Jennifer Frankola is an associate in the litigation department and co-founder of the Education Law Group. Jennifer practices in the administrative tribunals, state and federal courts in New York and handles a variety of cases from medical malpractice, commercial litigation, general liability and issues impacting the health services and hospitality industry. Jennifer co-founded the firm’s Education Law Group with partner, Eileen Libutti, in 2010. Together, they represent the educational needs of all children and in particular children with special needs and their families at CSE meetings and throughout the administrative hearing process, appeals, and related proceedings.
A former full time public school teacher in the Bronx, Jennifer cares about her clients and families and understands the complexities of the education system. With a hands on approach, she takes the time to understand her clients’ goals and will create a strategy to best achieve their objectives. Jennifer is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and was a member of the New York City Law Review and teaching assistant for Constitutional Law. While in law school, Jennifer interned for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. At graduation, she was honored by the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Jennifer is a 2002-2004 alumna of the New York City Teaching Fellows. In 2005, she was awarded the Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship for her human rights work in Durban, South Africa. In 2006, she was selected as a Project Equity Fellow for her work at Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. In 2012, she was honored as Ambassador of the Irish Echo’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2015 by the Brehon Law Society of New York City for her work and commitment to civil rights and served on the judicial screening panel for New York County Civil Court. Jennifer has lectured at and participated in panels for various colleges, universities, medical and law schools in the metro area. She is a member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA), the Summit School Business Advisory Board, the CUNY Law Justice Roundtable and volunteers her time as a judge in student moot courts and mock trials in various public and private high schools throughout New York City and as a mentor to current students at her alma mater, Manhattan College. In 2016, Jennifer was appointed to the Board of Visitors for the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.
Prior to joining Lewis Johs, Jennifer worked at a boutique law firm in New York City advocating for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She was involved in working on matters for the Autism Speaks Federal Legal Appeals Project where she assisted in drafting briefs to federal district courts and the US Supreme Court.
Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Education from New York University and a Bachelors degree from Manhattan College. Jennifer is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association, the Bar of the City of New York, the Brehon Law Society, the Irish American Bar Association of New York, the Irish Business Organization, the Croatian American Bar Association, and the Association of Croatian American Professionals. An avid hockey enthusiast, she is a die hard New York Islanders fan. She lives with her husband, a producer and writer, in New York City.