Brownley Law Group : Special Ed Advocates

Special Education Advocates 


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Vanessa Brownley  

Vanessa Brownley is the senior and managing advocate for the Brownley Law Group. She has practiced as an advocate all over the state of Virginia and has successfully represented numerous children with special needs of all types. In addition to advocating, she has lectured extensively on many Special Education topics. 

She has also provided at the request of COPAA (the Council of Parents, Advocates, and Attorneys, perhaps the major Special Education organization that includes parents) a three day training seminar for beginning advocates all across the United States. She is highly regarded as an expert in both special education and negotiation. 

John Frye   

Mr. Frye worked with general and special education children in a local public school system for 30 years. He participated in the writing and implementation of many IEPs. Mr. Frye works with the Brownley Law Group as a consultant on issues concerning the public schools.

Lou Nuzzo  

Mr. Nuzzo has been a member of the Virginia State Bar since 1988 and is a former Principal in the firm Hutson & Nuzzo. He has spent his entire career representing the interests of his clients in Virginia. He is an experienced Litigator and Mediator and is the former Director of the Family Mediation Program at The Northern Virginia Mediation Service. He is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network as well as the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section of the Virginia State Bar. 

Mr. Nuzzo is also a Parent Educator and Education Trainer and is a former Special Education Ombudsman for Fairfax County Public Schools where he advised parents on their rights and options and those of their children in the area of Special Education.

Mr. Nuzzo served as both a Guardian ad Litem and a Commissioner in Chancery in the Circuit Court of Alexandria Virginia and is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar. His practice is devoted to Special Needs Law. He advises clients in matters pertaining to Guardianship and Conservatorship, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trust Formation and Funding, Public Benefits and Special Education matters. His goal is to provide each and every client a thorough and objective assessment of their legal situation and to provide them with the information necessary to allow them to make informed decision and to assist each client in meeting their goals for themselves their loved ones.





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