Marie-Laurence Fabian

Fabian, Marie-Laurence

Of Counsel Morristown, NJ
973.889.4325
mlfabian@pbnlaw.com

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As a member of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman's Litigation Practice Group, Marie-Laurence (ML) focuses her practice in education law and employment law, with a concentration in special education.  She has extensive experience counseling school boards, charter schools and private schools in a variety of issues that impact those clients daily.

ML has served the education community since the start of her legal career.  Through the years, she has become a trusted legal advisor to superintendents, business administrators and other school administrators as they deal with the many challenges they face on a daily basis.  She helps her clients with a large variety of matters, including contracts, public bids, labor and employment, and student issues.  ML counsels clients on the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Law and the problems that arise during the investigations required by that law.

ML works closely with Directors of Human Resources to help resolve issues that arise with teachers and other employees, through a review of collective bargaining agreements or by providing advice on general employment law matters.  

Special Education is a major focus of ML's practice.  She advises Directors of Special Services as they navigate the many procedural and substantive issues involved in working with parents to create Individualized Education Programs for students. When disputes with parents arise, she helps to resolve the disputes through mediation. When mediation is not the solution, she represents the district in due process hearings before the Office of the Administrative Law, also handling any appeals in federal district court, as necessary.

ML forms close relationships with administrators based on trust, accessibility and responsiveness.  School administrators understand there are no questions too small to ask.  Working together, ML will help her clients through any problem, with the goal of moving forward.  

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Dillon, Bitar & Luther, Morristown, NJ, Member, 1987-2008
  • The Honorable Arnold M. Stein, Chancery Division, Morris County, NJ, Law Secretary, 1986-1987
Organizations/Memberships
  • New Jersey School Boards Association
  • Morris County Bar Association
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation," National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, December 7, 2016.
  • "New Regulations, Legislation, And Case Law Impacting Your Business," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2016.
  • "Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights," National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, December 9, 2014.
  • "New Regulations, Legislation, and Case Law Impacting Your Business," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 17, 2014.
  • "Special Education, A Holistic Approach," Hopatcong, NJ, September 16, 2014.
  • "New Legislation and Case Law Impacting Your Business," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2013.
  • "Managing the Manager: What Your Managers Should Know," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, December 3, 2012.
  • "Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights," National Business Institute, Princeton, NJ, January 24, 2012.
  • "Communicating with the Troops: How to Best Document and Distribute Information on Company Policies," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 17, 2011.
  • "New Regulations, Legislation, and Case Law Impacting Your Business," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 17, 2011.
  • "Hot Legal Topics that Impact Your Business," New Jersey Child Care Association's Partners in Education Child Care Conference, Raritan, NJ, April 2, 2011.
  • "Minimizing Risks Upon Termination," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 26, 2010.
  • "Legal Training," New Jersey Association of School Administrators, August 2010.
  • "Law and the Classroom Teacher," Centenary College, January 14, 2000.
  • "School Law Issues in New Jersey," National Business Institute, August 27, 1997.

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1986
  • New York, 1987
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1986

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ, J.D., 1986

  • Seton Hall Law Review, Articles Editor

Barnard College, New York, NY, B.A., 1975

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146