|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|cum laude||New England Law Boston||1997|
|Attorney||Laura E. Gillis Law Office||2000 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts||Member||2000 - Present|
|Coalition of Parent Attorneys and Advocates||Member||2000 - Present|
|Special Needs Advocacy Network||Member||2000 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association’s Juvenile & Child Welfare Section’s Special Education Law Practice Group||Co-chair||2000 - Present|
|Gillis Law Blog||The Dyslexia Duckling||2017|
|Gillis Law Blog||Autism in the Workplace||2017|
|Gillis Law Blog||Is the school district failing to meet your child’s needs?||2016|
|Gillis Law Blog||Supporting Your Position as A Parent||2016|
|New England Law Boston||Law||J.D.||1997|
|University of Massachusetts, Amherst||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
Posted by Jackie
I hired Laura Gillis Law after dealing with repeated compliance issues with my son's IEP. I met with Laura to review my issues and see if she could help. There were clear legal issues that we felt could be addressed and Laura discussed with me what we could do leading up to our meeting with the city to have a very clear idea of what my son needed. I chose to have a neuropsych completed and to hire a consultant to review the classroom options that school offered. Laura and Associates were able to clearly prove where the city was failing my child, what needed to be done to correct these issues, and fought for the placement I believed was the best fit.
Laura won't baby you, she is absolutely professional, a master of education laws and able to address all areas of concern seamlessly. I am beyond happy with the results of our meetings and where we stand at this point with my son. We have Laura on retainer because there will be issues again with the district, but at least I am going to battle with the best weapon I could ask for.
If you are looking for someone who will tell you everything will be fine, look elsewhere. If you want an attorney who will be clear on where you stand legally, what services or placement you can fight for and what to agree to, then you have found the firm for you.
Posted by Jim and Shaaron
As parents of a child with special needs, we have always been staunch advocates for our daughter since she entered the public school system at age 3. Once our daughter made it to high school, we knew that we needed professional help from someone who we could trust and count on. With Laura’s lived experience, we felt that she truly understood the hardships that we endured, how far we had come and how important the decisions were for our daughter’s future, well-being and safety. Laura has unique skills and resources that were fundamental in assisting with our case. In meetings with the school and their attorney’s Laura and her staff were always well prepared and presented our position with eloquence, resolve, diligence and professionalism. If for any reason, you feel that you have questions about your child’s education, we strongly recommend meeting Laura for a consultation. Our daughter’s future is so much brighter because of Laura’s dedication to helping children have everything they deserve.
Posted by Carol
Laura is superb in every way and we very highly recommend her. We had a complicated case with the school and from the very start Laura was there for us. We spoke to 3 other lawyers and Laura hands down was the right choice. She spent her time to tell us what our options were, with specific suggestions on professional experts, schools, evaluations and assessments. Laura has an excellent network, knows the special education field very well and was able to get us the correct connections in a timely manner beyond the call of duty. Laura is very personable, caring, easy to talk to and work out a mutual plan of action every step of the way. We had a strong, knowledgeable, effective legal and educational advocate on our side which was huge. Laura got us the outcome we desired and we can't thank her enough. She is exceptional and extremely dedicated to serving children and their families in the very best ways.
Mark Favaloro, Medical malpractice Attorney
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
I had the privilege of working with Attorney Gillis 15 years ago and I continue today to be impressed with her tenacity and skill as a lawyer and total commitment to her clients. She is sharp, extremely bright, and never lets go until she is satisfied that her client has achieved a just result. She is the consummate professional.