Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP
The Calumet Building
233 Franklin Street

Buffalo , New York, 14202
Phone: 716-853-3801
Fax: 716-853-0265


Dsicrimination attorney

Representing Clients in New York & Nationwide

The mission of all well-intentioned educators—teachers, administrators, and district officials—is to provide a quality education in a safe, fair, and harmonious school environment. While educating students with disabilities includes some unique challenges and tricky legal issues, school districts generally do their best to provide excellent Special Education services and accommodations despite limited funding and resources.Nonetheless, the specifics of laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 often leave even districts committed to effective education vulnerable to disabilities discrimination lawsuits.

Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP is a law firm dedicated to helping educators and parents work together to ensure the success and fair treatment of students with disabilities. For educators, we offer representation in Special Education litigation and hearings as well as consulting services to prevent potential discrimination lawsuits.

Vulnerability to Discrimination Lawsuits

While school districts cannot always prevent teachers or school administrators from making unwise or discriminatory decisions, it is the district that may eventually be held liable for discrimination against students and employees with disabilities. To prevent costly lawsuits that hurt a district’s public reputation, school districts should be proactive in pursuit of teacher and administrator training as well as regulatory compliance.

The disabilities education lawyers of Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP provide consulting services for educators on discrimination and other disability-related issues. We can assist you in ensuring that your district is in full compliance with the law and that district employees, from teachers to superintendents, understand their responsibilities regarding protecting students and employees with disabilities from discrimination.

Representation and Legal Defense

If a dispute with parents of a child with disabilities, or an employee with a disability, seems to be escalating to the point where it cannot be resolved informally, calling Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP for legal counsel and to participate in meetings and mediation may make all the difference in heading off a lawsuit before it starts. In mediation sessions, impartial hearings, and courtroom litigation, our disabilities attorneys can provide valuable representation and support.

Because we work with parents on the other side of Special Education disputes (as well as educators), Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP has a unique, multilateral perspective that enables us to find creative solutions to satisfy parents’ concerns while protecting the district’s interests. If a solution cannot be reached and the case goes to court, rest assured that our attorneys at Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP are qualified and experienced professionals who will represent you effectively and decisively.

If you believe your school district may be vulnerable to litigation claiming discrimination based on a disability, please contact Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP to discuss possible legal solutions.