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I have a master's degree in special education and I have worked as a special education teacher and then educational consultant for 20 years before law school. Since law school I have devoted my practice to representing parents and children in all areas of school law. This has included representing parents at IEP meetings, 504 meetings, discipline hearings, due process hearings, and then appeals to federal court.  I also help parents become guardians of their disabled children turning 18 years old. I have included family law issues into my practice representing individuals in all areas of family law including divorce, parenting plans, child support, and other issues particularly when there are children with disabilities in the family.


Practice areas


  1. Education: 75%
    14 years
  2. Family: 20%
    8 years
  3. Guardianship: 5%
    8 years

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  • Kathryn Verity Fields

    I can't say enough good things about this lawyer. Jeannette is an experienced and keenly skilled school law and special needs lawyer. She advocates for families and makes real change for the better happen in children's lives. If you ever have a problem involving your child and their school, call Jeannette first. She very likely will know exactly how to address it.


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  • Virginia Monica Paula Onu

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. Cohen is a very knowledgeable, dilligent and caring attorney. She is widely respected in her field and she works tirelessly for her clients and obtains excellent results for them.


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Contact info

2155 112th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA, 98004-2971


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Washington School of LawSpecial EducationMA - Masters1978
University of California - Los AngelesPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Autism Alliance and AdvocacySpecial Education and Discipline2015
Seattle University School of LawSpecial Education and Discipline2015
Seattle University School of LawSpecial Education and Discipline2013
ADHD Eastside Parent Support GroupSpecial Education Law2009
ADD Resources 8th Annual Fall ConferenceSpecial Education Law2009
Washington State Bar Association CLESpecial Education Law2008
Seattle University Special Needs CLESpecial Education Law2008
Seattle University School of LawSpecial Education and Discipline2008
ADHD Eastside Parent Support GroupSpecial Education Law2008
CHADD Eastside Parent GroupSpecial Education Law2007
Washington International Dyslexia AssociationSpecial Education Law2006
Seattle University Special Needs CLESpecial Education Law2004