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 in Florida and Pennsylvania.
In Florida, I have worked for community-based organizations such as The Haven, Jewish Family & Children's Services, and Harvest House. I also have a decade of experience in public education both as an ESE paraprofessional and 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 law school, I have volunteered at Legal Aid of Manasota and worked 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 disabilities.
Jul 2021 - Present The Florida Bar Education Law Committee
Mar 2020 - Present Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
Oct 2019 - Present Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys (Member)
Mar 2019 - Present Sarasota County Bar Association
Sep 2018 - Present The Florida Bar
Feb 2019 - Mar 2022 Family Network on Disabilities Manasota (Board Member)
Aug 2017 - May 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