Michael J. Opuda, Ph.D.

Special Education Consultant

207.253.0548 Direct
207.772.3627 Fax


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

Assistant: Grace Herrick


  • Virginia Tech, Ph.D., 1999
  • University of Maine, M.Ed., 1987
  • University of Maine, B.A., 1973


  • Council for Exceptional Children


  • Advisory Committee of the Consortium for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Education (CADRE)
  • Council for Exceptional Children, Annual Conference

Michael Opuda is a non-attorney special education consultant in the firm’s Public Sector Group. As a certified special education consultant, Michael provides Drummond Woodsum’s school clients with consultation and support on special education issues, including facilitation of IEP team meetings, compliance questions, troubleshooting complicated cases, in-service training, IEP development, dispute resolution, program review and evaluation and advice on addressing the needs of students with challenging behaviors in school.

Bringing a wealth of experience to the firm’s clients, Michael has held positions as a special education consultant to the U.S. Department of Education and the State Departments of Education in New England; Due Process Coordinator and consultant for exceptional students with the Maine Department of Education; as a teacher and administrator at the Regional Learning Center in Bangor, Maine; and program director of the Maine Disability Rights Center.