Medicaid, Guardian Advocacy, and Special Education Law – Gainesville, Florida

My practice is focused on the special care needs of persons with disabilities and the elderly, with emphasis on helping clients receive services that allow them to remain as independent as possible, in the home or the community. Much of my work involves the complex and varied programs offered through Medicaid. For children, many special needs are addressed through the school system and special education law. 

If you need assistance in any of the following areas, please contact me to schedule a consultation.  The initial 30 minute interview is free. Click on the link for Frequently Asked Questions on the topic.

News Alert: Co-counseling with Southern Legal Counsel and Disability Rights Florida, I am representing five individuals who filed a lawsuit against the Agency for Health Care Administration over its implementation of the Long Term Care Program through managed care organizations. Click here to see more. 


  • Home health care services for children with complex medical needs
  • Administrative advocacy with Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), or Department of Elder Affairs
  • Service problems with the Medicaid managed care organizations (MCO’s, e.g., United Healthcare, Sunshine Health, or Children’s Medical Services Network) for either Long Term Care or Managed Medical Assistance
  • Eligibility for and receipt of adequate home and community-based services for persons with disabilities or the elderly through:

iBudget Florida Waiver for persons with developmental disabilities
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Waiver and other specialized Waivers
Long Term Care Program Waiver

Special Education

  • Due Process (inadequate notice, hearing rights, etc.) 
  • Eligibility 
  • “504 Plans” and Accommodations 
  • Need for re-evaluation 
  • Inadequate educational progress 
  • Inadequate IEP (insufficient services, no way to measure progress) 
  • Behavioral and discipline problems 
  • McKay Scholarships 

Guardian Advocacy and Less Restrictive Alternatives

  • Guardian Advocacy of the Person, or Property (if limited to government benefits)
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Healthcare Surrogate
  • Living Will

By limiting my practice to these areas I have cultivated working relationships with service providers, agency and school district personnel, disability experts, and advocates within the disability rights and elder law community.  I have also developed a deep appreciation for my clients and their caregivers and an awareness of the obstacles they face.  My Medicaid practice is statewide, with clients from all regions of Florida, and involves both administrative advocacy (fair hearings and rule challenges) and state and federal litigation.


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