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Richard F. Corrao

Education Attorney at Westbury, NY

5.0   4 reviews

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

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

  2. Civil rights
    Advocacy dedicated to protecting the civil rights of children, with a particular focus on special education and education-related civil rights matters.

  3. Personal injury
    Personal injury cases especially involving children, including failure to supervise, physical and sexual abuse cases, accidents, and more.

  4. Trusts
    Consultation regarding special needs trusts, also known as supplemental needs trusts, which can allow the disabled beneficiary to enjoy the use of property held in trust while they receive needs-based government benefits.

Richard F. Corrao is an experienced litigator and dedicated child advocate attorney who received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School and his Bachelors of Science from the New York Institute of Technology. Admitted to practice in the State of New York and the federal U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Richard is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Elder Law and Special Needs Sections, and was a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates ("COPAA") and the National Allies for Parents in Special Education ("NAPSE"). Richard is also rated a Top Lawyer by Avvo.

Richard represents and provides legal advisory services to students and families across New York State and within New York City at Committee on Special Education ("CSE") meetings, in settlement negotiations, and in litigation at due process hearings. Additionally, Richard has represented students who have been the victim of bullying and discrimination, as well as those who face suspension.

Before joining the Law Offices of Susan Deedy & Associates, Richard served at both the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he coordinated fugitive extraditions and eviction proceedings that sought to remove narcotics traffickers from public and private housing units in the City, and at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney. From there, he acted as Director and chief in-house legal counsel to a national provider of audit and investigatory services, representing government entities in recovering millions of dollars in unclaimed property from corporations on behalf of state citizens.

Richard resides on Long Island with his wife and two children. He is a member of his local Property Owners Association and Historical Society. As an attorney with a family member within the special needs community, he brings added passion and insight to the representation he provides families.



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Licensed for 10 years
State NY
Status Currently registered
Acquired 2012
Updated 06/05/2022

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

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Law Offices of Susan Deedy & Associates
1600 Stewart Avenue
Suite 603
Westbury, NY, 11590


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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Education Attorney
Rich was a part of the team working on securing timely services my child. I was quite impressed with Rich's punctuality on the morning we attended the court session. His passion, concern and unhelding determination to secure a victory was very comforting and there was never any doubt that we were in good hands. Rich is detail-oriented and a proactive communicator. Our family was blessed to have had him rooting for us.
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Posted by Annette | August 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The best
Richard Corrao, is one of the best education lawyer. He went beyond his limit to help me and my daughter. Not only he won my case. He also made sure my family was happy and satisfied. Me and my daughter will always be thankful
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A true professional
I contacted Rich on a bullying matter involving my daughter where my wife and I had been struggling to make headway with the school. I found his advice to be thorough, intelligent, and clear. Rich was highly responsive and caring throughout the process and left us equipped to get the results we had been seeking. What I appreciated most was his ability to break down the issues and solutions into neat, understandable, and actionable steps, which helped bring us peace of mind during a most difficult and confusing time. Rich is an incredible professional and I highly recommend his counsel and services.
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Posted by S.W. | September 5, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
A True Professional
Richard Corrao is a true professional in the most honorable and traditional sense of the word. I have worked with him on a number of projects over the course of the many years we’ve known each other, and he has continued to provide exemplary results. He is principled, intelligent and as hard working as they come. As a business owner, I encounter many people in varying capacities and Richard is always right at the top of the stack both professionally and personally. In a time when truly original thinkers are a rarity (and actual doers even more so) it is refreshing to have someone in my corner whom I can count on so completely and consistently. I can say unequivocally, without hesitation, he has my endorsement.
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Susan Deedy & Associates
  • 2020 - Present
  • Director, Legal Counsel
  • TL2Q LLC
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Nassau County District Attorney's Office
  • 2011 - 2015


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001


  • Inc. Village of Garden City Board of Ethics
  • Chairman
  • 2022 - Present
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • GC Historical Society
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of State Treasurers
  • Corproate Affiliate Member Representative
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Estates Property Owners Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Nu Ypsilon Tau Honor Society
  • NYIT
  • 2001
  • Proclamation of Community Service
  • Incorporated Village of Mineola
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • National Allies for Parents in Special Education Annual Conference
  • Effective Trial Techniques with a Focus on Cross Examination
  • 2019
  • National Allies for Parents in Special Education Annual Conference
  • Understanding the Fee Shifting Provision in IDEA
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Education Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rich is an excellent lawyer and litigator and has a depth of knowledge in the area of special education law."
General practice Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with and known Richard for many years, and can attest to his intellect, skill, and caring. I know I can always call on him to provide candid and thoughtful advice, and fully endorse without reserve his ability to do so for others no matter the case at hand."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is a consummate professional and a true asset to the legal community and his clients. He is extremely reliable, respectful, and passionate. As we have worked together on a number of matters, I can attest to his skill, and give him my highest recommendation."
Education Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Richard is an intelligent, insightful and passionate attorney. Rich is an experienced litigator with a broad range of knowledge and tremendous instincts to identify and address effectively the true issues in a matter. I strongly endorse Richard."
Education Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Westbury Education Lawyer Richard F. Corrao
Richard F. Corrao
Education Attorney
Westbury, NY
Licensed for 10 years