Meet the Team
Beyond their years of experience and academic achievements and licensure, our team is fueled by personal conviction and passion for serving individuals with disabilities. We understand the complexity and frustration of navigating special education supports and services, especially when faced with tough circumstances and decisions. Our extensive training and experience in education law and policy, as well as direct practice in the areas of IEP and curriculum development, program development, special education instruction, and child study team procedures, provides a unique lens and value to our clients.
Denver Leigh, MAT, M.Ed, LDTC
Director of Educational Services
Denver has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education, special education, and disability services. 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. 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, program development, and instructional/assistive technology, as well as professional services training and public speaking. She works closely with various local/county businesses, organizations, and agencies to teach and promote inclusion, advocacy, and awareness. In all matters, she strives for facilitating collaboration and safeguarding the unique needs and rights of students with disabilities. Academically, Denver completed both of her Master's programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as her post-graduate studies in special education and educational leadership. She earned her post-graduate certification as a learning disabilities consultant (LDTC) from The College of New Jersey and currently holds the status of doctoral candidate at Rowan University in their Doctor of Educational Leadership program.
Denver also understands and personally relates to the perspective and concerns of a parent with a child who requires special education programs and services. Along with being a proud mom, she thoroughly enjoys traveling, cooking, graphic design, and photography.
Special Education Consultant, Paralegal
Jessica 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 facilitate 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.
Special Education Practice Leader
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, combined with her 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 educational 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.
Diana R. Sever, Esq.
Estates and Trusts Practice Leader
Rachel 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 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. Rachel enjoys spending time, especially outdoors, with her two sons and her husband at community sporting and Scouting events
Rachel W. Glavis, Esq.
Daniel Posternock, Esq.
Special Education Practice Leader
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 a 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.
Juliana joined the firm in 2016 as a paralegal with the Litigation team and also shares her outstanding customer service skills to the Special Education department. She completed her Associate of Arts Degree, in Paralegal Studies at Burlington County College and is also a notary in the state of New Jersey.
When she is not in the office, Juliana is a parent, friend, and volunteer, and enjoys hanging out with family and friends, helping coach her kids’ softball team, playing with her dog, and going to the movies.