Jennifer M. Deutch

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Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
jdeutch@hlerk.com
847-670-9000 (office)
847-670-7334‬ (fax)

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EDUCATION
University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.S., Special Education, Highest Honors, 1998

University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., Women Studies, Highest Honors, 1998

Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., 2002
As a partner in the firm, Jen Deutch concentrates her practice in the areas of special education, students, and charter school matters. Jen is a certified federal mediator and regularly presents on special education, discipline, student records, harassment, bullying, residency, and student policy. She has extensive experience working with clients in these areas and acts as a valuable resource to schools within the realm of crisis management and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Prior to joining the firm, Jen taught in a variety of educational settings including a psychiatric ward, therapeutic day school, and traditional public school. She also served as legal counsel for the United States Coast Guard in the Legal Service Command.

Jen’s previous experiences give her a unique and unmatched ability to understand the world of education and allows her to intake facts, provide clients appropriate options, and implement solutions quickly and efficiently. Client commitment is at the center of her legal practice; Jen makes herself available based on her clients’ schedule and is passionate about serving the educational community. She is dedicated to listening to her clients, identifying their priorities, and ultimately finding them creative, student centered solutions all while remaining legally compliant.

Outside of the office, Jen enjoys cooking, being outdoors, travel, and spending time with her husband and three children.



  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2001 – Present

  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2001 – Present



  • Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2016

  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2017 – Present



  • Individualize Special-ed Services Based on Student’s Needs, not Disability Category, co-author, Special Ed Connection, 2016

  • Students with Allergies and Infectious Diseases, 504 Plans, Individual Health Care Plan, Emergency Action Plans, and Federal Guidance, NSBA Council of School Attorneys Publication, 2015

  • Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities, NSBA Inquiry & Analysis, 2010

  • Ethical Considerations in Settlement Negotiations, NSBA Council of School Attorneys Publication, 2003