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:
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, and John also focus their practice on Juvenile Justice, Criminal Defense and School Discipline .
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
Good Law, Bad Law
Check out the latest episode of the podcast, Good Law Bad Law, featuring, Josh Kershenbaum of Frankel and Kershenbaum.
GOOD NEWS FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
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.”
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.
BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
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.”
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY F KERSHENBAUM. lawyers for kids and families, is proud to be celebrating its Firmiversary!
LEGO GROUP in DOYLESTOWN
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
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.
UNIVERSAL PRE-K MEETING IN PHILLY
LEARN ABOUT UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN IN PHILADELPHIA
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, 5:30-7PM
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!
SUPER LAWYERS RISING STARS ARE HERE!
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!
“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.
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
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.