Meet the Team: Linda Gorczynski – Attorney

Linda concentrates her practice on special education law, where she works with families and school administrators, to see that each child’s needs are properly identified and then met, in their least restrictive environment.  Linda has been at the IEP team table as a parent, as counsel for the school district and as counsel for the student, so she has a diverse understanding of the concerns, needs and barriers from each perspective.

📜 Graduate of Akron School of Law
👦🏻👧🏻👦🏼 Proud Mom of three
🏖 Beach Lover
🎥 Netflix Binge Watcher

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Meet the Team: David Banas – Attorney

David is a shareholder and director at Hickman & Lowder. He concentrates his practice on elder law, particularly planning for long-term care issues, assisting with the Medicaid process, trust and estate administration, as well as general estate planning. David also focuses on special needs planning, by establishing guardianships, trusts, and other legal mechanisms-to help families care for their loved ones. Working together with his clients, he can help protect a child with special needs or ensure that a spouse or parent obtains the dignified long-term care they need.


🎓 Capital University Law School Graduate
🎶 Loves listening to the Avett Brothers
👦🏻👦🏻 Proud Dad to two boys
🚲 Enjoys biking

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Introducing Getting Up to SPeED

We are excited to introduce Getting Up to SPeED, with Attorney Linda Gorczynski and Special Education Advocate Mary Jo O’Neill.  Working together they listen to your concerns, assess your child’s educational needs and act as your support and guide when interacting with your school district.  You may not know whether you need a lawyer; you may have just one question that needs to be answered, or you may want someone to represent your family every step of the way. Wherever you are in your journey, we are here for you. Working together as partners, we can make great strides towards accomplishing your goals for your child at school and beyond.


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Attorney David Banas Featured in Cleveland Jewish News

Attorney David S. BanasAttorney David Banas was featured in the CJN article Planning for Disabled Dependents Key in Estate Plan where he discusses how the planning process becomes even more vital to those who have a beneficiary with special needs.  “If something were to happen and mom and dad, who are the caregivers, there would be someone able to make decisions on their behalf with the ability to also go out and organize care for the disabled loved one,”

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Meet the Team: Mary Jo O’Neill – Special Education Advocate

As a Certified Intervention Specialist Mary Jo works together with the attorneys to listen to your concerns, assess your child’s educational and personal needs, and act as your support and guide when interacting with the school district. Working to make a seamless experience for you and advocating on your child’s behalf.

🎓 Cleveland State University Graduate
📜 Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
📚 Lifetime learner
🍝 Enjoys cooking
👦🏻👧🏻 Proud mom

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