Washington D.C. Based Attorneys Since 1980

Specializing in Education, Workforce, and Grants Management

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The Bruman Group, PLLC is nationally recognized for its federal grants management and education practice. Our firm provides legal advice and consultative services regarding federal grants compliance on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG), as well as the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), and the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). In addition, the Firm advises clients on compliance with education programs including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE), the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and the Higher Education Act. The Firm also assists clients in drafting, proposing, and reviewing legislation affecting federal grants and education programs. See our full list of practice areas here.

Initially established in 1980 as the law firm of Brustein & Manasevit, the Firm has represented States, school districts, colleges, and other private and public non-federal entities on matters related to federal programs and grants compliance. The firm's founding partners, Michael Brustein and Leigh Manasevit (retired), started the firm with extensive experience in federal education and workforce law. In 2023, the Firm changed its name to The Bruman Group, PLLC paying homage to the firm's founding partners.

As a small and majority women owned business (SBA application pending), we are able to identify and respond to clients' needs without the high overhead and excessive fees of many Washington, D.C. law firms. The streamlined structure ensures that our staff is accessible and familiar with the issues that affect our clients' interests and we are dedicated to resolving our clients' problems in the most effective, creative, and efficient manner possible and at a reasonable cost. We very much appreciate your interest in our firm and we look forward to working with you.

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Areas of Expertise

Grants Management

We have extensive experience with federal grants management requirements and compliance, regularly advising clients nationwide on matters such as how federal dollars can be used and how to account for those dollars.

Audit Resolution

The Bruman Group, PLLC works with non-federal entities in resolving federal audit findings. The firm maintains strong working relationships with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) as well as other federal officials at USDE and other federal agencies.

Legislative Services

The Firm's federal legislative services includes timely updates on Congressional actions affecting all grants management, education, labor, and workforce development laws. This includes a weekly Federal Update subscription.


We provide legal advice to help states, school districts, charter schools, and private industries comply with the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), including new requirements imposed by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and subsequent regulations.


Our attorneys advise clients nationwide on such issues as assessment and other testing issues, defense of due-process proceedings, and student evaluation, placement and delivery of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Workforce Education

The Firm advises state and local governments, community and technical colleges, workforce boards, and one-stop centers nationwide on The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

Federal Student Aid & HEA Programs

Our attorneys help colleges and universities administer federal financial aid programs in compliance with the statutes, regulations and policies of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid. We represent colleges in administrative proceedings involving program reviews, audits and borrower defense claims.

Head Start

The Bruman Group, PLLC assists and advises clients who operate and administer Head Start funds.

False Claims Act

We have extensive experience defending state and local educational agencies and post-secondary institutions against qui tam actions under the False Claims Act.