Jennifer M. Frankola, Esq.
Jennifer Frankola is an associate in the litigation department and part of the Special Education Group. Jennifer’s practice is dedicated to representing the educational needs of all children and in particular children with special needs and their families at CSE meetings and throughout the administrative hearing process, appeals, and related proceedings.
A former full time public school teacher in the Bronx, Jennifer cares about her clients and families and understands the complexities of the education system. With a hands on approach, she takes the time to understand her clients’ goals and will create a strategy to best achieve their objectives.
Jennifer is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and was a member of the New York City Law Review and teaching assistant for Constitutional Law. While in law school, Jennifer interned for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. At graduation, she was honored by the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Jennifer is a 2002-2004 alumna of the New York City Teacher Fellowship. In 2005, she was awarded the Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship for her human rights work in Durban, South Africa. In 2006, she was selected as a Project Equity Fellow for her work at Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. In 2012, she was honored as Ambassador of the Irish Echo’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work and commitment to civil rights. She is active in the New York and Long Island chapters of the Brehon Law Society and sits on the Junior Board of Nazareth Housing–a New York City non-profit dedicted to homeless prevention. She is a member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) and the Summit School Business Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Lewis Johs, Jennifer worked at a small law firm in New York City advocating for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She was involved in working on matters for the Autism Speaks Federal Legal Appeals Project where she assisted in drafting briefs for various cases including the case Student X v. New York City Department of Education(E.D.N.Y. 2008) and the Forest Grove v. T.A. (2009) case to the United States Supreme Court.
Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Education from New York University and a Bachelors degree from Manhattan College. Jennifer is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the federal courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. An avid hockey enthusiast, she is a die hard New York Islanders fan.
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