Prior to joining Batchis Nestle & Reimann, Jessica Limbacher was a Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) in Newark, New Jersey for seven years. Jessica managed VLJ's Children's Representation Program, which provides free legal services to low-income families on special education, bullying, and school discipline issues. She represented parents in IEP meetings, mediation, settlement conferences, and due process hearings, as well as truancy matters, suspension and expulsion proceedings, and residency appeals. In addition to handling her own caseload, she supervised and supported volunteer attorneys representing clients pro bono. Jessica also organized and presented at know-your-rights seminars for parents and continuing legal education trainings for attorneys on topics related to school law. Jessica co-authored an article, "New Jersey's Move Toward Inclusion," that was published in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. She also served as a member of the New Jersey Special Education Practitioners and the New Jersey State Bar Association School Law Committee, and as co-chair of the New York County Lawyers Association Education Law Committee.
Jessica is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. While at Fordham, she interned with Advocates for Children of New York, the Education Law Unit of Bronx Legal Services, and the Family Advocacy Clinic at Lincoln Square Legal Services. She also served on the board of Fordham's chapter of the Suspension Representation Project, representing public school students in superintendent's suspension hearings. After law school, Jessica worked as a Legal Fellow with the Education Rights Project at Queens Legal Services.
Jessica lives in New Jersey and enjoys spending time with her young son, husband, and rescue dog.Jess@SpecialEdLawGroup.com