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State Resources
State Special Education Website
http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/

Regulations
http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/lr/


Due Process Hearing Decisions
http://www.dgs.ca.gov/Default.aspx?alias=www.dgs.ca.gov/oah



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Advocates & Attorneys

 

TIMOTHY ADAMS (Attorney)
Adams & Associates, APLC
1930 Old Tustin Ave.,
Suite A
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: 714.698.0239
Fax: 714.698.0243
Email: tadams@edattorneys.com
Website:
http://www.californiaspecialedlaw.com
Areas of Practice:Timothy A. Adams & Associates, APLC, is a special education law firm in Orange County, California serving special needs children and their families. Our attorneys have a proven record of excellence in representing clients throughout California.

We primarily practice in these areas of special needs law:

•Special Education (IEPs, Mediation, Resolution Meetings and Due Process Hearings)
•Regional Center Law (California's Lanterman Act Fair Hearings)
•Conservatorships
•Special Education Appellate Advocacy (9th Circuit)

Geographical Areas: California

 

JUSTIN ARNOLD (Attorney)
Law Office of Justin Arnold
8 Locksley Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122

Phone: 415.745.1762
Email: info@jarnoldlawoffice.com
Areas of Practice: Conservatorships and Guardianships
Geographical Areas:
Northern California



BRAD BAILEY (Advocate / Paralegal)
Education Advocacy of the Central Coast
2963 Wood Dr #37
Cambria, CA 93428

Phone: 805-927-5889
Cell:
805-909-7548
Fax:
1-888-818-6490
Email: edadvocate@hotmail.com
Website: educationadvocacyofthecentralcoast.com
Areas of Practice: Retired Superintendent, Principal, Regular and Special Education Teacher, and Education Advocate/Paralegal, advocates in all areas of IDEA, ADA, Mental Health Act, Section 504 Plans, Suspension/Expulsion Hearings, Personal Attendance at all Education Meetings; Bullying, Due Process without an Attorney.
Geographical Areas: I serve all areas of the State of CA



DOUGLAS BAKER
(Advocate)
Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors
3625 Del Amo Blvd., Ste 360
TORRANCE, CA 90503

Phone: 310.371.7036
Cell Phone: 949.300.5035
Email: douglaso.baker@yahoo.com
Areas of Practice:
Autism & Special Needs Resource – I am a father of an adult son with Autism and a professional serving and advocating for our special needs community. Beyond the importance of the life we live from “here-to-there”, the “there-after” planning, survivorship and protection needed for our special needs family member(s) requires well developed strategies, extensive knowledge and on-going adjustments according to legislation, services, lifestyle and market conditions. I know your challenges. I understand your needs. I share your dreams.

• Wealth Management/Transfer
• Special Needs Trusts
• Business and Retirement Plans
• Government Services & Healthcare
• Estate and Trust Strategies
• Trustee – Conservator - Care giving
• Lifestyle & Capability Planning
• Protection & Survivorship
• Foundation & Charitable Gifting
• Education & IEP advocacy

Waddell & Reed, since 1937 has provided the experience and vast resources that today allows me to help my clients preserve and protect their wealth for tomorrow and future generations.

Geographical Areas:
Based in Southern California - Central Coast / Inland to the Mexican border. Laa Vegas is drivable. Have some resources nationwide.

Top level referral network;
Accounting
Legal
Medical
Education
Advocates
Services

Will do speaking and presentation engagements

 

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ARACELI BARRIGA (Advocate)
AskMyAdvocate Org
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.
9921 Carmel Mountain Rd.
#233
San Diego,CA 92129

Phone: 951.436.8534
Email: AskMyAdvocate@yahoo.com
Website: www.AskMyAdvocate.Org

Areas of Practice: Ask My Advocate exists to support all special needs families and irrespective of age or diagnosis, offering local support to liase with local Agencies and Services.
Working to change public perception and combat misinformation by educating communities about persons with any physical/intellectual disabilities, to encourage inclusion and respect for Neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research and the development of cultural activities.

Advocating to create opportunities for people to engage with others on community living supports, inclusion, employment, educational opportunity and other initiatives at both state and federal levels.

Ask My Advocate is a California Benefit Corporation 501(c)(3)Therefore we rely on the generosity and support of the public.

We offer assistance in many different topics regarding intellectual and/or physical disabilities. IEP Meetings, Mediation, Due Process, State Hearings, Appeals, Filing Compliance Complaints with different agencies: IHSS, SSI, School Districts and Regional Centers.

We assist students getting eligibility for Special Education under any disability putting together an IEP/504 plan that meets the students unique needs and to ensure it is being implemented; Exercising right to access a free appropriate education when school district does not comply with State and Federal Laws.

TAX ID # 46-0816863


Geographical Areas:
Southern California

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CAROL BEHRENS (Advocate)
Education Center
25200 Crenshaw Blvd., Ste. 203
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: 310.891.1130
Cell:
562.436.0655
Fax:
310.891.1135
Email: carol@ed-center.com
Website: www.ed-center.com
Areas of Practice: Education Center provides a variety of services including Special Education Advocacy, Educational Therapy, and Tutoring. Carol Behrens, MA, Director of the Education Center has 17 years experience working with families with special needs children. She has extensive knowledge of special education law, psychology, learning disabilities, emotional disorders, educational assessments and teaching methodologies.
Geographical Areas: Education Center Offers Services in Two California Counties: - South Los Angeles County - North Orange County

 

SONDRA BENNAEIM (Attorney)
Law Offices of Sondra BenNaEim
1851 East First Street, Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: 714.619.9344
Email: sbennaeim@yahoo.com
Website: www.so-cal-attorney.com
Areas of Practice: Special education law for student's between the ages of 3 and 22.
Geographical Areas: Los Angeles and Orange Counties

 

BETSY BRAZY (Attorney)
Law Office of Betsy Brazy
1816 Stanford St.
Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510-224-5146
Email: brazylaw@gmail.com
Website: brazylaw.com
Areas of Practice: Special education law in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Geographical Areas: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Marin County.

 

SHEILA BROGNA (Attorney)
SF Childrens Law
1333 Balboa St. #1
San Francisco, CA 94118

Phone: 415.751.7083
Fax: 415.751.7093
Email: sheila@sfchildrenslaw.com
Areas of Practice: Legal Representation for children and families with Special Education, Education, Disabilities and benefits issues; experienced also in child welfare and delinquency proceedings, mental health, guardianships. Non-profit office with two attorneys: Sheila Brogna and Patricia Siehl.
Geographical Areas: San Francisco and Northern California, primarily Bay Area, Sacramento to San Jose and East Bay to Valley.

 

ED BROSTOFF (Advocate)
P.O. Box 39A15
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Phone: 323.664.9312
Cell: 323.333.7097
Fax: 323.664.7312
Email: ebrostoff@aol.com
Website: www.specialedhelp.com
Areas of Practice: Ed Brostoff a parent of a special needs family member, a retired teacher and a trained and experienced advocate assists parents navigate the special education process. He does so by attending SST meetings, advocating for the needs of children at IEP meetings. He helps insure that parents concerns for their children are heard and acted on by the school staff.
Geographical Areas: Los Angeles and surrounding counties Comments & Questions

 

SHEILA BROGNA (Attorney)
SF Childrens Law
1333 Balboa St. #1
San Francisco, CA 94118

Phone: 415.751.7083
Fax: 415.751.7093
Email: sheila@sfchildrenslaw.com
Areas of Practice: Legal Representation for children and families with Special Education, Education, Disabilities and benefits issues; experienced also in child welfare and delinquency proceedings, mental health, guardianships. Non-profit office with two attorneys: Sheila Brogna and Patricia Siehl.
Geographical Areas: San Francisco and Northern California, primarily Bay Area, Sacramento to San Jose and East Bay to Valley.

 

DEBRA BURDMAN, M.A. (Advocate)
Devoted Advocates
13465 Ginger Glen Road
San Diego, CA 92130

Phone: 619.889.1003
Cell: 619.889.1003
Fax: 858.481.1980
Email: debbieburdman@hotmail.com
Website: www.devotedadvocates.com
Areas of Practice:
Devoted Advocates provides Special Education Advocacy to support and empower parents and caregivers of children, ages Pre-K thru Age 22, with special needs and various disabilities.

My background is Multi-dimensional:
-Past credentialed CA Resource Specialist (SAI)
-Parent
-Certified through Special Educational Advocate Program at the University of San Diego

Services offered:
-Free 30 minute consultation by phone
-Eligibility for 504 Plans/IEP Plans
-SST Meetings,504 Plan Meetings, IEP Plan Meetings
-Manifestation Determinations
-Suspensions/Expulsion Hearings
-Educational Records
-Assessment Plans and deciphering Assessment Results
-School Placements
-Community Resources
-IEE'S
-School Observations
-Bullying Issues
Geographical Areas: San Diego County

 

SUSAN BURNETT, Ph.D. (Advocate)
Susan Burnett, PhD

4477 La Serena Dr.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Phone: 714.985.0922
Fax:
714.985.0922
Email: DrSBurnett@gmail.com
Website: www.DrSusanBurnett.com

Areas of Practice:
Special Education Consultant & Advocate. I hold a masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, which gives me the knowledge and expertise in the interpretation of Psychoeducational evaluations in determining the child’s individual educational needs. I have completed the Strategic Negotiation Skills training by Pepperdine University School of Law in the area of Dispute Resolution. I have also served as a member of the Office of Administrative Hearing Advisory Committee. I have been working as a special education consultant and a professional advocate professionally since 1998.
Geographical Areas:
All surrounding areas of Orange County & South County. I also attend IEP via teleconference for those outside the area.


GWEN CAMPBELL, M.S. (Advocate)
Gwen Campbell & Associates

32123 W.Lindero Cyn. Rd., Suite #201
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Phone: 818.706.8801
Fax:
818.706.9920
Email: gcampbelladvocate@gmail.com
Website: www.gwencampbelladvocate.com

Areas of Practice:
IEP Meetings Section 504 Meetings Student Study Team (SST) Meetings Manifestation Determination IEP Meetings Expulsion Hearings Informal Dispute Resolution Meetings
Geographical Areas:
Venture and Los Angeles counties.

JENNIFER CAMPBELL (Attorney)
Special Education Law Firm
5206 Montair Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90712

Phone: 562.735.4111
Fax: 562.490.8663
Email: administration@selfapc.com
Website: http://www.selfapc.com
Areas of Practice: Special education law for student's between the ages of 3 and 22.
Geographical Areas: Los Angeles and Orange Counties


CARMEN CARLEY (Advocate)
South Bay Child Advocates
1003 Beech Avenue

Torrance, CA 90501

Phone: 310.951.0774
Email: carmencarley@gmail.com
Website: http://www.selfapc.com
Areas of Practice: Effective assistance for Special Needs families with school district and regional center matters for over 12 years.
Geographical Areas: Southern California

 


ALEXIS CASILLAS (Attorney)
Newman Aaronson Vanaman
14001 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Phone: 818-990-7722
Email: acasillas@navlaw.net
Website: www.navlaw.net
Areas of Practice:
Since 1981, Newman Aaronson Vanaman has provided assistance to children with disabilities and families with members who are disabled. It was the first law firm in Southern California providing representation for children with disabilities in their struggle to receive appropriate educational programs and other benefits to which they were entitled.

Education
Assistance with obtaining proper grades, class placements and graduation at all levels of educational programs; getting fair treatment from educational testing services; and assistance with preventing suspension and expulsion from school and/or classes.

Special Education
Assistance to families at Individual Educational Programs (IEP) meetings, mediation, fair hearings and in court to obtain for every student an appropriate education which meets that student’s individual needs.

Regional Center Services
Assistance with eligibility-related proceedings as well as the delivery of services for individuals and families.

Health Care
Assistance with issues such as Medi-Cal eligibility for long-term nursing care and home health care for ventilator-dependent people.

Conservatorships
Advice, counsel and representation for individuals seeking conservatorships as well as, when appropriate, representation for conservatees. Our office provides assistance with general, limited, temporary and permanent conservatorships when a family member is not able to act on his own behalf.

Estate Considerations
Assistance in understanding the relationship between government benefit programs for the disabled and resources obtained through inheritances, as well as the preparation of wills and trusts.

Geographical Areas: California

 

JENNIE CLEMMONS (Advocate)
Empower Advocacy: Special Education Consulting
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

Phone: 714-696-1243
Email: empoweradvocacyllc@gmail.com
Website:www.empoweradvocacy.net
Areas of Practice:
Empower Advocacy: Special Education Consulting strives to equip families of children with special needs (All Disabilities) with the information and tools needed to effectively navigate the special education system.

Together, we will design and implement an inclusive, data-driven program of supports and services that unlock the full potential of your son or daughter. Through open dialogue and genuine collaboration, our team will relentlessly pursue the best interest of your child.

Geographical Areas:
Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County

 

 

NICK DAVAEI (Attorney)
Law Office of Nick Davaei
2522 Chambers Rd., Ste 100
Tustin, CA 92780

Phone: 714.417.9955
Fax: 714.242.7304
Email: ndavaei@aol.com
Website:www.ocspecialedlaw.com
Areas of Practice: Nick Davaei represents students at IEP and 504 meetings, as well as Due Process, SARB, Manifestation Determination and Expulsion proceedings. Mr. Davaei has over 10 years of experience in the area of Special Education where he has served as a Special Education Teacher, Due Pocess Coordinator, Special Education Advocate and now an Attorney, and has assisted hundreds of students and families through various Special Education and Administrative proceeds pending with school districts, county mental health and regional centers.
Geographical Areas:
We serve the greater Southern California areas including Orange, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barabara and Ventura counties.

We provide a free initial (in-office)consultation.

 

N JANE DuBOVY(Attorney)
A2Z Educational Advocates

881 Alma Real
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone: 310.573.1430
Cell:
310.995.3538
Fax: 310.573.1425
Email: mandy@a2zedad.com
Website: http://www.a2zedad.com

Areas of Practice:
We assist parents with navigating the maze of school districts, including, Individualized Education Program - IEPs, compliance complaints, Due Process hearings, and beyond.
Geographical Areas:
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara,San Bernardino Counties, and Ventura County

 

PAUL EISENBERG (Advocate)
Educational Advocate

52 Brisa Fresca
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Phone: 714.235.3319
Fax: 949.713.0624
Email: pauleisenberg123@yahoo.com
Website: www.advocate4mykids.com
Areas of Practice:
Attending and representing parents at IEP and 504 meetings, assisting at Mediations and Early Resolution Meetings. Also representing families in matter regarding regional centers.
Geographical Areas:
Educational Advocate representing families in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside, and San Bernadino Counties in Southern CA

I have been an Educational Advocate going into my 28th year. I also have two special needs children of my own.

 

LESLIE ENDER (Advocate - Learning Specialist)
Full Potential

P.O. Box 2706
El Granada, CA 94018

Phone: 650.576.8795
Fax: 650.204.4020
Email: leslie.ender@gmail.com
Website: www.leslieender.com

 

ELIZABETH EUBANKS (Attorney)
Law Offices of Bonnie Z Yates

13323 Washington Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Phone: 310.279.5048
Fax: 310.204.6674
Email: elizabeth@bonniezyates.com
Website: www.bonnieyates.com
Areas of Practice: We provide representation in all areas of special education law, including school district, regional center and health insurance matters.
Geographical Areas: Through out Northern and Southern California.

 

MANDY FAVALORO (Attorney)
A2Z Educational Advocates

881 Alma Real
Suite 309
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone: 310.573.1430
Fax: 310.573.1425
Email: inquiry@a2zedad.com
Website:a2zedad.com
Areas of Practice:
We assist parents with navigating the maze of school districts, including, Individualized Education Program - IEPs, compliance complaints, Due Process hearings, and beyond.
Geographical Areas:
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara,San Bernardino Counties, and Ventura County

 

WARREN FINN (Attorney)
Warren Finn, Attorney at Law

6200 Vista del Mar, Suite 101
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Phone: 310.301.0817
Cell:
310.995.3538
Fax: 310.301.0629
Email: warrenfinn@ca.rr.com
Areas of Practice:
Special Education
Geographical Areas:
Southern California

 

HADASSAH FOSTER (Advocate)
H&H Associates

27240 Turnberry Lane
Suite 200
Newhall, CA 91355

Phone: 661.362.0704
Cell:
661.713.0365
Email: Hadassah@HandHassociatesUSA.com
Website: HandHassociatesUSA.com
Areas of Practice:
Assisting children, teens and young adults prepare for education, employment and independent living through the management of special education services with an emphasis on group training/education and one-to-one coaching
Geographical Areas:
Available throughout California with a concentration on Los Angeles, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

 

SARA FRAMPTON (Advocate)
Advocacy Associates, Inc.

16935 West Bernardo Drive, #103,
San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 858 485-7500
Fax: 858 485-6676
Email: osaraf@aol.com
Website: advocacyassociatesinc.com
Areas of Practice:
We provide services to parents including review of educational records; development of assessment plans; evaluation of a child's current academic program and delivery of related services; classroom observations and consultation with school staff; development, monitoring and review of IEP's; consultation and coordination of services with agencies including CCS, Regional Center, CMH, and Hospitals.
· Special Needs Assessment
· Educational Consultation
· Psychological Counseling/Therapy
· Parent Coaching
· School Placement
· Attendance at IEP Meetings
· Vocational/Transition Planning for Young Adults
Geographical Areas: San Diego County

 

SUSAN FOLEY (Attorney)
Law Offices of Susan Foley
763 Polhemus Road, Suite 2
San Mateo, CA 94402

Phone: 650.345.2300
Fax: 650.345.2302
Email: susanfoley@aol.com
Website: www.susanfoley.com
Areas of Practice: Special-Education, disciplinary educational matters
Geographical Areas: Bay Area California

 

FAITH GOLDEN (Advocate)
It's Aparent, Parenting and Behavior Specialists

16430 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 110
Encino, CA 91436

Phone: 818.995.9757
Cell: 818.516.6446
Email: faith@itsaparentparenting.com
Website: www.itsaparentparenting.com
Areas of Practice: We provide special needs advocacy for children from birth to 18, Early Childhood assessment and intervention services as well as in-home parent coaching for parents with "typical"kids and special needs. We also have many classes for parents on IEP, IFSP and IPP as well as court ordered parenting classes. Consultation appointment is free.
Geographical Areas: San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley

 

 

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JEFFREY GOTTLIEB (Attorney)
Jeffrey A. Gottlieb, Attorney at Law

18000 Studebaker Rd., #700
Cerritos, CA 90703

Phone: 562.699.2412
Fax: 562.490.8593
Email: jeff@specialeducationattorneyatlaw.com
Website: http://www.specialeducationattorneyatlaw.com
Areas of Practice: IEP representation, Due Process Hearing representation
Geographical Areas: LA, Orange, Inland Empire Counties

 

MICHAEL HAZELTON (Advocate)
e-Gifted

611 San Mario Drive
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Phone: 858.481.6847
Cell Phone: 858.342.4832
Fax:858.481.6847
Email: michaelhazelton@me.com
Areas of Practice: I am a retired school administrator with over 20 years experience helping solve the needs of students in both special education and gifted education. I am a problem solver and I know how school district officials work and think.
Geographical Areas: Southern California, however through e-Gifted I can meet with any family, school official or attend any meeting in the world.



ELISSA HENKIN (Advocate)
Elissa Henkin, M.A.

1975 Morning View Court
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Phone: 805.529.0533
Cell Phone: 805.217.8169
Fax: 805.523.8278
Email: elissa@elissahenkin.com
Webmail:
elissahenkin.com
Areas of Practice: I provide special education advocacy services which may include (depending upon client request) school observations; student study team assistance; IEP meetings; informal dispute resolution; due process pleadings; mediation conferences; 504 meetings; manifestation determinations; and expulsion hearings
Geographical Areas: Ventura and Los Angeles Counties




SUSAN HOLLAR (Advocate, Speech Pathologist)
Hollar Speech and Language

166 E. Foothill Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006

Phone: 8182690143
Cell Phone: 8182690143
Email: speachsue@aol.com
Areas of Practice: Hollar speech and language supports speech and language development for child and adults using a family centered approached. We also provide independent assessments (IEE) for use in IEP and due process hearings. We also provide expert testimony. We specialize in Autism disorders.
Geographical Areas: Southern California

 

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VICTORIA IKERD-SCHREITER (Attorney)
Law Offices of Victoria Vasquez Ikerd-Schreiter

9606 Tierra Grande, Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92126

Phone: 858.863.5932
Fax: 858.863.5346
Email: victoria@ikerdschreiter.com
Website:
www.ikerdschreiter.com

Areas of Practice: Special Education (IDEA/504), Title XI, Educationa claims, Guardianship, Public Benefits (IHSS, Regional Center, Medi-Cal-CA; DDD, ACCCHS--AZ)
Geographical Areas: California, Arizona (Licensed as an attorney in both states)


MARIANNE JESSER (Advocate)
Autism and Beyond Consulting

6900 Quiet Cove Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Phone / Cell: 3102515655
Fax: 7608148172
Email: marianne@autismandbeyond.com
Areas of Practice:
Providing educational advocacy for children ages 3-22 who require special education. Consultation, representation, advocacy, and assistance with development of Individual Education Plans and/504 plans. Also assist with IHSS appeals and RC services.
Geographical Areas:
San Diego County, Riverside County, Orange County and Los Angeles County.

 

VALANITTA JINGLES (Advocate)
Success Work,LLC

4647 Long Beach Blvd. Ste D5
Long Beach, CA 90805

Phone / Cell: 562-988-5889
Email: valanitta@successworkllc.com
Areas of Practice:
I have been an educator for the last 17 years. I served as a teacher, vice-principal and principal in the K-12 system. I understand and speak the language of the schools. I serve as a parent coach and advocate. I am extremely experienced in working with families to ensure that their child receives the best education and services they deserve to ensure the academic success of their child. I review all school records and reports to provide you with an Educational Consultation and Effective Representation at all SST meetings, IEP's, 504 meetings, Manifestation Determination, Expulsion and SARB Hearings. I work diligently to help develop and monitor your student's IEP plan.
Geographical Areas:
I serve all areas of Los Angeles and Orange County.

 

DINA KAPLAN (Attorney)
Law Offices of Dina C. Kaplan

P.O. Box 9055
Calabasas, CA 91372

Phone: 818.222.2201
Email: specialkidslaw@gmail.com
Website: specialkidslaw.com
Areas of Practice: I represent families in all aspects of Special Education Law including Due Process Mediation and Hearings. I also assist families in matters dealing with Regional Centers, Medi-Cal and other governmental agencies that provide services for children with special needs.
Geographical Areas: Greater Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Contact me at (818) 222-8118 for a free consultation.

ROXANA E. KHAN (Attorney)
Law Offices of Nicolas C. Vrataric

400 W. Ventura Blvd.
Suite 230

Camarillo, CA 91372

Phone: 805-484-8604
Fax: 805-484-8707
Email: roxana@vratariclaw.com
Website: www.vratariclaw.com
Areas of Practice: Education and Special Education- Bullying, IEPs, Section 504 Meetings; Employment; Discrimination; Harassment; Wage-and-Hour Violations; Personal Injury
Geographical Areas: Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo, Kern County, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Paso Robles, Los Angeles County, and other areas throughout Southern California.

 

GEORGIANNA JUNCO-KELMAN (Attorney)
Law Offices of Georgianna Junco-Kelman

15260 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Phone: 818.386.2800
Fax: 818.386.2801
Email: gjkelman@SpecialKidsAttorney.com
Website: www.LosAngelesSpecialEdAttorney.com
Areas of Practice:
Exclusively special education law
Geographical Areas:
Los Angeles

 

AMY LANGERMAN (Attorney)
Amy Langerman P.C.

Email: alangermanlaw@aol.co
Website: www.amylangerman.com
Areas of Practice: Special Education Law - representation in Due Process Litigation 1997-present(Arizona) Special Education Consultation - 2002-present(California)
Geographical Areas: Arizona - Due Process Litigation; San Diego, California- Special Education Consultation

Website will be live in about a week from 2/27/2012.

 

AMY LARSEN (Advocate)
5438 East Hanbury Street
Long Beach, CA 90808

Phone: 562.221.1298
Fax: 562.429.2300
Email: alarsen@csulb.edu
Website: www.edspecialist.blogspot.com
Areas of Practice:
All areas of Special Education. Specializing in collaboration, autism, assistive technology.
Geographical Areas: Southern California

 

MICHIKO LEE (Advocate)
Innovative Education Solutions
2110 Artesia Blvd, B105
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Phone: 310.848.4399
Email: MLee@innovativeed-solutions.com
Website: www.innovativeed-solutions.com
Areas of Practice:
504 plans, IEP, Case Management, Educational Consulting
Geographical Areas: Greater Los Angeles Area

 

MANDY LEIGH (Attorney)
Leigh Law Group
870 Market Street
Suite 1157
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415.399.9155
Email: mleigh@leighlawgroup.com
Website: http://www.leighlawgroup.com
Areas of Practice:
Special education, expulsions, suspensions, employment law, both public and private sector, and in education law. IEP attendance, Special education due process hearings, Regional Center and In Home Support Services. Litigation in special education adminstrative due process hearings and appeals in state and federal court.
Geographical Areas: San Francisco, represents people nationwide and throughout the state of California including the East Bay and the South Bay, including Oakland, San Mateo, Los Angeles County, Orange County, County of San Diego, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont, Modesto, Stockton, Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Concord, Antioch, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego Counties and Sacramento; and in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County, Monterey County, Santa Clara County, Napa County, Sonoma County, San Mateo County and Solano County.

 

ANDREA LORANT (Advocate)
Advocacy for Special Kids

6520 Platt Ave #813
West Hills, CA 91307

Phone: 818.343.2227
Fax: 818.888.5019
Email: alorant@gmail.com
Website:
AdvocacyforSpecialKids.com

Areas of Practice: I have been an advocate for children with special needs for over 21 years. I am a former teacher and a parent of two adult sons with special needs. I assist with school district and Regional Center matters. I help families to understand their rights under state and federal laws, evaluate the child's current educational status and help determine any needed changes. I suggest and explore alternatives and help create an appropriate program outlined to best meet the individual needs of the child.
Geographical Areas: Greater Los Angeles County and Ventura County

 

LORI LOWENTHAL (Advocate)
LL Advocacy

4058 Shadyglade Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604

Phone: 818.802.7794
Fax: 818.761.2735
Email: loriadvocate@aol.com
Areas of Practice: I am committed to improving educational experiences for children with disabilities. My services include: Parent consultation, SST, IEP and Section 504 representation, IEP development and monitoring, interfacing with school staff, educational records request/review, issue spotting, case summary/case plan preparation, dispute resolution, compliance complaints, obtaining IEEs…
Geographical Areas: Flexible

 

CRAIG LUI (Attorney)
Law Offices of Liu & Naime

8291 Utica Ave., Suite 100
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Phone: 909.941.4114
Email: craig@socalspecialedlaw.com
Website: www.socalspecialedlaw.com
Areas of Practice: Attorneys and advocates who specialize in representing parents on a pure contingent fee basis - IEP's, mediations, due process hearings, expulsion hearings, manifestation IEP's, civil rights issues, school bullying issues, 504 hearings
Geographical Areas: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Inland Empire

 

CAROLYN M. MAKENS (Attorney)
The Law Office of Carolyn McTier Makens

145 Corte Madera Town Center, #177
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Phone: 415-435-8473
Fax: 415-737-1367
Email: cmakens@makenslaw.com
Website: www.makenslaw.com
Areas of Practice: Special Education Law and Advocacy.
The Law Office of Carolyn McTier Makens advocates for children with special needs and disabilities. We can assist you with eligibility and all aspects of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for your child, 504 team meetings and eligibility,filing or defending against a Request for Mediation and Due Process and filing Compliance Complaints with the California Department of Education against your District for failure to implement your child’s IEP.
Geographical Areas: San Francisco Bay Area, including Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Alameda, Oakland, Sacramento and throughout Northern California.

 

PATRICK MARTIN (Advocate)
Family Counseling San Diego

4257 Paso del Lagos
Bonsall, CA 92003

Phone: 760.498.1053
Cell: 760.498.1053
Fax: 619.924.9931
Email: patmartin005@yahoo.com
Website: familycounselingsandiego.com
Areas of Practice: Patrick Martin, MFT, has worked 16 years with mentally ill children and their families in private practice, residential, hospital and/or rehabilitation settings. In addition working with Special Education Emotionally Challenged and Autistic Children for 11 year through local county mental health agency with local school districts in Northern San Diego County.
Geographical Areas: San Diego County area and Riverside County Area


TONY MEEHLEIS (Advocate)
Orange County Special Education Advocates

Irvine, CA 92604

Phone: 949.677.2464
Email: tpsyc@yahoo.com
Areas of Practice: With over 16 years experience as a teacher and school psychologist, I am able to provide a wide range of services such as: Pre-assessment consultation; IEP representation; 504; and parental life coaching.
Geographical Areas: Orange County, CA

 

JENNIFER MILLER (Attorney)
Law Offices of Jennifer Miller

1234 E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: 805.218.0113
Email: jennifer@millerlawonline.net
Website: millerlawonline.net
Areas of Practice: Education Law
Geographical Areas: California

 

LORI MINTZER (Advocate)
6577 Colgate Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Cell: 818.259.3681
Fax: 818.484.3400
Email: lamintzer@gmail.com
Website: www.lamintzer.com
Areas of Practice: I am a past special education teacher with over 30 yrs. experience in the field. My goal is to help parents navigate the special education process in order to provide an appropriate program for their child. Areas of practice include:IEP meetings, Section 504 meetings, Student Study Team meetings;Development of Goals, Services, and Placement;Advocacy support in all areas of special education.
Geographical Areas: Southern California

 

SUSAN MOROFF (Advocate)
2052 Courage St.
Vista, CA 92081

Phone: 760.727.2473
Cell: 760.803.6580
Email: kdzadvocate@roadrunner.com

Areas of Practice: “Every child in California is entitled by law to a free appropriate education tailored to the specific unique needs of the student.” As parents do we understand our child’s special needs? Have you tried to obtain appropriate education specifically designed for your child? Do they have the opportunity to achieve their highest level of potential in their classroom setting? As parents, we are guaranteed the right to be part of a team effort in the planning of our child’s educational journey. However, trying to get through the maze of Special Education Federal and State laws can be very stressful and overwhelming. I can help develop an Individualized Educational Plan to obtain social, emotional and educational goals, assessments in areas of suspected disabilities, receive services specifically designed for your child’s special needs and help determine the best placement for your child.
Geographical Areas: SAN DIEGO, RIVERSIDE, ORANGE COUNTIES
Call For Free Consultation
Phone (760) 727-2473
Email: kdzadvocate@adelphia.net

 

CAROLYN NEDLEY (Attorney)
Nedley & Bohn
480 North First Street
Suite 101
San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408.691.0414
Email: nedleyandbohn@comcast.net
Website: http://www.nedleybohnlaw.com/
Areas of Practice: NEDLEY & BOHN is a law firm committed to providing our clients with the skill and expertise to represent your child’s legal needs in the areas of special education, expulsion/suspension hearings, and juvenile delinquency proceedings. NEDLEY & BOHN is available to represent your special needs child at all stages of the special education process, from IEP meetings, compliance complaints, due process requests, early resolution sessions, mediation, administrative hearings and appeals in federal court.
Geographical Areas: Northern California

 

 

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THOMAS NELSON (Attorney)
The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson

16466 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858.945.6621
Fax: 858.521.0678
Email: appropriateeducation@gmail.com

Website:
www.specialedlaw.us
Areas of Practice: Special Education Law & Advocacy, Expulsions.
Geographical Areas: San Diego, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino & Imperial Counties

 

MEAGAN NUNEZ (Attorney)
Law Office of Meagan Nunez

8880 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: 619.757.3550
Fax: 619.269.4991
Email: meagan@sandiegostudentattorney.com
Website: http://www.sandiegostudentattorney.com

Areas of Practice: Special Education
Geographical Areas: Southern California

 

VIKKI RICE (Advocate)
2919 Deerford
Lakewood, CA 90712

Phone: 562.533.4660
Email: advocaterice@gmail.com

Areas of Practice: Serving Children with Special Needs from birth to 22 years of age. Assisting parents with eligibility, IEE's, IEP development, progress monitoring, transition, post high school services and planning as well as SST meetings and RTI monitoring. I have also worked as a paralegal with attorneys in Due Process and have conducted a Due Process with another advocate.
Geographical Areas: Currently, I have worked in school districts from Bakersfield to Capistrano and Long Beach to Apple Valley. I will travel and can also attend IEP via SKYPE or conference call.

I have been advocating for over 15 years. I am a member of COPAA. I network with many other advocates and attorneys. My previous experience includes: volunteering for T.A.S.K. of Orange County, L.D.A. member and conference presenter, CHADD member and Coordinator for the Long Beach Chapter, various presentations for parents and teachers, prior to COPAA I attended LRP annually. In addition I have a certificate from CSULB in Mediation Skills Training.

 

 

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JENNIFER RUIZ (Advocate)
Law Offices of Victoria Vasquez Ikerd-Schreiter

9606 Tierra Grande, Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92126

Phone: 858.863.5932
Fax: 858.863.5346
Email: jennifer@ikerdschreiter.com
Website: www.ikerdschreiter.com
Areas of Practice: Special Education: Advocacy in IEPs, 504's, and parent to parent support
Geographical Areas: California

 

MARGARITA SALAZAR (Attorney)
Law Offices of Margarita Salazar
611 K Street
Suite B-Box 322
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.994.9578
Fax: 619.207.0620
Email: margarita@msalazarlaw.com
Areas of Practice:
HABLAMOS ESPANOL. Our attorneys focus on helping families solve legal problems concerning their children with special needs' legal rights, including: Initial Case Evaluations: (Including, but not limited to: Assessments/Assessment Plans, Transition Plans) * Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s) * Initial Annual/Review Due Process Rights Defense: * Mediation * Complaints * Hearings Regional Center * Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP’s) * Individual Program Plans (IPP’s) * Fair Hearings (informal conference, mediation, hearings)
Geographical Areas: San Diego (Chula Vista, East San Diego, South San Diego, North County and the Greater San Diego area) and Los Angeles County.

 

MINDY SCHNEIDER (Advocate)
Pro Family Advocate

Westlake Village, CA 91362

Phone: 818.802.7794
Fax: 818.761.2735
Email: mindy@profamilyadvocate.com
Website:
http://www.profamilyadvocate.com
Areas of Practice: Education Advocacy
Geographical Areas: West san Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, Ventura County

 


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THERESA SESTER (Advocate)
I.D.E.A.

P.O. Box 892821
Temecula, CA 92589

Phone: 951.251.4437
Cell Phone: 951.553.4835
Fax: 951.667.3477
Email: 4iephelp@gmail.com
Website: www.4iephelp.com
Areas of Practice: I specialize in helping children with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Emotional disability, Severe Emotional Disturbance, Neurological disabilities, Physical disability, or Other Health Impairment, Mental Retardation, Multiple disabilities and Physical disabilities across the life span.
Geographical Areas: S. CA, Inland Empire, Riverside County, San Diego County, w/video conferencing supported anywhere in the US.

 

 

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NICOLE C. SHELTON (Advocate)
Shelton Consulting

P.O. Box 5511
Oceanside, CA 92056

Phone: 760.547.5031
Email: info@sheltonconsultin.org
Website: www.sheltonconsulting.org
Areas of Practice: Shelton Consulting is a multifaceted private Advocacy Consulting firm focusing on special education advocacy and individualized placement services for children, adolescents, and adults with diverse educational and emotional needs.
We offer nationwide specialized services in the following areas

Special education advocacy for parents of students with special needs
Educational placement services for parents of students in the k-12 system who are failing in their current setting.
Location of step down or residential treatment center facilities for children, adolescents and adults.
Consultation with private/boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools and treatment facilities in locating the appropriate placement for their clients
Academic assessment and evaluation, records review and collaboration with related professionals.
Consultation for attorneys with cases involving clients with special needs.
Geographical Areas: Nationwide

 

PATRICIA SIEHL (Attorney)
SF Childrens Law
1333 Balboa St. #1
San Francisco, CA 94118

Phone: 415.751.7075
Fax: 415.751.7093
Email: patty@sfchildrenslaw.com
Areas of Practice: Representation of children and parents in special education, discipline, benefits, dependency and delinquency matters
Geographical Areas: Northern California

 

MARIA SIMON (Advocate)
Educational Options

PO Box 1088
San Diego, CA 92038

Phone: Phone: 858.922.6888
Cell Phone: 858.922.6888
Fax: 888.866.4851
Email: msimon@educataionaloptions4u.com
Website: www.educationaloptions4u.com
Areas of Practice: Therapeutic and educational placement services
Geographical Areas: California and Nation wide

Assisting families to find the best educational and therapeutic setting, Educatioal Options is an advocate and case manager. Knowledge and experienced with a variety of learning challenges and psychological issues.

 

ANN SIMUN (Neuropsychologist)
Neuropsychology Partners

2001 S. Barrington Avenue, Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310.478.8888
Fax: 310.478.8890
Email: drsimun@earthlink.net
Website: www.neuropsychology-partners.com
Areas of Practice:
Independent Educational Evaluations including psychoeducational and neuropsychological evals. Specializing in learning disabilities (including NVLD), executive dysfunction (inc. ADHD), 2e (gifted), and Autism Spectrum disorders. Performs non-verbal cognitive testing if needed.
Geographical Areas:
Appointments available in in West Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley (Northridge), and Ventura County.

We accept private pay and district funded clients. Expert testimony and consultation available for Due Process, Superior Court, civil cases, and Fair Hearings.

 

RICHARD SPINDLER (Advocate)
Elite Advocacy for Parents and Students

4461 Park Blvd. #7,
San Diego, CA 92116

Phone: 619-640-2961
Cell: 619-341-3595
Fax: 619-640-2961
Email: rascleo@cox.net
Areas of Practice:
Advocacy for Special Needs students, K-12 in the San Diego area.
Areas of expertise include: Special Education Law, Equal Access to General Education Curriculum, ASD Students, Behavior, Curriculum, IEPs,(Initials,Annuals and Triennials). Standardized Testing as well as testing in order to qualify for Special Education and DIS services.
Differentiating between second language students and Special Needs students. Making sure all Time Lines are adhered to. How to get your child tested for Special Education Testing.
I have been in the Special Education field as a teacher, case manager IEP Administrator and Graduate Professor for nearly 20 years. My passion and focus is on the child, (your child). Making sure he/she receives F.A.P.E. you understand IDEA, as well as your child receiving ALL services they deserve depending on the qualifying condition(s) and the Law.
With me, be sure the FACTS and your child will always be of the utmost concern. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone. I look forward to assisting you through your journey of Special Education.
Richard Spindler, M.S.
Graduate Professor
Autism Specialist
rascleo@cox.net
619-341-3595
Geographical Areas:
San Diego County, California

 

JASON RYAN THOMPSON, ESQ. (Attorney)
Thompson Advocacy, a Law Corporation

4760 Felspar Street
Riverside, CA 92509

Phone: 800.491.7097
Email: jason@thompsonadvocacy.com
Website: www.thompsonadvocacy.com

 

MARCI TIFFANY (Attorney)
Tiffany Law Group, P.C
23670 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 204
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: 424.247.8250
Fax: 562.490.8593
Email: mtiffany@tiffanylawgroup.com
Website:
http://www.Tiffanylawgroup.com

 

VALERIE VANAMAN (Attorneys and Advocates)
Newman Aaronson Vanaman

Scotty Building
14001 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks
, CA 91423

Phone: 818-990-7722
Fax: 818-501-1306
Email: vvanaman@navlaw.net
Website: www.navlaw.net
Areas of Practice: Special Education-IDEA, 504 and ADA, Regional Center, Conservatorship, Wills and Trusts
Geographical Areas: Southern California

NICOLAS C. VRATARIC (Attorney)
Law Offices of Nicolas C. Vrataric

400 W. Ventura Blvd.
Suite 230

Camarillo, CA 91372

Phone: 805-484-8604
Fax: 805-484-8707
Email: roxana@vratariclaw.com
Website: www.vratariclaw.com
Areas of Practice: Education and Special Education- Bullying, IEPs, Section 504 Meetings; Employment; Discrimination; Harassment; Wage-and-Hour Violations; Personal Injury
Geographical Areas: Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo, Kern County, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Paso Robles, Los Angeles County, and other areas throughout Southern California.

 

LORI WALDINGER (Advocate)
Los Angeles Area

Phone: 818.957.0332
Email: loris@earthlink.net
Areas of Practice: Special education support: attend IEP meetings and Informal Dispute Resolution meetings, classroom and school observations, provide parent and profesional trainings and workshops, and support parents through Due Process procedures.
Geographical Areas:
Southern California

 

CAROLINA WATTS (Advocate)
A2Z Educational Advocates

881 Alma Real
Suite 309
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone: 310.573.1430
Fax: 310.573.1425
Email: inquiry@a2zedad.com
Website:a2zedad.com
Areas of Practice:
Special Education Law. We represent children with disabilities seeking a free appropriate public education.
Geographical Areas:
Los Angeles, California

We accept private pay and district funded clients. Expert testimony and consultation available for Due Process, Superior Court, civil cases, and Fair Hearings.

 

JANE WHITNEY (Advocate)
Whitney Consultants

1744 Fire Mountain Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone: 760-205-1409
Fax: 760-888-0448
Email: janewhitney2@me.com
Areas of Practice:
I have been an Education Consultant and Advocate in San Diego County since 2000. I provide parent support and representation at IFSP, IEP, 504 and SST meetings. I foster and create working relationships between families and school districts based on the fundamentals and intentions of Special Education Law (IDEA/504) and individual child need. I worked with San Diego Regional Center for 9 years where I specialized in Early Childhood transitions, assessments and least restrictive environment.
Geographical Areas:
San Diego and Orange County. I'll also provide Skype consultations for clients out of the area or country.


FRANK ZANKICH (Attorney)
Law Office of L. Frank Zankich

2815 Calmgarden Rd
Acton, CA 93510

Phone: 661.269.2928
Cell: 661.492.7619
Fax: 310.775.4148
Email:zankichlaw@aol.com
Website: Zankichlaw.com
Areas of Practice:
Free Services for Parents - Due Process and Compliance Complaints in Los Angeles; Orange and Ventura Counties
Geographical Areas:
Los Angeles; Orange and Ventura Counties


 
     
 

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