Firm Background

Specializing in Education, Workforce, and Grants Management Since 1980

The firm’s founding partners, Michael Brustein and Leigh Manasevit (retired), started the firm with extensive experience in federal education and workforce law. From 1974 to 1979, Mr. Brustein served as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel, Education Division at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Mr. Manasevit’s career began in 1974 as a trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Determining that there was an emerging need for States and school districts to have representation in matters dealing with the then newly formed U.S. Department of Education, the two founded the firm of Brustein & Manasevit in 1980. In 2023, the Firm changed its name to The Bruman Group, PLLC paying homage to the firm’s founding partners.