is a well known, established, family, community and results oriented law
We have successfully represented the parents and children of our community
law, domestic relations, civil and juvenile
rights, disabilities planning and litigation
focus on children with special needs and learning
differences. Many of our clients have been with us for over a decade.
A sampling of reported decisions in our school law litigation on behalf of Parents.
upholds award of tuition reimbursement for
against District challenge. Click to read the
Central Bucks S.D.:
Parents are awarded compensatory education for denial of appropriate
special education, available for use to pay private school tuition
pending District provision of program.Click to read the decision.
Parents awarded compensatory education and tuition reimbursement for
District failure to provide appropriate special education.Click to read the decision.
Upper Dublin S.D.: Parents awarded compensatory education for denial of FAPE due to inadequate reading program. Click to read the decision.
Downingtown S.D.: Parents awarded multiple years compensatory education and tuition reimbursement for denial of FAPE. Click to read the decision.
Commonwealth Charter School: Parents prevail on a multiple year denial of FAPE claim under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Click to read the decision.
Columbia Borough S.D.: District ordered to return student to regular placement from disciplinary alternative school. Click to read the decision.
Charter School Parents are awarded multi-year tuition reimbursement, compensatory education, and out of pocket costs. Click to read the decision.
A student's claim for money damages resulting
from violation of his
education rights survives District motion to
read the decision.
Court orders Student returned to her
placement over Charter School's objection, after
attempted to disenroll her. Click
read the decision.
permits Student's 13 year claim for denial of
FAPE claim to head for
read the decision.
Parents are awarded two full years of compensatory
for denial of FAPE. Click
read the decision
Representation of parents and students in all school law matters, including Special
Gifted Education, Higher Education, Disability Accommodations, Testing
Accommodations, Academic Disputes, Discipline, Juvenile Referrals
from Schools Districts, Alternative Placement Defense &
Negotiation, Tuition Reimbursement Claims, Truancy Defense, and Bullying Victim's Rights.
Law with a Focus on Special Needs
representation and specialized consultation, for special needs issues
in divorce, custody, support, including adult child support issues, in
all suburban Philadelphia counties.
MA grievances and disputes, Civil Rights claims, including
claims and discrimination. One of the few offices to have filed
and settled federal damages claims against School Districts for failure
to address disability-based bullying.
|We form relationships, providing legal roadmaps and
support as parents navigate their child's disability entitlement throughout their lifetimes. Some of the tools: Guardianships,
special needs trusts, powers of attorney, assistance in securing and
appealing denials of benefits from behavioral health and social
security; guidance in transitioning from school-aged services to
Welcome to our practice
We understand that many parents who contact a lawyer about their
children are uncertain of their legal rights and options. Our
initial consultation is tailored to provide potential clients with the
information necessary to make informed decisions. There is no
charge for the first 30 minutes.
NOTICE: During the COVID emergency we offer telephone and virtual consultations.
To make an appointment, call our office number 215-750-9500 or EMAIL A REQUEST
In response to your email, you will receive a welcoming call or
email and instructions for submitting any documents or other
information you wish us to review.
and Owner Ilene Young has represented the interests of hundreds of
Pennsylvania students and parents over the past 30 years. She is a
frequent consultant, writer and speaker on disability issues and
Education and Admissions: Temple University
Beasley School of Law, JD 1980, with honors, 3 bests, Barrister's Award
for Trial Advocacy. Pa. Supreme Court, Eastern District Federal
Court, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals for Veterans
members are recruited from the advocacy
community and have direct
experience and familiarity with the unique
issues and needs of families with
member is trained in special education
advocacy. We have never
represented school districts.
office is dedicated to the fight against bullying in our
the protection of the rights of victims and their