Susan graduated from the City University of New York Law School in 1990. She began her career at the Office of General Counsel of the City University of New York (CUNY) and later joined the Office of Legal Counsel of the New York City Department of Education (DOE). At the DOE, Susan tried cases on behalf of NYC school districts in special education proceedings; trained staff on relevant statutory authority; represented the DOE in employment discrimination cases and worked with high level administrators.
After representing school districts for many years, Susan decided to represent parents instead of school districts. She therefore left the public sector to join a law firm specializing in education law. In 2003 Susan opened her own practice. Susan’s firm handles special education cases for families who reside within the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties. While Susan represents students with a wide array of disabilities, she handles a high percentage of matters that involve students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
In addition to her work as a lawyer, Susan served as a board member of the Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) and currently serves as an advisory board member of AHA. She offers seminars at AHA’s bi-annual conferences for parents and districts, held at Adelphi University and Eastern Suffolk BOCES; provides lectures to parents and districts at special education parent-teacher association (SEPTA) meetings and speaks to parents and professionals at disability organizations and private schools. Susan also offers seminars in special education law to attorneys for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit sponsored by the New York Bar Association. Susan is a member of the Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPPA), the New York Bar Association, the Nassau Bar Association and the Hellenic Lawyers Association.