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Gillian Dagress

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Gillian is a seasoned attorney who has been working with children and young adults since 2004, first as a teacher before becoming a lawyer. Prior to joining Raffaele & Associates, Gillian was a supervising attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Gillian worked in the Child Advocacy Unit, where she represented children and young adults in all stages of dependency proceedings. Representation included matters related to dependency, such as education, truancy, school discipline, adoption, and delinquency. Gillian also trained and supervised attorneys, including specific trainings in education law for children in foster care. This followed Gillian’s experience at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender representing dependent children as a law guardian attorney. Gillian’s tenure in child welfare practice involved almost daily court appearances and makes her extremely experienced and adept in trial advocacy.

Gillian has also practiced education law as a fellow with the Education Law Center in Philadelphia. Prior to law school, Gillian was an algebra teacher in rural South Louisiana with the Teach For America program.

Gillian graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2010 with recognition in Outstanding Oral Advocacy and from Pennsylvania State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Gillian’s practice at Raffaele & Associates includes:

• Higher Education and Civil Rights
• Juvenile Justice
• School Discipline and Truancy
• Special Education Law


• J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
• B.A. in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University


Defender Association of Philadelphia, Child Advocacy Unit – Supervising Attorney
New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Office of the Law Guardian, New Brunswick, NJ – Law Guardian
Education Law Center, Philadelphia, PA – Fellowship Attorney

Gillian lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.