Steven A. Spillan joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in January 2006 as a Legislative Assistant. In 2011, Mr. Spillan became as Associate with the Firm and in 2020 he became a Partner. Mr. Spillan assists clients with federal grants management and various federal education programs, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, the Higher Education Act, the Federal Funding Accountability & Transparency Act, the Digital Accountability & Transparency Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Mr. Spillan also works with clients on compliance with applicable rules and regulations under the Uniform Grant Guidance, as adopted by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations. This includes providing training on applicable grants management rules, assisting clients with drafting/updating written policies and procedures for their federal grants, conducting mock monitoring reviews to detect any material weakness in a non-federal entity’s internal controls, and assisting clients in resolving any audit or monitoring findings. In addition, Mr. Spillan works with the Legislative Director and clients to develop their federal legislative strategies and facilitates their representation before Congress and administrative agencies. As part of his legislative duties, Mr. Spillan monitors and writes about the federal budget process, education legislation, and important administrative actions to keep clients informed of activities in Washington that can affect their federal programs.
Mr. Spillan received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in May 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University in 2005. Mr. Spillan is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Aaron Kramer Brosnan joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in July 2019. Mr. Brosnan assists clients with federal grants management and various education programs, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Every Student Succeeds Act. Mr. Brosnan also works with clients on compliance with the rules and regulations under the Uniform Grant Guidance, as adopted by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brosnan worked for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) on special education compliance matters. During law school, Mr. Brosnan interned with the Office of Hearings and Appeals at the US Department of Education and with the National School Boards Association. Prior to law school, Mr. Brosnan worked for the Landmark School in Massachusetts as a special education teacher and reading specialist.
Mr. Brosnan received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Studio Art from the College of the Holy Cross in 2010 and his Master's Degree in Special Education from Simmons College in 2014. Mr. Brosnan received his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in 2015. Mr. Brosnan is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.