About Lainey Feingold

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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. Read the 15th anniversary post about the Law Office of Lainey Feingold.

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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. 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.

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Lainey’s Book

In the Fall of 2016 the American Bar Association is scheduled to publish Lainey’s book, Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. 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. Read the advanced praise for Lainey’s book.

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Honors and Awards

Lainey has been recognized for her Structured Negotiation work:

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Media Coverage and Interviews

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Structured Negotiation Articles and Interviews

Structured Negotiation has attracted the attention of the legal, disability, and digital accessibility/usability media.

Press Releases about Lainey’s cases

Press releases about settlement agreements Lainey has negotiated with Structured Negotiation can be found in chronological order in the Settlement Agreement Press Releases Category 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.

Digital Accessibility in the News

Lainey is frequently sought out by local and national media on issues involving digital accessibility. Examples include the following:

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Speaking Engagements

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.

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Co-Counsel

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.

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Lainey Feingold’s website and social media accounts

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.

You can also connect with Lainey Feingold on LinkedIn

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Photo credit: Ahri Golden

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Simplified Summary

This page has information about Lainey Feingold. Lainey is a lawyer who works with blind individuals and their organizations. She also works with people with other disabilities. Lainey worked on the first legal agreements in the country about Talking ATMs. She has also signed many documents to improve the accessibility of the web. Lainey has also worked to make print information available to blind people in Braille, Large Print and audio formats. Instead of litigation, she uses a process known as Structured Negotiations. With this method, she works with businesses and governments on issues that are important to the blind community. Lainey often talks at conferences about advocacy for people with disabilities. Information about that is also on this page. There is also information about Lainey’s honors and awards. Lainey does her work with the help of other lawyers. The lawyer she works with most often is Linda Dardarian. Linda is a civil rights lawyer in Oakland. She also works with lawyers of the Disability Rights Network. [Back to About Page Overview]