Gloria Bruzzano is the managing attorney at the Law Offices of Elisa Hyman and handles all aspects of representation of parents of children with special needs, including initial intake, case strategy, participating in IEP meetings and representing families in impartial hearings, appeals to the State Review Officer and in federal court. She also co-supervises the cases in the Special Education Practice Group. Gloria has over nine years of experience in the field of special education law and has been dedicated to working in the field of public interest law since 2002.
Most recently, Gloria spent over three years in the Special Education Practice Group at Friedman and Moses, LLP, where she was the supervising attorney. In addition, during this time, Gloria was also an educational policy consultant focusing on improving educational outcomes for children in foster care. Prior to joining F&M, Ms. Bruzzano represented parents in private school tuition reimbursement cases at the Law Offices of Neal Rosenberg.
In addition, from 2010-2014, Gloria was an adjunct professor at New York University.
Before starting her career in private practice, Gloria was an attorney and supervising attorney for the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”), in the special education unit, providing legal services and trainings on special education and litigating fair hearings on behalf of the city to best assist children. After three years of litigation for the DOE, Gloria then served as a Compliance Officer, and Director of Compliance, for special education compliance across the five boroughs.
Prior to embarking on her career in special education law, Gloria was a leader in the field of child and domestic violence prevention.
Gloria ran the Child Protection Project at Sanctuary for Families, the largest non-profit legal services program serving domestic violence survivors and their children. There she worked with close to 50 families and assisted survivors of domestic violence survivors and their children in obtaining orders of protection, custody, and child support orders. Ms. Bruzzano gained much attention for her work on a high-profile child abduction case and was subsequently selected to serve on the Mayor’s Child Abuse task force.
Gloria’s first law position was at the Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”), where she litigated child abuse and neglect cases and then became part of the legal compliance team and trained caseworkers on the law and on best practices in working with a family, including when a child has been removed from a parent. In addition, during law school, Gloria worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Pace Women’s Law Center and represented victims of domestic violence in Westchester.
Gloria is the recipient of the American Bar Association Child Advocate of the Year Award, The Westchester Women's Bar Association Scholarship, and the New York State Bar Association President's Pro Bono Service Award. She has served on many committees, published on various topics and provided workshops and CLE courses.
Outside of work, Gloria is also dedicated to volunteering her time for children’s rights. Among other things, she spent the summer of 2012 living and volunteering in Ngong Hills, Kenya at an orphanage for HIV positive children.
Gloria has a J.D. from Pace University Law School and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and and Federal Courts of New Jersey.