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Gina M. DeCrescenzo

Education Attorney at White Plains, NY

4.9   40 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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Practice areas
  1. Education
    80%
    Experienced in all aspects of education law, including special education, IDEA/Sec. 504, harassment, bullying, discipline, post-secondary school transition, guardianships, and more.

  2. Personal injury
    20%
    GDPC handles Personal Injury cases, especially involving children, including failure to supervise, physical and sexual abuse cases, accidents, and more.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. I'LL FIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD.

Gina M. DeCrescenzo is the founder of Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C. She built the firm on years of civil litigation experience and an unparalleled passion for improving the lives of children. Gina received her Juris Doctor from Pace Law School and her Bachelors of Science from Fordham University. She is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the State Court of New York, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the Federal Bar Council, Disability Rights Bar Association, American Bar Association’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee, New York State Bar Association, Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s Education Law Committee, Hudson Union Society, Columbian Lawyers’ Association, Parents United Learning the Special Education System (“PULSES”), and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (“COPAA”) where she serves on their Publishing and Training Committees.

Before founding Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C., Gina worked as the only Special Education Attorney at a private litigation firm in Dutchess County, New York and before that as the sole Special Education Attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) representing low-income children and young adults with disabilities throughout Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. At LSHV, Gina was responsible for countless education cases, as well as Office of Mental Health, Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denials.

Prior to her work exclusively with children and young adults with special needs, Gina represented hundreds of clients in eviction proceedings and foreclosure actions, gaining national recognition. Coverage in the New York Times [11/15/2011] and [2/7/2012].

Gina serves of counsel to the Law Offices of H. Jeffrey Marcus, P.C. She lectures to parents, attorneys, and organizations throughout New York State on special education-related issues. She was featured in Westchester Magazine’s, 914Inc., “24 Wunderkinds under 30… future movers and shakers.” Click here to link to article.

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Licensed for 14 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/17/2022

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Gina M. DeCrescenzo, Esq.
180 South Broadway
Suite 302
White Plains, NY, 10605

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4.9 / 5.0
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Gina received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Maureen Rivera | October 13, 2017
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Gina Decrescenzo
In 3 words, Peace Of Mind! Tired of being bullied at your child's CSE Meeting? Feeling like you have to cave in and do what District recommends? We'll worry no more. After the words I spoke, "I want this meeting tabled!" The next day I met with Gina and the rest is history. Gina was able to give my child all the services she needs to be successful & more independent. Very reasonable & fair fee.
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Posted by Winifred | November 9, 2022
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Gina & Team Support You through the Whole Process
Gina DeCrescenzo has all the knowledge and wisdom one would hope and expect from an attorney. Equally important, she also holds space for the emotional roller coaster that all parents go through in this process. Gina made me feel heard, understood and I always felt she truly had my son's (and my) best interest at heart. I cannot express enough gratitude to Gina and Team.
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Posted by Tiffany | October 21, 2022
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The Best Special Education Attorney in NYS
A review about Gina Decrescenzo Where do I start? She is a Master Attorney in Special Education Law. Gina’s Expertise is one of a kind. I will be forever grateful for the work she is doing representing my son. I will never forget the day, I picked up the phone and spoke to her paralegal Charlie. I just had a feeling right then that I was in good hands. When you have a real complex case or even small case she is the one to hire. My son's case is very complex, Gina and the staff have been with me each step of the way. I live on Long Island, so anyone hesitant to call her bc she is in White Plains do not worry about that she will work with Clients here too. With the technology we are always connected with a zoom meeting or a conference call via phone.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2022
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She care about her clients and fight for you
Gina is the best attorneys she has assisted me with my child education needs her office went above and beyond I am grateful for that and truly appreciate it thanks to Gina and Charlie and the staff thank you for making a difference in children lives and education ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Katrina | October 18, 2022
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Nothing short of Amazing
I am truly grateful to have had this firm represent my son Adonis in his case with the CSE. This firm help change my son life and mines. I was so at peace with every step of the process. They're professionalism, experienced with special education law is unmatched. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I am truly grateful to have such a poise and welcoming team with Gina Decrescenzo. Thank you
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Posted by Melanie | October 18, 2022
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Can’t say enough about this office
I am so glad to have found this office Gina and all her attorneys have worked so hard for my son for the last three years! They are knowledgeable and really are honest with what the best outcomes can be. Having a high schooler in the public school system that was trying to push him out was a complete nightmare . I felt like I had found out his disabilities too late but this office really helped me find my voice . Now I help not only my son but so many families I run into . They are worth the money ! 3 years and 3 victories !! I couldn’t be happier and Charlie was awesome !! She always kept me informed as to all the latest updates !! Thank you all so much Gina and your Team for all you do !
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Posted by Karen | October 11, 2022
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Professionalism, Integrity, and Results
I am so glad I made the call to Ms. DeCrecenzo and her firm. We had been through the wringer with our child's school and were concerned for his future. From consultation through the entire process, Ms. DeCrecenzo and her firm have been amazing.
Posted by Kerri | February 15, 2022
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Outstanding!!
Gina is an outstanding attorney who will make sure your child will receive the proper educational services. She is a true professional who answers immediately and makes sure you are informed. Her knowledge and skills as an attorney are incredible. I highly recommend Gina! I met with other attorneys and chose Gina because I instantly knew she was going to fight for my child. I am so thrilled with the outcome that Gina was able to secure for my child.
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Posted by Beata | January 21, 2022
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Great Team
Gina is great and very helpful as well as her whole office. It’s a pleasure working with them.
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2021
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Amazing Team!
I never thought it would go so smooth. Gina and her team are nothing but amazing. Extremely responsive, professional, caring and they do not stop until the job is done. I couldn't be happier. Very Satisfied Client!
Posted by Amanda | July 11, 2021
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A Warrior for Children
We arrived at Gina's office after years of battling our school district unsuccessfully. Not only was our child never given a free and appropriate public education, but there was overwhelming evidence that nefarious acts were taking place under district supervision as well. Gina and her team passionately fought for us for over a year through due process and the appeal processes helping to expose the truth. They communicated frequently and effectively answering our numerous questions, always with patience and care. Our family is forever grateful we were able to obtain 6 years, at district expense, in the best private placement, as well as a bank of compensatory services that will serve us in the best way possible. With Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C. on your side, you will be able to trust your case is in the best hands possible, to gain the best outcome possible.
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Posted by Neal | June 10, 2021
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Thank you
We really want to thank Gina, Carlie, and the whole team at GDPC. Everyone at the office makes the process of getting our son the education he deserves and needs painless. My wife and I did not have any clue about how the process worked but Gina spoke with us about the process and eased our minds. Our son is now finishing his 2nd year at his school and it could not have happened without Gina and her team. We would like to send a sincere thank you from my family to GDPC.
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Posted by Maritza | April 2, 2021
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Excellent service and professionalism!!
Gina knows very well what she needs to do. When I was extremely worried about my son CSE meeting, she managed so well to have all the help and service that my son needs. I highly recommend Gina de Crescenzo , as the attorney you must have for your child CSE meeting. Don’t go any other place.
Posted by Sonia | March 24, 2021
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Do not delay.
We took too long in retaining Gina DeCrescenzo as our child’s attorney. We met with Gina for a consultation and received excellent advice which we implemented with some degree of success. However, convincing the school district to provide all the services our child needed was nearly impossible. As soon as Gina started handling our child’s case, the school district was more flexible and willing to provide the services we had been requesting for years. In the end, with Gina’s help, the school district has agreed to provide all the services requested, improving our child’s quality life and consequently that of our entire family.
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Posted by Janice | March 14, 2021
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Gina Decrescenzo -professional, passionate, honest
Taking legal action against a school district is down right frightening, and the cost can be a strong deterrent. But please don't be deterred. If your child is being denied an education, I urge your to reach out to Gina DeCrescenzo - she will let you know where you stand. When I had no choice but to seek legal consultation because the school district was failing my daughter, Gina came highly recommended. As soon as I met her, I knew why. Gina has a friendly demeanor that quickly put my mind at ease. She knows education law like no other and most importantly, she is passionate about making positive changes for the special needs population. Gina was able to get our case settled out of court and we are pleased! My daughter now attends The Maplebrook School, a wonderful private school for children that have dyslexia and other learning disabilities. No only did Gina help us get tuition reimbursement, but we recouped almost all our lawyer fees as well. What more can I say? She is truly a gem!
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2020
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In it for a hard fought process to the win.
The IEP meetings with our daughter's school district where frustrating and full of brick walls. Sometimes key and reasonable accommodations were refused to be included for reasons we knew to be untrue. Other times previously agreed on accommodations never made it to the final document. We started to bring a child advocate to the meetings who was dumbfounded by the district's stonewalling. It was time to seek help. Gina was recommended to us from a friend who works in child protective services. My wife and I were impressed with Gina right from the start. From our initial consult we felt we pick the right firm in deciding to move forward with filing a complaint against the school district. This feeling continued in the grueling, unpleasant and lengthy hearing process. Gina time and time again smartly and effectively handle all witnesses to expose deficiencies that bolstered our case. She understands that the parent decision in bringing legal action again your child's school district brings a variety of unique questions, worries, and the potential of sleepless nights. Gina made us feel very much at ease during the worst of it, even when it looked like the odds were way out of our favor and giving up looked likely. Our case was a long road. It was full of road blocks including an IHO who was not knowledgeable in special ed, dishonest witnesses, and a defense lawyer bully. Still Gina was able to navigate the storm and brought to light our daughter not receiving a FAPE. In the end, we prevailed. The victory doesn't end with the final verdict. Now, IEP meetings with the district truly focus on doing what's right for our daughter. Our case put the district on notice. They changed their tune knowing full well that Gina is only a phone call away.
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Posted by Giselle | August 19, 2020
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Amazing Team
This firm was heaven sent. The DOE was not helping my son in any way. He has a IEP and he just kept getting passed along no matter how much I fought for them to make the necessary changes. I was referred to this firm and told to speak with them regarding my frustrations. They took my case and worked vigorously for 3 years to get me everything my son needs. My son is now receiving all the services he requires, getting the proper help and has been granted private school placement. I am so thankful for everything they helped me accomplish. It was a rough 3 years but in the end my son will receive all the help he needs and I have them to thank for it. They were the advocates we needed.
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Posted by Mary | April 17, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Gina comes with an exceptional work ethic and credentials. She truly cares and takes a tremendous personal interest in your case. Gina worked tirelessly for us with exceptional results. I recommend her without hesitation. She is totally dedicated to helping your cause. is a champion at fighting for a cause
Posted by Geoffrey | December 26, 2019
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The Right Attorney
Even though I am an attorney myself, I knew I needed someone with expertise in education law to handle my son’s case. Gina DeCrescenzo has that expertise and I definitely made the right choice putting my son’s case in her hands. I felt very well informed by Gina and her staff each step of the way and I literally slept better after she started handling things. But it wasn’t just her expertise that made me feel better – it was her passion for my son’s case. You don’t expect someone to be as passionate about your kids as you are, but she was. You couldn’t ask for a better advocate for your kid!
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Posted by LaKisha | August 29, 2019
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Gina to the rescue with relief and victory.
Surprisingly, we selected Gina instantaniously. It felt right. The seed of doubt in the district was also instantaniously replaced with a monsoon of hope. We highly recommend Gina if you need help maximizing your childs academic potential. From the beginning she delivered validation, consistency, knowledge of the law, determination, stamina, rigor and passion. What I admire most about Gina is the ability to make her clients feel like partners in crime. We were on a mission to prevail together and I will always have a special place in my heart for her. Can you say that about your attorney?
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder/Owner
  • Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Litigation Firm in Dutchess County NY
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
  • 2007 - 2012

Education

  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Fordham University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • P.R. v. NYCDOE
  • Parents/GDPC victory
  • A.W. et al v. Board of Education of the Wallkill Central School District
  • Parents prevail; $187,000 + attorney's fees
  • A.W. et al v. Board of Education of the Wallkill Central School District
  • Parents prevail on initial motion
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Associations

  • Parents United Learning the Special Education System
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Family Focus Adoption Agency
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Disability Rights Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Parents United Learning the Learning the Special Education System (PULSES)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Westchester Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • The Columbian Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • 1 of 75 Worldwide Changemakers for Children
  • Save the Children
  • 2019
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • PULSES
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10% of Lawyers Nationwide
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 24 Wunderkinds under 30...Future movers and shakers
  • Westchester Magazine
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • NAPSE
  • Techniques of Cross Examination
  • 2019
  • NAPSE
  • How to Recover Attorneys Fees in Due Process Hearings
  • 2019
  • SUNY Purchase
  • The Nature and Function of Law
  • 2015
  • COPAA's 18th Annual Conference
  • Special Shingle: Opening a Special Education Law Practice
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (8)
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Education Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a power house of an attorney and deeply cares about her clients and all children in general. You would be so well served with Gina on your side."
Education Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gina DeCrescenzo is both extremely knowledgeable and compassionate when it comes to her clients. Her understanding of Education Law, a highly specialized field of practice, is exceptional, and her client service is remarkable. I highly endorse and recommend her as a strong advocate for her clients."
Education Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Gina is a devoted and fierce advocate with a deep understanding of education and related law. It's that understanding, combined with her attention to detail, uncompromising ethics, and genuine compassion, that allows Gina to move skillfully from analysis to action that truly matters to her clients. I highly endorse this attorney."
Education Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Gina is a dedicated, talented, knowledgeable and hard working advocate for her clients. Her years of experience in the field make her a stand-out."
Education Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gina is an intelligent, organized and aggressive attorney, who will stop at nothing to protect her clients. Often representing children who lack the capacity to speak for themselves, Gina provides a large and caring voice for these children, who she treats as if they were her own. The children and their parents are well served to have Gina representing their interests."
Education Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gina DeCrescenzo is a great attorney!"
Education Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I'm happy to endorse my mentor Gina DeCrescenzo. Having reviewed the work of numerous attorneys in public court records, I can attest that Gina is among the top few attorneys in the special education bar. Having attended several meetings of Committees on Special Education with Gina, I know firsthand how her experience allows her to quickly detect contradictions in the presentations of school district staff members. She takes very good care of the children and parents she represents."
Education Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She is well-known and well-respected by fellow attorneys across the country, and her clients sing her highest praises. Gina DeCrescenzo aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of her clients. I would not hesitate to refer a client to her."
Education Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gina is a top Special Education attorney representing the rights of children with special needs in our legal community. She has grown her practice by using law practice management skills, providing excellent client services earning her respect among her peers, judges and Hearing Officers. She is quick to identify a legal issue and practical solution. Gina is my go to person when I have a question about advocating for students in K-12."
Education Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable and tenacious. Passionate about pursuing what's best for the kids. A trusted colleague in the special education field."
Education Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Hands down, the best special education attorney in the business. Knowledgeable and a true advocate, there is no other attorney that I would consider for any special education legal matter. I have and will continue to refer my clients to Gina whenever the situation calls for it."
Education Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gina is one of the few people specializing in this complex and difficult area of the law. She's not afraid to take on the school districts to get your child the education they are entitled to. She's the best."
Education Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Gina and I worked together at our previous law firm. Gina is an excellent attorney and a negotiator."
Education Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Gina for well over a decade having met our 1st day of law school and later working with her for a time as we both practice special education law. She is one of the most tenacious people I know and will fight for your child and not stop until she wins. Nobody will stand up for you and your child more."
Education Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the privilege of working with Gina for many years. She is a passionate and fierce advocate. If I was ever in the position where I needed an attorney to fight for my children I would not consider anyone other than Gina to protect them."
Education Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gina is a driven and competent professional. She is a known leader in the area of Special education Law."
Education Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gina is a passionate, fearless and conscientious special education lawyer. She puts her clients interests above all else and achieves great results."
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White Plains Education Lawyer Gina M. DeCrescenzo
Gina M. DeCrescenzo
Education Attorney
White Plains, NY
Licensed for 14 years