SPECIAL EDUCATION / SECTION 504

Attorneys of the Firm have represented school districts in hundreds of ARD and 504 meetings, as well as hundreds of special education due process hearings. Our attorneys have defended school districts in matters of student discrimination and harassment complaints filed with or pursued by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ). Additionally, the Firm has experience successfully litigating IDEA, Section 504, and disability-related claims before Special Education Hearings Examiners and before federal courts.

We work with our clients to develop appropriate educational remedies to meet state and federal legal requirements.  Where litigation is unavoidable, our attorneys are skilled and experienced in achieving a successful outcome in court and preserving that outcome on appeal. Hans Graff and John Janssen, J.D., Ph.D, both served as in-house counsel to large public school districts where they handled due process litigation in hundreds of cases.  Sara Leon, Hans Graff, John Janssen J.D., Ph.D, and Michelle Alcala have successfully litigated disability-related claims before state hearing officers, federal courts, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Firm is further qualified to provide guidance on compliance with Section 504 and Title II of the ADA, especially with respect to non-discrimination, program accessibility, and facility access issues.