Brad Dembs joined Matt Cohen & Associates in 2017. Brad is from Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2009 and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2012. Brad’s passion for disability rights, in particular, special education, comes from his experience working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities in various contexts over the past 16 years. Prior to joining MCA, Brad spent five years working as a Staff Attorney for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc., where he focused on special education law. His duties included representing families of children with disabilities in all stages of disputes with their school districts, from advocating at IEP meetings, Section 504 Plan meetings and disciplinary hearings to filing Due Process complaints and subsequent appeals. Brad also has experience arguing cases in federal district court and in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his free time, Brad enjoys kayaking, cooking, basketball, and playing with his Australian Cattle Dog.
Brad is currently licensed to practice law in Michigan and his license to practice in Illinois is pending. All legal services are undertaken in association with Matthew D. Cohen, pursuant to IRPC Rule 5.5(c)(1).