Districts throughout these locales, as well as with private special education schools, evaluators and therapists. The goal of our firm is to help parents secure the best possible education for their child, through excellent representation and a proactive approach to problem solving.

Call us today at (516) 880-8170

What our clients say:

“Gerstman Schwartz’ commitment to the special needs community is second to none.”

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VIDEO: GSM Files Federal Lawsuit to Protect Special Needs Kids

For years, a trio of sadistic teachers at Long Beach Middle School subjected the special education children in their care to a litany of inhumane abuses. Fueled by drugs, anger, and the knowledge that the children would never reveal what they had experienced, special education teacher Lisa Weitzman, and her two teaching assistants, Lauren Schneider and Jean-Marie Lilley operated what witnesses eerily described as a “torture room.”

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