knowing how to best advocate for a child's academic, social, and emotional needs can seem overwhelming.
"What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children." John Dewey
Based on his experience representing both parents and school districts, working in schools as a psychologist and administrator, serving as a school board member, and parenting five school-age children, David Saxe understands the legal and practical aspects of educating children.
If you feel disadvantaged by educational jargon, need to learn more about your rights, or want to stand on equal footing with the educators at your child's school, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a free consultation.
- IEP and Section 504 Meetings
- Special Education Services & Placement
- Due Process Proceedings
- Consultation and Advocacy
- Suspension & Expulsion
- Residency and Enrollment Issues
- Settlement Negotiations
- Student Privacy & Confidentiality
“Mr Saxe was very responsive to my initial inquiry and made arrangements for us to meet within a few days - even agreeing to meet in the evening after work. He reviewed my historic communications with my son’s school, including the pre-IEP paperwork, and provided me with a thorough recommendation in writing prior to my IEP meeting. Because of his expert counsel, I felt informed - and empowered - to go into the meeting to advocate effectively on my son’s behalf. I highly recommend his services and will engage him again as the need arises.”
“I've had the pleasure of knowing David Saxe for over 20 years as a psychologist, school administrator and attorney. David has always displayed exceptional professionalism. He has a unique mixture of compassion, intellect and knowledge that has always driven him to the highest level. I, and my staff, currently refer any clients to David who need legal representation for educational or divorce related issues. Simply put, I know our clients are in good hands.”
-Hal Filian, Arbor Counseling Center, Ltd. Psychotherapist/Owner
David Saxe was a great help to me while I navigated the divorce process. He understands that the logistics are just one part of the process, and gave me space and time to process the emotions of the process as well. He walked me through all of my options, and helped me think through what challenges might arise with each particular route. With his guidance I was able to approach filing for divorce in a way that I was comfortable with, and that was fair to both myself and my husband. This process is never easy, but David’s steadiness and gentleness made it more bearable. I am incredibly thankful for the way he walked me through each step, and the guidance that he offered.
“After being frustrated for some time with my son’s school, his unmet needs, and the fight to have him evaluated, I was referred to David Saxe. In the first 5 minutes talking with David I felt myself exhale for what seemed like the first time in a year. David has a kindness and calm he exudes translating to his clients that he is there to help. He has unlimited comprehension of special education law and more. I felt I finally had someone on my side with my son’s best interest at the center of it. One of the many things I found amazing is all the information he gave me not only helped my confidence to work with the school district but also helped me bring things into focus about my son as well. I am so grateful to have found David. Thank you so much for all your help!”
“As a parent of a child with special needs, it is challenging to navigate the complexities of the law, school system, and emotion. David helped us find our way when we were faced with a difficult diagnosis of our son. He reviewed our son's medical/cognitive diagnosis and explained what it meant practically and implications for the future. He helped us with a road map as we prepared for our son's IEP explaining our rights as parents and expectations of the school system. His psychology background also gave us incredible insights for parenting our son. He is professional, compassionate, knowledgeable and a great listener. He is a trusted partner to his clients and would highly recommend him to anyone.”
“As an educational consultant and special education advocate, legal issues frequently arise in my practice. David is the first person I call when I need consultation on a case. His legal expertise and knowledge of special education practices is invaluable. David is truly a tremendous attorney! His background and extensive experience in school psychology, school administration, and school law make him uniquely qualified to advocate for children. I strongly recommend him to any parent who is seeking a legal services for special education issues.”
-Dr. Kimberly Melton Lechner; Kids First Collaborative
“I was referred to David Saxe by a friend who had worked with him previously. David was quick to respond to my request for help. He listened to and sought to understand my issues and concerns and was able to help me move toward a quick and equitable resolution to my family law matter.”
“After attending my child's initial IEP meeting completely blind, not knowing or understanding the process, I left with a strong feeling that the district was withholding information and services. David Saxe reviewed my child's data, 504 plan, and other school records, and advised me regarding questions to ask, additional assessments to request, and possible courses of action. At the next IEP meeting, I felt completely prepared, confident, and secure in knowing what my daughter needed and how to ask for it. Thank you, David, for your wisdom, insight, and sincere interest in my daughter's education and well-being. I am forever grateful!”
"We are so thankful we found David Saxe. He guided us and gave suggestions for our best interest and the best interests of our child. His compassion, knowledge, and commitment made us feel confident and comforted."
"When our friend's child came to live with us, we contacted David Saxe after weeks of frustration trying to convince the school district to enroll him. In one conversation, David helped district officials understand the reasons the boy was living with us as well as their legal obligation to allow him to attend school. We are so thankful for David's expertise and kindness."
“School law can be extremely complex. When my situation arose, I didn't know where to begin or what questions to ask. However, that all changed when I was introduced to David Saxe. Throughout my conversations with David, it was clearly evident to me that he had a solid understanding of school law/code and could easily answer any of my questions. David helped make a challenging situation a rather easy one with his knowledge and feedback.”