Hope N. Kirsch


Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC
8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite D-250
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Website: www.azspecialeducationlawyers.com

Hope Kirsch is a licensed special education teacher and a special education attorney with Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch in Scottsdale. For over 15 years, she has represented students and their families throughout Arizona in all school related matters, from reviewing IEPs to attending IEP meetings, early dispute resolution of matters, due process hearings, appeals, 504s, bullying, restraint and seclusion and personal injury. The firm handles all disciplinary matters (suspensions, long-terms suspension, expulsions) of both special education and general education students, and in higher education as well. Hope was a special education teacher for 18 years before embarking on a career in law. Hope has written hundreds of IEPs, represented the NYC Department of Education at due process hearings, and supervised and trained other teachers in curriculum, methodology, writing IEPs and behavior management techniques. She has a B.S. in special education, an M.A. in special education and over 30+ credits in educational supervision and administration. She obtained her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, and has been a litigation attorney for over 23 years. Hope was instrumental in the passage of the very first and the most recent restraint and seclusion legislation, helping with the drafting and testifying before both the Senate and the House. It was Hope’s case against Deer Valley Unified School District that prompted the initial legislation addressing restraint and seclusion. Hope and her partner Lori Kirsch-Goodwin are admitted to the state and federal bars in NY, NJ and AZ, and the 9th Circuit, and both are AV® Preeminent™ rated (5.0 out of 5.0).

Contact Hope at hope@kgklaw.com.