Steven J. Alizio, Esq., M.S.Ed.
Steve has extensive and varied experience within the education sector. Prior to law school, Steve was a high school mathematics teacher in New York for seven years. He received his M.S.Ed. from Hofstra University, and he studied philosophy and politics at The George Washington University and Pembroke College, Oxford University.
Steve earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was the Executive Development Editor of the Michigan Law Review, Vice President of the Education Law and Policy Society, and Event Coordinator for Legal Advocates for Children and Youth. Steve spent his final semester at Columbia Law School. While there, he served as a student educational consultant—conducting qualitative fieldwork, research, and analysis in New York City middle and high schools—for Columbia’s Center for Public Research and Leadership.
Before Steve established The Law Office of Steven Alizio, PLLC, he practiced special education law in the Special Education Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group ("NYLAG"), and later in a New York City-based special education law firm. He has substantial experience advocating for students and their parents throughout the IEP and hearing processes, and he has worked on a federal class-action lawsuit against a large charter organization and the New York City Department of Education. Steve has also provided special education training sessions for doctors, social workers, and other personnel throughout New York City.
Steve is admitted to practice law in New York.
A Unique Set of Skills and Experience
Effective special education advocacy requires more than merely knowing and reciting the law. It requires an understanding of the education system from the inside out. In addition to studying law at two of the nation’s top ten law schools, Steve has significant experience in the education sector from both the perspective of a teacher and of a student educational consultant. Steve’s experience and education provide him with a unique set of tools and knowledge to represent his clients.
A Commitment to Increasing Access to Special Education Advocacy
The Law Office of Steven Alizio, PLLC, is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities receive appropriate educational services and placements. Steve began his career in special education law as a fellow in NYLAG's Special Education Unit, where he provided free legal services to low-income New Yorkers. He strongly believes that money should not inhibit students' access to a free appropriate public education. As such, The Law Office of Steven Alizio, PLLC, represents parents/guardians of students with disabilities using a flat-rate sliding scale based on each family's income.
Steve was a Junior Board Member of INCLUDEnyc, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting "love, equity, and access for young people with disabilities." Steve continues to maintain a strong relationship with INCLUDEnyc—a cosponsor of The Law Office of Steven Alizio’s 1st and 2nd Annual Know Your Rights Conferences. Currently, Steve continues to promote large-scale special education advocacy as a member of the Action for Reform in Special Education Coalition, member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, and member of the Education Law Task Force (Legal Services NYC).
Steve earned a Certificate of Recognition through the Mayoral Service Recognition Program for his volunteer work with NYLAG’s Special Education Unit in 2017. Steve continues to volunteer part-time with NYLAG’s Special Education Unit. The video clip below tells the story of Brooklyn, one of Steve’s former clients when he was a fellow at NYLAG.