Norma Francullo is a seasoned Special Education Attorney who works diligently to ensure that students’ educational rights are protected. She has extensive experience settling favorable cases through mediation and settlement conferences. Notably, in 2019, Norma was chosen as one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families in Education Law.
Norma focuses her practice on special education and guardianship in New Jersey and New York. She frequently presents at conferences such as the Learning Disabilities Association of NJ (LDANJ) and Everyone Reading in NYC and to parent groups and schools throughout New Jersey. Her experience includes working at the Education and Health Law Clinic at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and teaching special education law courses at The City University of New York School of Law.
Norma co-founded and led, Children Having Individual Learning Differences, Inc, (C.H.I.L.D.) a NJ non-profit organization designed to support parents with children who have special needs within the Verona Public Schools for over 13 years. She cultivated relationships with all levels of educators and administrators on issues concerning student learning abilities, educated parents about their child’s K-12 and post-secondary educational rights and assisted parents with developing strong and effective individual education plans (IEP) in collaboration with school teachers and administrators. In 2006, C.H.I.L.D. became the school district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) and remains an active organization today.
Norma has also worked for two notable New Jersey law firms dedicated to the representation of families with children and adults with disabilities, where she handled both special education and guardianship matters.
Norma has also worked in the area of public interest, corporate and real estate law, however, the transition to special education law has been the most rewarding experience of her over 20 year legal career.
Norma’s love for the field of special education law comes from her personal experience of being a parent of a child with Dyslexia and sibling to a developmentally disabled adult. She spends her spare time as an active member of Decoding Dyslexia New Jersey (DD-NJ). She conducts parent workshops, shares experiences and resources with parents, has visited Washington D.C. for Dyslexia Day on the Hill, and testified before the New Jersey Assembly’s Education Committee in 2013 in support of New Jersey’s Dyslexia Bills which were signed into law later that year. She is a member of the New Jersey Special Education Practitioners (NJSEP), CUNY’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) and the International Dyslexia Association.
Norma is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, is currently an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association as a member of the School Law Committee, and a member of the New York City Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from St. John’s University, her M.A. from Queens College, and her Juris Doctorate from The City University of New York School of Law.
Norma is a graduate of CUNY Law School and has carried the school's motto, "Law in the service of human needs" throughout her professional law career, in her community and in her private life. She is committed to helping students with all learning challenges particularly students with dyslexia. She also sees that her responsibility as an attorney is to empower the families she works with to enable them to advocate for themselves going forward once she has resolved their matter.