Meet Our Team
Denver Leigh Watson, MAT, M.Ed., LDTC
Director of Educational Services
Denver Leigh Watson has a combined experience of more than twenty years in the field of education and working with individuals with disabilities. She spent the bulk of her career as a teacher of students with disabilities and is also an experienced Child Study Team case manager, as well as a certified Learning Disabilities Consultant and Evaluator in New Jersey. In addition to these positions, Denver was part of the administration team at a private school for students with special needs and has experience in the areas of curriculum development, professional learning communities, assessment design, and instructional technology. In all matters, Denver strives for facilitating collaboration and aims her ambition at safeguarding the unique needs and rights of students with disabilities.
As a compliment to her professional roles, Denver also understands and personally relates to the perspective and concerns of being a parent/guardian of a child requiring the services of special education. Along with being the proud mother of three daughters, she thoroughly enjoys traveling, cooking, and photography.
Special Education Consultant, Paralegal
Jessica Lenhart is a former special education attorney who spent her early career representing schools in due process hearings and on appeal. She most enjoyed working closely with educators on successfully implementing student services under the IDEA, Section 504, FERPA and HIPAA. After seeing the often negative results of litigation on educators, parents and students alike, she transitioned to a position with the United Way and worked in support of a Community School initiative. Most recently, Jessica worked at a small charter school in North Carolina where she experienced firsthand the power and challenges of fully including all students, regardless of differences. Jess truly understands the concerns of both schools and parents and takes a careful approach to facilitating communication.
A native of Pennsylvania, Jess’ family was thrilled to recently relocate to New Jersey after living away for more than seven years. When not supporting clients, Jess loves spending time with her family, exercising, reading and cooking.
Diana Sever, Esq.
Diana is the practice leader in Posternock Apell’s Special Education practice. Though she has close to 25 years of experience as a litigator and negotiator, her work in the field of Special Education is particularly important and fulfilling. As the mother of a child with special needs, Diana has experienced first hand the anxiety associated with being the parent of a student who requires additional or different resources.
It is Diana’s unique perspective, her combination of litigation background and Special Education experience, which causes her to pursue a cooperative solution between the families she represents and their child’s school whenever possible. Diana is a skilled litigator, and prepared to go to court when necessary. But she knows from experience that litigation is often expensive, unpredictable, and stressful – it is with this in mind that she helps families achieve their education goals for their children by bridging the gap between families and schools.
Diana received her Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law in 1994, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Delaware. She is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, and the 3rd Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Dan Posternock, Esq.
Dan is a co-Managing Partner of Posternock Apell, PC. Over 30 years of litigation experience have helped shape Dan’s commitment to cooperative and creative alternative dispute resolution. He is committed to negotiated resolution not only on the cases he handles as an attorney, but as a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey frequently chosen by his peers to help resolve their cases.
Dan is a member of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, Burlington County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM), and has served on the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District Ethics Committee.
Dan received his Juris Doctorate from Widener Law School (formerly named Delaware Law School) in 1985, and his Bachelor of Arts from Monmouth University in 1982. He is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of New Jersey.
Rachel W. Glavis, Esq.
Rachel W. Glavis is an attorney who dedicates her practice to working with individuals and their families to develop and institute plans to accommodate tax savings, asset-preservation and long-term care concerns. She has experience drafting estate planning instruments, including wills, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care. She prepares revocable and irrevocable trusts, including supplemental or special needs trusts. She prepares guardianship applications and assists families with the preparation of guardianship accountings and reports.
Rachel also advises executors, administrators and trustees with the administration of estates and trusts, and prepares personal and fiduciary income tax returns. She represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries and interested parties in accounting actions, will contests and other probate litigation matters. Rachel also assists clients with real estate acquisitions and sales, including the preparation and review of contracts and lease purchase agreements.
Rachel assists business owners with choice of entity analysis, buy-sell agreements and operating or partnership agreements. She prepares and files new entity formation documentation with the Department of State and Revenue Department. She also prepares bulk sale applications and business dissolution documentation.
Rachel graduated with honors from Villanova University School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After working for a large corporation and for a national litigation consulting firm, Rachel returned to her alma mater to earn both her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Law (Taxation) degrees. During law school, Rachel was the Executive Editor for the Environmental Law Journal, and was appointed to work for her law professors as a student writing assistant and a tax research assistant.
Prior to joining Posternock Apell, PC, Rachel worked as an attorney providing similar client representation at several boutique tax firms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and as an attorney for the Office of the Public Guardian for Elderly Adults of New Jersey.
Rachel enjoys spending time, especially outdoors, with her two sons and her husband at community sporting and Scouting events.