LaPointe & Butler, P.C. has experience in all aspects of special education issues and disputes. Having represented schools, advised the Michigan Department of Education and previously worked as service providers in schools, we are fluent in the pertinent legal and special education language affecting school based disability related issues. Furthermore, we have honed our legal skills in a multitude of forums. We have represented schools in IEPT meetings, in due process hearings, appeals to federal district court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Our law firm is comprised of an attorney staff which specializes in disability law in the school setting:

  • Sharon LaPointe is the firm's Founder and retired as a shareholder on July 1, 2015. Sharon is Of-Counsel to the firm and has been involved in special education since 1971, first as a school psychologist and later as an attorney handling special education matters.
  • Jeffrey Butler is the managing partner of the firm. Jeff joined the firm after nearly 9 years of legal experience with the State of Michigan, 6 of which were spent advising and representing the Michigan Department of Education as Assistant Attorney General.
  • Jordan Bullinger graduated Cum Laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. 2008) where he was the Screening and Preemption Editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.  After law school, he worked with the Kent County Legal Assistance Center helping the indigent of West Michigan in a wide-range of family law related matters.  He joined the firm in July of 2009.
  • Vickie Coe joined the firm as of June 1, 2010. Vickie is a Cum Laude graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she was a managing editor of the Law Review and a nationally-accomplished trial team advocate. Before joining the firm, Vickie worked for the Michigan Court of Appeals.