Karen Reilly passionately represents parents and children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Karen has worked for more than 20 years as an attorney in various leadership roles including partner with trial experience in Federal and state courts. Prior to advocating for the rights of children with special needs and their families, Karen successfully advocated for the rights of defrauded shareholders in high profile national securities class actions, for human rights related to employment, and for the removal of abusive practices that violated the voting rights of mentally challenged adults. Karen uses her extensive experience in complex, class-action litigation to advance systemic changes in school districts and other institutions providing services to children.
Karen earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Board and National Moot Court Team; and earned her B.A. in Political Science from SUNY College at Purchase. She is licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island and admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, District of New Jersey, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut. Karen is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (“COPAA”), and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
Ben Hinerfeld 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 has been representing clients throughout Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York 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.
with offices in Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, & Lancaster (610) 922-4200
© 2017 Law Office of Benjamin J. Hinerfeld, All Rights Reserved. 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1100 Philadelphia, PA 19102 (tel) 215.575.0495, Attorney Advertising,
Prior to joining us, Hallam Roth Harper 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 Pennsylvania, 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.
Hallam is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.