Children’s Rights

The Firm has a particular commitment to protecting the rights of children, whether to a free appropriate public education, to a safe and nurturing foster or adoptive home, or to be free from unlawful misconduct by police and school officials.

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Representative Cases:

  • Carey v. Slingerland – The Firm represents the parents of Jonathan Carey, a 13-year old boy who was brutally killed by a New York State employee at OD Heck, a New York State facility for the disabled where Jonathan resided. The Firm obtained a $5 million settlement.
  • Gotlin v. City of New York – The Firm represents the estate of Hailey Gonzalez, a two-year-old girl who was killed by her mother’s boyfriend while the home was under the court-ordered supervision of the Administration for Children’s Services.
  • K.J. v. State of New Jersey – The Firm obtained a $7.5 million settlement from the State of New Jersey on behalf of three foster children who were starved and otherwise abused by their foster parents for a period of years.
  • D.D. v. City of New York – The Firm successfully represented a class of disabled preschool children in a case that resulted in the elimination of a lengthy waiting list for services required by the Individual with Disabilities Education Act.
  • S.C. v. City of New York – The Firm represented a 16-year-old girl who had been subjected by school officials to an unlawful strip search while she was handcuffed in a school bathroom. The firm secured a settlement of $245,000 – one of the largest in New York City for a single strip search.
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