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The law firm of Frankel & Kershenbaum is dedicated to serving the legal needs of children and their families in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Based in Delaware County, Pa., Frankel & Kershenbaum is the law firm of choice for Pennsylvania and New Jersey special education law, special needs advocacy, school discipline and truancy, higher education student rights, estate planning and probate, guardianships, children’s rights and personal injury and access to Medicaid (also called Medical Assistance), Social Security and other public benefits.  Our special education lawyers who provide skilled, thoughtful representation combining the sophistication found in a large law firm with the personal attention and outstanding service that are the hallmarks of a traditional family law office. The attorneys of Frankel & Kershenbaum are powerful and trusted allies for children and their families.

Frankel & Kershenbaum provides legal counseling and representation in special needs education law and other matters to families and children throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The firm was founded in 2009 by Emmy® Award-winning former weatherman, news anchor and investigative reporter Dave Frankel and former elementary school teacher Josh Kershenbaum. These outstanding special education attorneys began their legal careers with a large Philadelphia law firm before joining forces as determined advocates for children with special needs. They bring a singular combination of passion, intellect and experience to their comprehensive education and family focused practice. Attorneys Jennifer Nestle and Leah Snyder Batchis are of counsel to the firm and work closely with the firm’s Education Consultants/Advocates Maria Vetter, Christi Lewis and Tara Adams as well as the firm’s Certified School Psychologist Amber Killeen, and the Office Manager and Legal Assistant, Heather Howe. Dave, Josh, Jen, and Leah provide full-service counseling and representation to secure special education services for their clients, including federal and state litigation, due process hearings, administrative appeals, IEP meetings and development, settlement negotiations, discipline matters and bullying and harassment.  Frankel & Kershenbaum also serves clients who need help with special needs estate planning, personal injury claims, children’s civil rights, higher education student rights, guardianships and access to Medicaid/Medical Assistance, Social Security and other public benefits.

To learn more about your child’s rights or for assistance with a legal matter of another nature, contact Frankel & Kershenbaum today.


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AIR, Theraplay and the Eagles
Theraplay, Inc. and AIR have partnered with the Philadelphia Eagles to support families affected by autism at pre-season Eagles games!  
Social Stories and clinical support for families at the game are available.


Menendez, Smith autism bill goes to Obama

A bill to fund autism research and help young autistic people as they move into adulthood has cleared both chambers of Congress with backing from New Jersey’s U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Robert Menendez.

Taking autistic kids out to a ball game
Wendy is a great friend and colleague who has helped so many of our clients with special needs. We can't imagine a better person and a better organization than the Phillies teaming up to help kids with autism feel welcome in the community!

This Kid Was Bullied A LOT. He Could Have Told His Teacher Or His Principal But He Had Bigger Plans.

11-year-old Caine Smith was choked, beaten, harassed, and was called a long list of names simply because he had two moms and long hair. Instead of staying locked away and hiding, he stood up and did something about it.

IEP vs. 504: What's the Difference?
Check out Jennifer Nestle and Josh Kershenbaum's new article in Metrokids Magazine and learn about the important differences between 504 Plans and IEPs.

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