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It Starts With One

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The Starfish Story

An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance, he could see someone moving like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman picking up starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean. The old man asked “why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” 


“The sun is up and the tide is going out and if I do not throw them in they will die.” She said 

“But young lady, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference?” 


The young women listened politely then bent down; picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.


“It made a difference for that one.” She smiled 

How the Arkontaky Law Group Makes A Difference

"The Starfish story has a special significance for the members of our team.  There are so many families that need legal assistance and advocacy services and the journey may be overwhelming at times.  We hear all the time why do you focus on individual cases instead of class actions or policy work?  We ask ourselves questions like is this just an uphill or losing battle?  Are we making a dent?  However, when we look back and reflect on the work with individual families, we can honestly say our work made a difference in almost each and every case we have worked on. This is the important mantra we live by.  For that one child and family, yes we have made a case and one child at a time" ~ Adrienne Arkontaky, Founder/Owner


The Arkontaky Law Group

The Arkontaky Law Group is dedicated to offering a holistic approach of planning for families of loved ones with special needs.  Our team zealously advocates for students with special education needs and families interested in planning for their loved one's future.  We are highly experienced in special education advocacy and litigation, OPWDD eligibility and appeals, guardianship, special needs estate planning and special needs trust administration.  

Our Commitment To Our Clients

We are committed to provide zealous and highly individualized representation focusing on the client’s individual needs and situation. At the Arkontaky Law Group, we will continue to do community outreach and provide up to date information in an ever-changing world of special education and life planning for individuals with special needs

Our Services

  • Special Education Litigation and Advocacy

  • Special Needs Estate Planning 

  • Special Needs Trust Administration 

  • Guardianships and Decision Making Options

  • Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) applications

  • Appeals 

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