Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.

Michael D. Basch

Michael D. Basch, a member, is a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D. 1986) and Duke University (summa cum laude 1981). He clerked for Hon. U.W. Clemon, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, and was an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads, Philadelphia, before joining the firm in 1989.

Mr. Basch has actively advocated and litigated on behalf of children with disabilities for 25 years, and his practice focuses exclusively on special education. He has represented thousands of families in connection with due process hearings, resolution meetings and IEP meetings.

Mr. Basch is a past recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Pro Bono service, and the 2002 Brighter Futures Award in Philadelphia. He has served on boards of several organizations that advocate for children with disabilities. Mr. Basch has lectured widely in the area of special education and dispute resolution.

Practice Areas

  • 100% Special Education

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1987


  • Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1986, J.D.
    Law Review: Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation, 1985 - 1986
  • Duke University, Durham, NC, 1981, A.B.
    Honors: summa cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member