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 and New Jersey 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 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.

Adam Dayan, Esq., a special education lawyer, is admitted to the bar of New York.

Sara Frankel Kokkinidis, Esq., a special education attorney, is admitted to the bar of New York.

Sara Frankel Kokkinidis, Esq.

Sara Frankel Kokkinidis is a senior associate attorney with the Law Offices of Adam Dayan, PLLC. She has been working exclusively in the field of special education law in New York City since 2016.  Prior to entering this specific area of law, Sara was a staff attorney for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, where she handled a wide variety of civil legal matters for low-income clients, including special education cases, social security disability appeals, and unemployment insurance appeals. 

Prior to providing direct legal services, Sara worked in public policy both in Connecticut and New York. 

Sara received her J.D. degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law and has a B.A. in history from Barnard College. Sara is admitted to practice law in New York, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York.

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.

Amled Pérez, Esq., a special education attorney, is admitted to the bar of New York and Puerto Rico.

Philip Kim, is a graduate of CUNY Queens College with a bachelor of arts degree in Economics.

Philip Kim

Phillip Kim, paralegal, spent three years as a litigation paralegal at a New York-based boutique law firm specializing in insurance law where he was responsible for all aspects of trial preparation.  Prior to that, he worked as a personal injury law paralegal at a different New York law firm.  

In 2012, Phillip organized a fundraiser to benefit an organization dedicated to preventing malaria in third-world countries and in 2007, he was a volunteer for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief. He is also active as a volunteer and, in 2012, Phillip organized a fundraiser to benefit an organization dedicated to preventing malaria in third-world countries.  

Phillip is a graduate of CUNY Queens College where he attained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  In his free time, he enjoys making music and exploring food in the city. He is also active as an event organizer and volunteer. 

Marisol Velázquez

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