Nicole Joseph is an education attorney who represents children with disabilities in the special education process, school discipline concerns and appeals, other school issues, and in juvenile justice system issues. Nicole often represents students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, and emotional and behavioral concerns. Clients appreciate that Nicole values the relationships that families have with their schools and strives to facilitate respectful dialogue while firmly advocating for the best outcome for the child. 


Nicole  opened her education law practice after working in schools, representing children with regard to their health care needs under the Maryland Medicaid program, representing hundreds of children in special education and school discipline cases at Disability Rights Maryland, and experiencing the frustrations of the special education process as a parent.


Nicole has appeared on several media outlets including WYPR and WPFW, lectures and leads trainings on special education law and school discipline law for both professionals and parents, and is a guest lecturer in law schools. Nicole’s writings have appeared in The Maryland Bar Journal and The Trial Reporter. Nicole was named a "Rising Star" in Schools and Education by Super Lawyers in 2012 and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.


A highly attentive level of service and the full utilization of digital technology are hallmarks of Nicole’s practice. This includes a secure client portal for document sharing, online scheduling, credit card payments, and e-signature capabilities.


When she is not practicing law, Nicole is raising a houseful of boys, and therefore is scared of nothing.

Publications and Media


 Interview with Melissa Corkrum of The Cork Board August 23, 2019. Available here.  

Nicole Joseph discussing IDEA on WPFW 9/15/17
MP3 Audio File 27.5 MB
The Civil Rights Crisis in Schools 09/16
Nicole Joseph
Maryland Bar Journal
Civil Rights in School MD Bar Journal 20
Adobe Acrobat Document 374.9 KB

Nicole discussing the School to Prison pipeline on WYPR:



Press release on Nicole's work with the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline to end the suspension of 4, 5, and 6 year olds: