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I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Emily. She spent the time working with us on prepping for our transition IEP meeting and inquiried about things I would never have thought of during the meeting. She helped us rewrite the document and was an absolute essential part of our team.
— Former Client
Emmy attended school meetings with me and kept emotions from ruling the meetings. She won long overdue services for my struggling child. When I was at loss for words, she was there with the words needed to win the cause. You are better off with Emmy in your corner than going against the school on your own.
— Former Client

Emily S. Haynes, Esq. & Parent/Student Advocate (Emmy)


Emily focuses her practice on special education advocacy. One of the aspects Emily likes most about special education is the opportunity to educate and collaborate with students, parents, school districts, service providers, and state and local agencies. In addition to educating schools about their responsibilities in a way they will hear, her job is to connect parents with resources, teach them advocacy skills, and help them be knowledgeable and capable members of their child's IEP team. 

Emily lives in Bexley with her husband, three children, and dogs. She was fortunate enough to stay at home with her three children for quite a few years. With the gradual realization that her daughter's struggles in reading were a form of dyslexia, Emily dove into special education first for her daughter, and then for others facing similar challenges. When she advocates for families, she does it from a parent and a legal perspective. 


  • Smith College; B.A., 1991
  • University of Pittsburg; MLS, 1995
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; J.D., 2000. 

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2000

 Practice Areas


  • Client Champion Award, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Peer Rated, For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell 


  • Of Counsel to Barkan Meizlish, LLP