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Arthur Ackerhalt

Representing Clients in New York & Nationwide

special education law attorney

Arthur H. Ackerhalt, a founding partner of the law firm of Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP in Buffalo, New York, now serves Of Counsel to the firm. Prior to working in private practice, he served as a Confidential Law Clerk in New York State Supreme Court.

Mr. Ackerhalt concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of special education law, representing families of children with disabilities and school districts, the rights of persons with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the National Childhood Vaccine Act, guardianships and health care law.

For over two decades, Mr. Ackerhalt has spoken to and counseled parents, school districts and other organizations that serve individuals with disabilities and their families. He has written extensively regarding the laws, practices and procedures involving special education and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Mr. Ackerhalt attained his Juris Doctor degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1973) and was a member of the Buffalo Law Review. Thereafter, he was admitted to the New York State Bar (1974), the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (1977) and the United States Court of Federal Claims (1993). Previously, he received his Bachelors of Arts degree at Rutgers University (1968) and his Master of Arts degree in economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1970).

Mr. Ackerhalt is a member of the Erie County Bar Association where he serves on the Committee on the Disabled and is a member of the Western New York Disability Law Coalition. In 2003, Mr. Ackerhalt co-authored “Know Your Child’s Special Education Rights” published in Volta Voices, the national magazine of the Alexander Graham Bell Association. He is also a contributor to the legal treatise: Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law.


To learn more about Arthur H. Ackerhalt and what the firm of Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher can do for your family, please contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.