Attorneys & Professionals

Alisia St. Florian

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: astflorian@mhtl.com

Ms. St. Florian is a partner in the firm's Special Education Law Group, representing school districts in special education disputes. 

Ms. St. Florian received her Bachelor's degree from Bates College, her Master's degree in Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and her Juris Doctor, with honors, from Suffolk University Law School. While in law school, Ms. St. Florian was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board and published in the Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. St. Florian worked for five years as a Victim/Witness Advocate in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Child Abuse Unit, and for seven years in a general civil litigation firm where part of her practice included the representation of children and parents in special education matters. Ms. St. Florian has been appointed by the Norfolk County Juvenile Court to serve as a Guardian ad Litem/Educational Advocate and by the Department of Education to serve as an Educational Surrogate Parent.

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