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meet the team

Ashley S. VanCleef, Esq.

Ashley VanCleef is not only an experienced attorney but also a certified special educator.  Prior to joining the Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C., Ms. VanCleef led the Resolution and Compliance Unit (RACU) and served as the 504 Coordinator for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland. There she instituted informal, collaborative solutions to assist families and school system staff to resolve concerns through the least adversarial means focusing on win-win resolutions. As an attorney for parents, she continues to find dynamic approaches to resolving concerns with student focused outcomes. 

Ms. VanCleef also worked as a resource teacher for middle schools, nonpublic schools, and compliance in Howard County Public Schools in Maryland.  Prior to moving to Maryland, Ms. VanCleef worked for the state departments of education in both Texas and Oklahoma providing compliance monitoring of school districts, technical assistance for families to access the dispute resolution options of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and providing statewide training on special education requirements.

Ms. VanCleef works with multiple groups to provide professional learning on federal and state education requirements.  Ms. VanCleef is an adjunct professor at Morgan State University where she teaches Legal Aspects of Educational Administration and has been a guest lecturer for other colleges.  Ms. VanCleef is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Frederick County Bar Association, and Mental Health Management Authority Board of Directors for Frederick County. In her spare time, Ms. VanCleef enjoys spending time with her children and husband, running as a Wingman for Athletes Serving Athletes, and volunteering with her church youth group. Ms. VanCleef can be reached by calling the office phone number of by email at  *Ms. VanCleef does not accept cases involving Montgomery County Public Schools.

Brian K. Gruber, Esq.  

Brian K. Gruber heads up the Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C. Mr. Gruber has been representing children with special needs and their parents since 1997.  Mr. Gruber is well known in special education circles as a collaborative advocate who often is able to obtain the desired outcome for his clients without having to resort to adversarial and costly litigation.
Mr. Gruber has participated in over 1200 IEP meetings, spanning several states, and more than 24 different school systems.  As a special education trial lawyer, Mr. Gruber has been lead counsel in more than 300 special education mediations and due process hearings, and has appeared in federal district courts as well as the DC Circuit and 4th Circuit Courts of Appeals.  In 2003, Mr. Gruber was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Gruber is a frequent speaker in professional and academic circles nationwide.  Mr. Gruber is a member of the American Bar Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities Association of America, and COPAA.   Mr. Gruber is frequently engaged to train other lawyers in education law matters and has conducted continuing education classes for the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Bar Association of Montgomery County, and the Maryland Public Defenders Service.  In his leisure time, Mr. Gruber is an avid softball player and former youth baseball coach. Mr. Gruber can be reached by calling the office phone number or by email at

Of Counsel

Matthew B. Bogin, Esq.

​​Matthew B. Bogin has been helping families with special needs members throughout the D.C. metropolitan area for over thirty-five years. He is well respected for his championing of the various rights of his clients. Currently, his particular focus is ensuring that families with special needs members receive complete and thorough estate planning to secure a successful future for their children. 

Matthew B. Bogin has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C.6110 Executive Blvd #615, RockvilleMD 20852, USA(301) 657-3777