Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler
Staci J. Greenwald, Esq. • Jayne M. Wesler, Esq. • Lenore Boyarin, Esq. • Alex M. Hilsen, Esq., LL.M.
Specialty: Special Education/ Special Needs Law
(L-R): Lenore Boyarin, Andrew I. Meltzer, Staci J. Greenwald, Alex M. Hilsen, Jayne M. Wesler and Mariann Crincoli
Founded more than 40 years ago, Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler is one of the leading special education law firms in New Jersey. The firm's attorneys have taken a hands-on, whole-child approach to help thousands of families receive access to appropriate educational opportunities and set new legal precedents in the state.
ADDRESSING EACH CHILD'S UNIQUE NEEDS
Each of the firm’s attorneys boasts a wealth of experience in the law. Additionally, Greenwald, Wesler and Boyarin are all degreed and experienced professionals in the special education arena with previous experience working in schools and developing and implementing programs for children—and they’re all parents of children with unique needs. “While working in the education field, we all realized there was a group of kids whose needs were not being appropriately addressed…and felt that becoming attorneys was the way to change the system,” Greenwald says.
In 1975, personal circumstances involving founder Theodore Sussan’s autistic son compelled him to gain an understanding of the special education rights of school-aged children. Today, the firm also offers financial services for families with special needs. An attorney with a background in finance and an LL.M. in estate planning, Hilsen offers his financial expertise to guide clients in estate issues including special needs trusts, wills, guardianship and general estate planning.
A TEAM APPROACH
The firm employs a team approach when addressing issues regarding children with special needs, allowing parents greater access to attorneys when they encounter difficulties dealing with school districts or during emergencies. The attorneys maintain amicable relationships with a vast majority of the state’s school districts.
“Our goal isn’t to litigate, but to get the services each child requires as quickly as possible and with the least amount of [parental] expenditure,” Greenwald says. “We’re constantly communicating to come up with the best plan and approach for each individual child. When you hire our firm, you become a member of our family.”
"After months of frustration dealing with our school district regarding our special needs child, we found our way to Jayne. Jayne's expertise and experience were immediately apparent. Not only did she achieve a favorable result with the school district, but, most importantly, she put us on a path toward finding our child the help and support that was needed. Jayne understood the fragility of our situation and was empathetic. At the same time, she was efficient, no-nonsense and results-oriented. Highly recommended." -M.S., Wayne
"Jayne truly understands the public school special education system and how it should serve kids with learning disabilities like dyslexia. She also understands parents' personal struggles to help their children when they feel no one's listening to their concerns. Jayne makes sure you're part of the legal process and decision-making, and treats parents with the utmost respect and empathy." -L.B., Cream Ridge
"Jayne helped me fight all the way through high school so my son could get the services he needed in order to learn. She even helped me deal with some stuff for college before my son graduated."-S.M., East Windsor
"There are few with more experience or [a better] winning track record than Jayne Wesler. She's compassionate, thorough and a winner on all levels. As a special needs attorney, few are her equal. She's an expert and really knows the dynamics of system and how to advocate for your child."-S.S., Colts Neck
"Lenore is experienced, professional and got my son FAPE."-D.K., Frenchtown
"Lenore is an exceptional special needs attorney. When we needed assistance with a situation with the school and time to respond was limited, she was highly recommended. She stepped in, handled all the legalities and stood tall beside us throughout the process. We plan on keeping her as our attorney throughout our journey."-S.K., Piscataway
"Lenore was understanding and always put my child and her needs first."-K.H., Pennington
"Ms. Boyarin goes above and beyond with complete professionalism, compassion and her never-quit work ethic. She fully understands the responsibility of advocating for someone else's child as if they were her own. She's a true gem."-J.W., Florham Park
"Amazing, caring, brilliant and professional. Staci Greenwald is a determined force working for the rights of special education students and their families."-M.T., Stewartsville
"Staci Greenwald is a winner. She's methodical, thorough, can size up her opponent quickly and shifts strategy on a dime if needed. She has the confidence and presence in a courtroom that commands respect from the judge and all around her. I wouldn't want to oppose her. One of the best."-S.S., Colts Neck
"Alex has worked with us on our estate planning, will and trust for our family. We do have a special needs child, however. Aside from knowing how to weave his way through the nuances of a complicated legal structure to protect my children [and] wife, he knows the law [and can] address all possible situations. Aside from being an expert on the law, what made him effective for us was that he takes the time to really drill down every last detail to make sure we had a comprehensive foolproof plan."-S.S., Colts Neck
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