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Peter Andrew Hahn

Education Attorney at Newton, MA

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2005
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Location

OneLaw
55 Chapel Street
Suite 301
Newton, MA, 02458

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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2023
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Outstanding Attorney
Peter Hahn was highly recommended to us for a case related to our daughter. From our first conversation with Attorney Hahn, he was very caring and attentive to our situation. We knew from that first call that Peter was the attorney for us. Peter is extremely knowledgeable, honest, thorough and attentive to details. We highly recommend Peter Hahn, he is outstanding and you will be very happy to have Peter as your attorney!!
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Posted by Koray | November 11, 2023
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Excellent representation
My wife and I hired Mr. Hahn when we were very desperate trying to find an attorney to represent our case. He was very calm while listening to our story and the challenges we were having with the school. Mr. Hahn took our case, worked persistently, and maintained consistent communication with us. He was persistent, attentive, and very organized. His demeanor and determination helped us to get what we wanted. We are grateful to have hired him and we believe he is one of the best attorneys out there.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2022
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Success in complex out of district placement (twice)
Peter worked with us over the course of several years as we sought desperately needed out of district placement for our two sons. Peter is extremely knowledgeable and deeply experienced. He has a wonderful sense of justice for kids and knows how to get the results children deserve. Peter is a wonderfully effective minimalist. He never clocked in unnecessary hours and always considered his own fees as part of the decision making process at each step. He was open to our contributions as time and cost saving measures. He was able to guide us through complex education law with clear explanations. Because he was always the clear thinking in the room, he was also able to point out where and when the school system was trying to pressure, manipulate, and gaslight us and our children. Not only did he help us place our kids at the schools that ensured their successful transition to college, he also gifted them a sense of justice. School systems can really beat down a kid's sense of confidence. By "winning," Peter helped restore our kids' knowledge that they deserve an appropriate education (like everyone else) and, when they get it, they can thrive. We are forever grateful for Peter's wisdom, legal talents, and his righteous drive to make schools do right by children.
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Posted by Allen | July 22, 2022
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Highly Recommended!
I am very pleased to highly recommend Attorney Peter Hahn. Peter has helped us to work through some difficult issues with my teenage son over the past several years. My son is a good person but he is also impulsive. He tends to act without thinking about the consequences. As a result, he has made some serious mistakes. Some of the mistakes have involved the police. Those situations were understandably very stressful for my wife and me. We were overwhelmed, confused, and in desperate need for help. That is when we reached out to Peter for help. Peter immediately responded to our need for help. He listened carefully to our situation and concerns. He was understanding, compassionate, and kind. His experience in helping families to successfully resolve our kind of issues was very reassuring. He explained the laws relevant to our situation, advised us on how best to proceed, and then worked diligently to help us. Throughout our case, Peter was focused and very persistent. At one point, the authorities were not responding to his requests for a decision on a very important matter. Peter responded by leaving them messages every day until they finally did respond. The officer later told me with a smile, “Your lawyer has been really persistent.” Peter was definitely persistent, and it paid off. Our case was dismissed! Without Peter’s experience and dedication, the outcome could have been catastrophic for our son. We will be forever grateful to Peter for helping us to save our son.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2020
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Excellent lawyer
It is truly difficult to articulate our admiration for and gratitude to Attorney Hahn. We met with a few lawyers and chose Peter with confidence, and were not disappointed. He is organized and detail-oriented, concise, calm, responsive and caring. My daughter's case, which stemmed from a work situation, was not only closed but reversed and expunged. Throughout a 7 month nightmare, Peter was always a rock solid support without giving any false promises. HIs analysis of a complicated case, and performance at the hearing, were superb.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2019
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So happy we worked with Peter!
We had a situation develop with DCF for our son. We searched for lawyers based on both personal referrals as well as the internet. After meeting with Peter and a few other lawyers, we decided to work with Peter. Peter was honest, thoughtful, and methodical in his approach. He prepared the briefing, and coached us and our son, and we ultimately met with the DCF hearing officer. The hearing officer over-turned the earlier adverse ruling, and we were delighted at the successful outcome. Peter was terrific to work with and my wife, son, and I would all unhesitatingly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2018
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Wholeheartedly recommend!
Peter Hahn came highly recommended to us from two different friends. Peter had won what they were seeking for their children from their schools. I immediately contacted Peter for a consultation. He answered all my questions, and I felt very comfortable with him and confident of his expertise and experience. Peter was wonderful to work with. He was knowledgeable and knew exactly how to proceed. He worked hard and was invaluable at school meetings. He won what we needed for our teenager quickly, and we are forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2018
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grateful parents
We were referred to Mr. Hahn when our son was facing criminal juvenile charges. Our son was in much distress at that point and needless to say, we were as well. Mr. Hahn was very available, answered all of our questions clearly, developed a trusted relationship with our son, while still keeping us actively in the loop. We were most impressed by what we observed in the courtroom, as it was clear that the judge and other relevant parties knew him well, deeply respected his work, and communicated to us that they believed he always conducted himself with the utmost integrity. A time in our lives we would not wish on anyone, but Mr. Hahn is who we would recommend you and your child have in your corner if such a need arises.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Hahn was extremely helpful to our family in dealing with a special education issue. Mr. Hahn attended our daughter's IEP meeting with us and helped us get the services needed. He is very knowledgeable and very thorough. Highly Recommended!
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2018
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Excellent Representation vs. DCF
Mr. Hahn represented us for a DCF matter. We were well prepared for the process, with expectations for the outcome reasonably set. Not only did Mr. Hahn allow us to best present our case, he masterfully exposed the flaws of the DCF position. Clearly, he is an experienced and skillful attorney. The result was in our favor with a DCF reversal of their position. Mr. Hahn was highly professional, efficient and no nonsense, yet pleasant and easy to work with. We could not be more pleased with our experience and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Bill | March 2, 2018
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Highly effective representation - would definitely hire again
We hired Mr. Hahn to help us obtain legally mandated services and support for our special-needs son from a reluctant and evasive school district. Mr. Hahn's thorough understanding of our case and deep knowledge of special-education law enabled him to represent our rights and underscore the district's obligations in a way that was non-provocative but highly effective. He got us what we needed without costly mediation or court action. We'd definitely hire Peter again.
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Posted by Rick | February 25, 2018
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Successful Out of Disctrict Placement
Peter was recommended to us by our Special Education Advocate. He methodically gathered the information needed and communicated with very clearly. His knowledge of the process and the organizations involved was truly beneficial. Peter provided very good results in a timely manor.
Posted by Dale | January 22, 2018
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Double duty, twice saved
My thoughts are very much like those posted by Susan on Nov. 20, 2017. But for our son, whose troubles during a school-based field trip resulted in having to address two different municipal juvenile courts, as well as the school administration, Peter was simply superb. The complexity of the situation presented quite a challenge, and at no time did I feel doubtful of any step and consultation that Peter took. Moreover, I shall be forever grateful having him stand by my son's side, literally before two different benches and figuratively in his guidance as he showed respect and confidence in my son's ability to face his situation with honesty. There are other layers to the situation, not least of which was adolescent identity issues. Suffice it to say that Peter was the expert we needed, and a confident role model we very much needed at the time.
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Posted by HappyParent | January 2, 2018
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A life saver
We met Peter by accident in the halls of the district courthouse, when the school system brought us and our 14-year old daughter before the judge due to school refusal. Middle school was a traumatic experience for her socially; a brilliant child (with purportedly mild autism) she gained 60 pounds her first year and developed OCD. Her inability to attend was seen as bad behavior / poor parenting, and noone asked "Is this an appropriate education?", until we met Peter. He referred us to a neuropsych specialist, and helped us take the school system to court to secure an outside placement. She is now a community college graduate and seeking her 4 year degree at school in Boston. Not to be dramatic, but it is likely that this course of action saved her life. Thanks Peter!
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Posted by James | December 19, 2017
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The Difference Maker!
My daughter was suffering from depression and other serious ailments. Rather than assist us, the school district took legal action against her, accusing her of fabricating the whole thing to avoid having to go to school, and then suggesting me and her mother were somehow a part of this crazy scheme. We hired an advocate to advise us, and the first piece of advise she gave us was to call Peter Hahn. My daughter and I met with Mr Hahn, brought him up to speed on our situation, and he took it from there. Our next meeting in court went very different than prior interactions. Because of Peter Hahn's legal expertise, the high school was falling over backwards to make up for their gross negligence in assisting my daughter through her ailments. My daughter has since graduated high school, earned an associates degree from Quinsigamond Community College, and currently attends Fitchburg State University. Thank you, Peter Hahn!
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Posted by Susan | November 20, 2017
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Thorough, diligent, and sensitive
It was pretty much a parent's worst nightmare when our son ran into trouble with the law. We needed an attorney with expertise in both juvenile law and special education, and we found him in Peter Hahn. Peter treated our son and us with professionalism, dignity, and respect and was able to help us resolve the situation better than we expected. Peter is personable, intelligent, and witty which helped to make the extremely difficult and emotionally stressful situation easier to bear. I recommend him highly to anybody who wants to insure that all of the details are handled thoroughly, diligently, and sensitively when they need legal representation.
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Posted by Carol | November 19, 2017
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Peter Hahn
Peter was instrumental in guiding my family through some very difficult times. He is professional, diligent, thorough and fastidious in his work. I can not thank him enough. He truly respected my son and myself in all our contact. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2017
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quickly gained the trust of my adolescent
Peter is very smart and very skilled. I found him to be extremely responsive. What I found perhaps most impressive was how quickly he was able to gain and maintain my son's trust in him. He was always respectful, explaining complicated legal issues clearly , always making sure that my son truly understood what was happening. Working with adolescents requires great sensitivity, and Peter demonstrated this consistently.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2015
knowledgeable, Confident, self assured, Supportive
Peter Hahn represented my son in an elder juvenile case in Cambridge and he was precise thorough and never missed a step. He caught all the errors, made the right calls, followed up, and kept us informed at all times. he is a brilliant attorney and deserves all the accolades. I would highly recommend him..
Posted by Karen | October 21, 2009
Greatful mother and son.
Mr. Hahn was the best lawyer that my son could have had. He kept us informed of all his rights and let us know what was going on at all times. He was very straight foward, always told us what we were up against and always explained everything so that we both could understand. He is very knowledgeable and very personable. I would recommend him to any one that I know. My sons case was dismissed thanks to all his hard work and dedication. Both my son and I felt that although this was a very hard time in our lives we were gratful to have met him and we will be greatful to him forever. He is truley a great person and a great lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner & Attorney
  • Hilton, Sindelar, Hahn & Mollow
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Peter A. Hahn
  • 2006 - 2007

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Harvard College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re: Student v. Weston Public Schools (BSEA# 22-02541)
  • Wallace W. v. Commonwealth, 482 Mass. 789 (2019)

Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • MBA Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • Strategies and Considerations for Representing Juveniles in Court
  • 2017
  • Special Education Conference
  • The Complex World of Student Discipline: School Exclusion, Special Education & Juvenile Court
  • 2017
  • Parent support group
  • Child Requiring Assistance law
  • 2013
  • Conference
  • School Discipline Protections for Students with Mental Health Needs
  • 2013
  • MBA CLE
  • Juvenile Law
  • 2010
  • Aspergers Association of New England Annual Conference
  • AS and Juvenile Law, Education Law, Criminal Law
  • 2010
  • Federation of Children with Special Needs Annual Conference
  • Juvenile Court and Children with Special Needs
  • 2007
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Unknown Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hahn is an outstanding advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Juvenile law Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter is a thoughtful, zealous, and experienced advocate with a great deal of specialized knowledge in dealing with sensitive juvenile matters who is always reasonable to work with. Peter is consistently straightforward, honest, and earnest about his goals for each case. I dealt with him frequently as a juvenile prosecutor in Waltham Juvenile Court and maintain the highest respect for his abilities."
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Newton Education Lawyer Peter Andrew Hahn
Peter Andrew Hahn
Education Attorney
Newton, MA
Licensed for 18 years