Welcome to Lainey Feingold’s website. Lainey is a disability rights lawyer and an author who works primarily with the blind community on technology, digital, and information access issues. She is nationally recognized for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements without lawsuits and for pioneering the collaborative dispute resolution method known as Structured Negotiation.

Lainey’s book, Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits, was published in 2016 by the American Bar Association (ABA). Read about Lainey’s book. The book is available for sale on the ABA website. Use discount code LFLEGAL10 at check-out for a 10% discount.

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In 2014 Lainey was honored with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award. She also received a CLAY Award in 2000.

Lainey is a frequent and highly regarded speaker at conferences, webinars and other programs and events. Visit the Speaking Page for a list of upcoming speaking engagements.

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Structured Negotiation

Structured Negotiation is an alternative dispute resolution process with a powerful track record. Without lawsuits, the Law Office of Lainey Feingold and others have used the method for twenty years to negotiate comprehensive agreements with some of the largest organizations in the United States.  Bank of America, Major League Baseball and the City and County of San Francisco have all participated in Structured Negotiation. Developed to resolve civil rights claims of blind people, the method has application to a wide variety of civil claims where parties seek collaboration and solution over conflict and expense. Lainey Feingold’s book about this ground-breaking method of resolving legal claims is now available, just published by the American Bar Association.  Read more about Structured Negotiation. Read about Lainey’s book.

Recent Articles

Structured Negotiation Talks in Toronto and Windsor

Toronto skyline
It will be cold, but it will be fun! From February 7 – February 10 Lainey Feingold will be speaking at several events in Toronto and Windsor Canada about her book Structured Negotiation a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits and about the state of digital accessibility law and advocacy in the United States. Most of these events, described below, are open to the public. A huge thank you to David Lepofsky for organizing Lainey’s trip, and for Osgoode Hall Law School for sponsorship. Read more…

When all You Have is a Hammer

giant hammer and nail sign
Over the holidays I took a walk along San Francisco’s iconic Haight Street. When I saw a giant hammer mounted on the Roberts Hardware sign (included in this post) I knew I wanted to write about one of my favorite Structured Negotiation themes. “When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail” is an idea that appears in my book on page three. Read more…

Digital Access Legal Update – December 2016

red tool box full of tools
This post includes legal developments about digital accessibility between May 8, 2016 and December 12, 2016. This is the final update during the Obama administration, an eight year period that has seen an explosion of legal activity by the federal government advancing digital accessibility. I wrote two pieces about how I think the election will impact the legal push for digital accessibility. Read more…