MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES, located in midtown Manhattan, is committed to promoting the rights and entitlements of individuals with autism. We work closely with families, educators and professionals in the field to secure individualized and effective educational programs and services. With the transition to adolescence and adulthood, we also represent individuals in matters relating to vocational (“transition”) training, housing, and employment.
MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES is responsible for the very first “autism” case to reach the United States Supreme Court, Hamilton County Department of Education v. Deal, 546 U.S. 936 (2005). MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES also was responsible for the landmark federal “bullying” case, T.K. v. New York City Department of Education, 10 C.V. 00752 (S.D.N.Y. 2011). Most of MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES’ matters originate in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. To date, however, MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES attorneys have assisted individuals with autism in more than thirty states, as far away as Alaska. The firm also consults internationally and advocates before Congress and at the state legislative level.
MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES has a very successful track record prevailing in due process cases at both the administrative and federal levels, and also has been successful in achieving favorable settlements where it is feasible and appropriate to do so.
MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES recognizes that every individual with autism presents differently, with their own unique mix of strengths and challenges, and that those needs will change over time, particularly with the transition to adulthood.
Gary is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In early 2000, Gary formed MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES as the very first law practice in the nation dedicated to representing children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. With the transition to adolescence and adulthood, the firm also represents individuals in matters relating to vocational ("transition") training, housing and employment.
Gary is admitted in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Gary has been responsible for many of the leading court decisions that are shaping the way that courts are looking at IDEA-based entitlements. MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES was responsible for the first “autism” case to ever reach the U.S. Supreme Court, and the landmark federal “bullying” decision in T.K. v. New York City Department of Education, 10 C.V. 00752 (S.D.N.Y. 2011).
Gary speaks regularly at national conferences and major universities and has testified before Congress on the subject of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“IDEIA”) statute. He is published in the field and is the author of How to Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child – A Field Guide for Getting Effective Services for Children with Special Needs (DRL Books 2004). Gary and his book have been profiled by the NBC Today Show, CNN, and the New York Times, among other media.
Gary also serves as a member of the Board of Autism Speaks, the largest not-for-profit autism organization in the world measured by resources dedicated to autism research, education and treatment. In addition to his board role, Gary serves as the Director of the Autism Speaks Federal Legal Appeals Project (“FLAP”), a pro bono initiative at the federal level.
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Tracey, a partner at MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tracey litigates at the administrative and federal levels. Tracey is also an Adjunct Law Professor at Fordham University School of Law, teaching a skills based course in Special Education Advocacy. Tracey speaks at national and local conferences on legal issues related to students with autism and other developmental disabilities, and is a regular speaker at schools educating children with autism. Tracey was a featured speaker at the 15th Annual National COPAA conference in Albuquerque, NM on March 8, 2013 training attorneys in cross examining expert witnesses. She was also a featured speaker at the 14th Annual National COPAA conference in Miami, FL on March 10, 2012 and was a featured speaker at the13th Annual National COPAA conference in San Antonio, TX in March 2011. Tracey educates other attorneys in the field of Special Education law and co-chaired the New York State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Special Education in October, 2011. Tracey also lectured at Fordham University School of Law’s Family Advocacy Clinic and was a featured speaker at The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Substantive Law and Litigation and Advocacy Directors Conference, in Chicago, IL, in July 2010 and at the Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference in Norman, OK in November 2009.
You can read Tracey’s published articles on “Parent Counseling and Training,” Summer 2010, “Parents: Give the IEP Team Quality Evaluations with Recommendations,” Winter 2011, and “Compensatory Education is an Important Remedy to Consider,” Spring 2011 in the nationally syndicated Autism Spectrum News, Summer 2010, found at www. mhnews-autism.org. Tracey's more recent articles can be found in NYSBA Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, "Bullying and a Discussion of T.K. and S.K., Individually and on Behalf of L.K. v. New York City Department of Education," Spring 2012, Vol. 22, No. 2; News from the Hill (Eagle Hill School, Greenwich, CT), "Why an IEP?," Fall 2012; and Independent School Magazine, "Meeting Their Needs - Helping Parents Secure Tuition and Related Services for Students with Special Education Needs," Fall, 2012.
Prior to working at MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES, Tracey was the Dean of Students for a private school in Rye, NY, where she had the opportunity to advocate for students with learning differences. Tracey also worked in the litigation departments of Mendes & Mount, Griffin, Coogan & Veneruso, and Alimonti Law Offices.
Jacqueline DeVore received the County Prosecutors of New Jersey Harris Y. Cotton Domestic Violence Scholarship upon entry into CUNY School of Law where she earned her law degree. Jackie also has a B.A. in Corporate/Organizational Communications at The College of New Jersey and earned the Corporate/Organizational award. After graduating from college, Jackie was the Public Outreach Coordinator for Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., a non-profit organization in New Jersey. In 2010, Jackie was the keynote speaker at the County College of Morris’ women Who Dare Conference. Jackie is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.
Jacqueline's litigation experience began in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office where she prosecuted cases in the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse/Sex Crimes bureaus. Jackie oversaw a unit in the child Abuse/Sex Crimes bureau. She then entered the field of special education law as a litigator for the New York City Department of Education General Counsel's Special Education Unit.
During law school, Jacqueline was president of the Domestic Violence Coalition, received CUNY's Student Leadership Award, and was an NYU Revson Public Interest Fellow. She also co-authored an article published in a British journal, Reproductive Health Matters.
Maria knew she would be entering the field of special education law during her tenure with the NYCDOE, as a special education classroom teacher assigned to a District 75 6:1:1 class of students diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Her experiences working within “the system” were quite literally the “fuel” behind her law school applications.
Maria is a graduate of New York Law School and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She is a member of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and New Jersey and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Maria earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from New York University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Fordham University. She is dually certified in New York State as a special education and general education teacher and was an ABA therapist servicing children and families in New York and New Jersey. Maria’s extensive special education experiences give her a unique and valuable perspective that benefits our families with students with autism.
Maria’s role at MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES includes litigating at the administrative and federal levels. Additionally, Maria has lectured and published on special education topics
The firm’s reimbursement specialist, she received her law degree from New York Law School and is admitted to practice in New York. Janna also has her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami. Currently, Janna is pursuing her L.L.M. in Taxation at New York Law School.
During law school, Janna participated in Federal Court mediations. With an attorney supervisor, she represented clients settling claims involving age, sex, gender and disability discrimination within the workplace. Janna also worked as a legal intern for the New York City Department of Probation where she assisted in the preparation of witnesses and case files for probation revocation hearings.
Jean Marie Brescia, a senior litigating attorney at MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. After graduating from law school, Jean Marie worked as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. From 1988 to 1994, Jean Marie was a staff attorney in the Civil Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City and then an associate appellate attorney in the Juvenile Rights Division.
Since 1995, Jean Marie has been an active New York impartial hearing officer (IHO), presiding over and deciding more than 500 special education due process hearings. In addition to her highly respected work as an IHO, Jean Marie has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, teaching Special Education Law and Practice.
Jean Marie served for many years on the PTA in her community, focusing much of her work on ensuring adequate provision of educational resources to English language learners and economically underprivileged children. The Legal Aid Society awarded Jean Marie its Pro Bono Service Award in 1996 for her work in the area of juvenile rights.
Marnie received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. in History also from Fordham University. She is admitted to practice in New York. Marnie’s primary role at MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES is assisting with research and writing at both the Administrative and Federal levels. During law school, Marnie was on the board of Fordham’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Before joining MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES, Marnie was a Fellow at the Feerick Center for Social Justice.
Doris graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts in 2008. Doris worked in administration for Beth Israel Medical Center for nine years, the last six years for a department Chairman. Doris joined MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES in late 2008.
Mauricio graduated from Universidado do Sagrodo Coracao with a Bachelors Degree in Systems Analysis in 1995, and earned his Paralegal Certificate at New York University in 2002. Mauricio has been working at MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES since 2004 and he provides essential litigation and organizational support.
Roselyn graduated from St. John's University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and earned her Paralegal Certificate at New York University in 2009. Roselyn joined us last June, and is now a full-fledged valued member of the litigation support team.
Alex Ford moved to New York City from Syracuse, NY to attend Marymount college. He obtained a Bachelor’s in Science in Business Management this past June.
Valerie holds a Master's Degree from Florida State University and joined MAYERSON & ASSOCIATES shortly after its inception. Valerie is also an adjunct professor at Marymount College and previously worked as a crisis counselor for abused children. She is also the mother of twin boys, one of whom has autism.