Nancy is a skilled and persistent negotiator who gets results for her clients. She counsels parents and students and effectively helps them enforce their rights through litigation under the individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA), Section 504, and other federal and state statutes and regulations that protect the educational rights of children in public schools and post-secondary educational institutions. She represents parents in all stages of education negotiations and litigation, from CEP meetings to resolution meetings/settlement conferences, due process hearings, and discipline proceedings such as manifestation hearings, and state and federal court.
In addition to special education advocacy, Nancy has had a long career providing human resource management and litigation support in employment matters to social welfare agencies, including mental health service providers. As counsel for these organizations, she provides consultation in the areas of compliance with state and federal discrimination and workplace laws, organizational policies and procedures, hiring, termination and performance management issues, and litigation defense in state and federal court and before administration agencies including the EEOC and PHRC.
Nancy’s interest in special education law grew out of her lifelong experiences working with children with learning needs and having a family member with severe mental illness. Nancy graduated from college with special education certification and spent several years teaching students with learning disabilities and emotional support needs. After law school, she worked as an associate in several Philadelphia law firms specializing in civil litigation where she handled complex civil litigation matters in state and federal court. Nancy worked part-time for the Disabilities Law Project where she furthered her interest in advocacy for persons with disabilities.
Nancy has a long history of volunteer public service. She served two terms as Board Member of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and served as President of the Board. She served two terms as a Board Member of Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy, Inc., now Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. She has been actively involved with the Philadelphia Bar Association, including its Public Interest section, and served as the Chair and Co-chair of the Section’s Committee on the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Nancy graduated from Temple University School of Law. She received an M.Ed. from the College of William and Mary and a B.S. from the University of Dayton. Nancy is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.