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  • Donald N Freedman

    I have been familiar with Mr. Crabtree's work, particularly in the special education area, for over thirty years. His knowledge of the law and his advocacy skills, both at the trial and appellate levels, are of the highest in the field. But what has also always impressed me about him is his empathy, his sensitivity to the needs of children with special needs and their families, and his awareness of the limits of the legal process as applied to the delicate relationship of teacher and student. He is the ultimate counselor, as well as advocate.


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Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

One Bowdoin Square
Boston, MA, 02114-2927


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2010
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2006
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Martha Ziegler Founder's AwardFederation for Children With Special Needs2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP1981 - Present
AssociateHerrick & Smith1977 - 1980
Judicial Law ClerkFederal District Court, Massachusetts1976 - 1977
Research DirectorMassachusetts Legislature: Committee on Education1969 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A1972 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationN/A1972 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Special Education ReporterPeriodic Commentaries on BSEA decisions2010
Autism SIG of the Association for Behavior Analysis InternationalTreatment of Applied Behavioral Analysis under IDEA2010
Special Education Law in Massachusetts (MCLE)Advocating on Behalf of Students and Parents)(co-author w partner, E. Hagerty)2010
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior InterventionThe Lay of the Law: The ADA Undergoes Some Critical Fine-tuning2008
WrightsLaw.comThe Paper Case (special education advocacy)2007
Wrights LawMistakes People Make (special education advocacy)2007
PAVE (Parents Active for Vision Education)Due Process Hearings (under IDEA)2007
Family EducationNine Rules of Thumb2007
Boston Bar JournalSpecial Education: Past, Present and Future (Co-author)1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Andover Newton Theological SchoolN/AN/A1971
Bowdoin CollegeN/AN/A1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Road Ahead: Creating Pathways for Persons with Asperger SyndromeNavigating and Advocating for Students with Asperger Syndrome2010
FCSN Parent Consultant Training (3-4 days/year)Parent consultant training in special education due process2010
Threshold Program/Lesley University Commencement AddressCommunity Engagement: Paying it Forward2009
AACAP 54th Annual MeetingNapoleon Dynamite: Kids Called Nerds (legal issues re: Asperger's Syndrome)2007