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Lori E. Arons

Education Attorney at Hackensack, NJ

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Lori E. (Friedland) Arons, Esq.

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 26 years
    New York - NY 28 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lori

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Practice area
  1. Education
    SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW - Certified by The William & Mary Law School Special Institute for Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).

    5 years

Lori E. Arons, Esq. is an attorney and a 1994 graduate of New York Law School.  She is admitted to the bar and licensed to practice law before the Courts of the State of New York and the State of New Jersey.  Lori is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the District Court of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and is a Member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


Nearly 20 years ago, Lori began her own general practice in New City, New York and handled a wide variety of matters including civil litigation, commercial litigation, collections, matrimonial law, family law, real estate, personal injury, etc.  In recent years she has concentrated her practice in the area of special education law, helping families of children with special needs obtain for them the Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) in the Least Restrictive Environment (“LRE”) appropriate to meet their unique needs as promised by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.


Lori has been through the IEP process for her own children, as well as through due process proceedings, including appeals to The District Court of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  She understands the plight of parents of children with special needs, and is passionate about empowering them with the knowledge of State and Federal laws so they can obtain an appropriate education and related services for their children.


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Lori E. Arons, Attorney At Law
One University Plaza
Suite 401
Hackensack, NJ, 07601


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Posted by Anna | September 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
We would Highly Recommend Lori Arons!
It was a great experience working with Lori. Everything was explained up front, she was very diligent and worked very fast being that we went to her in the 11th hour. I would highly recommend her any day. From the moment I met her in her office to the moment our case was settled in our favor, her focus was solely on my child, his well being, and getting him everything that he deserved. She also gave me tissues when I cried tears of relief because without her we would have never won and got what my little warrior needed. Saying thank you will never be enough, but I am forever grateful to Lori! PS. You are definitely BADASS... But I'm not sure if I'm actually allowed say that.
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Posted by Carolyn | September 22, 2020
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We are so fortunate to have met you and Cheryl. The two of you make an amazing team. You not only advocate for the child but you advocate for the parents as well! We are grateful, and so is our daughter. We wish you both continued success. It is so wonderful to see you both in action. The passion you have for helping others is incredible and infectious. Most incredible is how you turned your own challenging experience into a thriving business of advocating for those who don't have the skill set to do it for themselves. Not to mention, the child, in this case our child, who is the biggest winner of them all. I'd say that's certainly worthwhile work.... Our entire family is so thankful!!
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Posted by Leah | September 21, 2020
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We came to Lori at a very critical time in the life of our son. With her exceptional level of expertise, advice and guidance we were able to skillfully navigate the process of securing an out of district placement for our son at a top notch school. Lori works with an amazing team that were also crucial to us attaining success. Obtaining the most favorable outcome was always a top priority and we were able to rest easy, knowing that we could trust her leadership. We greatly appreciated the time Lori took to respond to our every question or concern. The responses were thoughtful, and were always in consideration of the big picture. Despite busy days, Lori always made time to speak or provide a response to an email or question. With Lori, you can rest assured that you are getting the very best. We highly recommended her to any family looking to ensure that their child gets what he or she deserves.
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Posted by Shoshana | September 21, 2020
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The best special education attorney!
We would like to shout Lori’s name from every rooftop! She is a phenomenal special education attorney. We have been fighting with our district for placement in the Hearing Impaired Program(HIP) in Midland Park for our son with severe-profound hearing loss and he just received a cochlear implant, which requires extensive rehabilitation that only HIP can provide. The district was picking and choosing what they can do to service him in district which is only what THEY could do, not what our son needed. We met with Lori on March 15, and by March 29, she had filed a petition that was super strong that the district immediately approved Out of District Placement without even fighting for the Due Process. Now our son can start HIP, where he belongs, ASAP all thanks to Lori (and our amazing advocate Cheryl Connors from Child Means Child LLC who works very closely with Lori, and recommended we use Lori!). Lori is very thorough and knows what to write and look for to get your child a FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) which is what they deserve. Lori has your and your child’s best interest in mind and works quickly, thoroughly and efficiently to write a very strong petition. Lori takes the time to explain the entire process to you, and for people like us who have no background in law whatsoever, we found that extremely helpful. If you are having trouble getting what your child needs and deserves from your school district, look no further and reach out to Lori and you will NOT be sorry!
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Posted by Pinny | July 19, 2019
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A Special Needs Attorney Who Treats You Like Family
We have our share of challenges in raising a child with autism, and getting the supports and services he needs for his educational goals. Enters Lori Arons, and from the moment we sat down with her in her office, and explained what it is we were seeking to achieve for our son, Lori had a plan of action, and was committed to helping us in any way possible to get what he needed. Lori was able to use her legal expertise to support us, and educate us on our rights as parents, and our son's rights as a student. Her tenacity throughout our case with the school district, resulted in a favorable outcome where the school district agreed to send him an out of district placement in a top private school. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we truly appreciate all your hard work on our behalf.
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Posted by Rebecca | January 24, 2019
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Phenomenal Education Law Attorney
As an advocate looking for someone to represent my own child, I was an informed and demanding client, not to mention emotionally distraught. But Lori was exactly the WonderWoman I needed! I walked into Lori's office exhausted by my attempts to get my struggling twice-exceptional son's needs met. Before that first meeting ended Lori was on the phone putting a plan into action that would achieve my goals, preserve my sanity and not empty my dwindling bank account. In the weeks that followed Lori continued to prove herself to be compassionate, tenacious, knowledgable, strategic and always readily available. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Let's face it. What matters most is results. What Lori achieved for my child was groundbreaking in my district. I was told repeatedly by others that what I was asking for would never happen. Well those skeptics "never" hired Lori.
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Posted by Brian | October 22, 2018
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Excellent lawyer both educational and legal
Lori is excellent and very friendly. She has both very knowledge about the special education law and the legal law. I first reached her out by doing my own search a year ago, but didn’t meet her that time. Then a year later, I was struggling with legal saturation with the school district, then I sat down with her, she walked through with my saturation and guide me through what will be incoming to deal with the school, then she quickly prepared a letter at our first meeting and guide me through, from the day one school heard her name, I saw the school attitude has gone changed, it’s so amazing, she has found out there were a lot of service that my daughter entitle to was missing, and we were treated unfairly by that. Therefore she has quickly turn the table, and keep me in posts for every steps she deal with the school attorney, and are able to get the service to my daughter that she need within a month. Also she has very warmly heart, she also accommodate our special request that we were able saving little financial cost. Thank you Lori. It’s the best experience to work with you. I wish I have met you sooner. And I highly recommend to everyone.
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Posted by Michelle | January 28, 2018
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Thank You!
Lori, We are forever grateful to you! Thank you for all you did for us to get out school district to agree to a classification for Sammi. We truly appreciate all your help with the letters to CST as well as your participation in our last meeting with the school. Your knowledge, patience and determination on our final goal of getting her classified was evident since day 1. Thank you again!
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Posted by Jes | March 6, 2017
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Great experience!
It was great working with Lori, she helped us to feel at ease during a very difficult situation. She dealt with all of the complexities and filtered out all the chaos for us so we could just focus on our son. She moved everything along efficiently and quickly in order to ensure that our son was able to get the most effective learning environment in an appropriate time frame. My favorite thing about working with Lori was that she personalized everything for our son and our family. We were not simply a number to her. She handled our case with compassion and personalized service. Her knowledge of "the system" was impressive, and through her knowledge she was able to help educate us as well. I would recommend Lori to anyone with a special needs child. Even if you "think" your child is getting what they need, you might be surprised to find that they are entitled to much more. Children with special needs can be a very vulnerable group. They need great guidance and advocacy from people like Lori to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential.
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Posted by John | January 9, 2017
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Lori Arons
It was a great experience working with Lori, she made what was a very difficult situation much more palatable. She was very understanding of what we were going through. Lori has an amazing grasp of the law and made it very easy for us to understand so we were able to make the best decisions. Lori is always accessible anytime time of day, and even the night. I could not imagine working with anyone else.
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Posted by Kenneth and Genine | October 26, 2015
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Education Law Expert with unparalleled compassion
Lori's success in helping bring our issues to a satisfactory conclusion are a result of not only her in-depth expertise in Education Law, but also the fact that she has fought this battle on her own behalf, and knows firsthand the turmoil her clients are experiencing. Her guidance and representation is getting us what we were seeking to get our son the education he deserves.
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Posted by Laurie | October 25, 2015
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Awesome experience with Lori
Our school district presented an IEP to us that we could not agree on so we submitted a request for mediation through the NJ DOE. We never needed legal counsel before and we really didn’t know where to start so we started asking around and through a referral, we contacted Lori because we heard great things about her. When we met Lori at the initial consultation meeting, we knew that she was the one for us. She was full of knowledge and really knew the ins and outs of the law. She also had experience with dealing with child study teams on a personal level because she had to go through legal battles with her own school district. She really took the time to listen to our story and understood where we were coming from and what was important to us. She presented options and the pros and cons of going with each of the options presented. We felt like we were a team after meeting with her and could breathe again because she was going to guide us and help us through the ordeal. I have to say that we would not have had the same result at the mediation if it wasn’t for Lori. She went to the mediation very prepared and was a pro. The opposing counsel, child study team and mediator knew her from the past and knew that she would not back down and would take it to the next level if necessary. What we liked best about working with her is that she took the time to read the documentation that we provided and listened to us so that she could understand what our son was about and we felt that she really cared about the outcome and wanted the best for us.
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Posted by Anna | October 2, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
very knowledgeable and well prepared attorney
Lori is excellent and is one of the best special ed attorneys I have ever met. Before I met with Lori the first time, I had already sent her some documents, I was impressed when I sat down with her, she showed me that she understood my case. She was able to discuss with me on what I needed to do and gave me very good suggestions. I wish I have met her the first time I began advocating for my kids.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner
  • Lori E. Arons, Attorney at Law
  • 1996 - Present


  • New York Law School
  • Doctor of Law (JD)
  • 1994
  • Pace University - Lubin School of Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA),
  • 1991
  • Syracuse University
  • 1989


  • New Jersey Special Education Practitioners
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of NY
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • United States District Court, Southern District of NY
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • New York State Bar
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate in Special Education Advocacy
  • William & Mary Law School
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Clifton P.R.A.I.S.E. presentation on Special Education Advocacy
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2016
  • Child Means Child presentation on Special Education Law
  • Mediation & Due Process
  • 2016
  • Due Process Program for Parents New to Special Education
  • MAC Center Presentation on Special Education Law
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Education Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Lori Arons and trust her judgment as a skilled education attorney."
Education Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, capable and passionate for what she does. Highly respected in the legal community and a truly effective advocate for her clients. I highly recommend her. Her knowledge in the field is beyond reproach and the fact that she is certified by the Institute for Special Education Advocacy tells you that no other attorney knows more about special education than Ms. Arons."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Lori for her relentless and tireless work ethic. She will pursue and protect her client's interests from day one all the way through trial. I am grateful that I worked alongside of Lori as opposed to being her adversary! She is an excellent attorney!"
Education Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
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