About Us

A private law firm dedicated to advocating for students with special needs. We guarantee personal attention and will advise you as if your situation were our own. Here’s our team.

President, Attorney

Allison Hertog

Allison Hertog comes to the fields of special education and disability law with a highly unique background. She is one of only a handful of lawyers in the country who holds a Masters degree in special education. Being a former teacher allows Ms. Hertog to see things from both sides of the school table – that makes meetings and litigation go more smoothly and successfully.

Drawn to those fields because of her own struggle with learning disabilities as a child, after graduating from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Ms. Hertog earned a degree in special education from Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York and a law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. Teaching children with a variety of special needs led Ms. Hertog to enroll in law school and become a child advocate.  She’s licensed to practice law in California, Florida and New York.

She’s represented hundreds of parents and successfully litigated against school districts in administrative and federal court.  And Ms. Hertog has a national practice getting test accommodations for high achievers with disabilities.

Read her resume and take a look at her national presentations.

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associate attorney

Jeffrey Laufer

Jeffrey Laufer worked in schools prior to getting his law degree, just as Ms. Hertog did.  As a private tutor and student aide in public schools and home-school settings, Jeffrey got on-the-ground experience in schools. 

Jeffrey’s experience in schools and his knowledge of the law has made him  an excellent advocate for students at IEP meetings.  Jeffrey is a zealous and effective legal advocate for the students who need it most.

After earning his bachelors in Economics from California State University Northridge, Jeffrey obtained his law degree from Southwestern Law in its accelerated 2-year SCALE program, earning the Dean’s Merit Award for his academic performance.

Jeffrey passed the California Bar Exam in November, 2022.  

Reach Jeffrey at Jeffrey@MakingSchoolWork.com