Hope Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin are special education attorneys with Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing students with disabilities and their families throughout Arizona. For over 15 years, they have devoted their practice to obtaining appropriate educational service, supports and placements for students in schools, hospitals and residential treatment programs. Their legal advocacy ranges from obtaining eligibility for IEPs and 504s, assisting at IEPs, METs and 504 meetings, early dispute resolution of matters, due process hearings, and appeals. Their handle bullying, restraint and seclusion and personal injury limited to injuries at school. Lori and Hope are both admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York New Jersey, Arizona, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They are both rated AV® Preeminent™ by their peers and judges, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Hope was a special education teacher and school administrator for 18 years before embarking on a career in law. She has written hundreds of IEPs, testified before the NYC Department of Education at due process hearings, and supervised and trained teachers in curriculum, methodology, writing IEPs and behavior management techniques. She has B.S. from Boston University and an M.A.(Ed.) from New York University, both in special education, and completed substantial work in educational supervision and administration. Hope was instrumental in the passage of the restraint and seclusion legislation, helping with the drafting and testifying before both the Senate and the House.
Lori has been a litigation/trial attorney for nearly 30 years and has had over 30 jury trials. She entered the special education arena 15 years ago when one of her twin boys was evaluated for special education and related services, and has been advocating for and representing other families since. Lori brings her litigation skills to the table as well as her sensitivity for the families she represents. Lori’s recently obtained a victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals involving the appropriateness of a charter school’s selection of a private school for a student with ASD.