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Tracey D.
Waldmann

Senior Counsel

Tracey D. Waldmann is a highly experienced and skilled litigator in the firm’s Education Law practice group. She focuses on serving school districts and charter schools in the areas of special education and student services.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: twaldmann@wispearl.com
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Ms. Waldmann works closely with our school clients in helping them maintain compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Civil Rights Act, and state law implementing statues. She routinely litigates for school clients in administrative due process proceedings, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the United States District Courts and Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She brings her broad litigation and trial experience to assist schools in successfully navigating the complex regulatory nature of special education law.

Ms. Waldmann also provides legal training for school district administrators, teachers, and staff in the areas of special education law and compliance issues. She assists schools in reviewing and drafting board policies and in implementing procedures. She works closely with school administrators on a daily basis to respond to inquiries and provide legal advice.

Ms. Waldmann was a member of the Temple Law Review and served as the Articles/Symposium Editor. She also received the Barrister’s Award Winner for Trial Advocacy and Outstanding Oral Advocacy for Trial Advocacy.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained complete win for school district on tuition reimbursement claim in due process proceedings.
  • Successfully defended school district on appeal in Federal Court and secured denial of claim for attorney fees under the IDEA’s shifting fee provision.
  • Obtained win on Motion to Dismiss in Federal Court on behalf of school district thereby allowing district defendants to be completely dismissed at the beginning of the proceedings.
  • Successfully defended school district’s educational evaluation and obtained order affirming denial of request to have district pay for an independent educational evaluation.
  • Successfully defended school districts in administrative due process hearings, United States District Court, and Commonwealth Court, against claims for denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE), discrimination, compensatory education, tuition reimbursement, and placement.
  • Conducted and developed materials for training seminars for district directors, supervisors, administrators, teachers and support staff on all areas of education law, including IDEA, 504, ADA, FERPA, PHRA, truancy, discipline, related services, civil rights violations, as well as state implementing laws and regulations.
  • Assisted schools in revising or creating education policies and procedures to maintain federal and state compliance.
  • Provided risk and exposure assessments for superintendents and school boards.
  • Reviewed educational files for compliance issues including: Individual Education Programs (IEPs), Evaluation Reports (ERs), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs) and Related Services.

Speeches and Publications

  • IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop: The IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues and Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs. NBI Legal Workshop. April 25, 2019.
  • Legal Considerations for Schools When Deciding Between an IEP or a 504. The Legal Intelligencer / ALM Publisher. June 27, 2018.
  • 504 Plan Legal Essentials: Evaluating Students Under 504 Plans; How to Draft a Personalized 504 Plan; Implementation and Review of 504 Plans. NBI Seminar. May 25, 2018.
  • Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues: Discipline and Expulsion, A Practical Legal Guide; Legally Appropriate Responses to Difficult Disruptive Behaviors. NBI Seminar. May 9 and 12, 2017.
  • Countless trainings, seminars, and in-service engagements to school districts and charter schools on all areas of special education, including: writing legal defensible IEPs, how to provide FAPE, procedures needed in disciplinary actions/manifestation determinations, truancy procedures, discrimination, placement, related services, compliance issues, FERPA, 504 Service Plans and requirements, and evaluation procedures and requirements.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 2001)
  • Temple University (M.A. Political Science and Government, 1997)
  • Penn State University (B.A., 1995)

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • Montgomery Bar Association

Previous Employment

  • Raffaele Puppio (2015 – 2019)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (July 2011 – Aug. 2015; Aug. 2006 – Feb. 2009)
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP (Mar. 2009 – June 2011; Oct. 2001 – July 2006)

Tracey D.
Waldmann

Senior Counsel

Tracey D. Waldmann is a highly experienced and skilled litigator in the firm’s Education Law practice group. She focuses on serving school districts and charter schools in the areas of special education and student services.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: twaldmann@wispearl.com
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Ms. Waldmann works closely with our school clients in helping them maintain compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Civil Rights Act, and state law implementing statues. She routinely litigates for school clients in administrative due process proceedings, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the United States District Courts and Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She brings her broad litigation and trial experience to assist schools in successfully navigating the complex regulatory nature of special education law.

Ms. Waldmann also provides legal training for school district administrators, teachers, and staff in the areas of special education law and compliance issues. She assists schools in reviewing and drafting board policies and in implementing procedures. She works closely with school administrators on a daily basis to respond to inquiries and provide legal advice.

Ms. Waldmann was a member of the Temple Law Review and served as the Articles/Symposium Editor. She also received the Barrister’s Award Winner for Trial Advocacy and Outstanding Oral Advocacy for Trial Advocacy.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained complete win for school district on tuition reimbursement claim in due process proceedings.
  • Successfully defended school district on appeal in Federal Court and secured denial of claim for attorney fees under the IDEA’s shifting fee provision.
  • Obtained win on Motion to Dismiss in Federal Court on behalf of school district thereby allowing district defendants to be completely dismissed at the beginning of the proceedings.
  • Successfully defended school district’s educational evaluation and obtained order affirming denial of request to have district pay for an independent educational evaluation.
  • Successfully defended school districts in administrative due process hearings, United States District Court, and Commonwealth Court, against claims for denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE), discrimination, compensatory education, tuition reimbursement, and placement.
  • Conducted and developed materials for training seminars for district directors, supervisors, administrators, teachers and support staff on all areas of education law, including IDEA, 504, ADA, FERPA, PHRA, truancy, discipline, related services, civil rights violations, as well as state implementing laws and regulations.
  • Assisted schools in revising or creating education policies and procedures to maintain federal and state compliance.
  • Provided risk and exposure assessments for superintendents and school boards.
  • Reviewed educational files for compliance issues including: Individual Education Programs (IEPs), Evaluation Reports (ERs), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs) and Related Services.

Speeches and Publications

  • IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop: The IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues and Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs. NBI Legal Workshop. April 25, 2019.
  • Legal Considerations for Schools When Deciding Between an IEP or a 504. The Legal Intelligencer / ALM Publisher. June 27, 2018.
  • 504 Plan Legal Essentials: Evaluating Students Under 504 Plans; How to Draft a Personalized 504 Plan; Implementation and Review of 504 Plans. NBI Seminar. May 25, 2018.
  • Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues: Discipline and Expulsion, A Practical Legal Guide; Legally Appropriate Responses to Difficult Disruptive Behaviors. NBI Seminar. May 9 and 12, 2017.
  • Countless trainings, seminars, and in-service engagements to school districts and charter schools on all areas of special education, including: writing legal defensible IEPs, how to provide FAPE, procedures needed in disciplinary actions/manifestation determinations, truancy procedures, discrimination, placement, related services, compliance issues, FERPA, 504 Service Plans and requirements, and evaluation procedures and requirements.