Law Office of Benjamin J. Hinerfeld
Karen Reilly has taken the lead role in many of our Philadelphia areas cases. She has more than 20 years as an attorney in various leadership roles, including as Partner at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, representing defrauded shareholders in high profile national securities class actions. She also has extensive arbitration, mediation and trial experience in federal and state courts related to matters including complex commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Karen now focuses her efforts on representing children with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Karen’s practice includes: Special Education Law, Disability Rights , School Discipline & Truancy, Higher Education Student Rights, Constitutional Rights of Children
Karen received a B.A. from SUNY College at Purchase and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York State, Connecticut State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island State Bar. She is also admitted in the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey and the District of Connecticut
She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (“COPAA”) and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
Hallam Roth Harper expertly navigates our clients through some of the most complex situations. She works with public agencies across the Philadelphia region to help at-risk students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education. Hallam's rare attention to detail puts our clients and their children in the strongest possible position in litigation and during IEP discussions.
Prior to joining Hinerfeld Law, Hallam was a staff attorney at the Education Law Center where she provided individual representation to at-risk students, worked on legislative and policy initiatives to improve access to education for students in foster care and students with disabilities, and co-chaired the Philadelphia Coalition of Special Education Advocates. She is on the board of the ARC of PA, participates in the Instruction Committee for the Overbrook School for the Blind, and is a member of the Exceptional Children Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Before law school, Hallam worked for Community Attention and the Commission on Children and Families in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hallam completed her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Virginia.
Our firm is not affiliated with any religious organization, but we affirm the following seven Unitarian Universalist Principles, each of which is consistent with our goal of advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities:
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth;
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process;
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part..
12 Church Street
Plymouth, MA 02360 (774) 343-9195
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102 (215) 694-7432
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Ben Hinerfeld works in both our Philadelphia and Plymouth offices. He began practicing special education law as pro bono co-counsel with the venerable Public Interest Law Center, an organization with which the firm still regularly collaborates. In 2013, he founded this firm, and represents clients throughout Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
Before practicing special education, Ben represented institutional and individual shareholders, litigating actions under the federal securities laws. He has served as Deputy City Solicitor for the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia, representing the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement, and serving as a Right-to-Know officer for the City of Philadelphia. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Ben attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The son of a Philadelphia public school teacher, he has a long-standing interest in public education. He served as an undergraduate writing consultant at the University of Texas and St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He has examined Constitutional precedents that required public school teachers providing federally funded (Title I) services to parochial school students to remain physically outside of those schools. He has also studied the history of Native American education from the 17th to the 20th Centuries.
Ben is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Delaware, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Northern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 9th Circuits.