Dispute Representation

Compare the pros and cons of each option for resolving issues

Checkers or chess?

Know how to proceed. Dispute options are intimidating.(At least they can be without an experienced person by your side!) Mediations are not like IEP meetings and Due Process Hearings are trials without a jury! Granted the school has a law firm on retainer, but you have a trusted Advocate who knows your child’s complete story inside and out.

You should be very careful when proceeding to a Mediation or Due Process request. Most important of all, make sure that your representative has an extensive understanding of your child’s unique profile. This is critical to making a persuasive case.

Sometimes, the IEP team is not able to resolve issues with you and a line has been drawn. Unfortunately, they may not have the authority or will to compromise. At this point, you have several options available to you.

Mediations and Due Process Hearings do not require that an attorney represent you. However, the state-appointed mediator is usually an attorney who assists in finding a workable solution for both parties. Because I do not work for a law firm, you can be assured of objective information when you consider representation. If you prefer to consult with an attorney, I can make recommendations. We can discuss the options and costs associated with this decision*.

Because a mediation is an opportunity to resolve issues and reach a compromise that you and the school can live with, its informal. With this option, I prepare the Letter of Issues and remedies in the negotiation. Similarly, for a Due Process Hearing, I prepare the case, exhibits, witnesses and conduct examinations during the proceedings. Know how to proceed and make informed decisions.


Starting at $333.00* per month

What The Hubbub Is

“We have more than one child, so an attorney was cost prohibitive. Virginia made the dispute process accessible to our family; without her, we would not have been able to exercise our legal rights under IDEA. When your child’s school district ignores diagnoses, private assessments and recommendations, and parental input, it is extremely hard to reach a consensus of opinion. She worked diligently to negotiate settlements and litigate our case. In the end, we felt that her intimate knowledge of the issues and disabilities helped us in securing a ruling from the Hearing Officer in our favor showing the school failed to provide FAPE.”


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