Who We Are

Mission: Our mission is to enforce and expand the legal rights of individuals on the autism spectrum and to serve as a resource for such individuals and their families, as well as to the service providers and attorneys who support them.

Staff & Board of Directors

Dan Unumb, Esq.
President & Founder

Dan Unumb, Esq.

President & Founder

Dan Unumb is the founder of the nonprofit National Autism Law Center which he formed to address systemic issues and serve as a national clearinghouse for information, litigation and legal policy support, and advocacy on behalf of the autism community.  Dan is also President of the Autism Legal Resource Center LLC, a national legal consulting firm assisting providers, families and associations with insurance, Medicaid, and other healthcare coverage-related issues.  Previously, Dan was Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center.  He has briefed autism issues in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan is co-author of the law school casebook “Autism and the Law” and has presented on autism legal topics at numerous national conferences.  Dan graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country in private practice in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Charleston; as Director of Litigation for his state’s legal services program; and as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice.

Sonja Kerr, Esq.

Sonja Kerr, Esq.

Sonja Kerr is a nationally-recognized special education attorney with over thirty years of practice at all levels, due process, federal and state courts, and the appellate courts. Ms. Kerr has litigated individual cases as well as class actions.  Ms. Kerr currently practices with Hollingsworth & Zivitz in Austin, Texas, and has previously practices in Indiana, Minnesota, Alaska and Philadelphia. From 2009-2016, she was Director of Disability Rights for the prestigious Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. She served as first chair of the nationwide Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and continues to be involved with COPAA. She has been a review editor for Wrightslaw and is a frequent writer and lecturer on special education issues.

Jodi Bouer, Esq.

Jodi  Bouer, Esq.

Jodi Bouer focuses her practice on securing insurance coverage for individuals with disabilities.  An experienced attorney with over 18 years of experience in litigating insurance coverage issues, Ms. Bouer maintains a nationwide practice representing policyholders, providers and insurance professionals in pursuit of health insurance reimbursements for people with autism.  She uses her knowledge of insurance and special education law to maximize services for children from all available sources.  Prior to opening Bouer Law LLC, Ms. Bouer worked as a commercial litigator for Sill Cummis & Gross PC, Budd Larner and as in-house counsel for the CNA family of insurance companies. She established her own practice after she successfully pursued health insurance coverage for a family member, a gravely ill friend and a child on the autism spectrum.  Ms. Bouer received her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and Juris Doctorate from Boston University Law School.  She is licensed in New Jersey, New York and the District Courts of New Jersey and New York.  Her firm, Bouer Law LLC, has offices located in New Jersey and Texas.

Jodi Bouer, Esq.

Michele Trivedi graduated from the Xavier University’s Masters Program in Health Services Administration (Cincinnati, OH) and was the Senior Director of Quality, Education and Managed Care for a 200+-physician primary care group in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michele’s health administration work included managed care contracting and negotiations, benefit design for a self funded HMO product, statistical process control and continuous quality improvement in clinical practice and administrative systems. Michele “retired” to care for her young daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, and in 2000, Michele worked with the parent-led coalition of autism advocates, The Arc of Indiana, ASI and IRCA to achieve the nation’s first comprehensive private health insurance coverage law for autism. Her child was the first in the nation to gain autism treatment coverage under autism health insurance reform. Michele spent 3 years establishing the enforcement parameters of the Indiana Autism Mandate by fighting her daughter’s “test cases” for the enforcement of the mandate’s provisions. She was subsequently appointed by the Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) to represent consumers on the IDOI committee to establish Bulletin 136, which outlines enforcement parameters. For over 18 years, Michele has volunteered on behalf of the Indiana autism community in many capacities. She has been the Legislative Liaison for the Autism Society of Indiana, a Member of the Autism Society of America’s Government Relations Committee, and a Board Member of the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI). Michele is an Executive Board Member of LittleStar ABA Therapy, Indiana’s first ABA therapy center, which is 100% non-profit and is nationally recognized for its leadership in quality, and has been Autism Speaks’ State Policy Chairperson for Indiana and a member of Autism Speaks’ “Autism Congress.” Michele presents to advocates, providers and parents at national conferences on the following topics: autism health insurance mandate implementation, establishing best practices for ABA providers to document medical necessity and appeal adverse medical necessity decisions, navigating the health insurance system with special needs, negotiating better benefits with your ERISA employer, operational best practices for ABA providers, parents’ guide to filing appeals and grievances with your insurer and health insurance regulators, and parents’ guide to selecting a quality ABA provider.