Jeff N. Eckert
Attorney at Law
SEN Law, PLLC
Special Education & Needs Law
It is my privilege to serve as the attorney for SEN Law. My family resides in Sarasota, FL, and previously lived in Lancaster, PA. My children attended Sarasota County public schools and my wife is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I earned both my Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Master's degree in Reading Education at the University of South Florida. My professional experiences are strongly rooted in more than two decades of public service. Early in my career, I worked with adults who had developmental disabilities in Lancaster, PA.
After moving to Florida, I worked for community-based organizations such as The Haven, Jewish Family & Children's Services, and Harvest House. I also have many years of experience in public education, beginning in 2004, as an ESE paraprofessional and then as a certified special education teacher in Manatee County. As an educator, I worked with students with physical and cognitive disabilities or impairments. I was proud to be selected by my school's principal to be the special education co-teacher in grades 3-5 for a school-wide inclusion program that was supported by Florida Inclusion Network (FIN).
As a law student, I worked as a law clerk on VA disability claims and appeals. I graduated with honors from Stetson Univ. College of Law where I participated in the Honors Program, Veterans Advocacy Clinic, and as a Research Assistant for Professor Cynthia Hawkins' American Bar Association (ABA) Handbooks for child support and alimony. Since then, I have volunteered at Legal Aid of Manasota and also work as a part-time staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Services. Today, I am fortunate to be an advocate in my community for families and persons with unique needs.
2020 - Present Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) (Member)
2019 - Present Sarasota County Bar Association
2019 - Present Family Network on Disabilities Manasota (Board Member)
2018 - Present The Florida Bar
2017 - 2018 Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court (Pupil)
2018 - 2018 Legal Aid of Manasota
2011 - 2014 Manatee Education Association
2004 - 2006 Child Protection Center’s Supervised Visitation Program