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“I have always been passionate about advocacy. As a child I would often intervene to stop bullying when I’d see it happening on the playground. It just seems natural that I would build my career around advocacy – giving a voice to the underserved, disadvantaged, and to those seeking justice.”

Jacob D. Verchereau, ESQ.

Associate Attorney

Jacob Verchereau joined the Capital Region office of Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC as an associate attorney in 2022. He practices estate and trust litigation, special education advocacy, business planning and labor and employment law.

Professional Recognition

Jacob has been selected by his peers for the first time with recognition by Best Lawyers as 2024 Ones to Watch in America® in the practices of Education Law and Elder Law.

Special Education Advocacy

After graduating from college, Jacob began his career as a Special Education Advocate & Paralegal. For over seven years he worked for a reputable Manhattan-based law firm that advocates for students with special needs. As an Advocate, Jacob would often attend Committee on Special Education (“CSE”) meetings alongside parents, providing them with assistance in the development of their children’s Individual Education Programs (“IEP”) and/or 504 Plans. When disputes arose with local school districts, Jacob assisted attorneys in all phases of the administrative due process procedures provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). This often involved impartial hearings and appeals to the State Review Officer.

Previous Experience

Following several years working in New York City, Jacob returned to his hometown of Troy, New York in 2015. In law school, he was active in the interscholastic moot court program. Jacob competed on the ABA Negotiations Team and ABA Client Counseling Team. He was an Editor of the Albany Government Law Review and held several notable internships including the New York State Education Department’s Office of State Review, Albany Law School’s Community Development Clinic, and Prisoners’ Legal Services of Albany.

After law school, Jacob served as Counsel to the School Administrators’ Association of New York State (“SAANYS”), working as a public-sector, labor-side Labor & Employment attorney. In that capacity, he represented public school & BOCES administrators and civil service employees in a wide range of employment-related matters. Jacob is experienced in contract negotiations & collective bargaining, disciplinary matters, grievances, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, matters involving the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”), Article 78 proceedings, and a wide range of other human resource and employment-related matters.

Grounded in the Community

Jacob is devoted to educating parents about the rights of their school-aged children with disabilities to make meaningful progress in their education and has given presentations to organizations including Best Buddies and Hi-5 Sports. Jacob’s commitment for advocacy extends beyond presentations; his new role as an Advisory Board Member for Best Buddies Capital Region allows him to directly influence initiatives supporting children with disabilities in their educational journey. He is also a regular host of the Firm’s weekly radio program, Life Happens on Saturday’s at 11am, WGY iHeart Radio.

At home, Jacob is a new father of a daughter Keira born in April 2022! He enjoys yoga, traveling with his wife, and playing with their two cats, Wynn and Leo. He is also an avid snowboarder and enjoys spending his free time in the mountains.

Jacob D. Verchereau’s Focus Areas

  • Advisory Board Member, Best Buddies Capital Region


  • Albany Law School, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2018
  • Manhattan College, Bachelor of Arts, 2009


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany County Bar Association

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