Special Education Law:
When a dispute arises with your child’s local school district regarding the appropriateness of the available special education services and supports, it may be time for the parent to contact an attorney well-versed in special education law. For many parents, this may be the first time they have ever needed to interact with an attorney. Jacob understands how overwhelming and emotional the Committee on Special Education ("CSE") process can be for parents. He can help parents effectively communicate with their local school districts in a way that will ensure their voices get heard. He navigates families through the complex CSE process. If a dispute cannot be resolved informally, Jacob has experience in all phases of due process, including impartial hearings and appeals to the Office of State Review. Whether your family needs assistance with the initial referral process, a dispute regarding the appropriatness of your child's IEP or 504 Plan, or representation at an impartial hearing, his office can help.
School & Education Law:
There are many legal issues that arise in the public school, charter school, and BOCES settings. Jacob's office helps clients in a wide-range of matters including but not limited to: student suspensions & discplinary matters, FERPA & privacy issues, school safety issues, transportation issues, student residency & attendance matters, grade disputes, parent grievances, bullying & harassment, and homeschooling. Jacob has experience challenging school district determinations through Article 78 proceedings and appeals to the Commissioner of Education.
Labor & Employment Law:
Jacob has experience handling all sorts of labor relations & human resource matters (i.e. contract interpretation, personnel disputes, investigations, retirement & pension issues, resignations, etc.). He is a skillful negotiator who has negotiated both employment contracts and severance deals. Jacob has served as Chief Negotiator for public-sector unions during collective bargaining negotiations. He has represented clients in disciplinary matters, grievances & arbitration, and other employment-related litigation. He has brought matters before the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”), and he has handled issues involving the Division of Human Rights and EEOC complaints. If you are an employee or an employer with an employment-related legal matter, contact his office to see if he can help.
Small Business Law:
Jacob can help your small business in an array of legal matters inlcuding formation, contract drafting, breach of contract matters, lease reviews, debt collection, disciplining employees, partner disputes, and general advisory. If you have a small business, contact Jacob to see how he can assist.