Regina Brandow earned a B.S. degree in Economics from Dowling College, gained a position after graduation with J. P. Morgan & Co., Inc., a prestigious global financial institution. Ms. Brandow became an officer of the firm where she enjoyed a prosperous career in as a registered securities broker in the fixed income trading floor and served as a research analyst; and the legal department as the compliance officer for the SEC, NYSE, AMSE and NASD.
During that time, Ms. Brandow attended law school in the evening, and in 1995, graduated law school at the Touro School of Law. During her law school career, Ms. Brandow interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Town of Smithtown, Town Attorney’s Office. In 1996 Ms. Brandow was admitted to the State of New York Second Department bar. Ms. Brandow was then employed by Carco Group Inc., an insurance fraud detection and consumer reporting agency as assistant to the chief executive officer where she provided legal counsel. Subsequently Ms. Brandow raised a family of two children and she went into private practice where she concentrated in trusts & estates and corporate law, and served as of counsel to a number of corporate firms.
In 2001 Ms. Brandow joined the Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc. as an education attorney assigned to Nassau & Suffolk counties where her responsibilities included representing students with disabilities in a number of education law related issues, including impartial hearings, appeals to the State Review Office, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, superintendent hearings, and the like.
In 2004, Ms. Brandow entered a private law practice concentrating in the areas of trusts and estates, including guardianships and special needs trusts and education. Ms. Brandow currently serves as co-class counsel for the class action matter, A.A. et. al. v. Board of Education, Central Islip U.F.S.D., where she has reviewed various school district documents, reports and samples of notices to the District in order to comply with the various federal and state governing education laws and regulations.
During 2003-2005, Ms. Brandow was co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Education Law Committee. Ms. Brandow also serves on the Surrogate Decision-Making Committee on behalf of mentally disabled persons. She has given seminars and talks to a variety of groups, including parent groups, attorneys and other professionals in the area of education law, including the annual school law conference. Ms. Brandow is admitted to practice in New York State as well as the Eastern District Court of New York and she is in good standing. Ms. Brandow, who is a rotarian, served as a board member on the Stony Brook Rotary Club. In addition, Ms. Brandow serves on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Community Inclusion at C.W. Post, where she was asked to participate in the November 6, 2009 presentation.
Staff also includes professional and courtesy support staff including a paraprofessional and legal secretary.