Special Education Law Attorneys Jeffrey J. Butler, Jordan M. Bullinger and Vickie L. Coe Join Clark Hill PLC

Jul 11, 2017

LANSING, MI – Special education attorneys Jeffrey J. Butler, Jordan M. Bullinger and Vickie L. Coe have joined Clark Hill PLC’s Education and Municipal Law Practice Group effective July 1, 2017, Education and Municipal Practice Group Leader John Gierak announced today.

“This is a great opportunity for our firm to strengthen our education and municipal law practice and services we can offer schools and municipalities across the state of Michigan,” Gierak said.

Butler, a Member in the firm’s Lansing office, has extensive experience representing public schools and other educational institutions in special education, school disability law, Title IX and other education-related laws. After spending nearly a decade with the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Butler represented the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education and other Michigan agencies and government officials in all aspects of education law. Before joining Clark Hill, PLC, Jeff spent 15 years in private practice with the law firm of LaPointe & Butler, P.C. where he specialized in school disability, special education law and civil rights matters, including the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX and state laws and regulations related to disability law. 

In addition to Butler, Jordan M. Bullinger and Vickie L. Coe join as Senior Attorneys in the firm’s Grand Rapids and Lansing offices, respectively.

Bullinger represents schools in IEPT meetings, state complaints, due process hearings, and appeals to federal district court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as an adjunct professor with the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University and has also taught at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Coe focuses her practice on representing school districts in the area of education law with a focus on special education and school disability law related matters. She represents school district clients in state and federal tribunals and courts pertaining to claims arising out of, but not limited to the IDEA, Section 504, Title II of the ADA, Title IX and state laws and regulations related to school disability law. In addition, she works closely with school districts to train its staff on how to avoid compliance issues and specializes in providing professional development to clients and their staff.  She also serves as an adjunct professor at Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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