Kevin Piwowarski Shields

Special Education Lawyer

Kevin Piwowarski Shields

With Shields Law Firm, Kevin now serves children and families in special needs matters throughout Texas.

As a general education teacher, Kevin fought for increased inclusion time for his kids receiving services; at staff meetings, he called out providers who missed sessions with his kids and was usually the dissenting voice at the IEP table. Kevin started to think that law school might make more sense for him.

Kevin’s first special needs case was during law school, fourteen years ago. During that time, Kevin also taught two high school classes in inner-city DC through a law-students-to-public-schools program piloted at Georgetown. He left law school having given legal voice to over a dozen children, including in juvenile matters, school advocacy, superior court trial work, and a federal grand jury investigation.

After earning his law degree, Kevin began a federal practice with one of the country’s largest law firms. There, he handled scores of disability and discrimination cases, gained incredible legal experience, and met his future wife. While Kevin has litigated or negotiated hundreds of client-favorable cases and settlements, he always missed the work that allowed him to fight for his students. Eight plus years, three children, and two dogs later, he opened a boutique law firm dedicated to special needs matters

Today, Kevin is honored to serve families like your own.

Special Needs Representation

  • Failure to Provide Services
  • Expulsion/Discipline Matters
  • Securing Independent Educational Evaluations
  • Eligibility & Evaluation Disputes
  • School District Mediation
  • Due Process Litigation

Practice Areas

  • Special Education Low
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Education Low
  • Disability and Civil Rights


  • Georgetown University Law School, Juris Doctor
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Maryland
  • Washington, D.C.


  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
  • State Bar of Texas, Memberships
    • School Law
    • Juvenile Law
    • Child Protection Law
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners

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