Our Attorneys > The Law Office of Elisa Hyman, P.C.

As of 2007, Elisa Hyman, Esq. and the Law Office of Elisa Hyman PC have been Of Counsel to Friedman and Moses, where Ms. Hyman launched a special education law, discrimination and civil rights practice. 

With more than twenty years of experience, Ms. Hyman has represented hundreds of individual parents and students to assist them in obtaining special education services, tutoring, Applied Behavior Analysis, private school and accommodations.  She also provides advice and representation to students in general education in the private and public schools.  

The special education law practice represents parents in IEP meetings, impartial hearings, appeals to the Office of State Review and federal and state litigation. 

Ms. Hyman also provides workshops and technical assistance to organizations and has served as an education policy consultant to foundations and civil rights groups. 

Prior to joining the firm as Of Counsel, Ms. Hyman spent 8 years at Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), first as the organization's Deputy Director and then as the Executive Director.  

Ms. Hyman has served as lead and co-counsel on several federal class action suits involving special education, disability discrimination and other education rights. She also spearheaded a number of public policy initiatives focused on improving regular and special education in the City.

Prior to starting her practice in the field of education law, Ms. Hyman was Assistant General Counsel at Safe Horizon, where she focused on domestic violence and crime victim policy and served as the Queens Child Advocacy Center planning director. Between 1991-1996, Ms. Hyman spent five years as a litigation associate at the law firm of White & Case. She has her law degree and a Master's degree in Economics from Duke University.

Ms. Hyman is admitted in the First Department, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit.


  • Speaker, PLI’s School Law Institute, June 2015, School to Prison Pipeline
  • Speaker, PLI’s School Law Institute, May 2012
  • American University Symposium, Current Issues in Special Education Advocacy (2/25/11)
  • Panelist, Ethics Panel, PLI’s School Law Institute, May 2009
  • Panelist, Challenging the School to Prison Pipeline: Harms and Remedies, ACLU & NYLS (4/09)
  • Panelist, Changing Times in Special Education Due Process:  A View from the Bench on the State of the Law and Reconciling IDEA 2004 with No Child Left Behind, ABA (8/08)
  • Facilitator/Panelist, School to Prison Pipeline Roundtable, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Boston, MA (12/07)
  • Panelist, NYSBA, Special Education Law Update 2007, NY, NY (11/16/07)
  • Facilitator & Panelist, Winning Strategies for Young Black Men, sponsored by Goldman Sachs & Sullivan & Cromwell, and Panelist, NY, NY  (7/06, 3/07 & 7/07)
  • Panelist, ACLU’s School to Prison Pipeline Litigator’s Conference, NY, NY (4/07)
  • Panelist, School to Prison Pipeline Roundtable, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Boston, MA (1/07)
  • Panelist, Grantmakers for Education Conference, San Francisco, CA (11/06)
  • Keynote Speaker, Syracuse University, Centennial Lecture Series, Syracuse, NY (9/06)
  • Panelist, Appleseed Foundation Summer Seminar, NY, NY (7/06)
  • Panelist, Public Education Grantmakers Roundtable, NY, NY (5/06)


  • Hyman, Elisa, Dean Hill Rivkin, and Stephen A. Rosenbaum. "How IDEA Fails Families Without Means: Causes and Corrections From the Frontlines of Special Education" American University Journal of Gender Social Policy and Law 20, no. 1 (2011): 107-162.
  • State of Public Education for Black Males in New York City (co-author 2007)
  • “So Many Schools, So Few Options: How Mayor Bloomberg’s Small High SchoolReforms Deny Full Access to English Language Learners,” Fall 2006 (editor) “Up Against the Odds: New York City’s Homeless Children Lose Out in School,” Fall 2006 (editor)
  • “An In-depth Look at Free Tutoring Services under the No Child Left Behind Act in New York City- A Focus on English Language Learners,” Spring 2006 (author)
  • “School Push-outs: An Urban Case Study,” Vol. 38 Clearinghouse Review, Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, Jan.-Feb. 2005 (author)
  • “Leaving School Empty-Handed: A Report on Graduation and Dropout Rates for Students who Receive Special Education Services in New York City,” Fall 2005 (co-author)
  • “Children in Crisis: Advocates for Children Domestic Violence Advocacy Project,” 2004 (co-author/editor)
  • “Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in New York City: As Assessment of Current Special Education Services,” 2004 (co-author/editor)
  • “Pushing Out At-risk Students: An Analysis of High School Discharge Figures,” 2002 (lead author)
  • Contributing Editor, New York Civil Practice: Family Court Proceedings Treatise, Bender Publications, 2004-2005
  • “Schools Wrong to Push Out Kids,” Op Ed., Daily News, 2003 (author)
  • “Domestic Violence in the Workplace: In-House Solutions to an In-House Problem,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, 1997 (author)
  • “Domestic Violence and Unemployment Insurance,” NYLJ, 1996 (co-author)


  • Student Upgrades Mostly a Mirage, Staten Island Advance  (9/17/06)
  • AdvocatesSayCity Undercounts Homeless Kids, WNYC (9/14/06)
  • Back to School in a System Being Remade, NY Times (9/5/06)
  • City's Night School Program Getting Permanent Snooze, NY Sun (8/11/06)
  • Parents Digging Up Data on Teachers, NY Post (8/9/06)
  • Cutback on Counselors, NY Daily News (8/6/06)
  • Graduation Rate Improving, Schools Chancellor Says, NY Times (6/30/06)
  • Special Education Ruling’s Effects Unclear, NY Times (11/17/06)
  • Brooklyn High School Is Accused Anew of Forcing Students Out, NY Times (10/12/05)
  • Progress and Concerns Noted In Special Education System, NY Times (9/24/05)
  • Study on Special Education Finds Low Graduation Rate, NY Times (6/23/05)


  • Winning Strategies for Young Black Men, Education Working Group Team Leader (Spring 2007-2009)
  • Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Education Law Task Force
  • President of the Board, Liveawear, Inc. (2005 to Spring 2007)
  • Board Member, Opening Act (2003-2005)
  • Legal Services Award, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, (2004)
  • Leadership New York Program, Coro Foundation (2002-2003)
  • Legal Services of New York Education Law Task Force (2001-2007)
  • CLE Instructor, Practicing Law Institute and the Legal Services Corporation of New York (2000-2005)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Death Penalty Project (2003)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), Juvenile Justice Committee (2001-2003)
  • Volunteer, Safe Horizon’s FamilyAssistanceCenter for Victims of 9/11 (2001)
  • Woman of the Year Award, New York Women’s Agenda (1998)
  • Chair, ABCNY Legal Issues Affecting Crime Victims; Co-Chair, Women, Welfare and Abuse Task Force; member, New York County Lawyer’s Association Task Force on Domestic Violence; New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legislative Subcommittee; Criminal Justice Coordinator's Child Abuse Task Force (1997-98)
  • Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic; Interagency Task Force on Domestic Violence; New York Women’s Agenda, Domestic Violence Subcommittee (1996-98)