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The law firm of Frankel & Kershenbaum is dedicated to serving the legal needs of children and 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 by Emmy Award-winning former weatherman, news anchor and investigative reporter Dave Frankel and former elementary school teacher Josh Kershenbaum. These outstanding 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.

Attorneys Michael D. Raffaele and Jason Fortenberry are each of counsel to the firm. Our attorneys work closely with the firm's Education Consultant/Advocate Maria Vetter, as well as the firm's Certified School Psychologist Amber Killeen, the Business Manager/Paralegal Joan Scannella and our office administrators Denise Braud and Josie Karasavas. The Frankel & Kershenbaum 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 Catastrophic Injuries Involving Children, Children's Civil Rights and Higher Education Student Rights.

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

JUNE 25 - EXPERIENCE UNIVERSITY LIFE: Overnight Stay in the Dorms..All Meals in the Dining Hall..Classroom Presentations..Use of Campus Facilities

APRIL 7: PHILLIES HOME OPENER! 4th Annual Autism Awareness Night
Free T-shirt for fans 15 and older! Tickets only $16.

COPAA Statement on The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Decision to Rescind Guidance Documents
Our good friends at COPAA (the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys) have published this very helpful analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s recent decision to rescind over 70 important federal guidance documents related to Special Education. Frankel & Kershenbaum will be monitoring this troubling situation closely and will update you as new information becomes available.

Good Law/Bad Law "Take a Knee"
Check out another great episode of the podcast, GOOD LAW BAD LAW, featuring Frankel & Kershenbaum's own Grace Osa-Edoh and Josh Kershenbaum.

Josh & Maria Webinar on Rural and Low-Income Challenges
Maria and Josh just presented a Webinar for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) entitled, Special Challenges of Representing Clients in Rural and Low Income Areas. Webinar participants were attorneys and advocates from all over the country who are interested in learning how to better represent and advocate for some of the most underserved and vulnerable families in the United States. COPAA's mission is to protect and enforce the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. Frankel & Kershenbaum is a proud member of COPAA and we encourage you to visit their website for information, resources and news.

Good Law, Bad Law
Check out the latest episode of the podcast, Good Law Bad Law, featuring, Josh Kershenbaum of Frankel and Kershenbaum.

The Chief Justice summed up: "When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing 'merely more than de minimis' [bare minimum] progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all. For children with disabilities receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to sitting idly awaiting the time when they were old enough to drop out."

Firstrust Bank presents the 5th Annual Business First Awards

Schools and Mental Health
When the Parent Has to Take Charge...

Chased By A Lion
Anxiety in children is so much more than just being anxious...

Demand for newly approved autism therapy may exceed certified Pa. providers
Josh Kershenbaum was interviewed for this compelling article addressing the challenges of securing ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy for kids.  Newly covered under Medicaid in Pennsylvania, the demand will outweigh the availability of qualified professionals. 

If you or someone you love might be suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) we urge you to watch this extraordinary documentary. There is hope!

School Vouchers and Students with Disabilities: Examining Impact in the Name of Choice
Frankel & Kershenbaum is proud to belong to COPAA, The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, "Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities and their Families."

FRANKEL & KERSHENBAUM, lawyers for kids and families, is proud to be celebrating its Firmiversary!


Attention: Lego®-based Social Skills Group starting June 2016 in Doylestown, PA

Office for Civil Rights Annual Report
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released its fiscal year 2015 annual report highlighting efforts during the last year to protect students’ civil rights and increase educational equity nationwide

At Last! A place to play...

JOSH KERSHENBAUM & MARIA VETTER at The Quaker School at Horsham

JOSH KERSHENBAUM At Villanova Law School Event Friday, January 29, 2016
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, Featuring Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman

COPAA Testifying January 11, 2016
FRANKEL & KERSHENBAUM, Lawyers for Kids and Families, are proud members of COPAA, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.

JOSH KERSHENBAUM quoted in the press
The Legal Intelligencer quoted Josh in today's article on Special Education Law Practices.

Kristy Asral joins firm
Frankel & Kershenbaum welcomes new Advocate, Special Education Consultant, Behavior Consultant


As schools and classrooms have become more inclusive, some schools are using the co teaching model in their classrooms. Many do not know what a co taught class looks like or the benefits it provides to the students. This interesting article takes a look at the co teaching model. A must read!

Hats off to dedicated teachers who really care...

Dave Frankel & Josh Kershenbaum named SUPER LAWYERS RISING STARS 2015!

One Day More!
With this amazing kick-off to the new school year, we salute teachers everywhere!

Are you surprised?

"Straight Talk" Radio Interview
Radio interview with Dave, Josh and Maria answers so many questions about the rights of "special needs" children and how to help them reach their fullest potential.

Disturbing Video Shows Kentucky Officer Handcuff Crying Third-Grader At School
WASHINGTON -- A school resource officer in Kentucky handcuffed a crying third-grader with disabilities last year, according to a new video released by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Divorce in a Special Needs Family
The stakes are high. Understand a complicated process to make sure you truly act in your child’s best interest.

This is a serious problem. Have you encountered this issue with your children? Frankel & Kershenbaum, Lawyers for Kids and Families, can help. Call 610-422-9200 or email

Public university out of bounds for requiring student athlete to practice...religion?

Michael D. Raffaele of Frankel & Kershenbaum and David Finger of Finger & Slanina are representing Ms. Mendieta to vindicate her First Amendment rights.

Support Michael Ross - Semi Colon Shirt
In support of our good friend, Michael Ross, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 4 colon cancer in September of 2014. Over the past few months, he has had part of his colon removed and undergone intensive chemotherapy. Michael continues to work as a physician, and to work out as an athlete regularly. While the cancer has given him pause, it has not stopped him.

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!

One Test Fits All?!
JOSH KERSHENBAUM Testifies before Philadelphia City Council re Standardized Testing

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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