Robert K. Crabtree, Esq.



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Robert K. Crabtree co-founded the law firm Kotin Crabtree and Strong, LLP with his partner Lawrence Kotin in 1981. Within the general practice of this 19-lawyer practice, he and 7 colleagues maintain an exceptionally active concentration in special education and disability law. Mr. Crabtree graduated from Bowdoin College in 1967, Andover Newton Theological School in 1971, and the Northeastern University School of Law in 1976. In 1971-72, as Research Director for the Legislature’s Joint Committee on education, and working behind the scenes with Mr. Kotin, then of the Governor’s office, he drafted much of the Massachusetts special education law and was instrumental in its final passage and implementation. (The Massachusetts law, sometimes referred to as “Chapter 766” served as one critical model for the later-enacted federal special education law now called the Individuals With Disabilities Act, or “IDEA”.) He is the author of numerous articles concerning special education and disability law and advocacy and has spoken and taught widely on related subjects. Before founding Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Walter J. Skinner of the United States District Court for Massachusetts and then worked in the litigation department of a large Boston law firm. In 2005, Mr. Crabtree was a co-recipient, with Mr. Kotin, of the Martha Ziegler Founder’s Award, given by the Massachusetts-based advocacy organization, the Federation for Children with Special Needs, recognizing their part in the origins of the Massachusetts Special Education Law and their “decades of dedication to student with disabilities and their families.” Other writings by Mr. Crabtree may be found through and on his law firm’s website at www.kcslegal.com and at the KCS special education law blog at www.kcsspecialeducationlaw.com.

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