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.
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.
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.
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.
Fredericka Bashir, holds an AB from the University of Michigan Honors College, a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fredericka is admitted to practice law by the New York State Bar and is admitted to the Federal Bar of the Eastern District of New York.
A former Kings County Assistant District Attorney and Borough Director of the Children’s Law Center, Fredericka has over twenty-five (25) years of experience as a civil and criminal litigator in New York Family, Criminal, Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Fredericka is currently owner and principal of the Law Firm of Fredericka P. Bashir, Esq. where she specializes in representing adults and children in complex custody and child welfare litigation including infant death, “shaken baby,” Munchausen syndrome, sex trafficking and domestic and international parental kidnapping cases.
Fredericka is a member of the Screening Committee for the Appellate Division Second Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children’s Assigned Counsel Panel and Board Treasurer and Director of Finance and Development of Brooklyn Legal Services.
A zealous advocate with a direct “no nonsense” approach, Fredericka is regarded by her clients as a champion of client’s rights and by her colleagues and the judiciary as a formidable and unrelenting adversary.
Justin Shane is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law. He has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts nationwide, Justin’s practice now focuses on representing families in obtaining appropriate educational programs and services for their children.
Justin’s interest in working with children and their families began when he taught eighth and ninth grade science in New York City public schools. Justin taught students with a range of needs in both integrated and self-contained classrooms. Justin now uses his classroom experience and training as a litigator to craft appropriate legal strategies for his clients.
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.
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.