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Allison Louise Hertog

Allison Louise Hertog

also known as Allison Hertog, Alison Hertog

Practice areas:

Education, Civil Rights

About Me

Did you ever wish you had someone to sit on your side of the table? Not just a lawyer.  Not just someone with first-hand experience teaching kids with disabilities.  But also a passionate advocate for your child’s needs.  Well, you’ve finally found one – me, Allison HertogI am one of only a handful of professionals in the country who has both a Masters degree in special education and is a lawyer.

Simply put, I do not take “No” for an answer.  I founded Making School Work, P.L. because I struggled throughout her school years with multiple undiagnosed learning disabilities. I was retained in second grade and my disabilities were not accommodated nor even understood until my adulthood.  My parents were told early on that I would never attend college. How wrong they were.


The mission of my law firm is to help South Florida children with autism, ADHD, learning and other disabilities  to 1) obtain more and better services in public school, as well as accommodations for standardized tests; 2) choose the right school and; 3) navigate the process of attaining significant private school McKay Scholarships for their disabled children.  When parents work with me they get personalized attention and a passionate advocate who does not get intimidated and will not give up on your child. Making School Work is a Miami-based organization that works with children who struggle with all types of special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, physical limitations and ADHD.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Education: 95%
    9 years
  2. Civil Rights: 5%
    9 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Pro Bono (2%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Michael David Wild

    I endorse Allison. She's very smart, caring and dilligent and I would trust any of my clients with her care.


    Michael Wild Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

  • Ana Morel Saruski

    I endorse this lawyer. I hired Allison to represent my son in an action against our local public school system. As an attorney, I worked closely with Allison during the pendency of the case. Thanks to Allison, we were able to get the matter settled fairly quickly without going to hearing. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of this case, which would not have been possible without Allison's superlative legal skills and her knowledge of the educational system.


    Ana Saruski Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Making School Work, P.L.

1550 Madruga Avenue
Suite 333
Coral Gables, FL, 33146


FLMember in Good Standing200705/07/2015
NYCurrently registered 199803/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
FounderMaking School Work, P.L.2011 - Present
FounderFlorida School Partners2006 - 2011
Educational TherapistAllison Hertog2002 - 2005
Learning SpecialistThe Hewitt School2000 - 2001
AttorneyLawyers for Children1999 - 2000
Associate AttorneySzold & Brandwen1997 - 1999
TeacherThe Reece School1991 - 1992

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Autism SocietyN/A2011 - Present
Step Up for StudentsBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Florida School Choice Parent AssociationState Appointee2009 - 2010
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesAttorney Member2006 - Present
Council of Exceptional ChildrenMember2006 - Present
Florida Association of Special Education AttorneysAttorney Member2006 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
RedefinEdonline.orgTesting Makes McKay Scholarship Accountable to Parents2012
National Center for Learning DisabilitiesParent Rights in the Era of RTI2012

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Columbia University Teachers CollegeSpecial EducationMA - Masters1991
Smith CollegePsychology, GovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1989

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Learning Forward Annual ConferenceThe Legal Framework for Advocating for RtI at Your School and District2012
Florida State Board of Education WorkshopMcKay Scholarshps - Accountability to Parents2012
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual ConferenceReal World Mediation: An Interactive Workshop In Process, Pitfalls & Strategies CLE2012
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual ConferenceUnderstanding, Navigating & Challenging New Approaches to Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities CLE2011
Advocacy Institute WebinarThe RTI Rukus: What Special Education Advocates Need to Know2011
COPAA Annual ConferenceWhen Response to Intervention Doesn't Work: Your Legal Rights CLE2010
McKay Coalition Annual ConferenceResponse to Intervention and the McKay Scholarship2009
COPAA Annual ConferenceSpecial Needs School Vouchers CLE2008