About Us

Michael J Eig

michael.eig@lawforchildren.com

Michael J. Eig, the founder and owner of the firm, has been practicing special education law and advocacy in the metropolitan D.C. area since 1975. His educational background includes degrees in cultural anthropology and education from Brandeis University (1970), a Masters in Education and Social Policy from Harvard University (1972), and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1975).

A former public school teacher, Mr. Eig has combined his interest and training in education with a commitment to special education law, and advocated on behalf of disabled children and their families for the past thirty-eight years. He has served as counsel and/or amicus in special education cases before federal courts, including the Supreme Court. He was counsel in Schaffer v. Weast, before the Supreme Court, class counsel in the landmark Mills v. D.C. Board of Education, amicus in Smith v. Robinson and North v. D.C., and served as plaintiffs' counsel in Doyle v. Arlington School Board. He has participated in countless IEP meetings and Due Process Hearings since the 1970s and has lectured and written extensively in the area of special education law, including authoring the current article on Education of the Disabled in the Dictionary of American History.

Paula A Rosenstock

paula.rosenstock@lawforchildren.com

Paula A. Rosenstock holds a B.A. in psychology from Tufts University, magna cum laude, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2003, the District of Columbia Bar in 2005 and the Maryland Bar in 2014. She is admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Ms. Rosenstock has a background in special education and disability-related work. During law school she worked as a summer law clerk for Michael J. Eig and Associates. Prior to that, she worked in several schools and programs for children with disabilities including autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and mental retardation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rosenstock practiced in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she concentrated in family law. While there, she gained extensive litigation experience and assisted clients with divorce, child custody, visitation, and property distribution.

Benjamin W Massarsky

benjamin.massarsky@lawforchildren.com

Benjamin W. Massarsky holds a B.A. in History and Government from Cornell University, and a J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from The American University, Washington College of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

While in law school, Mr. Massarsky was Symposium Editor of the Business Law Brief and founding Executive Editor of the American University Business Law Review. He was also a student attorney in the D.C. Law Students in Court Clinical Program representing indigent clients in eviction and housing matters, as well as serving as a Summer Associate at Michael J. Eig and Associates.

Matthew B Bogin

matthew.bogin@lawforchildren.com

Matthew B. Bogin has been helping families with special needs members throughout the D.C. metropolitan area for over thirty-five years. He is well respected for his championing the varying rights of special needs clients. Currently his particular focus is ensuring that families with special needs members complete and review planning to ensure a successful future for these children.

Because that calls for specialized knowledge and expertise, Matthew is ideally suited to assist clients in the area of special needs trust, estate planning, and guardianship. Matthew received his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and his Masters of Law Degree in Taxation from Georgetown.

Meghan M Probert

meghan.probert@lawforchildren.com

Meghan M. Probert holds a B.A. in History and Spanish from Saint Michael’s College, cum laude, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. During law school, Ms. Probert was a member of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy. She worked with the Public Defender’s Office in Loudon County, Virginia, as well as with various civil litigation firms in northern Virginia specializing in insurance defense, real estate, and immigration.

Ms. Probert has a longstanding passion for working with children and adults with disabilities. She served as President of the St. Michael's chapter of Best Buddies, an organization creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as engaged with representatives from around the country at the Best Buddies National Leadership Conference in 2003.law

Why We Do What We Do

A long time ago, I represented a special little boy named Maury. Maury had been developing wonderfully in his first years of life until three, when he was struck with many days of encephalitis-like strokes which tragically reduced his functioning to that of a one to five month old. He was cortically blind, could not sit, walk or talk. He was still a beautiful kid and the most frustrating part of the tragedy was that he had a blockage at the base of his brain: it was completely unknown if stimuli was getting to his brain because he had no way to tell us.

Eventually, we advocated against the school system for almost ten days of Due Process Hearings, seeking a number of hours each day of individual therapies, along with an afternoon with a one-on-one aide in a regular preschool class. We operated on the assumption that Maury was processing stimuli, at lease to some degree, but we really did not know.

We won, and the intensive services began. I lost track for a year or two, but was then told that Maury had become very ill and had died, I think at age seven. Yet another tragedy; Maury was gone.

But there is an important postscript to Maury’s story. At his funeral service, we heard his uncle speak of the last months. He told us that they had continued to wonder whether all of this effort was making any difference to Maury. Was he getting any of it? The uncle then went on to tell us that they recently had obtained some state-of-the-art software that enabled a computer to process responses based upon left or right eye blinks. They had tried it with Maury and, as his uncle told us (with a smile, not tears), “Maury began to talk to us.”

It did not last very long; Maury became terminally ill a little while later. But that did not take away from the value, the quality of life, that we all helped create or preserve. Nothing could ever diminish that.

That is why we do what we do.

-Michael J. Eig

 


And, Every Now and Then, Miracles Can Happen

And then there was Matt, a bright, engaging fourteen-year-old who had a good family and all the support in the world. He also happened to be stricken with the most severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder anybody had ever seen. He literally spent seven months in his room at home unable to get out because of his perception of the contamination that awaited him on the other side of his door. He took seven to ten hour showers. He listened to an inner spirit in a language incomprehensible to the rest of us. He appeared doomed to an institutionalized, miserable life.

But his parents never accepted that and, with our help, advocated within their local school system for a very intensive (and very expensive) residential program specializing in adolescents like Matt. Through a couple of years of fighting through Due Process and federal court hearings, we eventually prevailed and the school system was ordered to place and fund Matt in this one-of-a-kind program.

Of course, the school system complied with the orders, but the program did not work.  After more than a year of residential care and education, Matt returned home apparently no better off than when he had left.  A day therapeutic program was offered by the school system, but Matt only lasted a few days in that school, and then he took back to his room and his self-imposed solitude.  It seemed over.
               
But, once again, his parents could not accept the bleak future ahead for their son, and continued to explore programs, eventually coming up with a new one, a residential school in New England that was willing to give it a try if Matt would just get up there.  We went back to the school system and, this time, we did not have to appeal anything.  School system staff had also taken a personal interest in this intriguing young man, and they agreed to send him up to the new school, at another substantial cost to the system.
               
That’s when the miracles started; Matt started to improve and he has never stopped.  This young man who could not go anywhere for fear of contamination, learned to live in a dorm with other boys, learned to interact with them, even learned to do his share of daily chores, including cleaning the bathroom.  He gradually went to classes more and more, and excelled in them.  He now has a future, a rather bright one in fact.
               
Sometimes, we fight and we win, and sometimes we lose.  And, every once in a while, after all of that occurs, we get together with our opponents and finally come up with a solution that literally saves a young person’s life. That is also why we do what we do.
               
- Michael J. Eig

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