Catherine Merino Reisman

Professional Experience:  Ms. Merino Reisman is a founding partner of Reisman Carolla Gran LLP, providing consultation and guidance regarding the legal rights of children and adults with disabilities. She has represented clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationally in administrative hearings as well as federal and state court. Upon graduation from law school, she was a clerk to the Honorable Edward N. Cahn, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Merino Reisman then practiced employment law at a small Philadelphia firm for several years. Prior to forming Reisman Carolla Gran, she was “Of Counsel” to a regional mid-sized law firm, where she co-chaired the Special Education practice group in addition to handling appellate, commercial and employment litigation.

Professional and Community Associations:  Ms. Merino Reisman is a past Chair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates ("COPAA"), a national independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents. Ms. Merino Reisman is Co-Chair of COPAA's Amicus and Committee. She serves on the Board of SPANNER, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people with developmental disabilities in South Jersey. She is a former parent member of the Program Advisory Board to the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education. Ms. Merino Reisman speaks regularly to groups of parents and attorneys regarding special education, civil rights, and disability rights.

Admitted to Practice:  Ms. Merino Reisman is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, and the Southern District of Texas.

Education:  Ms. Merino Reisman graduated magna cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. degree from New York University, where she majored in French and Italian, was a Presidential Scholar, and a recipient of the Founders Day Award. In 1989, she earned a J.D. degree from Yale Law School where she was a note editor of the Yale Law Journal, a founding member of Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and a director of the Labor Law Project and Student-Funded Fellowships.


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