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Denise Dimson Rekem, Esq., focuses her practice on the representation of individuals with special needs and their families in the areas of early intervention, special education, transition and adult services, residential placements, guardianships, bullying and discipline. Ms. Rekem worked for several years at Weil Gotshal & Manges before taking time off to raise her three children, one of whom is diagnosed with AD/HD and the other two with CAPD. Her experience advocating for her sons led to her interest in advocacy for children with special educational needs. She returned to the practice of law focusing on the rights of persons with disabilities. 

Ms. Rekem is a Board Member of JESPY House in South Orange, NJ and a frequent lecturer in the community. She has published a number or articles addressing the rights of persons with disabilities. 

Ms. Rekem received her JD from New York University School of Law where she was a member of the Review of Law and Social Change journal. She received her BA with distinction from the University of Michigan.


Practice areas


  1. Education: 60%
    6 years
  2. Guardianship: 20%
    6 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
  4. Discrimination: 10%
    6 years



Hourly ($375-400/hour)

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Parles Rekem LLP

675 Morris Avenue
Suite 200
Springfield, NJ, 07081


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerParles Rekem LLP2014 - Present
Of CounselJaverbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins2012 - 2014
AssociateCohn, Lifland, Pearlman, Herrman & Knopf LLP2009 - 2012
AssociateWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey Special Education PractitionersMember2009 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
New Jersey Lawyer Magazine No. 285/December 2013 School LawServices for Disabled Children: Funding Sources in the State of New Jersey2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Michigan, Ann ArborEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The C.A.P.E. CenterHousing for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities2014
NJAJ Boardwalk SeminarDefending Juveniles and Adults With Special Needs,2014
ASPENPractical Strategies for Collaborating with your School District2014
An Evening of Free Workshops In Honor of Autism Awareness MonthNavigating the System2014
Union County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeSpecial Education Law for the Divorce Attorney2013
Union County Bar AssociationRepresenting clients with Special Needs – What Every Attorney Should Know2013
Millburn Free LibraryEssential Planning for Adults with Disabilities2013
M-SPEC – Millburn-Short Hills Special Education CommitteeEssential Planning for Adults with Disabilities,2013
JCC of Central NJ Special Needs Parenting Group, Scotch PlainsFORWARD THINKING: Essential Planning for Special Needs2013
EPIC SchoolEssential Planning For Adults With Disabilities2013
The C.A.P.E. CenterEssential Planning for Adults with Disabilities2012
MetroWest Able Symposium on Future Planning: All You Need to Know to Ensure Your Child’s CareGuardianship & Special Needs Trusts2012
MetroWest ABLENavigating the Bureaucracy – How to Get Efficient and Effective Services for Your Family Member with Special Needs2012
Livingston PPECYour Child’s Rights to Special Education2012
2012 School Law Conference – NJICLEAccessing Alternate Sources of Funding for Special Needs Students2012
JCC Special Needs SymposiumYour Child’s Rights to Special Education in New Jersey2011
Essex County School Nurse’s Association ConferenceYour Child’s Rights to Special Education in New Jersey2011
Your Child's Rights to Special Education in NJCommunity Special Needs Symposium2010
Conference on Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity DisorderWork, Discipline and Anti-Bullying Protections and the Law2010
Bergen County Bar AssociationDealing with Autism: The Legal Issues You Need to Know,2010