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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:

Our lawyers provide skilled, thoughtful representation.  They combine the sophistication found in a large law firm with the personal attention and outstanding service that are the hallmarks of a traditional 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, including children with special needs. They bring a singular combination of passion, intellect and experience to their comprehensive education and child-focused practice.

Attorney Michael D. Raffaele is of counsel to the firm. Dave, Josh and Michael work closely with the firm’s Education Consultant/Advocate Maria Vetter, as well as the firm’s Certified School Psychologist Amber Killeen, and the Office Manager and Legal Assistant, Heather Howe. The special education team provides 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.  Michael, who was formerly an attorney with the Federal Defender’s Office in Philadelphia, focuses his practice on juvenile justice, criminal defense and school discipline.

Frankel & Kershenbaum also serves clients who need help with personal injury claims, children’s civil rights, higher education student rights, and guardianships.

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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In cash-strapped School District, a hidden treasure trove of books
What a shame!

Philly students still learning English fuel opt-out movement from standardized tests
Students speaking up for students! Speaking truth to the absurdity and injustice of standardized tests that punish the most vulnerable.

PILCOP Special Education Seminar includes our very own Michael D. Raffaele
Our very own Michael D. Raffaele will be presenting at an upcoming special education and discipline seminar for PILCOP on Saturday, December 13th

Dave is the emcee for the Radnor Memorial Library "Elves for the Shelves," 5K road race
Dave is the emcee of this event to benefit the Radnor Memorial Library on Saturday Dec. 6th at 9am!



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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