Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler

1249 South River Road, Cranbury, NJ, 08512

609-409-3500

http://special-ed-law.com/

CATEGORY:

  • Attorneys

SPECIALTY:

  • Special Education Law
  • Special Needs

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Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler

Staci J. Greenwald, Esq. • Jayne M. Wesler, Esq. • Lenore Boyarin, Esq. • Alex M. Hilsen, Esq., LL.M. • Andrew I. Meltzer, Esq. • Mariann Crincoli, Esq

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. SGW’s attorneys bring unique expertise, having previous experience working in schools and developing and implementing programs for children, as well as being 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.”

OTHER LOCATIONS

125 Half Mile Rd., Suite 200, Red Bank, NJ 07701

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • County|Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex

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"Andrew has brought a sense of peace to our lives that we couldn't thank him enough for. We always knew that if Jason was being treated fairly and wasn't made to feel like an outcast, he'd thrive, and he has! We noticed an improvement in his grades, self-confidence and positive attitude soon after we began working with Andrew. When the feedback changed from 90 percent negative to 90 percent positive, we knew that hiring Andrew was the best decision we made!" -J.O., Weehawken

"Attorney Andrew I. Meltzer is extremely knowledgeable in his specialty area of law. He's also passionate and dedicated to meeting desired goals." -E.L., Somerset

"Andrew got us the results we wanted in a short period of time." -M.M., East Brunswick

"Lenore represented our family in getting a program that fits our 13-year-old learning disabled child. She was the voice of reason throughout this arduous and lengthy process." -C.Z., Midland Park

"Lenore was exceptional in advocating for our son. She was abIe to achieve the appropriate educational setting for our son. Her work ethic and devotion to our case was outstanding, and she was always available to answer our questions during this trying time. We can't thank her enough for all her efforts!" -A.M., Belford

"Lenore is an exceptional attorney because of many different reasons. First is honesty. Lenore will give it to you straight, good or bad. Second, she's always accessible. Lenore will stay in contact with you throughout your case. Lastly, Lenore is an exceptional attorney because if she tells you that you have a case she's willing to fight for you all the way through trial if necessary." -J.M., Belford

"Lenore got my son a FAPE that fit his needs, including out of district placement and a 12+ year." -D.K., Frenchtown

"My wife and I recently had our wills revised to reflect our current life situation. We avoided it for the longest time and should've done it sooner, but we were unhappy about the process and lack of attention provided by our last attorney. That being said, Alex Hilsen made the process extremely easy for us and ensured that all of his suggestions/recommendations came with clear, concise, understandable reasoning to explain why our new will is now aligned with our current and future needs. Since we have a learning disabled child and other financial concerns, Alex's financial background and ability to draw from the SGW expertise really came in handy, and ensured we didn't need other lawyers involved." -S.S., Colts Neck

"Not only is Staci extremely knowledgeable in cases involving individuals with special needs, she explains each step of the process. She's mindful of your time and fees. I felt very supported while we were working together and she was able to successfully see my case through. " -A.M., Glen Rock

"Staci has helped me for my son's case and has become someone I look up to as I became a special needs advocate. She's always available to answer questions and has helped many of my clients when they end up in due process." -K.K., Mercerville

""My son attends school in Hamilton Township and did very well with pull-out support in math, reading and writing. However, the district took away his pull-out program. When my husband and I found out that he wasn't doing well, we sent several letters to Hamilton Township School District, but the district refused to give our son back the program that works. Instead, they proposed a self-contained in a different school with some big boys. Attorney Andrew I. Meltzer, Esq. filed a mediation and stopped the district from putting our son in the self-contained class and from switching schools. My son’s case manager also went behind our backs and took our son’s school transportation away weeks before the IEP meeting. With Mr. Meltzer’s filing of the mediation, the special education supervisor gave our son his transportation back." " -G.K. and B.K., Hamilton

""The education system for special needs kids is difficult to navigate and complex at best. Jayne knows how important a child’s education is and made sure our child got what he needed and deserved. She guided us and made it happen." " -K.B., West Long Branch

""Staci's exceptional skills have had an incredibly positive impact on the day-to-day development of our child. Her support and guidance are essential in providing our son with what he needs to excel as a special needs child. Staci is very responsive, clearly explains nuanced and complex topics, helps us understand how to navigate a complex legal area and goes beyond our expectations in her service and how she treats us as her clients. We simply couldn't be happier with Staci. I never hesitate recommending her to other parents."" -N.B., Wyckoff

""My wife and I recently had our wills revised to reflect our current life situation. We avoided it for the longest time and should’ve done it sooner, but we were unhappy about the process and lack of attention provided by our last attorney. That being said, Alex Hilsen made the process extremely easy for us and ensured that all of his suggestions/recommendations came with clear, concise, understandable reasoning to explain why our new will is now aligned with our current and future needs. Since we have a learning disabled child and other financial concerns, Alex’s financial background and ability to draw from the SGW expertise really came in handy, and ensured we didn’t need other lawyers involved."" -S.S., Colts Neck

""Mariann is incredibly passionate and hardworking, and will always take the high ground when advocating for her clients. She's honest, thoughtful, intelligent and an outstanding communicator. I couldn't recommend her more highly."" -M.S., Randolph