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Lillian Elisabeth Wong

Education Attorney at Cambridge, MA

5.0   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2008
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About Lillian

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Practice area
  1. Education
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    Representation at: -IEP, 504, Manifestation, and Transition Meetings -Mediation -Due Process Hearings Assistance: - Filing a complaint - Requesting an educator's credentials - Reviewing / correcting your child's records - Obtaining an independent evaluation

    15 years

At Wong & Boscarine, we advocate for the educational and civil rights of students throughout Massachusetts. We help families successfully navigate the special education process with valuable legal advice and representation at every step – from reviewing IEPs, attendance at mediations, to representation at hearings at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). We have experience representing students with a wide range of profiles and needs. We have successfully advocated for clients’ inclusion in the general education setting and helped other families secure private, out-of-district placements. Whatever your needs, we are committed to helping students achieve their potential at school and beyond.

Location

Wong & Boscarine, LLC
One Mifflin Place
Suite 400
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Wong & Boscarine LLC
15 Morningside Drive
Topsfield, MA, 01983
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Posted by Ruth | January 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Parent of a special needs child
Lilian is wonderful. She is very smart, professional and approachable. She did a great job representing our family and through her hard work and dedication did not end up going to hearing, but getting everything we wanted! She was able to give us good and thoughtful advice, was realistic and honest. I would use her again, and have recommended her to friends.
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Posted by Trish | October 9, 2019
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Very knowledgeable Special Ed law
My family had been inundated with IEPs that were not working for our son and we did not have the time or expertise to become experts in Special Ed law so we could keep up. We worked with Lillian Wong who immediately showed a sense of understanding, expertise and calmness that helped us through a difficult time with our district. Lillian will go to bat for your child, having the expertise from IEPs to court cases, to ensure the best and correct placement for your child. She has a compassionate understanding of the issues parents are facing with Special Ed departments and put us at ease with her demeanor and ability to shift the stress off of us and to the professionals. I would highly recommend Lillian to any family looking to help alleviate the struggles and confusion of IEPs and Special Ed law.
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Response from Lillian Wong October 10, 2019
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you!
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2018
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Thoughtful, caring, passionate, expert in special education law
Lillian Wong is the most passionate, understanding attorney in special education law. We hired Lillian after meeting with her for a complex case involving our son who had learning disabilities. She was very open and responsive throughout the entire process. Took the time to thoroughly understand our case, worked with us on a daily basis, as well as, calmed our fears throughout the emotional rollercoaster. She was the most passionate individual I have met regarding children’s rights and understood the intricacies of the law. She provided us with a strategy, explanations of what to expect, and truly partnered with us on our case. We feel as though she is a member of our family at this point as we have the utmost trust in her abilities and dedication. We can not say enough about Lillian. We would recommend her to any family facing challenges with school districts and their children.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2018
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Knowledgeable Compassionate Professional
When I reached out to Attorney Wong I knew she has the knowledge to help us navigate the laws of FAPE, IDEA and Civil Rights. While working with Attorney Wong she always kept us informed every step of the way. She was able to calm my fears and help our daughter get an out of placement district!!! Lillian fought for her like she was her own daughter, her COMPASSION and PASSION for helping my daughter get a fair education goes above and beyond. I can’t thank her enough for all she has done, my daughter’s future is so much brighter now because Of Attorney Lillian Wong. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2017
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Lillian Wong
Lillian is an excellent attorney and highly recommended. She helped us wade though all the laws and regulations and advised us the whole way. We followed her advice and documented all incidents and turned over all the documentation to her. She took it from there and got our child the out of district placement we wanted. It's a long process for anyone, and Lillian has demonstrated she is highly capable and very supportive to us during the ordeal.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2017
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When Being Informed Isn't Enough
Lillian helped us navigate the world of FAPE. Even though I was a very informed parent when it came to my children's dyslexia and basic rights, our school district was not receptive to my concerns and team meetings were not getting my children what they needed. I reached out to Lillian to help get what I knew my children legally were entiled to. For one of my children, we had a very complicated path consisting of district politics, state law, federal law, and out of district time constraints but she as able to help my child get what she needed. She was very efficient and explained things well. I'm so glad we decided to use Lillian and have recommended her to many.
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Posted by chuck | April 7, 2017
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Excellent educational lawyer
Lillian really reviewed my child's educational record. I felt she "knew" my child much better than the district's lawyer and the special ed administrators. In our case, Lillian had great insight into the process of fighting for services that our child desperately needed. I highly recommend Lillian Wong.
Posted by Jennifer | April 6, 2016
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Exceedingly competent with a large heart of compassion...
I was recommended to Lillian by my advocate, whom I had hired to fight the District for failure to provide services for my daughter who is currently a senior in high school. Lillian came highly recommended by my advocate who had recommended many others to Lillian, saying that she was: "very intelligent, and has never lost a case in all the years I have referred people to her." Lillian from the start tried to understand and accommodate my unique situation. She was not only intelligent, but very strategic in how she chose to handle the situation. In addition to this, Lillian is very personable, and also responds in a very timely way. We ended up settling out of court, but Lillian went above and beyond what any lawyer would be expected to do --- even at personal sacrifice and cost to herself. Though she had never met my daughter, she had deep compassion for her situation, and cared a great deal about the outcome. If you are trying to decide on a lawyer, I can say personally and confidently that your search can end with Lillian. Her care --- not only as a lawyer, but as a person --- will have value to my daughter on multiple levels for the rest of her life. Words are inadequate to express my thankfulness for Lillian's magnanimity and generosity to our family. Any of her future clients will be both fortunate and exceedingly blessed in their association with Lillian.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2015
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Outplacement
When we realized that we needed an attorney to get involved in our son's education plan, I spoke to a few different lawyers and after talking to Lillian, I knew we wanted to work with her. From the beginning, she listened to our input and was thorough in her review of the facts of the case. Throughout the process at each decision point, Lillian explained the steps involved, our options, associated costs and probable outcomes along with her recommendation. Working with Lillian we were able to achieve an outplacement for our son, in what was described as a complex case. We highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
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Excellent!
Lillian successfully helped us achieve out of district placement for our child through her knowledge of Special Education law and our district. Very thorough and responsive.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
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Strongly Recommended
Attorney Lillian Wong is a true professional and familiar with student with special education. My case was dragging for two years. Until I found Ms Lillian Wong. When I was talking to her I knew I found the right attorney. She handled my case so well, went smooth, settled and closed. Eventually, my son has a right education and placement. I don’t know what I can say: Thank you so much! Lillian!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2015
excellent life changing attorney
Lillian is an excellent spec.ed attorney and we highly recommend her. She was able to get our son in a much needed private school and eased our stress tremendously throughout the whole process. Our son is once again happy and enjoys going to school now. Lillian made a life changing difference in our son and we are forever thankful.
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Posted by Doreen | December 10, 2014
I highly recommend Lillian Wong!
I highly recommend Lillian Wong. She handled a very difficult case with ease. She told me exactly what she needed from me. She changed my son's life by getting him into the right school. He is finally happy to go to school everyday. I will be forever grateful to her.
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2014
My child's education
Lillian explained every step of the legal process to place our child in a different school setting. She is extremely knowledgeable about the laws of the special education system, and she takes the time to explain the entire process to the parents. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2013
An excellent attorney for family with autism child seeking for appropriate placement
Attorney Lillian is very good in finding the key points of my daughter's out-district placement case, and made strategies that is appropriate for us. She is excellent in communicating with school district attorney about what our family need, very efficient in delivering and sharing what message or any information she got from school or BSEA, even on weekends and evenings. She is very good in communicating with me even I am not a native English speaker. She is also very experienced and efficient in answering special education law related questions. She also has a warm heart and understood the parents’ feeling for children with autism, and made it her relentless responsibilities to help them.
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Posted by Jeanne | April 25, 2012
Mother of adolescent boy with special needs
Attorney Wong is a dedicated professional who is very well educated in Special Education Law. She listens to the client, pays attention to details and is quite capable of not only presenting an excellent case, but also in winning the case! We were up against an uncooperative special education department, who were trying to cut corners in order to save money, at the expense of our son’s education. They presented us with many inexpensive and inappropriate "solutions" sighting the excuse of "least restrictive environment” and continually asked for more lengthy evaluations, in hopes of dragging out the process. They used many stalling tactics in hopes of discouraging us, but Attorney Wong steadily pushed forward to a successful outcome for our son. Our son is now a student at one of the most prestigious private therapeutic high schools in Massachusetts and is finally receiving the education to which he is entitled. We trusted our son’s future to Attorney Wong and she did not let us down.
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Posted by Dianne | January 31, 2012
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Lillian helped my son to get services for an uncommon anxiety disorder when the school had been unwilling to provide him with help. She worked closely with my advocate as well and was very good about explaining things to me and making sure that I understood them. She was also very open about the cost of her fighting for something, versus us financing certain things on our own (by this I mean she let us know if it would cost more for her to argue our rights or pay for something ourselves). I found her to be very understanding and caring of our situation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2012
Honest and realistic, dedicated to helping children
Lillian was able to step in and help us quickly secure appropriate placement and services for our preschool son on the autism spectrum. She is very honest and upfront. We plan to hire her again in the future.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2012
Excellent help securing IEP supports for student with Lyme disease
Lillian reviewed our complicated case involving a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease that the Ashland Public schools refused to believe due to the recommendations of their school physician and nurse. She worked with us to define goals to help our 4th grade son and then formulated a strategy to obtain the necessary IEP supports. Lillian clearly communicated the tradeoffs between arbitration and proceeding to hearing. She presented our case in a compelling way that the other attorney could not refute. Ultimately, school personnel changed and our son received the educational support he needed. I would highly recommend Lillian to anyone pursuing an IEP and dealing with outrageously difficult school staff.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2012
Lillian is a wonderful education lawyer and advocate
It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Lillian. She is knowledgeable, professional, diligent, and caring. She was advocating for a student with special needs to receive legally mandated, free and appropriate public education. Lillian understood the student, family, teacher, and legal perspectives so well. She stayed on top of all the details and was determined to make this student's academic experience better. She was always available to us and would happily take the time to explain things so that everyone-- including the student-- understood. In the end, she succeeded in dramatically improving this student's education and life. We are very grateful to Lillian and recommend her without reservation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wong & Boscarine LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Lillian E. Wong, LLC
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Summer Associate
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Extern
  • United States District Court
  • 2006 - 2006
  • International Policy Coordinator
  • National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • 2004 - 2004
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Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Dartmouth College
  • A.B.
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re: Student v. Nashoba Regional School District – BSEA #19-09691
  • Parents and Student Prevail
  • In Re: Flavio & Beverly Public Schools – BSEA # 18-10763
  • Parents prevail in prehearing motion
  • In Re: Student v. Andover BSEA # 18-05127
  • Parents and Student prevail
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Associations

  • Coalition to Defend Special Education - Mass Advocates for Children
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
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  • 2021
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  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Young Alumna
  • Berwick Academy
  • 2011
  • 2010 Top Educational Law Blog
  • Forensic Psychology
  • 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • NESCA Staff Seminar
  • The Neuropsychologist's Top 5 Special Education Law Challenges
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (11)
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Education Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My office recently referred a pro bono matter to Lillian. She resolved the matter for the family with ease. I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without reservations. I had the pleasure of working with Attorney Wong at Goodwin Procter LLP. She is passionate and an extremely knowledgeable attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Jan 05
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Aug 19
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Education Attorney | Apr 23
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