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Jonathan Seth Corchnoy

Education Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.8   11 reviews

Licensed for 41 years

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About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Education
    40%
    We limit our cases to representing parents of disabled students in Special Education IDEA, Section 504, and ADA claims.

    21 years, 300 cases

  2. Car accident
    20%
    Plaintiff's Personal Injury Motor Vehicle litigation: Settlements, Arbitrations, Jury & Non-Jury Trials

    42 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Elder law
    15%
    We will prepare Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives (Living Wills). We will litigate incapacity matters. We will Counsel regarding end of life planning for middle income persons.

    21 years, 100 cases

  4. Slip and fall accident
    15%

    42 years, 500 cases

  5. Personal injury
    10%

    42 years, 200 cases

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND PERSONAL INJURY LAW

Jonathan S. Corchnoy
 has been practicing law for over 40 years in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and for over 5 years in the Sarasota metropolitan area. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and other states upon Court approval (including Delaware), and is a member of the The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA).

His primary office is now located in Sarasota, Florida.  Prior to coming to Sarasota, he practiced  in the Greater Philadelphia region for over 30 years and continues to maintain an office there.  He clerked with the United States Department of Justice, Tax division. He is a 1981 graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA. He spent his youth growing up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

He is active in special education,personal injury,and elder law issues. He has had both six and seven figure verdicts. He has successfully litigated special education Due Process hearings, Incapacity hearings, and insurance disputes regarding a variety of issues. He has been involved in appellate litigation before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U. S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is active in helping parents of special needs children receive a free and appropriate public education as well as plan for their future personal and financial independence. He is a past member of the Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the School Law Committee of the New Jersey Bar Association. He currently is a member of the Education Law Committee for  the Florida Bar Asociation.  He has taught professional continuing education courses for COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates) at its annual conference, Lehigh University's Special Education Law Conference, the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Exceptional Children's Committee, and Lorman Education Services. He has volunteered as an AARP Driver Safety Instructer. He is the father of a gifted child and a special needs child.

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Top Contributor 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
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Licensed for 41 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/23/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/05/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Jonathan S. Corchnoy, Esquire
Jonathan Seth Corchnoy
1515 market Street
Suite 1510
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
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Mr. Corchnoy is one of the most knowledgeable education attorneys that provided extremely useful, precise guidance and/or information even when his schedule was full. He made time to assist us and he actually provided direct answers to our questions and concerns instead of providing vague non responsive answers. After contacting several attorneys referred by the Florida Bar Referral Service, we reached out to Mr. Corchnoy, and bingo. This is the one we were looking for and his guidance put us on our path to success. He can and will do the same for you. Once you contact him, he can guide you through whatever mess it is that you face in the field of education or administrative law. With luck his caseload will allow him to represent you and if not he has colleagues he can refer you to who also far, far exceed the legal knowledge of the average education attorney. Lucky for you, you found the right attorney. We are looking forward to retaining Mr. Corchnoy or his colleague on our next call. We highly recommend that you look no further and contact Mr. Chorchnoy now! You will be glad that you did.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Superb Attorney
Mr. Corchnoy was very through with my case. He was extremely professional & offered excellent advise from beginning to the final settlement. I would highly recommend him for your accident and other legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Response
Mr. Corchnoy provided a prompt and thorough response to my question, also took the time for prompt response to my follow up questions. I would highly recommend his services!
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very respectful and professional
Mr. Corchnoy advised me regarding an extraordinary situation I was facing. Although I couldn't hire him because it turned out the situation I faced was out of his realm of practice; he treated me very respectfully and gave me as much information as possible to help to steer me in the right direction. I mention the previous because other attorney's did not take me seriously and had the gall to ridicule my serious situation. Whereas, Mr. Corchnoy attempted to help me the best he could despite the fact that he knew I would not be hiring him. That speaks for the level of integrity he possesses. I highly recommend him. On a side note, the issue I faced turned out to be as serious as I thought despite other attorney's telling me to the contrary. I was able to hire an attorney who practiced that particular area of law and resolve my situation.
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Posted by Kathleen | November 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazingly excellent, honest, has integrity.
Jonathan helped us with a construction project that was a disaster. The lead contractor took our money and finished other houses with it, and did not work on ours. The house was for our brain injured brother, and he needed the house to get finished within the promised time frame. Our brother was beat up badly and hospitalized while staying in a rented house waiting for his house to be completed. Jonathan got involved and the builder stepped up to the plate finished the house. We are still in negotiations with the builder because due to the delay of the building of the house, the prices went up and the builder wanted to pass the increase onto us. The delay had nothing to do with us. The owner/builder was not aware of what her general contractor was doing, which is total mismanagement. Jonathan and us still hold her responsible since she owns the company. Jonathan had us send emails as correspondence rather than phone calls to help keep our costs down. He was amazingly familiar with building codes, the building laws, and construction in general. He got the builder to finish the house by the letters he sent which were factual and strong, but not inflammatory or bullying her. His insights, knowledge and expertise are amazing. I absolutely am impressed with Jonathan Seth Corchnoy, as a lawyer. I highly, highly recommend him.
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Posted by Cathy | October 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best thing I did for my son
I am very happy I hired Jonathan as my son has adhd and this whole 504 and IEP school thing was really getting me down because the school would have meetings and I felt like my voice was not being heard and all I got was a lot of promises and I was not getting any real help for my son in school , as soon as I hired Jonathan he explained it all to me and what they must do for my son and now we are are the road to a good education for my son and the school no longer talks around me they listen to our needs ! And I have some one in my corner making sure my son gets what he needs to learn. Thanks to Mr. Corchnoy!
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Corchnoy 10/9/17
After contacting several lawyers (with no luck) to review a potential case against the school my special needs child attended, Mr. Corchnoy took the time to go over every detail and give me his honest feedback. He is empathetic and overall a real Mensch. Thank you Mr. Corchnoy!
Posted by Mama Bear | April 29, 2014
Removing my child from an abusive environment.
Jon listened to the details of our case with respect and compassion. He was honest and upfront about his fee. I feel Jon helped my family when we were struggling to be heard by the School. I am so pleased with the results of his efforts on my family's behalf. Hopefully we don't have to go through this again, but if we do, I would choose Jon to be by our side.
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Posted by Linda | May 20, 2013
One Good Attorney
Jon Corchnoy is one of the most knowledgable attorneys in the area. He has been my attorney for years and I would trust him with anything.
Posted by Brenda | May 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long drawn out process
Mr. Corchnoy was helpful and positive. The district we were fighting was just relentless and a royal pain. This seemed like a never ending process and it really took its toll on us. We lost a lot in the end but my son is where I wanted him so he can actually get an education. I believe that Mr. Corchnoy did everything he could for us.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2013
My special needs child
The public school system takes advantage of special needs children and their parents. In our discussions with the school, we saw that the school was not providing all in it's power. We were in need of legal advice. We hired Mr. Corchnoy to help our son get the proper supports that should be provided to him within the public school system. Our son is only in 1st grade, and we strongly believe if we didn't seek legal guidiance with Mr. Corchnoy, his fututre might not be as promising. Just as Mr. Corchnoy was recommended to us from another parent of a special needs child, so would we recommend his legal services as well.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner and attorney
  • Law Offices of Jonathan S. Corchnoy
  • 2002 - Present
  • Federal Arbitrator
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. PA.)
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Jerome Taylor
  • 1985 - 2002
  • Common Pleas Arbitrator
  • Court Of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of the Honorable David Cohen, Councilman-at-large of the City of Philadelphia
  • 1981 - 1985
  • Law Clerk
  • United State Department Of Justice Tax Division
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau Of Competition
  • 1979 - 1980
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Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Allegheny College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • Low Speed Car Accident, Monroe County, PA
  • $100,000 policy limit + $95,000 (of $100,000) Underinsured Motorist coverage.
  • Special Needs Private Placement
  • 3 yr. private placement in Residential Treatment Facility (Approx. $500,000 value) plus $30,000 attorney fees
  • 2 year private school, NJ
  • 2 yr. payment (Approx. $95,000) for private school, NJ.
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Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Children's Rights Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • 2006 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member School Law Committee
  • 2006 - Present
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member of Exceptional Children's Committee
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member and Court Arbitrator
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • The Effect Of “Persistent Dangerous Schools” Under NCLB On Section 1983 Claims For Damages And Denial Of FAPE Claims Under IDEIA
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Lehigh University's 44th Special Education Law Conference: The Latest Legal Lessons of a Long-Lasting IDEA
  • FAPE and Mental Health - Where Does a School District's Responsibility Begin and End?
  • 2016
  • 2015 Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) National Conference
  • Settlement Agreements and Their Enforcement
  • 2015
  • Exceptional Children's Conference 2012
  • Motions Pleading in Federal Court
  • 2012
  • Backpacks to Book Bags
  • Special Education Law
  • 2012
  • Section 504 vs. the IDEA in Pennsylvania
  • Section 504
  • 2006
  • Impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on Special Education in Pennsylvania
  • The Effect Of “Persistent Dangerous Schools” Under NCLB On Section 1983 Claims For Damages And Denial Of FAPE Claims Under IDEIA
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (4)
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Car accident Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Corchnoy is an excellent advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client in need. He is also an asset to the Avvo Community, providing invaluable resources to those seeking help."
Personal injury Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This attorney provides sound legal advice throughout the AVVO legal community."
Education Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Corchnoy always has a thorough and compassionate response to parents and their children. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Education Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jonathan is an experienced and skilled attorney. This makes him a good opponent, because he does not raise unnecessary issues for litigation. He is always respectful and prompt in his communications. I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Corchnoy's breath of experience speaks for itself. I highly recommend Mr. Corchnoy to any potential clients looking for a proven and battle tested professional."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Corchnoy is generous enough to share his legal knowledge on sites like Avvo. Apart from being kind, he is also a passionate, intelligent, and skilled attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Car accident Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Corchnoy is a well respected and effective litigator."
Education Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Corchnoy is an attorney of the highest integrity. He works hard for his clients and is devoted to his practice. I have confidence in referring clients to Mr. Corchnoy as I know that he provides them with passionate and zealous representation."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have become familiar with Jonathan since I have become active on AVVO. I have seen his responses to questions and they are intelligent, insightful, and I can see he has a brilliant legal mind"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Jonathan Seth Corchnoy is receiving my endorsement because he has been zealously advocating for his clients for over 30 years. He is a very strong contributor to the Avvo forum and provides answers that are both thorough and knowledgeable."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His responses to inquiries on this forum show experience and thought."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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