Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
800.727.1941



ERIC R. HERLAN

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207.253.0501 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

Email

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480


Assistant: Linda Trask




PRACTICE AREAS

School & Education
Disability Law Special Education

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1987

Columbia University, Ph. D., 1987

University of Maine at Orono, B.A., 1980


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

MEMBERSHIPS

Maine Bar Association

Maine Council of School Board Attorneys

National Council of School Board Attorneys

New Hampshire Bar Association

New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, ME
  Past Senior Warden


St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Ellsworth, ME
  Past Senior Warden




PRACTICE AREAS

School & Education
Disability Law Special Education

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1987

Columbia University, Ph. D., 1987

University of Maine at Orono, B.A., 1980


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

MEMBERSHIPS

Maine Bar Association

Maine Council of School Board Attorneys

National Council of School Board Attorneys

New Hampshire Bar Association

New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, ME
  Past Senior Warden


St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Ellsworth, ME
  Past Senior Warden




Eric Herlan has been working more than 25 years representing public school districts on a wide variety of legal issues, but with a focus on both special education and general school law questions.

Eric’s particular expertise is in the areas of special education and disability rights law. He has represented Maine and New Hampshire school districts in more than 100 special education due process hearings, in addition to state complaint investigations, human rights proceedings, and in federal Office for Civil Rights investigations. Eric has also practiced in both federal and state courts, including many cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the U.S. District Court. He has also appeared before the Maine Supreme Court.

In addition to his legal practice, Eric regularly presents on school law topics in Maine, New Hampshire, and nationally. His presentations are energetic and entertaining, whether in front of school staff in a local school district or in front of attorneys at a national conference.

Eric also publishes frequently on special education and other school law topics. He has written and published Maine Special Education Law (2013), the premier book on special education in this State. He is also a regular contributor to the School Law Advisory, and served in the past as its editor for many years. He is a contributing author to the desk book, Maine School Law (Fourth Edition 2012) and Editor of Maine School Law for Board Members, a Reference Manual (Second Edition). He has written for the Maine Law Review and was its editor in chief while in law school. Eric is listed in Best Lawyers in America, a guide to leading lawyers in the country, and in the New England Super Lawyers directory in the category of Education Law.


AWARDS

  • New England Super Lawyers, School & Education 2010-2017

  • Best Lawyers USA, Education Law 2008-2018

  • Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished


PUBLICATIONS


Eric Herlan has been working more than 25 years representing public school districts on a wide variety of legal issues, but with a focus on both special education and general school law questions.

Eric’s particular expertise is in the areas of special education and disability rights law. He has represented Maine and New Hampshire school districts in more than 100 special education due process hearings, in addition to state complaint investigations, human rights proceedings, and in federal Office for Civil Rights investigations. Eric has also practiced in both federal and state courts, including many cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the U.S. District Court. He has also appeared before the Maine Supreme Court.

In addition to his legal practice, Eric regularly presents on school law topics in Maine, New Hampshire, and nationally. His presentations are energetic and entertaining, whether in front of school staff in a local school district or in front of attorneys at a national conference.

Eric also publishes frequently on special education and other school law topics. He has written and published Maine Special Education Law (2013), the premier book on special education in this State. He is also a regular contributor to the School Law Advisory, and served in the past as its editor for many years. He is a contributing author to the desk book, Maine School Law (Fourth Edition 2012) and Editor of Maine School Law for Board Members, a Reference Manual (Second Edition). He has written for the Maine Law Review and was its editor in chief while in law school. Eric is listed in Best Lawyers in America, a guide to leading lawyers in the country, and in the New England Super Lawyers directory in the category of Education Law.


AWARDS

  • New England Super Lawyers, School & Education 2010-2017

  • Best Lawyers USA, Education Law 2008-2018

  • Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished


PUBLICATIONS


NEWS

Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
November 1, 2017

First Circuit Finds for Falmouth School District on Important Special Education Issue
January 30, 2017

Thirty One Drummond Woodsum Attorneys listed as New England Super Lawyers
December 19, 2016

Thirty Attorneys from Drummond Woodsum are listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015


ARTICLES

First Circuit Finds for Falmouth on FAPE
Winter 2017

Special Education Keeps Changing - Just Hold On!
Spring 2016

New Hampshire Regulates Intentional Contact in Schools
Winter 2015

Getting a Grip on the New Restraint and Seclusion Law
Fall 2014

PRESENTATIONS

Maine Special Education Summer Institute
July 11 - 14, 2017


Buckle Your Seatbelts! The New Hampshire Board of Education is on the Verge of Amending the State's Special Education Rules.
May 11, 2017


Making the Grade in Special Education: Measuring Success, Eligibility, and the Delivery of FAPE in a Standards World
December 2, 2016


504 & Your School: Everything You Need to Know! - Session 3: Service Animals,
November 16, 2016



NEWS

Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
November 1, 2017

First Circuit Finds for Falmouth School District on Important Special Education Issue
January 30, 2017

Thirty One Drummond Woodsum Attorneys listed as New England Super Lawyers
December 19, 2016

Thirty Attorneys from Drummond Woodsum are listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015


ARTICLES

First Circuit Finds for Falmouth on FAPE
Winter 2017

Special Education Keeps Changing - Just Hold On!
Spring 2016

New Hampshire Regulates Intentional Contact in Schools
Winter 2015

Getting a Grip on the New Restraint and Seclusion Law
Fall 2014


PRESENTATIONS

Maine Special Education Summer Institute
July 11 - 14, 2017


Buckle Your Seatbelts! The New Hampshire Board of Education is on the Verge of Amending the State's Special Education Rules.
May 11, 2017


Making the Grade in Special Education: Measuring Success, Eligibility, and the Delivery of FAPE in a Standards World
December 2, 2016


504 & Your School: Everything You Need to Know! - Session 3: Service Animals,
November 16, 2016






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