Attorney Katrina O. Filiatrault is a licensed Montgomery County attorney who practices education law and provides advocacy services on behalf of parents and students. Prior to attending the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Filiatrault obtained a B.S. degree in elementary education from James Madison University and taught English as a Second Language. More recently, Ms. Filiatrault taught the post-graduate course School Law and Labor Relations at Delaware Valley University and currently writes grants for the Association of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Jenkintown, Pa. In addition to her law practice and advocacy work to improve access to education and community support for those with disabilities, Ms. Filiatrault is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education.
Katrina O. Filiatrault is of Counsel at Duffy North, LLP. She is an experienced attorney with a diverse background that includes training as an educator and advocate as well as obtaining a law degree. She provides both legal representation and advocacy services on behalf of Pennsylvania students who are seeking to enforce their rights under the IDEA, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act or state laws regarding gifted education.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Ms. Filiatrault earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from James Madison University in Virginia in 1989. She worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and taught English as a Second Language prior to earning her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 2000. Ms. Filiatrault worked at the Disability Law Clinic during law school and has practiced and taught education law since graduation. As a law student, she was awarded the Robert J. and Mary Ellen Landry Award for excellence in ethics and professional responsibility and overall devotion to the highest ideals of the legal profession and was a participant in the Wagner Memorial Labor Law Competition. She has attended advocacy training sessions with the National Special Education Advocacy Institute (NSEAI) in recent years.
VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY WORK
Ms. Filiatrault volunteers in her sons' schools and for their sports teams. She writes grants for the Association for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and is available to speak to parent and advocacy groups free of charge regarding access to education.
Ms. Filiatrault lives in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, with her husband Michael, a Lancaster native, and their three sons. Ms. Filiatrault is originally from Virginia, but has made Pennsylvania her home since she began attending law school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1997. She and Michael bought a home in Bucks County in 2000 and are raising their three sons here.