Special Education

Tharrington Smith’s education law section offers focused skill and insight in the realm of special education law. Our attorneys’ depth and breadth of experience in special education law is unparalleled across the state. We guide school systems to compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), Section 504, and North Carolina special education laws and regulations.

At Tharrington Smith we emphasize prevention of complaints and litigation by providing our clients with customized training, ongoing guidance, and troubleshooting of special education issues. We support school boards and staff from the creation of Individual Education Programs or 504 plans through meetings with families and dispute resolution. When conflict is unavoidable between parents of special need students and school districts, our team is prepared to zealously represent our clients in administrative hearings and federal litigation.

Among the full scope of legal services we provide, our education lawyers support schools through:

  • Training presentations (large and small groups)
  • Day to day consultation and troubleshooting
  • Compliance Reviews
  • IEP and 504 meetings
  • Dispute resolution between parents and districts
  • Petitions for due process
  • State complaints
  • Section 504 Compliance
  • Other miscellaneous special education matters

Our education lawyers are widely considered leaders in the field of special education law. Passionate about both education and the law, our education lawyers are experienced, responsive, and professional. In addition to special education matters, the education law team at Tharrington Smith provides the full range of legal services to public school boards. Our lawyers are available to respond to an RFP answering your school board’s legal needs.