Meet our Affiliated Attorneys

Susan Luger Associates partners with litigators who have strong, oftentimes personal, knowledge of special education. These litigators will work with you to obtain the most appropriate services for your child.

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Adriane Gavronsky, Esq.

Adriane Gavronsky, Esq. is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School. Adriane has over twenty-five years of litigation experience. She aggressively litigates on behalf of children with special needs and their families to secure appropriate educational placements and services. Adriane tirelessly represents her clients in Impartial Hearings against the Department of Education to obtain reimbursement and direct tuition to private schools and successfully negotiates settlements.

Adriane has represented children in custody and visitation proceedings, has prosecuted and defended youth in criminal proceedings and has worked to provide psycho dynamic counseling for families with special needs children. Adriane has extensive litigation experience defending the City of New York in high exposure jury trial cases including medical malpractice, premises, personal injury and police actions.  Adriane is bilingual in French and Spanish.

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Deborah Ezbitski, Esq.

Deborah began her legal career over 25 years ago as a trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society in New York City. She was also the Division’s Director of Training and Staff Development.

Both her professional interest in learning and her personal experience with special education brought her back to the practice of law and to representing parents of children with special needs.

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Irina Roller, Esq.

Irina has been practicing law for nearly two decades. After graduating law school in 1999 she worked for premier plaintiff and defense litigation firms as a trial attorney, obtaining successful jury verdicts for her clients. In 2004 Irina started started her own law firm and by 2007 she transitioned exclusively into special education law.

Her firm, the Law Offices of Irina Roller, PLLC is dedicated to the representation of children with special needs, including learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, ADHD and ADD, autism spectrum disorders, emotional issues, behavioral issues, and a variety of other educational and medical needs.

Irina has successfully litigated against the NYC Department of Education, gaining a no nonsense reputation. She has been affiliated with SLA since 2007, fighting for SLA clients to obtain appropriate educational programs, services and tuition funding. She is a tireless and passionate advocate for children’s rights and works aggressively to ensure that her clients’ rights are honored by school districts. Irina and her staff ensure that each family is given personal and unlimited attention. Please visit her website NYCSpecialEducation.com to hear first hand client experiences: http://www.nycspecialeducation.com/testimonials.html

Irina is fluent in Russian, and in addition to her passion for helping clients navigate the special education maze, she dedicates a lot of time to philanthropy. She sits on the Board of Directors of the UJA-Federation of New York, and also serves on UJA commissions and boards including the Autism Task Force as well as the Russian Leadership Division.

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Joseph M. Fein, Esq.

Joseph M. Fein is a 1994 graduate of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His extensive experience as a litigator began as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County and later on as Deputy General Counsel for New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.

In 2004, Joseph opened his own legal practice focused on special education advocacy and litigation. As the father of a special needs child, Joseph understands the unique challenges facing our parents. Joseph is fluent in Hebrew.

You can visit Joseph’s website at www.educationalesq. com.

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Kimberly Coleman Tavares, Esq.

Kimberly graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, with a B.A. in English and a concentration in French. She obtained her J.D. from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing law for over 11 years.

She is admitted to practice in the States of CA and NY. Kimberly has appeared and litigated cases before the CA Workers Compensation Board; NY State Workers Compensation Board; Los Angeles County Superior Court, NY Supreme Court and the Third Department Appellate Division.

Her commitment to the equality of education for all children led to her practice of Special Education Law. As a consummate professional and seasoned litigator, Kimberly is committed to assisting parents in their struggle to obtain access to a quality education for their children.

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Melissa Brown, Esq.

Melissa Brown, a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College, received her law degree from Rutgers Law School. Melissa has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. She specializes in education law and has been affiliated with Susan Luger Associates since 2007.

She has extensive litigation experience and has represented clients in numerous proceedings against the NYC Department of Education and other school districts in New York State.

Melissa is multilingual, speaking Spanish and French fluently.