While pursuing their entitlements under the IDEA, our clients are often forced to fund significant costs for their children: evaluations, tutoring, consultants, therapies, co-pays, adaptive equipment, and even tuition. Adding lawyer’s fees on top of this can be cost-prohibitive for many families.
We get it.
By creating a boutique “virtual law practice,” The Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano, LLC is able to focus resources on our legal services, rather than the “bricks and mortar” of a traditional law office. While we have the support of an on-site Office Manager and Legal Assistant, our attorneys and special education advocates are located throughout the State, ready to serve you with as little travel cost as possible. In addition, our use of state-of-the art technology ensures that your information is secure, efficient, and accessible to you through a “client portal,” through which you can review your child’s educational records and manage your invoices with us.
Attorney Jennifer Laviano is in private practice in Connecticut. Ms. Laviano holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and she earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut.
Read more on how Attorney Laviano became a special education lawyer here: A Father’s Legacy to Special Education Advocacy
Ms. Laviano has dedicated her law practice entirely to the representation of children and adolescents with disabilities whose families are in disagreement with their public school districts. Her representation of children with special needs encompasses the full spectrum of Civil Rights advocacy under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), from attendance at IEP Team meetings and Mediation, to zealous and experienced litigation in Due Process Hearings and Federal Court.
Ms. Laviano is a regular presenter, both locally and nationally, on the subject of the special legal rights of children with disabilities and their entitlement to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Ms. Laviano is on the Board of Directors of COPAA, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, which is the leading national voice on special education rights and advocacy.
Ms. Laviano represents children with special needs throughout the State of Connecticut.
Attorney Elizabeth Moyse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, and then received her Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law at American University. After being admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1991, Ms. Moyse spent several years representing plaintiffs in asbestos litigation. During that time, Ms. Moyse also provided pro bono guardian ad litem services for children who were abused or neglected. In 2001, Ms. Moyse relocated to Connecticut, where she continued to represent children as a guardian ad litem through the Bridgeport Probate Court in matters involving: temporary custody, transfers of guardianship, and emancipation. Ms. Moyse’s child- centered experience drew her to representing children with special education needs in IEP meetings, Mediation, and Due Process.
Parent Advocate Julie Swanson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism Broadcasting from the University of Bridgeport, and her Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Fairfield University. After her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Ms. Swanson returned to school to obtain a Degree as a Disability Specialist. Ms. Swanson is a founding board member of Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT_FEAT), is an Executive Board Member of the State of Connecticut department of Education’s Advisory Council on Special Education, and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorney’s and Advocates (COPAA), where she serves as Co-Chair of the Media Relations Committee. She has been representing children with disabilities throughout the State of Connecticut as a special education advocate since 1997, and maintains her own advocacy business, Your Special Child, LLC.
Parent Advocate Marie Hopkins began her career as a special education teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s of Education in Elementary Education, and her Masters in Special Education. She taught students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and multiple disabilities, and also served as a Reading Consultant. Ms. Hopkins received her Administrator’s Certificate from Fairfield University in 1985, after which she began a career in regular and special education administration. From approximately 2000-2005, Ms. Hopkins served as a Director of Special Education, during which time she earned a reputation among parent advocates as a reasonable and fair special education administrator focused on the best interests of the child. Since leaving the public schools, Ms. Hopkins has focused her career on teaching special educators in graduate programs in Connecticut. She serves on the faculty of Central Connecticut State University, where she teaches Special Education.