Piper Paul, Attorney
Attorney Piper Paul takes a hands-on approach and relies on families to be part of the team to reach a just resolution for pending matters. She is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and New York state courts, as well as federal courts, and she has extensive legal experience in representing students with and without disabilities at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.
In 2009, Attorney Paul received a Pro Bono Award from the Connecticut Bar Association for her work on expulsion and disciplinary hearings. Attorney Paul focuses her advocacy efforts on protecting the legal and civil rights of adults and children who have disabilities, including medical issues such as diabetes, narcolepsy, and mental health disabilities. She is a member of the Amicus Committee of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (“COPAA”), which is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting civil rights and securing excellence in education on behalf of children with disabilities.
Attorney Paul is able to connect with her clients’ interests because, as a parent, she understands firsthand the desire to provide children with the best foot forward in life. She completed her legal education at Brooklyn Law School and went to work as an Assistant District Attorney with the Queens District Attorney’s Office in New York. After taking time to parent her children, Attorney Paul launched her own firm where she practiced education, disability, family, and criminal law. Now primarily focused on education-related matters, Attorney Paul spends her days advocating for those who need it most. Whether she’s filing appeals for accommodations in standardized testing for persons with disabilities or representing a student in a disciplinary hearing, is dedicated and works passionately for your family’s needs.
Bruce Seeliger, Counsel
Attorney Bruce Seeliger has been a practicing lawyer for over 25 years. A former prosecutor in New York City, Attorney Seeliger has extensive experience in criminal law and also handles school disciplinary matters. Over the course of his legal career, Attorney Seeliger has focused heavily on appellate litigation. He served as the head clerk for a Judge of New York State’s highest court and has written and argued cases at all levels of the New York, Connecticut, and federal court systems. Attorney Seeliger received his law degree cum laude and master’s degree in Public Administration from Cardoza Law School in NYC. He is admitted in both Connecticut and New York courts.
Marjorie Jacobson, Counsel
Attorney Marjorie Jacobson is an attorney, trained mediator, and nonprofit leader. Her comprehensive legal experience spans decades across diverse settings, including a startup, an AM Law 100 law firm, and multinational corporations including The Coca-Cola Company and FCB Advertising. In addition, she has served and continues to serve on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations on the local, state, and national level, providing leadership in the areas of education, civil rights, and the arts for organizations including ADL/the Anti-Defamation League and the Westport Country Playhouse. Attorney Jacobson holds a BA in English from Brandeis University, a JD from the Boston University School of Law (where she was a Law Review editor and published note author), and has a mediation skills certification from Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Center on Dispute Resolution. Attorney Jacobson is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Illinois.
Mark Gross, Legal Consultant
Attorney Mark Gross is the firm’s legal consultant. He worked with the United States Department of Justice for over 40 years in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division. He has written appellate briefs for nearly every Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and he became Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division in 1996. He is not licensed in Connecticut or New York but is licensed in other jurisdictions as an attorney. Currently, he consults with attorneys on IDEA litigation around the country and is an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., teaching courses in civil rights, education law, and employment discrimination law. Additionally, Attorney Gross has a son with Down syndrome and was part of the inclusion Task Force that prepared an inclusive education program for his school district.
Courtney O’Neil, Paralegal
Courtney O’Neil is the firm’s paralegal. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California with a bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in Writing. She is currently pursuing special education advocacy training.
Tyler Jent, Demi Magilo, M.A., Alexis Paul, M.A.
Tyler Jent, Demi Magilo, M.A., and Alexis Paul,M.A., are legal assistants with the firm. They all graduated from college in the top of their class. Two of the legal assistants are pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology. The other legal assistant is pursuing a professional career in theater.
No matter what type of education issues you are encountering, Piper Paul Law possesses the perfect combination of talent and care to have a significant and positive impact on your child’s educational experience. Contact us today or email us at INFO@PIPERPAULLAW.COM and experience the peace of mind of knowing your child’s interests are in good hands.