Laura A. Athens is an attorney, mediator,
and arbitrator in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her practice focuses
primarily on education law and disability rights.
She provides legal representation and
alternative dispute resolution services in matters involving
eligibility for special education under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act, evaluation, appropriate placement and
services, behavioral intervention and student discipline.
Ms. Athens also serves as legal counsel
in matters involving preschool, private school, and university
students seeking accommodations under Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She has served as a Hearing Officer in
special education due process hearings and in vocational
rehabilitation matters for the Michigan Department of Career
Development Rehabilitation Services. She continues to mediate special
education, vocational rehabilitation, guardianship, and disability