About Bonnie Schinagle

I started my legal career as a judicial law clerk, intending to become a litigator. After that, I spent many years working in the area of insurance coverage litigation, dealing with complex, multidistrict disputes in federal and state courts. Then, my family faced a challenge. My child’s needs were not being met in our local public school in New York. Our family suffered anguish. Moving forward, I realized that I was presented with the opportunity to use my legal skills to help others, but wanted to become expert in my knowledge of the laws affecting school aged children in need of special education.

 I returned to school for a post-doctorate degree and engaged in an in-depth, scholarly examination of the IDEA and other laws protecting the disabled.  IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act allow students across the country, including New York and Connecticut, to get the supports and services they need to function in school and society.  Getting full protection under the law, however, requires that parents know which questions to ask and the resources available.

If you are concerned about your child’s educational or social and emotional functioning in school, my firm can help.  I know firsthand the confusion and stress parents experience when their child’s development is questioned.  If you have these concerns, I can help secure your child’s legal rights.

Contact me so that we can discuss your options.

Professional Involvement

Executive Board and legal committee, Long Island Professionals in ADHD Consortium
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
2014 Institute of Special Education Advocacy, William & Mary Law School
Case law update presenter, Wrightslaw conferences, May 14, 2015, Feb. 29, 2016


Barnard College, A.B. English
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., L.L.M.
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Barry Stone, Fourth Court of Appeal for the State of Florida
Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Magistrate Judge Linnea Johnson, U.S. Federal District Court, S.D. Fla.


New York


Considering the Individualized Education Program: A Call for Applying Contract Theory to an Essential Legal Document, C.U.N.Y. Law Review, June, 2014

The Strained Dynamic of the LRE Concept in the IDEA 35, Children’s Legal Rights Journal 229 (2015) Dr. Marilyn Bartlett, co-author.

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