Attorney Phillip J. Cohn, also at MyChildsRights.com, is of counsel as a member of the law firm of Cohn & Paul, PLLC. Practice areas handled by the Education Law Department include: education law (with a focus on special education and student disciplinary matters), criminal law (with a focus on representing juvenile offenders and young adults), appeals for students with disabilities for standardized testing (such as the ACT and College Board exams), and representation of students in college related matters. Attorney Cohn and his team represent families throughout Connecticut and New York.
A team approach to education law and defending children’s rights. Attorney Cohn has developed a team of experienced education law attorneys within a larger general practice law firm. This unique approach to education law enables the Education Law Department, headed and founded by Attorney Phillip Cohn, to provide a powerful, one-stop-shop for families seeking representation in Connecticut and New York. The Education Law Department also includes Attorneys Piper Paul and Jamie Mattice.
Areas of representation include:
1. Special education law disputes, including claims under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).
2. Education law disputes related to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“504”) and the American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) which requires accommodations for students with life threatening food allergies, diabetes, ADD-ADHD, narcolepsy, and other neurological and medical conditions.
3. Education law disputes, involving harassment, intimidation, safety, and bullying concerns.
4. Legal consulting regarding tuition reimbursement, i.e., factors and circumstances that may render out-of-district, unilateral placements (such as day schools and residential programs) appropriate under special education law.
5. Student disciplinary matters involving suspension and/or disciplinary hearings that could lead to expulsion at both the secondary and post-secondary level.
6. Criminal matters involving juveniles and adults.
7. Residency disputes with school districts.
8. Educational neglect and related investigations involving DCF and CPS.
9. Truancy issues involving the Juvenile Court.
10. Special needs and estate planning, including wills, trusts, guardianship, and conservatorship.
11. Appeals to ACT and the College Board for accommodations under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
12. Appeals to both state and federal courts involving special education related matters.
Attorney Cohn presents seminars on children’s rights to parents, advocates, and educators throughout Connecticut. His popular seminar, entitled “Special Education Law: Attorneys Representing Parents and School Boards Discuss the Issues,” addresses what every parent should know about his or her child’s basic special education rights, both inside and outside of school. This innovative seminar gives parents the opportunity to learn how attorneys representing parents and school boards each approach disputes, including how early collaboration can resolve disputes with better results and at lower costs for families.
Attorney Cohn attained his B.A. from Brandeis University, where he graduated magna cum laude with high honors. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law.