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Michael G. Gilberg

Education Attorney at Granite Springs, NY

4.7   21 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New York - NY 15 years
    Connecticut - CT 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

AN ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES WHO WALKED IN THEIR SHOES.

Michael Gilberg has years of both Special Education and Disability Rights Law and Advocacy Experience. Attorney Gilberg also has his own personal experience as someone on the Autism Spectrum.

 

Attorney Gilberg received his J.D. from Pace University School of Law in 2007 after receiving both his B.A. and M.P.A. also from Pace University.

 

Attorney Gilberg holds numerous Professional Affiliations and Leadership Roles

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) - Board Member

National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities (NAAD) - Board Member

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Westchester County Autism Advisory Committee – Member

Disability Rights Bar Association

Westchester County Bar Association Education Law Committee Co-Chair

New York State Bar Association Committee on People with Disabilities

 

"An advocate for children with disabilities who walked in their shoes."

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
2019

Photos and videos

Interview with Wayne YMCA Jewish Outreach and Program Director Dustin Hausner, April 22nd 2020
Interview with Jessica Leichtweisz, Hope Education Services, Bridging the Gap, April 24th 2020

Location

Michael G. Gilberg
Po Box 26
Granite Springs, NY, 10527-0026

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2023
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Professor
Michael is an excellent practitioner who shows a huge amount of compassion for his clients and for remedying their concerns. He is always available for assistance even on very short notice. Michael never failed to keep communication open through every phase of our situation. He is exceptionally motivated to really help his clients.
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Posted by Steve | August 20, 2023
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Outstanding
Mr. Gilberg is a fantastic and outstanding attorney. He was extremely effective and knowledgeable in every way possible in dealing with the committee on education at our local public school. His price is reasonable, and he was kind and sympathetic. I would recommend him without any hesitation.
Posted by Lauren | April 13, 2023
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Thankful we hired Attorney Gilberg
Attorney Michael Gilberg is an excellent choice if you require a special education attorney in CT. He genuinely believes all students deserve an appropriate education. He was very effective in advocating for our child's placement. He understands how important it is that students get the education they need in order to be successful in life.
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Posted by Leah De Castro | January 27, 2022
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Above and Beyond Counsel
Sharp and compassionate, Attorney Michael Gilberg’s handling of our son’s case was beyond exceptional… He perfectly executed his defense and argument in what I felt was a long and uphill battle against the school system. We can never thank him enough. His understanding and genuine willingness to help children with disability is impeccable. Very professional and works tirelessly, knowledgeable and skillful. He’s truly an answered prayer!
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Posted by april | June 28, 2021
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We are so thankful for Michael's legal services
We are so thankful for Michael's services. When our district was telling us that our daughter (with high-functioning ASD) was being declassified, we didn't know where to turn. (The district determined this prior to our actual CSE meeting). A friend of a friend recommended Michael. After one conversation I was positive that Michael was the right choice to represent our daughter's best educational interests. We retained Michael's services and not only did he know the law, but he understood our daughter's needs. After only 2 meetings with the district, we were able to settle and all of my daughter's services remained in place and her IEP was finalized. Michael was always responsive to any questions or concerns we had and always got back to us promptly. There is absolutely no way we would have had the same outcome, without Michael's representation. We decided to continue to retain his services and have him represent us/our daughter for all of our future annual meetings with the district. I would, without reservation, recommend Michael to represent any family struggling with advocating for their child's special education needs. Our family is so thankful we did.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2020
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Wow!!! a fablous attorney in Edicational -who knew they existed
Until we met and hired Michael our quest to achieve a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for our child was a nightmare. Michael came on board with the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to achieve a favorable outcome for our child who was suffering in the public school system. His modest retainer and solutions were a blessing. We were in this battle for seven years without Michael and in LESS than a year Michael brought our case to a successful conclusion. Michael approaches these opportunities with compassion, zeal, fiduciary responsibility, and commitment to children’s education which is unsurpassed! This was not our experience with other attorneys in Educational Law and we have seen quite a few.
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Posted by Tracy | July 19, 2020
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Great Advocate for Children with Learning Disabilities. Highly Recommend!
Michael was a tremendous advocate for my grandchild who has learning disabilities. In a reasonable period of time he was able to get him properly diagnosed and placed in a private school that meets his needs. And he was able to get the school district to pay for the private school. Michael was able to accomplish everything I needed to get done and he did it very professionally and with a unique understanding of the situation. He has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Arianne | April 21, 2020
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effective special ed attorney
Michael helped us through the process of getting our daughter evaluated for dyslexia, and subsequently helped us to get appropriate services for her. He was very knowledgeable about the process, walked us through every step, helped us navigate IEPs and the school district. We are very pleased with the assistance our daughter has now, and we wouldn't have gotten there without him.
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Posted by Kim | January 7, 2020
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Fantastic special needs attorney
I hired Michael to advocate for my child when my school district violated several areas on my daughters 504. Michael was always available to discuss anything that came up during the process to have things resolved. He was quick to respond and knows the laws which come into play pertaining to civil rights. During our formal meeting with the school, he was firm and did not let any of the school team or school lawyer dominate any part of the meeting and the end result was that he got additional services added to the 504, which in turn have resulted in a complete turn around of compliance of the school district and I can now feel confident that my child’s needs are being met.
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Posted by Karen | November 8, 2019
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Parent of Special Ed student
I hired Attorney Michael Gilberg to represent my son after years of frustrating PPT meetings with our district. I was supposed to be a part of that team and for years I felt unnoticed or misunderstood. I was convinced my son was in an inappropriate environment in his Special Education Program in the public school system. Michael was able to get us what we felt was appropriate for my son in a timely manner. He was prompt, direct and honest and did prolong the case and charge extra money. He knows the special ed laws and is able to get around conflicts promptly with no games. At times I did not trust the process but Michael would reassure me and remind me to be patient. I had to do my part to scan documents to him to support our case. This kept legal costs down. Michael's fees are a portion of what CT special ed Attorneys charge and he was able to get the results we wanted. I would highly recommend Attorney Michael Gilberg. He has truley shown his passion to help children and families.
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Posted by Daniel | September 24, 2019
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excellent, attentive special education attorney
We hired Michael to represent both of our daughters. Michael has been in communication with us throughout the process. He is very responsive to our emails and it is easy to set up phone conferences with him. He is realistic in his assessment of the possible outcomes for each case with an honest assessment of the cost v. benefit analysis of pursuing various options. We have very much valued his candor and judgement throughout this process. Based on our experience, we would highly recommend him as a special education attorney.
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Posted by Jamie | July 20, 2019
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Darien SEPAC co-chair
Michael helped my family navigate a school abuse claim against a teacher to my autistic son. He was very calm, formed an organized plan and led the way in carrying it out. I highly recommend Michael as an attorney advocate.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2019
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Atty Gilberg helped our child
We decided to retain Atty Gilberg after growing frustrated of the school's blocking and failure to identify our child under IDEA. With his help, our child was granted an independent evaluation at public expense and found illegible for services as learning disabled (reading, writing). Our child will have appropriate accommodations for next school year that we hope will help him catch up with his peers in areas he's behind. Atty Gilberg is knowledgeable, experienced, and committed to helping children receive a FAPE.
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Posted by Adrienne Marino | February 9, 2019
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Michael Gilberg
Michael Gilberg is a HUGE asset to our family. The amount of money I have paid him thus far does not compare to what he has done for my son. My son's current placement is kudos to Michael. He has also succeeded in getting 3 independent evaluations paid for by the school district including a very comprehensive neuropsychological. He is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Special Education process. He is kind, tenacious, very responsive to my concerns, professional and highly respected in his field. I feel extremely fortunate that I connected with Michael. Finding good people to work with you in not always easy.
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Posted by Gloria | December 12, 2018
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Expertise in Special Education Law
Michael Gilberg has been successful in addressing numerous challenges in our school district in the past year. There were many hurdles in our district such as achieving FAPE, following IDEA laws, changing the IEP classification and goals, getting approvals for evaluations, and more. Michael handled all CSE meetings and interactions with grace and professionalism. He’s down to earth, cordial, and efffectively manages the stress that comes with the job. Michael is incredibly knowledgeable of education laws, and his ability to keep track of the many moving parts of our ongoing case is impressive. I appreciate his open communication and continuous contact. He responds timely to my calls, texts, and emails. Anyone pursuing FAPE and proper placement with a special needs child knows how much there is to manage. Michael is great about staying on task and he follows up to remind me when I haven’t responded or gotten around to taking action on a task. He’s respectful of my overwhelming schedule and empathic toward my challenges of raising a high needs child. When I’ve expressed frustration about events out of our control, Michael never takes it personally and he gives me hope. I highly recommend Michael Gilberg for his expertise in Educational Law and Advocacy, particularly for Special Needs kids.
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Posted by Sharon | December 12, 2018
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The Caring Attorney
My 7 yr old autistic granddaughter was not receiving the services she needed from a certain school district and it seemed as though she was falling by the wayside. We needed legal help and my daughter remembered going to a speaking engagement Mr. Gilberg gave. We decided to contact him and we are so grateful to him. We fought the school district and won. They had to pay for my granddaughter to receive out of district placement along with providing transportation. Michael's slogan is "from someone who has walked in their shoes". He really cares about the kids he is fighting for. After a month in this new school, I hear my granddaughter saying, Good Morning, or Hi, Grandma, and looking me in the eye which is something autistic kids have a hard time with. She may not be a brain surgeon, but now I feel she has a chance to be as self-sufficient as she can possibly be. I highly recommend Michael because he cares.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2018
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Very Positive Experience
Michael was thorough, diligent and effective in helping our family deal with very specific special education needs related to dyslexia. He listened to our needs and concerns and crafted his work accordingly to promote the best outcome. I highly recommend Michael. He is truly an advocate and has been instrumental in making a different in my child's education and ultimately, his life.
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Posted by Geoffrey | August 10, 2017
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Review
We had a very short notice need for a special needs educational advocate attorney and found in Michael Gilberg, a competent, passionate, compassionate and detail-oriented counsel. He was able to help secure outplacement for our special needs daughter, without having to go to mediation or due process. Beyond thrilled.
Posted by Brenda | June 22, 2021
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Thank you
Michael helped us in our case with the Garrison School District in trying to achieve more mainstream inclusion for our son.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2017
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Hard working lawyer
Mr. Gilberg was always very diligent in following up with us when he represented us and our son with Autism. He was always available to talk, even late at night. With his legal help and expertise, we were able to get our son back into our local school district with the support services he needed and deserved.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Michael Gilberg Attorney-at-Law
  • 2008 - Present

Education

  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Pace University-Pleasantville/Briarcliff Campus
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000
  • Pace University
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Application of a STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY, v. the Wappingers Central School District
  • Tuition Reimbursement for Parents

Associations

  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Disability Rights Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Westchester Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates 2017 Conference
  • Students Rights Initiative
  • 2017
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates 2016 Conference
  • Students Rights Initiative
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Education Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is truly committed to helping people in the realm of education law, particularly as it applies to those with special needs. This is a highly-specific area of the law, and to know that there is someone with the passion to pursue this area is comforting, as well as the fact that he is a member of this small-and-knowledgeable community."
Granite Springs Education Lawyer Michael G. Gilberg
Michael G. Gilberg
Education Attorney
Granite Springs, NY
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation
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