Gabrielle C. Goham, Esquire
Gabrielle C. Goham joined Raffaele Puppio in 2010 as a Partner and Chair of the Special Education Department. She represents school districts, charter schools, private schools and intermediate units in special education matters.
Prior to joining Raffaele Puppio, Gabrielle handled special education law matters as an Associate Attorney at Wisler Pearlstine, LLP in Montgomery County, Pa. She served families on the federal court level for an additional five years as a Senior Shareholder with McAndrews Law Offices in Berwyn, Pa., leading to several precedential decisions from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which she argued. She has also prepared Memoranda presented to the United States Supreme Court and is a frequent lecturer and sought-after authority across Pennsylvania on special education issues.
A former teacher in the Delaware County public school system, Gabrielle enjoyed a federal clerkship after law school with the Honorable Robert F. Kelly, Sr., United States District Judge. In addition, she clerked for the Honorable Frank T. Hazel of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and the Honorable Stephen P. McEwen, President Judge Emeritus of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Early in her legal career, Gabrielle was an intern with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.
From 2013-2018, Gabrielle has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine. Every publication year from 2006 – 2011, she was listed among the publication’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars, representing the top 2.5% of Pennsylvania lawyers under the age of 40 or with less than 10 years of experience.
Gabrielle obtained her Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph’s University in 1992, Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law in 1999.
Gabrielle volunteered her time as Legal Advisor for the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education from 2010 through 2013. She resides in Delaware County with her husband and three young sons.
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D. 1999
- University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Education, 1983
- St. Joseph’s University, B.A. 1992
- Raffaele & Puppio, L.L.C. (2011 – Present)
- McAndrews Law Offices, Senior Shareholder (2005 – 2011)
- Wisler Pearlstine, LLP (2000 – 2005)
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Professional Associations & Memberships:
- Delaware County Bar Association
Honors & Activities:
- Concord Township Historical Society (2014 – Present)
- Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, Legal Advisor (2010 – 2013)
- St. John’s Preschool Board of Directors, Glen Mills, PA (2007 – 2010)
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2013-2018)
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2011)
- "Restraints, Seclusion, and Abuse: Aversive Legal Consequences?," Special Ed Law Symposium, Lehigh University, 2018
- "FAPE: The Threshold Guarantee," Special Ed Law Symposium, Lehigh University, 2016, 2017
- "Child Find: Foresight and Hindsight," Special Ed Law Symposium, Lehigh University, 2017
- "Section 504: The Current Hot Spots," Special Ed Law Symposium, Lehigh University, 2016
The Potential Cost of Medical Residential Placements to Public School Districts
The decision to place a student in a residential educational program, like all other educational placement decisions, is required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to be made by an Individualized Education Program team (IEP team) comprising professionals from the student's school district of residence and the parents. Read More...
Gabrielle C. Goham featured in PivotToday for Delaware County Leadership
Gabrielle Goham, a partner with Media-based Raffaele Puppio and who's practice focuses on school districts, charter schools, private schools and intermediate units in special education matters, talks with PIVOT Today about growing up in Havertown, working at the Weinberg’s in Havertown, attending St. Joseph’s University and how the best piece of advice she ever received was to not miss the opportunity to be a mother. Read More...
Raffaele Puppio Special Education Attorney Speaks at Special Education Law Symposium
Pennsylvania special education lawyer Gabrielle C. Goham, of Delaware County full-service law firm Raffaele Puppio, presented at Lehigh University's 2018 Special Education Law Symposium on Tuesday, June 26. Read More...
4 Raffaele Puppio Attorneys Named Among 2018 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Delaware County full-service law firm Raffaele Puppio is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Read More...
Raffaele Puppio Special Education Attorney to Speak at Lehigh University Special Education Law Symposium
Pennsylvania special education lawyer Gabrielle C. Goham, of Delaware County full-service law firm Raffaele Puppio, will speak at Lehigh University's 2018 Special Education Law Symposium on Tuesday, June 26. Read More...
Gabrielle Goham Authors 'Balancing the Rights of School Districts in Wake of Shootings'
Raffaele Puppio partner Gabrielle Goham authored an article for The Legal Intelligencer about the role of the public school system in preventing violent attacks like school shootings. Read More...
Balancing the Rights of School Districts in Wake of Shootings
In the wake of the latest rash of school shootings, as in all those which came before, rational minds question the general role of the public school system in preventing such attacks. Why didn’t the school do more to prevent this tragedy? If this keeps happening, could it be the fault of the school system? Read More...
Raffaele Puppio's Goham Acts as Faculty at National Special Education Law Symposium
Experienced special education lawyer Gabrielle Goham shared insights into special ed law at annual conference at Lehigh University Read More...
4 Raffaele Puppio Attorneys Named Among 2017 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Pennsylvania Special Education Attorney to Speak at Lehigh University Special Ed Law Symposium
Delaware County special education lawyer to discuss hot topics regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Read More...
Raffaele Puppio Partners Named Among 2016 PA Super Lawyers
Delaware County full-service law firm Raffaele Puppio is pleased to announce that partners Michael A. Raffaele and Gabrielle Goham have been named 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Read More...
Special Education Attorney to Speak at Lehigh University Special Ed Law Symposium (KTVN-TV)
Raffaele and Goham Named Super Lawyers for Multiple Consecutive Years
Michael A. Raffaele, Esq. and Gabrielle C. Goham, Esq. have again been selected as “Super Lawyers” as recognized by Philadelphia Magazine. Read More...
Working From Home and Making It Work (MomSpace)
According to Gabrielle Goham in her article for MomSpace, “More and more moms are delaying having children until their careers reach a point at which they feel secure about introducing the new and daunting priority of children into their already busy lives..." Read More...
Is Private School the Answer (MetroKids Magazine: Special Kids Edition)
Special needs attorney, Gabrielle Sereni, authored an article for MetroKids addressing whether or not private, independent schools or public schools are the right answer for children with special needs. Read More...
From The Blog
The Nation‚Äôs Special Education Law: IDEAJanuary 10, 2019
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly referred to as the IDEA, aims to provide children with disabilities across the nation with access to a free appropriate public education “that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.” The IDEA covers... Read More...
Special Education Law: What is KOSHK and Why is it Important?June 15, 2016
An important fact in a special education due process proceeding is the “KOSHK” date, or the date that the parent “knew or should have known” about an alleged deprivation of special education. A “deprivation of special education” just mean that the parents are claiming that a child should have been provided with special education but... Read More...