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About me

The majority of my my practice centers around legal issues between students and schools.  This issue is my passion.  Clients range from pre-Kindergarten through graduate schools.  I also maintain a significant estate planning practice, including estate planning for families with special needs children.  In addition to my J.D., I also have a Master's Degree in Education and a teaching certification.  I am a member of the bar in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida.


I attended Suffolk Law School as an evening student, working full-time to support my family.  While at Suffolk, I earned a spot on the Law Review, where I focused my research and writing on the issue of the MCAS graduation requirement as it relates to children with special needs.  I graduated from Suffolk cum laude.


In my personal life, I serve as Vice President and on the Board of Directors of Temple Beth Israel in Waltham.  I also serve on the Board of Directors of two other organizations: the Waltham Community Foundation, a charitable organization that provides financial assistance to charities that benefit the people of Waltham, as well as GWARC, which assists people with intellectual challenges.


I am married, and have one daughter.  I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, playing the piano, playing golf, and watching the Red Sox.


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Practice areas


  1. Education: 90%
    8 years
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    8 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael P. Gerace

    Awesome attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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    I had the pleasure of interviewing James Baron on Mass Law Radio. His knowledge of special education law is impressive. With great detail and clarity, Attorney Baron explained the process parents of special needs students must go through in order to access resources for their children. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Law Office of James M. Baron

9 Spring Street
Waltham, MA, 02451


NHAuthorized to practice law200703/05/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Make New Friends AwardGirl Scouts2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of James M. Baron2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
GWARC (Greater Waltham Arc)Board Member2010 - Present
SPAN (Special Needs Advocacy Network)Member2010 - Present
COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates)Member2008 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Temple Beth IsraelVice President2005 - Present
Waltham Community FoundationBoard of Directors2003 - Present
Temple Beth IsraelBoard of Directors1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - 2012
Waltham Community FoundationPast President2003 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Student v. Belmont Public SchoolsStudent with high functioning autism was found eligible for special education services
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, GA)EducationM.Ed.1990
Brandeis UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
COPAA 2015Running Your Own Special Education Law Practice2015
COPAA 2014Running Your Own Special Education Law Practice2014
How to Start and Run a Solo PracticeHow to Start and Run a Solo Practice2012
Visions of CommunitySpecial Education Law: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder2011
How to Start and Run a Solo PracticeHow to Start and Run a Solo Practice2011
WebinarIntroduction to Special Education Law2010
MCLE School LawSchool Law2010
How to Start and Run a Solo PracticeHow to Start and Run a Solo Practice2010
AANE Asperger's ConferenceAsperger Syndrome and Special Education Law2010
Brachial Plexus Gathering504's, IEP's, and Brachial Plexus Injury2009
Autism and Special Education LawAutism and Special Education Law2008