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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
I worked with Emily representing a client in a serious and complicated matter. Emily is great to work with as she is responsive with communication and she informed me about areas of law that I was not familiar with. Together we were able to secure an excellent result for our client.
— Peer Attorney
Emmy reviewed 2 years of emails and IEP documentation to support us through a difficult conflict with our daughter’s school. With Emmy’s help, we were able to see the merits of what the school was offering as supports for our daughter. In addition, she helped us to transition from an IEP to a 504 while fighting for what is best for our daughter. We are pleased with Emmy’s services and will retain her again in the future if necessary.
— 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


  • Of Counsel to Barkan Meizlish, LLP