About Forte Law Group LLC
Forte Law Group is one of only a very few law firms within the state of Connecticut that is dedicated to exclusively representing families and children with special needs. Whether you need an attorney to attend your child’s PPT meeting, represent you during mediation, or need an attorney to bring a due process action against the school district, Forte Law Group stands apart because we provide our clients with an unprecedented amount of legal and educational guidance, resources and support throughout the entire scope of your legal representation. At the Forte Law Group, we believe knowledge is power, that is why we frequently offer free FLG Family Workshops throughout the state.
About Jeffrey L. Forte, J.D.
Jeff has devoted his entire legal career to serving the Connecticut community, advocating and negotiating on behalf of his clients. Jeff has experience you may trust and rely on to successfully navigate through PPT meetings, negotiations, hearings, mediations and trials ranging from classroom to courtroom settings.
Jeff’s negotiation ability to separate people from the problem, focus on solutions and interests rather than on positions and base outcomes on objective, measurable criteria is what separates him as a top skilled negotiator, litigator and advocate.
Jeff is the founding member of Forte Law Group and is one of only very few attorneys in Connecticut that has obtained a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from the Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Throughout Jeff’s entire legal career, he has pursued accountability, coverage and developments in Connecticut laws concerning special education, families, civil rights, criminal justice, personal injury, probate and appellate law. Earlier in his legal career, Jeff practiced both civil personal injury and defense litigation before going in-house with a large legal organization where he routinely negotiated multimillion dollar agreements. Throughout his legal career, Jeff has always taken on cases to represent children, families and organizations that needed the help of a negotiation and litigation lawyer. Jeff now devotes 100% of his practice exclusively to representing families and children.
Jeff’s legal educational background including his legal internships while in law school contributed significantly to him honing the multifaceted nature of special education law, juvenile justice and child advocacy.
Jeff graduated from American University, Washington College of Law where he placed first in his class for trial advocacy and first in his class for best appellate argument at the law school’s mock trial and moot court competitions. While in law school, Jeff also served as Dean’s Fellow for the both Civil & Criminal Mock Trial Programs and was selected to be one of eight student attorneys to serve within the law school’s Third Year Criminal Justice Clinic where he served as a criminal defense attorney for children involved within the juvenile justice system.
Jeff was also recognized on a national level within the National Moot Court Competition where he placed third in the nation for best legal brief. Jeff also interned within the Connecticut State’s Attorney Office and the Division of the Public Defender where he worked with children within the juvenile justice system as well as interned at a child correctional facility in Montgomery, Maryland where he represented incarcerated youth during disciplinary proceedings.
Prior to founding Forte Law Group, Jeff also worked for two of the largest litigation law firms within the state of Connecticut where he honed his negotiation, litigation and advocacy skills. Jeff has participated in hundreds of pre-trials, mediations and court proceedings relating to individual rights, advocacy and representation. In the corporate in-house setting, Jeff has also successfully presented, negotiated and brokered multimillion dollar agreements, all the while taking on various pro bono cases involving children, families and organizations.
Both of Jeff’s parents served as a teacher, college professor and support personnel within the public-school education system for over 35 years. Jeff’s wife is also a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker that recently received her Doctorate Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and works with children that have special needs with a focus on autism. Coupled with Jeff’s ties to the Connecticut education community, Forte Law Group provides an unparalleled amount of clinical and behavioral consulting connections for your child’s special education needs.
- Secured an IEP for middle school student previously denied eligibility for special education that has mild ADHD and GAD. Student now has positive behavioral support plan in place along with social skills counseling.
- Obtained assistive technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language evaluations and related services for a severely disabled elementary school student that was not provided with any related services on the student’s IEP. Related services where then provided on site at student’s private school at public school expense due to public school district’s lack of fidelity in providing related services within public school district.
- After being retained by parents to conduct a comprehensive record review, successfully empowered parents to obtain independent evaluations at school district expense for their elementary school child that has severe ADHD, GAD and below grade math and literacy skills. Developed a SMART IEP that provide supported related services in place along with ESY based on results of IEEs.
- Secured 5th year educational programming and related services for a senior high school student on an IEP for LD that the district was otherwise going to graduate.
- Secured private educational outplacement at a therapeutic school for high school student with major depression, GAD and school refusal. Prior to representation, student was receiving home bound tutoring services by local public-school district for over 6 months without any emotional or psychological school-based counseling.
- Defended a middle school student on frivolous juvenile delinquency charges where student was arrested on school grounds and facing expulsion. After FLG legal representation was retained, student was found to be diagnosed with major depression, oppositional defiance disorder and emotional disturbance. After student was determined eligible for special education, behavior was determined to be a manifestation of the student’s disability and was not expelled. Student was properly evaluated, placed on an IEP with supportive related services and is now an A student thriving within the general education classroom setting with resource room support and school counseling.
- Obtained private educational outplacement and transportation for middle school student with high functioning Autism after district improperly responded to parent’s IEE requests. Student did not attend school for over 6 months prior to FLG representation.
- Advocated for and obtained independent functional behavioral assessment for student with low functioning autism that presents with severe behavioral challenges. Secured one on one paraprofessional support and transportation bus aide within a private school setting.
- Secured out of state residential placement for a high school student with RAD at a specialized residential therapeutic school for students with RAD. Student was in the DCF and foster care system for more than 15 years prior to FLG securing the proper therapeutic supports the student needs in order to thrive with the student’s new adoption parents in the home-based setting.
- After being provided with home schooling by the district for more than 7 months for a student with major depression, GAD and school refusal tendencies, FLG secured educational outplacement at a private therapeutic school.
- Within two months of legal representation, secured private residential educational outplacement for a high school student with ADD, ADHD, ODD. Prior to legal representation, student was being provided home bound tutoring by the local school district.
- Protected the rights of a kindergarten student by receiving an education in the least restrictive environment with the public-school setting. School district sought to privately outplace the student against the parents’ consent for behavioral challenges relating to ADD and ADHD. Advocated and secured an appropriate IEP within the public-school setting with proper supports and related services as well private summer school paid for a district expense.
- Obtained an independent transition evaluation for a high school student with LD in order to secure 5th year educational programming.
- Secured an independent transition assessment for a high school student with ASD and reimbursement for a privately funded neuropsychological evaluation.
- Prevented the arrest and arraignment of an impressionable fourteen-year boy with behavioral and intellectual disabilities for posting alleged threats on social media to other classmates by presenting evidence to the police that other students tricked the boy into offering friendship if he posted the provided statements online.