Howard Klebanoff, Attorney
Dedicated to special  education and disability law, and the educational rights of students.
"Of All Nature's Gifts, The Most Precious Is A Child"

Howard Klebanoff,

attorney, is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. and served as a State Representative from 1969-1977. He was the House Chairman of the Education Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly and was the first chairman of the Connecticut Board of Higher Education.

The father of two children with disabilities, Attorney Klebanoff is nationally recognized in the fight for special education, and the educational rights of students. He helped write key legislation designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities and their families, and is considered one of Connecticut's most distinguished attorneys in special education law. The University of Connecticut established the Klebanoff Institute of Special Education in recognition of his work on behalf of children with disabilities. childhood to post-secondary education. He has lectured on special education law at the University of Connecticut and at the other State Universities. He has over 40 years of experience representing children with special needs.

Howard Klebanoff

He represented families of children with all disabilities, including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, deafness, physical disabilities and autism. His goal was to ensure that all children gained access to appropriate programming, services and placement, in a public or private setting.

In addition, he represented both children who have been harassed or bullied, and children involved in disciplinary proceedings such as expulsions.

As of May 2017 Attorney Klebanoff retired from the active practice of law and no longer represents individual clients.

However, he was named an independent state mediator by the State Department of Education for disputes under the "Individual Disabilities Education Act" (IDEA) and he served in that role until May 2020 when he retired.

 Attorney Klebanoff is a trained IEP (Individualized Education Program) Facilitator under the State of Connecticut Department of Education Facilitations program.

He was selected by the University of Connecticut to give the Commencement address at the 2018 graduation of the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education graduates.

He now serves children with special needs at schools and various facilities with his little therapy dog, Bella.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including:

Howard Klebanoff, Esq., presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who
View Attorney Klebanoff's Who's Who Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award Press Release

SuperLawyers and featured in an article in 2014
View feature article on Attorney Klebanoff in 2014 edition of "New England Super Lawyers"

The U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers® and "Best Law Firms" / Education Law

Lexis/Nexis Martindale - Hubbell Registry of Preeminent Lawyers

AV Peer Review Rated, Lexis/Nexis Martindale - Hubbell and rated AV pre-eminent for the past 25 years with the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards

Best Lawyers in America

Connecticut Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine

American Registry, America's Most Top - Honored Professionals - Top 1%

2004 Recipient of the Hartford County Bar Associations Presidents Award for Excellence

Outstanding Public Service Award from the Connecticut Association for Retarded Citizens

A Friend of Education Award from the Connecticut Education Association

The Hall of Fame Award from the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities

Outstanding Legislator, House of Representatives, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Carnegie Foundation

George Washington University Outstanding Leadership Award

Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

He was a member of the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations and former Co-chairperson of the Connecticut Bar Association's Force on Mentoring

The University of Connecticut established the Klebanoff Institute of Special Education in recognition of his work on behalf of children with disabilities

He has lectured at numerous conferences, both state and national, and has served as adjunct professor at many of the State's private and public colleges and universities and serves on many boards serving disability groups.

He served on the Legistlative established MORE Commission for Special Education 2014 - 2015 and the Legislative established Commission on Developmental Disabilities 2016 - 2017