|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer||2010|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Massachusetts Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Martha Ziegler Founder's Award||Federation for Children With Special Needs||2005|
|Partner||Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP||1981 - Present|
|Associate||Herrick & Smith||1977 - 1980|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Federal District Court, Massachusetts||1976 - 1977|
|Research Director||Massachusetts Legislature: Committee on Education||1969 - 1974|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||N/A||1972 - Present|
|Boston Bar Association||N/A||1972 - Present|
|Massachusetts Special Education Reporter||Periodic Commentaries on BSEA decisions||2010|
|Autism SIG of the Association for Behavior Analysis International||Treatment of Applied Behavioral Analysis under IDEA||2010|
|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 Intervention||The Lay of the Law: The ADA Undergoes Some Critical Fine-tuning||2008|
|WrightsLaw.com||The Paper Case (special education advocacy)||2007|
|Wrights Law||Mistakes People Make (special education advocacy)||2007|
|PAVE (Parents Active for Vision Education)||Due Process Hearings (under IDEA)||2007|
|Family Education||Nine Rules of Thumb||2007|
|Boston Bar Journal||Special Education: Past, Present and Future (Co-author)||1993|
|Northeastern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|Andover Newton Theological School||N/A||N/A||1971|
|The Road Ahead: Creating Pathways for Persons with Asperger Syndrome||Navigating and Advocating for Students with Asperger Syndrome||2010|
|FCSN Parent Consultant Training (3-4 days/year)||Parent consultant training in special education due process||2010|
|Threshold Program/Lesley University Commencement Address||Community Engagement: Paying it Forward||2009|
|AACAP 54th Annual Meeting||Napoleon Dynamite: Kids Called Nerds (legal issues re: Asperger's Syndrome)||2007|
Posted by maura
We hired Robert Crabtree upon a recommendation of another family who had worked with him on an educational placement issue for their child. We needed representation, guidance, and advocacy with regards to the educational needs of our son with autism.
Bob is one of the most well known, well respected, and experienced lawyers in the field of educational law, and now having worked with him, I understand why. When we first contacted his firm, his assistant was very helpful and informative about how to proceed. We were able to meet with him in a short time frame. He gave us excellent guidance about what professional to to engage to assess our son and identify realistic goals for him. He was realistic about the process, preparing us for the many roadblocks we would encounter, but also gave us the encouragment to endure the process. He always responded to our many questions promptly and kept us apprised about developments as they happened. He kept us fully in the loop and understanding what we needed to do.
Because of his vigilance and expertise, we were able to avoid litigation, reach an agreement with the school system, and secure a place for our son in an appropriate educational setting with the right services and supports. I know that if we had not found him, we would probably still be in the middle of this process and losing precious time. I can say with confidence that the change in our quality of life has been dramatic since our son is in an appropriate setting. We are seeing the improvements in his functioning pervade every aspect of his life. This has restored our hope in the future of our family.
We will always grateful to Bob as we know that none of this would have been possible without him. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking for legal assistance in an educational matter.
Posted by Tina
Our family's relationship with Bob has spanned a decade with both of our children. His knowledge and common sense approach to complex issues that are neither black nor white is most refreshing and welcome. He was always exremely accessible to us and never more so than we were in crisis and needed to take quick action. He is also very ethical and kept our emotional and finacial wel being in mind when rendering advice. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous
Bob helped us through the most difficult time in our lives by methodically steering us through the maze of the public education system and getting our daughter into the environment that gives her the best chance to succeed. He is not only up to date on the latest legal information and developments in Education and Disabilities, he is extremely skilled and sensitive to the clients expectations, state of mind etc. He addresses the whole situation, not just the legal aspects. I would highly reccommend Bob for anyone seeking counsel for their educational issues.
Donald Freedman, Elder law Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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.