Kershenbaum & Raffaele

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Bryn Mawr, Pennslyvania

Benjamin Hinerfeld

Senior Counsel

Ben concentrates his practice in the area of Special Education law and appellate litigation.  He has extensive experience representing families of children with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. His goal is to help parents understand not only their child’s differences and disabilities, but also his or her academic potential. He enjoys collaborating with experts to improve IEPs during meetings with the child’s IEP team, and litigating administrative due process hearings.

Before practicing special education law, Ben represented institutional and individual shareholders, litigating actions under the federal securities laws.  He also served as Deputy City Solicitor for the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia, representing the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement, and serving as a Right-to-Know officer for the City of Philadelphia.  He began his legal career as a judicial clerk on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Ben is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and North Carolina. He collaborates regularly with Gina Decrescenzo, P.C. for special education and related matters in the greater New York City area.
Ben has an ongoing scholarly interest in the history early American and Native American education.  He lives with his wife, Dr. Pamela Szczygiel, professor of Social Work.

Ben’s practice at Kershenbaum & Raffaele includes:

  •  Special Education and School Law
  •  Disability Rights
  •  Civil Rights and Constitutional Law
  •  Appellate Litigation
  •  Gender and Sexuality Discrimination


  •  J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
  •  A.B. Vassar College

Court Admissions

  •  Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • New York Court of Appeals
  •  Supreme Court of North Carolina
  •  Supreme Court of Delaware
  •  District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  •  Northern District of New York
  •  Southern District of New York


  •  Law Office of Benjamin J. Hinerfeld, Founder
  • Gina Decrescenzo, P.C., Of Counsel
  • City of Philadelphia Law Department, Deputy City Solicitor

Professional Affiliations

  •  Member, Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates
  • Honors
    University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  •  Journal of Law and Commerce, Lead Note and Comment Editor