Attorneys & Staff

Michael Brustein, Esquire

phone 202-965-3652
800-914-8212 (Toll Free)
fax 202-965-8913
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Having served as an attorney adviser to the former United States Office of Education, and Chief of the Adult and Vocational Education Branch in the HEW Office of General Counsel / Education Division, Michael Brustein served on the transition team to establish the United States Education Department.  Following the opening of the new federal department in May 1980, he founded the firm with Leigh Manasevit in July 1980.

Over the past 35 years, Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC have worked with all 50 states, many school districts, postsecondary institutions, and national education organizations on issues related to federal support of education and workforce development.  Over this period of time Michael Brustein has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on federal grants management, audit resolution, as well as workforce education and development issues.

Areas of Practice:
Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
Administrative Investigations
Administrative Rulemaking
Colleges & Universities
Private Schools
Public Schools
Regulatory Enforcement
Bar and Court Admissions:
District of Columbia, 1979
New York, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1976
U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, June, 1974, J.D.
New York University, New York, New York, June, 1971, B.A.
Major: Political Science
Honors: Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors ScholarPi Sigma Alpha
The Comprehensive Guide to the Federal Role in Career & Technical Education, 2018
The Administrator and Provider’s Guide to the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, 2014
The One-Stop Guide to the Final WIA Regulations, 2000
The One-Stop Guide to the Perkins Act of 1998
The NAPIC Guide to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998
The Administrator’s Guide to the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998
The School-to-Work User’s Guide: Understanding Federal Cost Principles and Avoiding Audit Liability, 1997
The AVA Guide to the School-to-Work Opportunities Act, 1994
The A VA Guide to Federal Funding for Tech Prep, 1992
The AVA Audit Handbook: Avoiding Audit Liability Under the 1990 Perkins Act, Revised Edition, 1992
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