Adam Dayan, Esq.
Mr. Dayan’s interest in special education was sparked by his research on autism as an undergraduate student. He later became involved in coordinating fundraising efforts directed toward the education of individuals with autism. During law school, Mr. Dayan was involved in the Autism Legislation Project, an endeavor whose mission was to build awareness about existing autism legislation and to advocate for the enactment of more such laws.
Mr. Dayan began his legal career as an associate at a law firm known for its work in the area of special education law, where he represented families whose children had a variety of special needs. Mr. Dayan moved on from that position in 2009 to pursue his dream of establishing his own law practice. His law practice is currently based in downtown Manhattan, focusing on representing individuals with a wide range of special needs.
Mr. Dayan graduated from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a published member of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. Prior to that, he graduated summa cum laude from Baruch College where he was a Hertog Scholar and a member of the first graduating class of the Macaulay Honors College. He is admitted to practice law in New York as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
He is an active member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), which strives to protect special education rights and secure excellence in education for children with disabilities. He is a board member of Repertorio Español where he serves on the board's education committee. He is also interested in exploring how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues, and understanding new ways in which our own education system can be improved.
Mr. Dayan resides with his wife in Manhattan. They share an interest in travel, foreign language, and education. And they are having a blast raising their three wonderful children.
Adam Dayan, Esq., a special education lawyer, is admitted to the bar of New York.
Amled Pérez, Esq., a special education attorney, is admitted to the bar of New York and Puerto Rico.
Amled Pérez, Esq.
Amled Pérez is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Adam Dayan. Since joining our firm in 2018, she has represented parents at impartial hearings and in settlement negotiations with the Department of Education, and has created lasting connections with parents.
She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law where she was a member of the Federal Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta. Amled has a Masters in Law degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Puerto Rico. Her legal experience has ranged from representing clients in family law matters to conducting depositions in employment discrimination federal litigation. A common denominator in all of these areas of practice has been Amled’s interest in interacting with clients to better understand and address their needs, and dedication to finding effective and efficient solutions for her clients.
Amled is a native Spanish speaker who is interested in stand-up comedy and traveling.
Before joining the Law Offices of Adam Dayan in 2020, Janice Deutsch spent sixteen years as paralegal for various civil litigation defense firms and freelanced as a general practice paralegal for several overworked and understaffed solo attorneys. Her legal background encompasses a wide range of practice areas including estates, matrimonial, real estate, personal injury, malpractice, and more.
Janice's background in Special Education comes from the classroom. Janice spent four years at a public high school in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, teaching a variety of subjects to teenagers with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, intellectual disability, neurological conditions, deafness, and speech/language impairment.
While earning a B.A. in Secondary Special Education from CUNY’s Brooklyn College, Janice simultaneously completed three related degree programs in Education of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Linguistics.
Janice is a native New Yorker, raised in Brooklyn since she was three. She is an avid reader (with too many bookshelves), cook (with too many recipes), and puzzler (with a 6,000-piece Map of the Ancient World and ten 1,000-piece puzzles mounted on her walls, plus daily subscriptions to a mountain of crossword, logic, and quiz-type puzzles).
Janice Deutsch joined the Law Offices of Adam Dayan in October 2020 as a skilled, family law paralegal.
Dianne Ho is a paralegal for the Law Offices of Adam Dayan with a background in special education law.
Dianne Ho joined the Law Offices of Adam Dayan as a paralegal in August 2020. Before joining our Firm, Dianne worked at another law firm in New York City that similarly concentrates its practice on special education law, where she developed her skills and ability to help students with special needs secure an equal right to education.
Prior to working in the field of special education law, Dianne worked at a non-profit organization advocating against the Taxi & Limousine Commission on behalf of taxicab drivers. She graduated from St. John’s University in 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.
In her free time, when Dianne is not spending time with family, she can be found rearranging her 20 and counting houseplants daily in her urban jungle, also known as her NYC apartment. Dianne also enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.
Marisol Velázquez is Office Administrator at the Law Offices of Adam Dayan. In that role, Marisol manages an organized working environment both in the office and online.
Marisol enjoys interacting with clients and works closely with them to understand their day-to-day concerns and ensure their comfort with the special education process. This work dovetails with her passion for assisting those in need.
Previously Marisol had a long relationship with Lambda Legal, working for many years as Executive Assistant before transitioning to Office Manager, where she ensured that daily operations ran smoothly as well as acted as liaison to the five regional offices.
A native New Yorker, Marisol enjoys the cornucopia of cultures that make the Big Apple unique, and has a fascination with architectural history, which is why she can often be seen looking up.
Marisol Velázquez is the office administrator for the Law Offices of Adam Dayan.