Student Services & Special Education

One of the largest and most widely recognized special education practices in California – if not the nation

Recognized leaders in the field, our firm’s special education attorneys share a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding local education agency obligations to students with disabilities, including duties under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related California laws and regulations.  We have advised and represented school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas with regard to every aspect of special education law and practice – from IEP team meetings, mediations, and due process hearings to state compliance and OCR complaints.  Our special education attorneys also provide significant preventative legal services – including workshops and on-going legal counsel – in order to assist our clients in solving problems before they erupt into litigation and to allow them to focus on developing programs.

Our attorneys also have significant student-related legal expertise.  In addition to advising and representing school districts through every aspect of the student discipline process, our attorneys have advised and represented districts in state and federal constitutional cases (including cases regarding a student’s right to privacy, free speech issues, and search & seizure issues), inter-district attendance issues, student records issues, Student Attendance Review Board and other attendance issues, and the full array of student-related matters.  Our attorneys also have extensive experience writing and updating student and special education related board policies and administrative regulations addressing issues such as attendance boundaries, health and welfare, curriculum, constitutional rights and more.


Meet F3’s Student Services & Special Education Leadership Team

Anne M. Sherlock, Co-chair
Melanie Larzul, Co-chair

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