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Daniel S. Perlman

Education Attorney at Concord, MA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2009
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Daniel Perlman has more than a decade of experience helping families who have children with special needs. He previously served as the case law attorney for Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), one of the first educational advocacy organizations for children in the nation. Since then, he has represented hundreds (and hundreds) of families who have children with special needs from across the Commonwealth.

Each year since 2015, Attorney Perlman has been selected for inclusion in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers directory, which recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in Massachusetts who demonstrate excellence in their practice. He also served on the Advisory Board of Exceptional Lives and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN).

In addition to his practice, Attorney Perlman created and manages Special Education Law (), a free resource for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys in Massachusetts. Since its development, users have accessed Special Education Law over half a million times.

As a special education attorney, Attorney Perlman helps ensure that children with special needs receive the services and support they are entitled to under the law. He routinely represents and advises families on all aspects of special education disputes, including the team process (evaluations, eligibility, IEP development, program, and placement disputes), mediation, unilateral and out-of-district placements, litigation at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and settlement negotiation.

Attorney Perlman frequently presents on special education and school discipline law at professional conferences and workshops and to SEPACs, nonprofits, and other organizations. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated magna cum laude.

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Perlman Legal, LLC
300 Baker Avenue
Suite 300
Concord, MA, 01742


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Posted by Cara | July 13, 2015
Dan Perlman; A lawyer who fights for the child’s best interest!
After my first conversation with Attorney Dan Perlman, I knew our prayers had been answered and it was at that point, I decided to put our son’s future and all my trust in Dan and his expertise. I was 100% confident that Dan’s sole focus would be to give our son a fighting chance at a successful future. Our son, who is 17, has Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette syndrome disorder, Depression and OCD and during his 3 years at the high school he was attending had declined to a life of isolation and depression. Because of Dan’s selfless and tireless efforts, our boy will soon be enrolled in a much better environment that is suited to assist him with his social and emotional needs versus the high school he was previously struggling at. Dan is an extremely intelligent lawyer who is honest, kind, giving and patient. He was always willing to take whatever time was needed to explain the process at each stage of our son’s case and kept us abreast of any and all situations as they arose. This was the first time I had ever used a lawyer for anything and Dan made the process very easy and never once did I feel like he wasn’t competent and totally in control of the situation. To tell you we are blessed is an understatement. I would highly recommend Dan to any parent whose child needs an advocate who wants nothing more than to fight for the best interests of the child. God bless you Dan and thank you! We will be forever grateful.
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Posted by Ritha | November 16, 2014
Tenacity, Persistence and Professionalism
I was blessed to have Attorney Daniel S Perlman assigned to my special need son’s case. I credit the successful outcome of my case to him. His tenacity, persistence and professionalism overcame legal barriers. He guided me through a very difficult case and obtained excellent result. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Margareth | November 14, 2014
I first met Dan when my son, who has autism, started high school. My son was struggling because the school he was at didn't have an appropriate program for him and Dan got involved and was extremely resourceful. Dan found us the right doctor, who also got on board to help, Dan was always there, present, reachable, patient, available and willing to do what was necessary in order to get my son the best education and school possible . Now my son is in an amazing school that cater to his needs and he's progressing beautifully thanks to God and his blessing to us "Dan Perlman". Dan you are a gift to us,we'll never, in a million years, be able to repay your care, responsibility and commitment to my son's cause. Dan Perlman is an amazing attorney and human being and my family and son are doing superbly because he cared.
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Posted by Maureen | November 13, 2014
Dan Perlman is a true advocate
I had the great good fortune of meeting Attorney Perlman a few years ago. He has worked diligently to ensure that my special needs child was adequately prepared to graduate from public high school with a diploma and a good transition plan. We are so pleased with the working relationship we had with Dan, as well as the outcome. We could not have gotten this done without his help.
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Posted by Hilda | November 3, 2014
Hilda I. Lopez, Esq.
Dan and I worked on a number of cases involving special education law, applied behavior analysis involving children with autism, and placement of children in Lawrence, MA. Dan was excellent with the clients, knowledge of the law and getting results.
Posted by Pearlene | October 16, 2014
Knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional
Attorney Perlman's support was clear and took amazing measures advocating for us as parents and our family, our child's academic team, advocates and co- lawyers alike. Through the highest of representation legally, detailed research, and gathering information Dan displayed the highest level of professionalism. Through detailed explanation of laws, guidelines and research he explained the system, the laws, the research based support and evaluations that resulted in amazing success and outcomes. The professionalism and expertise practiced did not stand alone. His understanding and guidance which was always thoroughly explained alerted us to not only see our side , but also recognize "the entire picture" and understand the laws, critical thinking, and results. Lastly and most importantly, his"down to earth", personal approach and support comforted us in so many ways, assuring that he understood our own challenges, and child's abilities and belief's and that from the very beginning he believed in our advocacy .
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Moor, Perlman & Gregg, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Office of Daniel S. Perlman, LLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Staff Attorney
  • Massachusetts Advocates for Children
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Legal Intern
  • Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court, D. Mass.
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Cambridge Public Schools
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Research Assistant
  • Northeastern University School Of Law
  • 2006 - 2009
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  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Massachusetts
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • Exceptional Lives
  • Advisory Board
  • 2016 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Coalition to Defend Special Education
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Education Law Task Force
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Public Interest Co-op Award
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • 2008
  • Honors Thesis Award in Psychology
  • University of Massachusetts
  • 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Amego, Inc.
  • Evaluating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 2015
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Special Education Law - LSSC
  • 2014
  • Juvenile Law Clinic
  • Special Education Advocacy
  • 2013
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Introduction to Special Ed
  • 2012
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Special Education Law
  • 2012
  • Endicott College School of Education
  • Meeting the Needs of Children with Autism
  • 2010
  • DPH FOR Families Program
  • Introduction to Special Education Law
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (9)
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Education Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is a fine young attorney who has dedicated to himself to helping families navigate through the special education complexities in Massachusetts. I feel very comfortable referring clients to him as i know he will provide them excellent and compassionate representation."
Education Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan has done a tremendous service for all special education attorneys in Massachusetts by creating a complete and searchable database of decisions issued by the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. This is extremely useful for those of us who practice special education law."
Education Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a thoughtful approach to education law and his background and experience are well suited to this area of practice. His former colleagues also speak highly of his work."
Education Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan was a Northeastern Law School co-op clerk with KCS some years ago. His work with us was excellent and we have stayed in close touch since then while he worked with MAC and consulted with us from time to time. He is an exceptional professional with the clear thinking and wise perspective that is critical for solid work in the field of special education law. We wish him all the best in his new practice."
Education Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is a dedicated and extremely talented attorney. He has a proven record of commitment to resolving special education issues. Dan is compassionate and efficient and would be an excellent choice for counsel."
Education Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working directly with Dan on a couple of special education cases. He is a delightful person to work with and a consummate lawyer, very bright, hard working, detail oriented, and committed to producing high quality results for his clients. I respect his expertise in special education and trust his high ethical standards."
Education Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is an exceptional attorney - smart, capable, experienced and compassionate."
Education Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Perlman. He has an incredible depth of knowledge in the areas of special education and disability law. His dedication to his clients and the diligence he puts forth on every case with which he is involved is truly impressive!"
Education Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Perlman for several years. His commitment to his clients is unparalleled. He is knowledgable, responsive, and highly professional. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Education Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable, ethical, and tireless"
Education Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known attorney Perlman for over eight years and found him to be an intelligent, hardworking and dedicated education lawyer."
Education Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege to consult with Attorney Perlman on several cases and have found his input to be cogent and practical."
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Concord Education Lawyer Daniel S. Perlman
Daniel S. Perlman
Education Attorney
Concord, MA
Licensed for 14 years