Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
lsinars@robbins-schwartz.com

Laura M. Sinars

Laura Sinars focuses on special education and students’ rights law. She counsels and represents public school districts at IEP meetings, due process hearings, mediation and student expulsion and residency hearings. Laura has defended district decisions regarding evaluations, services and placement of special education students in due process hearings. She has successfully removed dangerous students from the regular education environment and also prevailed in hearings to defend against parents’ unilateral private placements. She has assisted clients in building residency and discipline cases involving students and has successfully defended districts’ decisions in state and federal courts and before federal and state agencies including the Department of Education, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Office for Civil Rights.

Law & Politics Magazine selected Laura as a 2005 Illinois “Super Lawyer” in the specialized area of Schools and Education Law. Chicago Magazine published the names of the Illinois Super Lawyers in its May 2005 issue.

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author, “Special Education,” ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW , IICLE (2005, 2010 and 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • Addressing the Needs of the Emotionally Disabled Student, IAASE, Springfield, IL (February 2013)
  • Unilateral Placement for Special Education Students: Will Your District Have To Pay?, IAASE (January 2011)
  • Reimbursement for Unilateral Placement and Other Recent Developments in Special Education Law, Illinois Council of School Attorneys (Septemeber 2009)
  • Special Education Legal Update: A Review of Recent Decisions, Statues and Guidance, IAASE (September 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura M. Sinars

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1993
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1990

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
lsinars@robbins-schwartz.com

Laura M. Sinars

Laura M. Sinars

Partner, Chicago Office
ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
lsinars@robbins-schwartz.com

Laura Sinars focuses on special education and students’ rights law. She counsels and represents public school districts at IEP meetings, due process hearings, mediation and student expulsion and residency hearings. Laura has defended district decisions regarding evaluations, services and placement of special education students in due process hearings. She has successfully removed dangerous students from the regular education environment and also prevailed in hearings to defend against parents’ unilateral private placements. She has assisted clients in building residency and discipline cases involving students and has successfully defended districts’ decisions in state and federal courts and before federal and state agencies including the Department of Education, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Office for Civil Rights.

Law & Politics Magazine selected Laura as a 2005 Illinois “Super Lawyer” in the specialized area of Schools and Education Law. Chicago Magazine published the names of the Illinois Super Lawyers in its May 2005 issue.

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author, “Special Education,” ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW , IICLE (2005, 2010 and 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • Addressing the Needs of the Emotionally Disabled Student, IAASE, Springfield, IL (February 2013)
  • Unilateral Placement for Special Education Students: Will Your District Have To Pay?, IAASE (January 2011)
  • Reimbursement for Unilateral Placement and Other Recent Developments in Special Education Law, Illinois Council of School Attorneys (Septemeber 2009)
  • Special Education Legal Update: A Review of Recent Decisions, Statues and Guidance, IAASE (September 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1993
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1990

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Practice Areas