Special education is a significant part of Parker & Covert LLP’s legal services and became one of the cornerstones of our law practice soon after our founding in 1978. Our special education attorneys represent clients at the administrative, trial court, and appellate levels in both federal and state venues throughout Southern California. We appear in mediation and settlement proceedings and help clients respond to investigations by federal and state regulatory agencies, such as the United States Office for Civil Rights and the California Department of Education. Our special education attorneys have served in and represented clients before numerous federal, state, and local agencies using their experience to help clients analyze and understand the practical impact of laws, rules, and regulations on their agencies and activities.
Our special education attorneys work closely with district administrators and staff to reduce the exposure to litigation, providing in-service training, opinion letters, and an informative newsletter. However, when it is necessary to protect the client’s interest in a suit, we bring to the case formidable litigators who have a wealth of experience in legal representation and public education administration. Our representation of school districts encompasses compliance issues, IEP meetings, due process mediations and hearings, as well as trials and appeals in state and federal courts.
Our special education attorneys provide advice regarding the provision of a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”), eligibility, related services, and placement. In addition, where issues involving student discipline cross over into the area of special education, our special education attorneys provide advice on procedural matters, such as a manifestation determination, or assist the district by presenting cases, advising administrative hearing panels and boards, and defending school administrators in court.