Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP is a general practice law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to give our clients experienced, effective advocacy. That involves more than just good legal work: it requires personal attention, focused on the client and the client’s needs; a breadth of vision; and creativity. Because of the depth and diversity of our practice, we bring to the table a comprehensive understanding of what our clients need, and how to solve their problems and achieve their goals.
The Special Education & Disability Rights practice group at KC&S advises and represents families of students with disabilities in communities across Massachusetts. Our experienced attorneys assist parents and students at every stage of the special education process.
Our work ranges from consultation, such as advice and strategy with regard to a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), through dispute resolution. We are skilled at negotiation and mediation. We provide zealous advocacy in administrative hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). We are experienced in state and federal court litigation. We are familiar with the broad range of issues that arise, from determination of a child’s eligibility for special education, to obtaining an appropriate in-district program, to securing public funding for a private school placement. We represent students with all types of disabilities. At the core of our practice is our commitment to making the law’s promise of free appropriate public education (FAPE) a reality.
We also advise and represent families regarding their rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, including Section 504 plans. We protect regular education and special education students involved in bullying or harassment. We represent regular education and special education students at disciplinary proceedings, such as expulsion and suspension hearings.
KC&S provides a wide range of legal assistance to students and adults with disabilities who are seeking accommodations for educational testing or professional licensure examinations. We represent students who need accommodations in college or graduate-level programs. We represent students who face college or university disciplinary proceedings. We also represent individuals with disabilities who are seeking services from state agencies such as the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH).
With more than 30 years’ experience in the field of special education and disability rights, KC&S combines a reputation for excellence and depth of knowledge with personalized service. We are dedicated to helping parents and students obtain their goals.