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Carla Congdon Leone

Education Attorney at Concord, MA

5.0   6 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

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When not practicing special education law, I teach yoga and intuitive art through to both typical students and students with neurodiversity. I am also a happy dog owner!

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Licensed for 36 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1986
Updated 06/06/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 09/19/2022

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Carla C. Leone, Esq., M.A.


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  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Paula | July 28, 2011
Very Satisfied!
Carla did a wonderful job handling my case against the local school system. She was thorough, compassionate and took the time needed to speak to both me and my son to make sure she understood every aspect of the case. She gave great advice, was always available to answer questions and give guidance. She was fair in her fees and extremely knowledgeable. She really cares about getting children the services they need and deserve. We were extremely satisfied with her services. My son finally got the services he deserved and is flourishing in his new placement. I highly recommend her! She is by far the best attorney I have ever used.
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Posted by David | June 30, 2011
Excellent special education parent attorney and advocate
My wife and I have retained several different lawyers and advocates over the past 8 years on behalf of our son who was diagnosed at age two with PDD-NOS. Carla was by far the best. Carla has a strong understanding of special education law, excellent oral and written communication skills, and an outstanding attention to detail. She came to each meeting with the school fully prepared and with the issues to be discussed thoroughly researched from a legal perspective. Carla kept us apprised throughout our negotiations with the school system and after each meeting provided us with detailed session notes. Due to Carla’s efforts my wife and I were able to avoid extensive litigation and reached an amicable agreement with the school system. But by far, Carla’s best attribute is that she is highly personable and engaged. While Carla has a busy practice, each time we interacted with her we felt as if our son was the only child on her caseload. We very much trust her judgment, and have recommended her to friends.
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Posted by Rachel | August 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing but dedicated
Carla was professional, hardworking and at the core dedicated to the child she was representing. She cares deeply for the cause but represents the case efficiently, factually and confidently. She has been a pleasure to work with and truly understands educational law as well as the experience of parent and child.
Posted by Steve | February 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Steve L, EdD
Carla knows school law like no other! She assisted us in winning reimbursement for our child's tuition costs. Carla was thorough, informative, personable, in every way a part of our team in our settlement. In a case such as ours, I can't imagine someone better to work with - we're so fortunate to have benefited from her knowledge and expertise!
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Posted by Peter Sturman | January 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Endlessly knowledgeable and an astute and highly effective special education advocate.
Carla understands the schools from the inside out in terms of special education law. Every penny you spend working with I will be returned a thousand fold in terms of your ability to sleep comfortably at night knowing your children have the appropriate services and the schools act in accordance with the laws. She is updated timely and tactical. I would not hesitate to refer to any family seeking advocacy for their child.
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Posted by Christine | November 17, 2016
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parent of a child with special needs
We have a child with special needs, and have been working with Carla over the past few years to appropriately place our son in the correct educational settings as he has grown and his needs have changed. Carla not only has vast expertise in special education law, but she is also a tireless advocate for children's educational rights, and a truly compassionate individual. Carla is a consummate professional and very responsive, but just as importantly, she is caring and easy to work with during what can be a very emotional, difficult time for parents.
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  • Lesley University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • MA - Masters
  • 2018


  • Rising Center, LLC
  • Director
  • 2018 - Present


  • AmJur Award in Contracts
  • American Jurisprudence Society
  • 1983
  • AmJur Award in Torts
  • American Jurisprudence Society
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • SEPAC Meeting
  • Nuts and Bolts of Special Education Law
  • 2022
  • Update on Special Education Law
  • FBAs and BIPs
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Education Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Carla is an oustanding attorney and advocate for her clients. Carla's compassion and knowledge of special education law goes without saying. A pure joy to have worked with Carla!"