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Karen Ford Edler

Education Attorney at Woodcliff Lake, NJ

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found

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About Karen

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Practice areas
  1. Education
    I provide parents of children who have disabilities or are suspected of having disabilities guidance to obtain appropriate educational services from the school district. I understand the complexities of obtaining special education services for children from both professional and personal experience. I provide parents with knowledge of procedural and substantive rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) & the New Jersey regulations implementing IDEA’s provisions.

    26 years

  2. Commercial real estate
    I am an experienced transactional attorney handling commercial and residential real estate transactions, asset and stock purchase agreements, financing transactions, commercial leasing, contact review and corporate matters. I also assist with the formation of new businesses and provide legal guidance to business of various sizes by creating and revising contracts, agreements and employment policies.

    40 years

  3. Employment and labor
    Assist employees with obtaining workplace accommodations, negotiating/reviewing employment contracts and severance agreements and wrongful termination cases.

    40 years

I am the founder of the Price Meese Shulman & D'Arminio, P.C. Education Law Group. I advocate for parents and students to obtain a free, appropriate public education for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), Section 504 & related laws. The Education Law Group services include reviewing Individual Education Plans (“IEP”) & Section 504 Plans, attending meetings and filing due process petitions when necessary. My education law experience started over two decades and is both personal and professional.

I represent students with any educational issues including academic issues, school disciplinary cases, bullying cases and collegiate academic and disciplinary also handle special needs planning, Special Needs Trusts, guardianship applications & social security appeals.

I am a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s School Law Committe & the New Jersey Special Education Practitioners group. I work as a pro bono attorney and mentor for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice. 

I started my legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Hamer, J.S.C. I earned her law degree, cum laude, from New York Law School & was Managing Editor of the NYLS Journal of International and Comparative Law. I am a cum laude graduate of Dickinson College.

I also practice commercial real estate, corporate transactions & commercial leasing. I served as the Public Defender in a local municipality.

I am admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

I have been selected to the 2016 throught 2021 list of AV Preeminent lawyers. This award is conferred by Martindale-Hubbell. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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Price, Meese Shulman & D'Arminio, P.C.
Mack-Cali Corporate Center
50 Tice Boulevard
Woodcliff Lake, NJ, 07677-7644
Price, Meese Shulman & D'arminio, P.C.
89 Headquarters Plaza North
Suite 1442
Morristown, NJ, 07960
Price, Meese, Shulman & D'arminio, P.C.
4 West Red Oak Lane
Suite 302
White Plains, NY, 10604
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Excellent!
My experience working with Karen Edler has been a wonderful and successful experience. She has proven herself to be fair, trustworthy and action-oriented. I have worked with her over the course of several years regarding proper out-of-district educational placement for my son resulting in a positive outcome for my family. This can typically be a stressful and often emotional experience, yet under Ms. Edler’s careful and patient guidance and with her wealth of experience and knowledge working with many school districts in New Jersey; this was a relatively seamless experience. I highly recommend Karen Edler.
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Posted by JO Marcus reedman | October 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
wonderful attorney
Answered many questions quickly and did a great job!
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2010
Karen Edler
My wife and I worked with Karen on my sons situation. Karen could not have been more compassionate and empathetic on an extremely emotional matter.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2009
President- Chitta Realty
Ms Edler was a pleasure working with and Her knowledge in the field of real estate was impressive. Karen was able to communicate well and simplify the complicated jargon, so it was easy to understand. I would highly recommed Ms Edler's services and i look forward to working with her again on my next project.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Review of Karen Edler
My experience with Karen Edler has been excellent. She has been extremely responsive to my family's needs and has always handled our matters in the most professional and timely of manners. I highly recommend her as one of the best attorneys and a true compliment to the legal profession.
Posted by sandra | October 22, 2008
Karen Ford Edler
From our very first telephone conversation, I knew that Ms. Edler was the lawyer we wanted to help us. She is intelligent, knowledgeable and friendly. I would and will recommend her to others for their legal concerns.
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Edler did not properly review the documents and summarization of events prior to our consultation which led to a very awkward interview. Her demeanor was uncompassionate, biased, and rude. I would not recommend Ms. Edler’s for her professionalism, and I strongly recommend looking elsewhere for a student advocate.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-450 per hour
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Price, Meese, Shulman & D'Arminio, PC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Price, Meese Shulman & D'Arminio, P.C.
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Calo Agostino Counsellors at Law
  • 2003 - 2007


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Dickinson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • New Jersey State Bar Association, School Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New Jersey Special Education Practitioners
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
  • Pro Bono Attorney & Mentor
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent™
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2014
  • VLJ's Pro Bono Attorney of the Month
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Speedy Special Ed
  • Special Education Laws
  • 2014
  • Free Seminar by Special Education & Disability Law Group
  • 2011
  • How to be an Effective Advocate for your Child
  • Advocacy for Parents & IEPs
  • 2011
  • How to Effectively Advocate for Your Child
  • A Parent's Guide to Advocacy
  • 2011
  • Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Special Education
  • How to Help Your Child Obtain Special Education Services
  • 2010
  • Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Special Education
  • Parents' and Children's Rights under Special Education Laws
  • 2010
  • Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Special Education
  • Special Education Law
  • 2010
  • Your Child's IEP: Is It Effective?
  • IEP Seminar
  • 2010
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Education Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work, she has a keen eye for detail and a very professional attitude towards her work which she performs with the skill and competency necessary to get positive results."
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