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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.


News and Events

Special Education Law Symposium
Josh will be presenting!

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!

The quiet(er) drama of juvenile court
Judge Joseph Smyth presides in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, deciding the fate of teenagers and younger children. Many of the cases he hears are drug-related.

Settlement could bring stability for Philly's autistic students
Sharon Romero and her son Joshua, 11, who is autistic. He was one of four named plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit challenging the district's policy.

Visionary- Dr. Wendy Ross To Receive 2014 CARES Award

Dr. Wendy Ross is not only a leading development pediatrician, she is also a visionary.

Be part of the 3rd Annual ReelAbilities: Philadelphia Disabilities Film Festival, to explore, discuss, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience!

ReelAbilities, designed to raise awareness and funds, supports JFCS’ Center for Special Needs’ ability to provide critical direct service to clients and those members of the community most in need. Don’t miss this week-long event presenting award winning films and engaging discussions.

Founded in NY, ReelAbilities is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.

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Special-education caseloads at Philly high school exceed legal limits, pushing teachers to quit
Josh is quoted in WHYY newsworks article on Special Education case loads exceeding legal limits at Philadelphia High Schools.

All-Access Travel
Because kids with special needs need a family vacation, too - Featuring Maria Vetter!

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Heartbreaking Fight For Their Son's Education
'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Heartbreaking Fight For Their Son's Education

Supreme Court To Weigh IQ Cutoff For 'Intellectual Disability '
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to clarify the legal standard for intellectual disability in the case of a Florida death row inmate who is illiterate and was once judged to have severe impairments.

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.

5 Simple Steps to Conquering the Transition from Early Intervention to Kindergarten
How to ensure that a child who has received early intervention remain eligible for special education services in Kindergarten By Josh Kershenbaum, Esq & Christi Lewis, MEd, Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC

Guardianship for Grown Kids
An 18th birthday presents unique legal challenges to parents of special kids.
By Leah Snyder Batchis, Esq. & Brian Gondek, Esq.

Frankel & Kershenbaum Wins Firstrust Bank's Pilly's Business First Award
Frankel & Kershenbaum Wins Firstrust Bank's Philly's Business First Award. The Firm will Donate $10,000 Prize to Autism Speaks.

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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