Testimonials

Lainey Feingold during presentation

Lainey Feingold is a popular speaker at accessible technology and disability rights conferences, meetings, webinars, and classes. She also gives presentations, workshops, webinars and teaches about her new book about Structured Negotiation, an alternative to lawsuits that builds relationships and focuses on win-win solutions to legal claims. Read about Lainey’s Structured Negotiation book, published by the American Bar Association.

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Law School presentations

Toronto

In February, 2017, Lainey presented to both students and faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.

Lainey Feingold presented on her work and her book “Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits” at a series of Osgoode Hall Law School events involving JD students, graduate students, faculty and staff, in contexts of disability rights to legal process and dispute resolution. Lainey brought warmth, conviction and authenticity to all her presentations and interactions. Everyone was engaged and connecting some of their own experiences and aspirations with Lainey’s approach to solving systemic problems and overcoming system barriers without the need for costly and lengthy litigation. Lainey vividly demonstrates that the point of law is to improve society, and the toolbox of lawyers needs to include Structured Negotiation! Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School

Lainey gave several outstanding presentations while in Toronto. Law students were engaged. Graduate students and faculty were intrigued. Practicing lawyers were inspired. Lainey’s approach, Structured Negotiation, is a fascinating dispute resolution mechanism which has applicability well beyond the disability rights field. Lainey has started a conversation that will certainly continue. Martha E. Simmons, Visiting Professor and Director, Osgoode Mediation Clinic and Mediation Intensive Program, Osgoode Hall Law School

San Francisco

In January 2017 Lainey gave a book talk at her alma mater, Hastings College of the Law. Sheila Purcell, Director and Clinical Professor of Law at the school’s Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution commented after the presentation.

Lainey presented on her work with the blind community and on her clear and illuminating new book “Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits” at a UC Hastings event for practitioners and law students. She was simultaneously engaging, practical and immediately understandable. We are so fortunate to have her describe not just the outcomes of her important work, but for her sharing the “how-to” process of her negotiation approaches. She is inspiring both as a speaker and as an attorney activist.Sheila Purcell, Hastings Law School professor

Lainey has also presented in the disability rights course offered by Hastings. Here is what the course professor says about Lainey’s ability to engage law students:

Lainey has been a guest lecturer in my disability rights class at Hastings Law School for at least five years. I invite her back every year because the students really respond to her. Her topic is completely current and she presents her material in an engaging and entertaining way. Lainey is an expert in both the legal side of digital accessibility and in the dispute resolution process she has pioneered called Structured Negotiation. Even though I have written a case book on disability rights, I always come away from Lainey’s presentations with new ideas and information. Paul Grossman, Chief Civil Rights Attorney, US Dept. of Ed., Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco, retired

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Continuing Legal Education offerings

In September 2016 Lainey presented at the Alameda County Law Library on “Digital Accessibility for Lawyers.”

Lainey is an engaging speaker with vast knowledge of digital accessibility law and years of experience using Structured Negotiation to resolve technology access issues on behalf of the disabled community. As websites and mobile apps have become ubiquitous in our society, it is critical that attorneys, technology professionals, business owners, and the public understand digital accessibility issues, and their legal obligations to the disabled community. Lainey literally “wrote the book” on this dynamic area of law. Highly recommended!Emily Bergfeld, Alameda County Law Library

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Conference presentations

With an approachable style, Lainey has an exceptional ability to make law and digital accessibility, accessible to any audience, balancing an unquestioned passion for the subject with her proven expertise in the field. There’s a reason why she draws at capacity audiences. Jennison Asuncion, Co-Founder, Global Accessibility Awareness Day


To me, Lainey has always been something of a heroine in accessibility. Gentle and witty, she makes the audience listen carefully to her engaging presentations on often complex topics. In most of our markets, there is no legislation around web accessibility, so the whole legal bit is in some way alien to us. Nevertheless, the participants at our conference in Sweden were clearly impressed by this knowledgable lawyer who is obviously passionate about the people and issues affected by legislation. Susanna Laurin, CEO Funka, sponsor of annual Accessibility Days Conference, Northern Europe’s largest conference on accessible Information and Communications Technology


For five years now, the Legal Update provided by Lainey Feingold at AccessU, Knowbility’s annual accessibility skills training has been one of the most sought after sessions to attend. These are some of the comments from our attendee evaluations.

  • For me the most valuable session was the Legal Update from Lainey Feingold. Unlike many legal discussions, it was clear, engaging and deeply informative.
  • I am so glad I attended the legal brief from Lainey Feingold. I am usually intimidated by legal jargon, but this gave me just what I needed in terms I could understand and use.
  • I would not have believed that a legal session could be fun before I met Lainey. I learned a lot – and enjoyed the heck out of it!

Sharon Rush, Executive Director of Knowbility,sponsor of the John Slatin AccessU

Here is what one law professor says about Lainey’s ability to engage law students:

Lainey has been a guest lecturer in my disability rights class at Hastings Law School for at least five years. I invite her back every year because the students really respond to her. Her topic is completely current and she presents her material in an engaging and entertaining way. Lainey is an expert in both the legal side of digital accessibility and in the dispute resolution process she has pioneered called Structured Negotiation. Even though I have written a case book on disability rights, I always come away from Lainey’s presentations with new ideas and information. Paul Grossman, Chief Civil Rights Attorney, US Dept. of Ed., Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco, retired

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Simplified Summary

The page includes comments from people in the audience who have heard Lainey Feingold speak. One person who enjoyed Lainey’s talk said she or he was surprised that a legal session could be fun.  Lainey often speaks about how to resolve claims without lawsuits with a method called Structured Negotiation.  Lainey also talks to audiences about the civil rights of disabled people.  She also speaks to law students.