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I concentrate my efforts on understanding the ADA/Rehabilitation Act so that it works for you, your company, your client, your ornganization, or your institution. Services include, among other things, consulting, counseling, publishing, speaking, and training, etc. I have been doing this as an attorney since 1990, and I am the author of Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act, Third Edition (published by the American Bar Association, 2010. A fourth edition of that book will be out from the American Bar Association in the fall of 2013). I am also the author of numerous other articles on the rights of persons with disabilities as well.

To these efforts, I bring a deep personal understanding of what it means to have a disability as I am deaf (have a congenital bilateral hearing loss of 65-90 db+ but function entirely in the hearing world thanks to hearing aids and lip reading). For reasons unrelated to my deafness, I also have to use voice dictation technology to access the computer.


Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 55%
    26 years
  2. Constitutional: 20%
    26 years
  3. Education: 10%
    23 years
  4. Employment: 10%
    26 years
  5. Arbitration: 5%
    18 years

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William D. Goren, JD, LLM

129 W Davis St Fl 2
Decatur, GA, 30030-5217


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201207/15/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199007/16/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198505/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Consultant/AttorneyWilliam D. Goren, J.D., LL.M.1993 - Present
ProfessorSouth Suburban College2008 - 2012
ProfessorNorthwestern Business College2003 - 2007
ProfessorMaCormac College1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
State Bar of TexasN/A1990 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities1st President2013 - 2015
Publication nameTitleDate
ABA GPSolo publicationLegal issues of inaccessible technology2014
Atlanta Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionReassignment and the ADA: Is It a Matter of Right and How Do You Prove It up?2014
ABA GPSolo publicationTitle III of the ADA and the Internet2014
Disability Compliance for Higher EducationHelp Your Institution Avoid Common Mistakes When Dismissing Students with Disabilities2013
Disability Compliance in Higher EducationHelp your institution avoid some common mistakes when dismissing students with disabilities2013
American Bar AssociationUnderstanding the ADA, Fourth Edition2013
ABA GPSolo publicationConcepts Underlying the ADA and Key Definitions Part I2012
ABA GPSolo publicationConcepts Underlying the ADA and Key Definitions Part II2012
American Bar AssociationUnderstanding the Americans With Disabilities Act, Third Edition2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawHealthLL.M - Master of Laws1989
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Vassar CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm DivisionWhat the GP Solo practitioner needs to know about the ADA beyond Employment2013
The ADA: an OverviewThe ADA: Emerging Issues2012
DuPage County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeIs Mixed Motive Dead?2012
Americans with Disabilities Act: An OverviewAmericans with Disabilities Act and legal malpractice2012