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Nicole D. Snyder

Nicole D. Snyder

Exton, Pennsylvania

Nicole D. Snyder is a member of the Education and Litigation practice groups and concentrates her practice in the areas of special education law, education law, charter school law and insurance defense. She advises, represents and defends schools in complex matters litigated at the administrative and appellate levels; assists schools and organizations in developing legally compliant policies; routinely attends board meetings; trains and advises school personnel and boards; analyzes and comments upon pertinent legislation and regulatory changes; and conducts informative trainings for school personnel and school boards on a variety of legal topics, including; IDEA and Section 504 adherence; confidentiality of student records; ethical issues; student discipline, truancy and behavioral support; assistance for homeless students; ESL; charter applications and renewals and general Public School Code and Charter School Law compliance.

Ms. Snyder is invited as a frequent lecturer on education and special education law topics at various state and national conferences.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Snyder served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. In law school, Ms. Snyder clerked for the Honorable Juan R. Sanchez while he then presided over matters in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.

Areas of Practice

  • Special Education Law
  • General Education Law
  • Charter School Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • New Jersey, 2001
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: Moot Court Executive Board
    • Honors: Theodore L. Reimel Distinguished Service Award
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
  • Villanova University
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1998
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: English Honor Society
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "Shortened School Day: Avoiding Discriminatory Practices that Jeopardize FAP", LRP Publications, February, 2014
  • Co-Author: “Chartering Cyber Territory: FAPE, LRE and Related Services in Charter and Cyber Charter Schools”, Lehigh University Education Law Symposium, May, 2014
  • Co-Author “Chartering New Territory: Cyber Schools, Charters Schools and Virtual Special Education: Pitfalls, Obstacles, Dilemmas", AERA Annual Conference Paper, May, 2014
  • Co-Author “Bullying Issues Impacting Students with Disabilities: Highlights of Section 504 and IDEA Cases”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Exceptional Children's Conferences, ELA Webinar Presentation and Paper for 2013 Annual Conference
  • Co-Author “The Impact of the DSM in IDEA and Section 504 Matters”, Lehigh University Education Law Symposium, May, 2013
  • Co-Author/Presenter “Ethical Considerations for Special Education Attorneys”, PBI Exceptional Children's Conference
  • Co-Author/Presenter “Homeless Students/McKinney-Vento Act”, ELA Annual Conference, November, 2011
  • Co-Author/Presenter “Roles and Responsibilities of the IEP Team”, Lehigh University Education Law Symposium, May, 2012
  • Co-Author/Presenter: “IDEA Transition Plans: What is required to ensure FAPE for students with disabilities?”, ELA, November, 2012


  • “Legal and Practical Aspects of Educating Students with Disabilities”, iNACOL conference
  • Mock Due Process Hearing, PCPCS event
  • “Training Exceptional Administrators and Teachers for Exceptional Students”, PCPCS conference
  • Ethical Considerations for Special Education Attorneys", PBI ECC conferences
  • “ESL issues for schools”, PCPCS event
  • “Student Speech, Safety & Searches in a Digital Age”, NJCSA conferences
  • "Online Learning and Students with Disabilities: Practitioner Perspectives, Research Results, and Legal Landscape", iNACOL pre-conference workshop
  • “Life Skills in Online Programs”, iNACOL conference
  • “IDEA Transition Plans: What is required to ensure FAPE for students with disabilities?”, ELA conference
  • "Bullying Issues Impacting Students with Disabilities", ELA conference
  • “Homeless Students/McKinney-Vento Act”, ELA conference

Honors and Awards

  • Theodore L. Reimel Distinguished Service Award, 2001 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Education Law Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute Exception Children's Committee
  • Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools
  • iNACOL, Member, October 1, 2012 - Present
  • American Educational Research Association, Member
  • Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys
  • Lehigh University Educational Symposium Planning Committee, December 1, 2013 - Present
  • Assumption B.V.M. West Grove, Lector/Commentator

Past Employment Positions

  • Commonwealth Court of PA, Law Clerk - Hon. Leadbetter, 2000 - 2001

Ancillary Businesses

  • Registered Lobbyist-Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, May 2014 - present


  • Phi Delta Phi

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