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Bonnie W. Schinagle

Education Attorney at Syosset, NY

4.4   8 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Bonnie Spiro Schinagle

  • State Years
    New York - NY 34 years
    Connecticut - CT 34 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Bonnie

Learn Bonnie’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Education
    My practice focuses on helping parents secure the educational rights of their children under certain civil rights laws, notably the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehab. Act of 1973.

First hand experience taught me that parents contending with special education issues have to learn three languages: the law, neuroscience and educational pedagogy. My expertise isin the legal issues surrounding special education claims. In addition to protecting the rights of parents, I engage in academic analysis of special education law issues and have been publilshed in journals nationally recognized by legal scholars. My most recent article on the least restrictive environment was co-authored with Dr. Marilyn J. Bartlett of Texas A&M University, Kingswood and will be published in the February issue of the Children's Legal Rights Journal. I hold a post-doctorate in law, was accepted to and participated in the Institute for Special Education and Advocacy at William & Mary Law School. I am a member of the exective board for Long Island Professionals' ADHD Consortium and have lectured to related service providers and parent groups. Educating these stakeholders in legal standards  enables me to provide more effective representation. 






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6800 Jericho Turnpike
Syosset, NY, 11791
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19 West 34th Street
New York, NY, 10001
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4.4 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by Kesha | January 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Special Education Attorney Review
My daughter was diagnosed with selective mutism while attending public school, where the principal, teachers and staff members never heard of such a disorder. For a long time the school district was not responding to my requests or my child's special needs. I began to get extremely frustrated with the school's inability to help my child to be successful in her education. I felt as if my daughter was drowning in the public school system, where they just simply didn't have a clue on how to help her. Attorney Bonnie Schinagle recently represented my family against our school district. She could not have been better prepared to argue our case. The case ended with a very good outcome. Not only was she able to help us get a well needed and long overdue private education for my daughter but we also received adequate front door student transportation to and from private school. My daughter is now receiving the help she so desperately needed. Bonnie is truly compassionate, caring and understanding of families with special needs. Attorney Bonnie Schinagle has given my daughter one of the greatest gifts and we are forever grateful. I am very satisfied with her services and now my daughter and I have a peace of mind. I would recommend her services 100 times over if I could. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Mercedes | January 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best educational lawyer
I am mother of twins who have learning disabilities. At the time, my twins were in a public school that they were failing but also completely miserable. I am not rich person but i knew that my twins deserve better than what public school had to offer for their learning disabilities. When I called Bonnie and spoke to her, I knew she was the lawyer for my family. Bonnie is straightfoward, honest, compassionate, smart and a tough cookie. If you looking for lawyer who is going to fight against the DOE for a better education for your child then CALL BONNIE RIGHT NOW. My twins are now in a private specialized school and are finally learning and happy. Thank you BONNIE. TWINS MOM
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Posted by Esther | January 9, 2018
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Bet in town
My son was entering high school. And he was behind.I wrote letters to the school, had IEP meetings. Nothings work. So I decided to hired Mrs. Schinagle. She told she’s going to get my son the help he should have gotten. And we Won bigger than I thought. Bonnie knows the educational law. Answer text or email right away . Never leaves you out any Decisions. And always there . She not just a lawyer she Cares! Cares About kids education and future. And she is well known. A beast. Did I mention we WON ! She believe in my son and that’s the kind of lawyer we need out here .Now my son is so confident about School. Comes Home and does his home work!! You can’t lose with Mrs. Bonnie Schinagle trust me!!
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Posted by Maribel | January 8, 2018
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BEST in the business!!!!!
Bonnie is great @ what she does. Not only she is a warm & nice person, but she handles cases thoroughly, & the results are AMAZING. She is highly talented & knows the ins & outs of the Dept of Ed. If you call or email her she gets back to you ASAP. She truly is a genuine person & money isn't her 1st priority, it's the child!! Im eternally grateful for all she did to help my little girl get the education she deserves in a school that's for kids like her. I thank God for coming across her info. online, I was desperate & so stressed looking for an attorney, which is no easy task. I briefly spoke with 2 other lawyers, but it was so expensive & they said it wouldn't be done for Sept 2017, but Bonnie MADE IT HAPPEN. Thanks again for everything!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2015
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Top Notch!
Trying to navigate special education law and negotiate with our school district has been an extremely stressful process yielding few positive results. Retaining Bonnie Shinagle alleviated this stress ten fold and helped us get what we asked for to re-mediate our son's special needs. Mrs. Shinagle was extremely responsive, had great follow up, provided detailed answers quickly, gave us guidance, help and directed us towards other resources when necessary. So was professional, upfront and fair about what her fee structure would be. We felt protected, insulated and fully represented in our dealings with the school district for the first time in 3 years!
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Response from Bonnie Schinagle December 22, 2015
Many thanks. I am so gratified when we successfully obtain what a child needs in school.
Posted by caryl | November 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, Proactive, Approachable, Compassionate and Effective
I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Mrs. Schinagle speak at workshops and often thought if I ever needed a lawyer she is the type I would want to use. She seemed smart, approachable, compassionate and effective. Several months later I had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Schinagle and found out firsthand how smart, proactive, compassionate and effective she was. With very short notice she provided excellent counsel and advice helping our family make educational placement decisions. She accompanied us to our CSE meeting and ensured my daughter received a program that would be successful and meet her unique learning style. I highly recommend Mrs. Schinagle and if the need arise; look forward to working with her again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She provided a lot of services. Very organized Very caring. She proved to be a great person. I know she cared for my son. She put in a lot of work. She would call with updates and plans and never faltered
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I didn’t have a positive experience. Like many lawyers she’s time conscious and cuts you short. I don’t think I waste people’s time and I feel what I’m contributing is valuable to my case. Also as a mom I think she could be more compassionate and patient with clients. If you take money for a consultation you should be a better listener.
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Response from Bonnie Schinagle January 18, 2019
I'm not sure who this is or whether I even had a consultation with you, so I'm sorry if you felt that you were given short shrift. This is a complex area of the law. Often, parents are distracted by circumstances - unfortunate as they may be - that don't really have much bearing on their rights under the IDEA. The IDEA is an imperfect statute - but it's something better than nothing. If a potential client calls with a problem that is out of my practice area, I endeavor to refer them immediately to a colleague who can really help. Also, if it isn't necessary for me to be involved to engage the legal process, I make sure that I refer parents to non-attorney parent advocates who can help them negotiate with their public school. And sometimes parents have more work to do before we work together - like find an appropriate private school or make a request for an independent evaluation. Filling out my intake form is another way for me to assess whether or not I can help the potential client. Again, I don't know who this is, so my ability to respond is limited.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Lester Schwab Katz & Dywer
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Lester Schwab Katz & Dywer
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Rivkin Radler Dunne & Bayh
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Clerk
  • Linnea Johnson
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Clerk
  • Judge Barry Stone
  • 1986 - 1987
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  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Barnard College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • N/A


  • CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) LI
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2016 - Present
  • Long Island Professionals' ADHD Consortium
  • Member, Executive Board
  • 2015 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Children's Legal Rights Journal
  • The Strained Dynamic of the LRE
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Parent Support Series
  • Special Ed. law Basics
  • 2016
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, Northeast Conf.
  • Legal Tools for Financing Therapeutic Placement
  • 2016
  • national Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Northeast
  • Special Ed. Law
  • 2016
  • Building 2e Awareness
  • Gifted Students and Special Ed
  • 2016
  • Opening Meeting
  • Special Education Law for Related Professionals
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Education Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bonnie Schinagle is a highly knowledgeable and effective attorney. She is passionate about her work, and so gets great results. I highly recommend her!"
Education Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bonnie is well versed in the special education area, and really cares about her clients."