Special Education Expert Witnesses

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: Disability Evaluation, Education & Schools, Mental Health, School Safety, Social Work, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

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 - standard of care, children's services, school social work, special education, foster care, child custody, psychotherapy, mental health, child abuse, mitigation, malpractice.
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...

John F. Doherty, Ed.D 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, physical abuse, student/child supervision, special education, child custody & school review, school security, 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, Dr. Edward Dragan, and expert witness, Dr. John Doherty, 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. John F. Doherty Ed.D. is an experienced public and private school educator who has focused his work on improving schools through effective hiring practices, supervision and training of staff, and building a school culture of sustainability. He has over 35 years of experience as a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Assistant Principa...

Michael Salitore, Ed.D.

Gresham, Oregon
Education & Schools, School Safety - Special Education, School Safety, Behavior, School Mental Health, School Counseling, IDEA, ADA, 504, District and School Administration, Federal Programs, School Nursing, School Improvement, Restraint and Seclusion, Evaluation, Assessment, Disability, Experiential Education, and Risk Management
Dr. Michael Salitore is an experienced school/district administrator, psychologist, and teacher, working in public education since 2003. Currently, a director of student services since 2014 managing special education/ federal programs, school safety, behavioral health, and administration of policy under the IDEA and ADA. As a school psychologist, he has experience in areas of assessment of children pre-k through post-high school with disabilities. As a teacher of college-age students since 2005 and a trainer for various school districts, he has experience teaching adults complex topics. Dr. Salitore has a proven track record of improving school structures and systems that lead to positive outcomes for students with disabilities. He has experience navigating the complex dynamics involved with school systems, both opportunity, and barriers that get in the way of student success. Dr. Salitore’s doctoral work and dissertation focus is on the provision of the IDEA of Least Restrictive ...

Allison E. Shipp, Ph.D., CRC Ascendant Consulting, Inc.

Germantown, Tennessee
Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Evaluation - Vocational Expert, Vocational Consultant, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Earnings Capacity, Labor Market, Reasonable Accommodations, Employment Law, Labor Law, LHWCA, ERISA, Insurance Defense, Divorce, Special Education, Elder Law, Home Access, Home Modifications, SSDI, Medical Malpractice
Dr. Allison Shipp has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 25 years. She has a doctorate degree from Auburn University (2008) in rehabilitation counseling and special education. She has extensive experience as an assistive technology practitioner and evaluator, writing thousands of reports and providing recommendations for individuals with disabilities for school, work, and life. Dr. Shipp’s areas of practice include Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluations, Vocational Expert Testimony, Workers’ Compensation, Labor & Employment Law, Assistive Technology, Home Modifications, Reasonable Accommodations, and Labor Market Research.