Special Education Expert Witness

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Special education expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on special education. The special education expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Education & Schools, Mental Health, Safety, School Safety, Slip Trip & Fall, and Social Work.

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Joseph S Schwartzberg, Ed.D.

Education & Schools, School Safety - Special Education Expert witness . Particular expertise in issues related to the standards of care for children with disabilities. Extensive experience testifying in state and federal court on matters concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Fully credentialed/certified in special education. Administrative credentials in both NY and California. Served as a classroom teacher and Principal in schools designed to serve special populations as well as general education/mainstream environments. Served as Senior SELPA Director. Taught university classes designed to prepare prospective special education teachers. Developed and implemented agreements with other agencies with responsibilities to persons with disabilities. Development , implementation and evaluation of special education programs. Establish protocols for standards of care for students with disabilities. Expertise and trial testimony experience in matters concerning school safety and child abuse.

Robert P Gelhart, Ed.D.

Laguna Niguel, California
School Safety, Education & Schools - Education, School Safety, Handicapped Children, Special Education, School Premises Liability, Bullying, Sexual Molestation
Dr. Gelhart is a licensed Educational Psychologist and credentialed School Counselor and Teacher. He specializes in school safety including sexual molestation, physical and emotional trauma and wrongful death of handicapped children. He has over 40 years of experience in education at all instructional levels.

ANDREA D LORANT, MA EDUCATION CONSULTANT/SPECIAL EDUCATION

WEST HILLS, California
Education & Schools - CHILD CUSTODY, SPECIAL EDUCATION, ADA ,INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, REGIONAL CENTERS, EARLY INTERVENTION, RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENTS, LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT, TRANSITION SERVICES, ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, PROGRAM/SERVICES EVALUATIONS, SPECIAL EDUCATION ELIGIBILITY, AUTISM
22 YEARS AS A CONFERENCE PRESENTER ON DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TOPICS

Joseph S Schwartzberg, Ed.D.

Vista, California
Education & Schools, School Safety - Special Education Expert witness . Particular expertise in issues related to the standards of care for children with disabilities. Extensive experience testifying in state and federal court on matters concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Fully credentialed/certified in special education. Administrative credentials in both NY and California. Served as a classroom teacher and Principal in schools designed to serve special populations as well as general education/mainstream environments. Served as Senior SELPA Director. Taught university classes designed to prepare prospective special education teachers. Developed and implemented agreements with other agencies with responsibilities to persons with disabilities. Development , implementation and evaluation of special education programs. Establish protocols for standards of care for students with disabilities. Expertise and trial testimony experience in matters concerning school safety and child abuse.

Beth Wechsler, MSW, LICSW Beth Wechsler, LICSW

Mashpee, Massachusetts
Social Work, Mental Health - children's services, school social work, special education, child welfare, foster care, child custody, psychotherapy, mental health, child abuse, mitigation, medical malpractice, capital punishment sentencing.
Social Work Expert Witness for Cases in Children's Services Nationwide: I am a social work expert witness for both plaintiff and defense (with experience in CA, IA, FL, MA, MO, NM and TN). I specialize in cases where the system has failed the child, resulting in unfortunate and sometimes disastrous outcomes. I will review your case, identify what happened, what should have happened and why it did not. Did a social worker fail to meet the standard of care and if so was (s)he negligent or was there a clinical error that can be understood in terms of the resources and systems in which it occurred? Based on 45 years of social work experience, I know that clinicians in children's services (in outpatient mental health settings, in the schools and especially in state child protection agencies) work in complex, challenging situations. Evaluating failure to meet the standard of care, and to act in accord with the values and ethics that define social work, is often straightforward, som...

Kate M. Panaccione, EdD Square Peg Consulting

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Education & Schools, School Safety - Special Education, Behavior, Autism, Assessment/Evaluation, Safety/Injury, Appropriate Educational Programming, Individual Education Plan/IEP, Restraint/Seclusion, Placement, Manifestation Determination
Dr. Panaccione’s areas of expertise are: Assessment for Special Education Identification, Behavioral and Safety Concerns, and Educational Programming for Students with Disabilities. She can serve as a consultant that offers expert advice on the appropriateness of special educational programming, testify at Due Process Administrative Hearings for Special Education and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, testify at depositions and civil trials, and write expert reports. With over 30 years in education, and licensure in Special Education, General Education, and Special Education Administration, Dr. Panaccione has chaired hundreds of IEP meetings, Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act) meetings, and developed special education programming for thousands of children. She also conducted statewide professional development seminars in special education and offered training in developmental disabilities to parents and members of the community. She has taught all age levels Pre-K through Univers...

Edward F. Dragan, EdD, MEL School Liability Expert Group

Lambertville, New Jersey
Education & Schools, School Safety - Title IX, 1983, wrongful death, school and youth-serving agency liability, negligent hiring, personal injury, sexual abuse, harassment and bullying, student/child supervision, special education, child custody & school review, daycare, camps, colleges & universities.
At School Liability Expert Group we provide services from case inception through resolution. Determining the merit of a case, assisting with the development of pleadings, deposition focus and questions, conducting file and deposition review and analysis, developing expert reports, and offering testimony at deposition and trial are some of the services provided. Through the experience of its founder and principal expert witness, Dr. Dragan, and expert witness Dr. Jorden Schiff, along with a highly trained staff, School Liability Expert Group, provides quality comprehensive services for plaintiff and defendant attorneys in high-profile and complicated cases. Dr. Dragan has a doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University, a master’s in Education Law from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law, and a master’s in Special Education from The College of New Jersey. He is the author of The Bully Action Guide: How to Help Your Child and How to Get You...

Robert H. Schram, D.P.A. Maximize Life

Levittown, Pennsylvania
Safety, Slip Trip & Fall - School safety, discrimination, wrongful death, workplace issues, guardianship, workplace safety, nonprofit, mental illness, mental retardation, intellectual disabilities, abuse, special education, risk management, group homes, employee handbook, personnel injury, policies, procedures, protocols
In addition to my formal education I have Certificates from: The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in Finance; University of Penn Medical School in Medical Ethics and Decision Making; Ford Motor Company in Dispute Resolution; PA Department of Public Welfare and Desales University in Leadership. For forty-two years I have direct work experience with: vocational rehabilitation, standard of care, special education, risk management, workplace safety, workplace abuse, discrimination, wrongful death, policies and procedures, personnel matters, business operations, employment, exploitation, guardianship, early intervention, business operations, employee issues, residential long term care, production line management, marketing, writing, fundraising, new program start-up, long range and strategic planning, teaching and training, supervision, public speaking, arbitration, mediation, conflict management/dispute resolution; group and individual counseling, human resource management. I...