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Touro Law Center's Office of Institutional Advancement is proud to announce that Edward J. Nitkewicz ‘91 has been selected as the alumnus of the month for July 2014. Ed is currently Senior Counsel to Sanders, Sanders, Block, Woycik, Viener & Grossman, where he concentrates in the representation of personal injury plaintiffs. Congratulations to Ed! Read his full bio below:
Ed was formerly the managing partner of Nitkewicz & McMahon, a small litigation practice concentrating in representation of personal injury plaintiffs in matters arising from general negligence, medical malpractice and product defect. In addition he has become a leading education law attorney representing families in CPSE and CSE meetings, impartial hearings and special education litigation as a Parent Advocate and/or attorney. He also has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, estate litigation, and general civil litigation and extensive pre-trial, trial and appellate advocacy experience. Ed’s work in personal injury, negligence and malpractice matters has been recognized for the third consecutive year in the 2014 Edition of New York Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Since 1999, when his son Edward was diagnosed with autism, Ed has become a leading education law attorney representing families in CPSE and CSE meetings, impartial hearings and special education litigation as a Parent Advocate and/or attorney.
He has lectured on special education topics including “How To Effectively Work With Your School District To Obtain Special Education Services For Your Child”, “Special Education: One Parent’s Perspective”, “Autism: One Parent’s Perspective” and “Bullying and the Special Needs Child.” Ed is a Trustee of the South Huntington Union Free School District Board of Education; a co-Chair of Corporate Fundraising for Autism Speaks Long Island, a Member of the Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee for the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA), Inc.; a Member of the Review Board of Awe in Autism; the Chairperson of the Special Needs Faith Formation Committee at St. Elizabeth=s Roman Catholic Church; and a coach for the Special Needs CYO Soccer and Challenger baseball programs in South Huntington, New York. He was the Past Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the Cody Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University.
Ed has published essays on parenting children with special needs including, “Today I Bought a Mitt”, “God and the Special Needs Child: One Father’s Journey of Faith”, “Gifted Child”, “Fixing The Hole In My Bucket”, “Why I walk for Autism Speaks”, “See Him” and “Visiting Parenthood.” His essays have been published by Exceptional Parent Magazine, the Suffolk Lawyer, the Diocese of Rockville Center, and Awe in Autism. Ed has been a featured artist at several shows produced by Awe in Autism.
Ed was honored by the American Dance Theatre of Long Island on October 1, 2010 at its 10th Anniversary Gala as the recipient of the “ADTLI Director's Award” which is presented to an individual who shares ADTLI's vision and passion to "give back" to charitable causes benefiting children, families, communities and society. In 2011, Ed was elected by the readers of the Huntington Patch to its annual “10 People Who Mattered” poll which honors people who have made a difference in the Town of Huntington. He serves as an Administrative Law Judge for the Town of Huntington and in 2013 was a candidate for the position of Town Council after receiving the endorsement of the Screening Committee of the Huntington Democratic Party.
On January 30th of this year, Ed was honored at the Touro Law Center Annual Winter Alumni Networking Reception as the recipient of the Public Service Award for his community service .