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As a parent, you are your child's first advocate. Yet, many families face a battle when it comes to addressing the needs of their child in the school setting. As a parent and lawyer, Attorney Crist knows all too well the hard work and determination it takes to obtain an appropriate educational plan. Equally critical is ensuring these plans are complied with. Anything to do with a child is deeply personal. Decisions concerning educational plans, compliance with these plans or how a problem such as bullying is resolved is critical to your child not just today, but for your child's long-term well-being and success.

Federal and state laws mandate that every child has the right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) according to his or her individual needs. A solid understanding of education related laws and procedures is necessary to ensure children are provided the education they deserve.  

~ One Focus ~

Your child. 

~ One Goal ~

Your child being provided the best and most appropriate educational opportunities and experiences he or she deserves

available under the law. 


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Ammann Avenue School, Mt. Lebanon's first school. Early 1900's

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Special Needs & Gifted Students:

Evaluation Process Advising & Advocacy

Review of Evaluation Reports and Determinations

IEP & GIEP Plan Reviews

IEP & GIEP Meeting Representation

Section 504 Plan Reviews

Non-Compliance Advocacy

Special Ed. & Gifted Due Process Hearings

Multidisciplinary Team Mtg. Attendance

Office of Dispute Resolution Mediation

Office of Dispute Resolution Hearings

State and Federal Court Representation

Social & Emotional Issues:


Disciplinary Matters

Constitutional Rights

Sports Issues - Title IX

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"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts."

~ Dalai Lama

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