Matthew J. Delforte

Matthew J. Delforte

Email: mdelforte@shebitzlaw.com

Matthew J. Delforte is a partner at the firm and leads the firm’s education law practice.  His primary practice areas include education law and constitutional law.  Mr. Delforte represents public and private schools and colleges and universities in all areas of education law. He has worked on the creation of colleges, business and trade schools, private schools for grades pre-kindergarten through twelve, and schools for children with disabilities. Mr. Delforte represents numerous charter schools in New York City, has worked extensively on the charter school authorization and renewal processes, and has worked regularly with charter school advocacy organizations on major policy and legal issues shaping the field.  He is widely recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the charter school field.  Mr. Delforte also focuses much of his practice on representing children with disabilities, creating and representing the schools they attend, and seeking state funding for those schools as well.  He represents Early Intervention, SEIT, and related services provider agencies in addressing audit, compliance, corporate and contract issues.  Other areas of major focus include federal Title I and Title III funding; the creation of policies, procedures, bylaws, and best practices for public and private schools and their boards of trustees or directors.

Mr. Delforte served as a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School where he taught Legal Issues in Public Education from 2011 through 2014, and as an adjunct professor at both the College of St. Rose and Fordham University's Graduate School of Education for many years, where he also taught courses in education law. Mr. Delforte serves on the Hofstra University Special Education Advisory Board, and is a regular presenter at conferences on education law in the New York City area.  A sample of presentations include: Charters, Nonpublic Schools & Special Education: An Attempt at De-mystifying the many Mysteries, New York State Bar Association, New York, N.Y., November 2013; Hot Topics in Charter School Law, Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association (CEI-PEA),  New York, N.Y., April 2010; Autism Symposium Key Note Panelist, Hofstra University, September 2008; Special Education Law Update, Hofstra University, September 2008; Hot Topics in School Law, New York State Education Department, Albany, N.Y., November 2003, 2004 and 2005; The Effects of Education Law on Including Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hofstra University, November 2005; Bullying and Social Aggression in New York, New York, N.Y., October 2005; Section 504 vs. The IDEA, White Plains, N.Y., September 2005; New Developments in Special Education Law, Uniondale, N.Y., June 2005; Special Education Law Update, New York, NY, May 2004; Standards of Behavior for Student Athletes and Enforcement, New York, N.Y., September 2003.

Mr. Delforte earned his J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University. He is admitted to practice law in the Courts of New York State, the United States Supreme Court, and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is also a member of state and local bar associations, and the New York State Association of School Attorneys.