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Before Opening the Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Lainey Feingold graduated law school in 1981 and has been a disability rights lawyer since 1992. Between 1981 and 1992 Lainey worked for the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), a private union-side labor firm, and a private civil rights firm. From 1992 – 1996 she was Litigation Director at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) in Berkeley, California.
In October 1996 Lainey opened the Law Office of Lainey Feingold.Back to top
Overview of Lainey Feingold’s Law Practice
Lainey represents disabled people seeking full participation in all society has to offer. Her principal work is with the blind and visually impaired community on technology and information access issues, including web and mobile accessibility.
Along with co-counsel, she has developed Structured Negotiation, an alternative to filing a lawsuit that emphasizes collaboration and focuses on solution. Lainey’s book about Structured Negotiation was published by the American Bar Association in 2016.
Using this method, Lainey and her co-counsel have negotiated more than 60 settlement agreements without filing a single lawsuit. She has negotiated these agreements with some of the largest organizations in the United States, including American Express, the City and County of San Francisco, Bank of America, Weight Watchers, CVS, Wal-Mart, Major League Baseball, and Wells Fargo Bank.
In addition to handling her own cases in Structured Negotiation, Lainey assists attorneys across the United States who want to learn the alternative dispute resolution process.
Lainey has long worked with the blind community nationally in successful efforts to obtain Talking ATMs, accessible websites and mobile applications, tactile point of sale devices, accessible (audible) pedestrian signals, talking prescription labels, audio description equipment, and alternative formats including braille, audio, electronic and large print.
In addition to her work with the blind community, she has resolved numerous other cases on behalf of persons with disabilities, including national class actions against Shell and Chevron resulting in ADA implementation at over 5,000 service stations across the country.
Lainey was a founding steering committee member of the Disability Rights Bar Association (DRBA), a national organization of disability rights lawyers.Back to top
Lainey’s book, Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits is now available from Amazon and other online book sellers and from the American Bar Association. The book is a hands-on guide to practicing law withOUT lawsuits. It includes stories from Lainey’s twenty years of working with blind people and advocacy organizations on technology and information access.
- Read more about the Structured Negotiation book including how to order with a 10% discount.
- Read what people are saying about Lainey’s book.
- Visit the LFLegal media page for media interviews and podcasts about the book.
- Buy the Structured Negotiation book on Amazon
Lainey launched her book at the Ed Roberts Campus on October 16, 2016. The image illustrating this post shows Lainey describing the book-themed sweets at the party. Read about the Structured Negotiation book launch celebration.Back to top
Honors and Awards
Lainey has been recognized for her Structured Negotiation work:
- 2017 John W. Cooley Problem Solver of the Year Award from the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association (April, 2017)
- California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY award) for Disability Rights (2014)
- SuperLawyers (2015-2017; includes “Top Women Attorneys of Northern California” 2015)
- Access Award from the American Foundation for the Blind (2008)
- Special Achievement Award from the American Council of the Blind (2007)
- Special Advocacy Award from the California Council of the Blind (2000)
- California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY award) (2000)
Media Coverage and Interviews
- Find podcasts, radio, tv and other interviews with Lainey Feingold on the Media Page of this website
- Press releases about settlement agreements Lainey has negotiated with Structured Negotiation can be found in chronological order in the Settlement Agreement Press Releases Topic on this site.
- On the Topics page, you can find links to press releases by subject area, such as all press releases about Lainey’s web accessibility settlements. These releases and the articles they generated appeared in national and local media and were covered in trade publications across the United States.
Please visit the Speaking Page on this website to learn about Lainey’s recent and upcoming presentations, testimonials about Lainey as a speaker, and her availability to speak about Structured Negotiation, digital accessibility, and disability rights.
On the Speaking Page you can also find recordings of completed presentations when available.Back to top
Lainey’s principal co-counsel in her work is Linda Dardarian of the Oakland, California civil rights firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian and Ho. Linda has played a critical role in developing Structured Negotiation as a dispute resolution method and in effectively implementing it in the majority of the cases described on this site. Linda shared the 2014 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for disability rights with Lainey.
Lainey has also worked with attorneys who are part of the National Disability Rights Network, including NDRN lawyers in Illinois, Texas, California and Massachusetts. Other Structured Negotiation co-counsel include Dan Manning of Greater Boston Legal Services.
If you are a lawyer with an issue you think might be suitable for Structured Negotiation and are interested in discussing a possible co-counsel arrangement, please contact Lainey.Back to top
The Law Office of Lainey Feingold maintains this website and the LFLegal Twitter account to share news and information about Lainey’s work and about Structured Negotiation. Both platforms also provide information of general interest to the blind community, the broader disability community, the digital accessibility community, and anyone interested in the rights of disabled people or resolving legal disputes without conflict.
The website was first launched in 2008 and updated in 2016. In addition to providing information, it is intended to demonstrate that a law firm website can be made accessible for disabled people. Read our Accessibility Page.
In 2008 an earlier version of this website was included in the implementation report issued by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as one of only two sites meeting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AAA. Read the post about LFLegal.com and the WCAG implementation process.
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