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Attorneys’ Profiles

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Our President Damian R. Fragoso, Esq.

Attorney Damian R. Fragoso has been committed to helping families in crisis throughout his legal career. Hailing from the city of Delano, CA in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, he attended Occidental College in Los Angeles on a President’s Scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Politics. Damian earned his law degree at Southwestern University of Law in Los Angeles while working full time. Damian’s work during law school included a position with a Federal grant project providing tutoring for inner city youth and clerking with a consumer rights law firm supporting nationwide class action and mass tort litigation.

Upon passing the California Bar Exam in 2008 and becoming licensed to practice law, Damian began his own practice, one focused on helping clients dealing with difficult life challenges. Damian’s primary area of practice was in family law, litigating numerous paternity, custody and visitation, child support, and dissolution of marriage cases in California Superior Court throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties. Damian has also represented clients in foreclosure defense, domestic violence restraining order, and minor criminal defense matters.

The philosophy that every person, no matter his or her position or status, deserves a learned advocate when facing adversity is a guiding principle in Damian’s approach to the practice of law. Damian joined the Special Education Law Firm in October of 2015 and became President of the Firm in July 2016.

He looks forward to the opportunity to assist families and students with special needs in exercising their rights under the law and fulfilling the promise to them of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Firm’s motto is “Advocates for Parents and Children.”

 

Associate Attorneys And Advocates

Attorney Adriana F. Nusbickel

Adriana Nusbickel received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Spanish. At the University of Portland, she participated in Mock Trial and won a regional award for her advocacy.

Adriana received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, graduating cum laude. While attending law school, she further developed her oral advocacy competing in Moot Court and working as a teaching assistant for her school’s Moot Court Department. Additionally, Adriana externed as a Certified Law Clerk, making court appearances on behalf of government agencies in both state and federal court. VanessaFoundersProfile[1] During her time in law school, Adriana also worked for Bay Area Legal Aid, where she assisted low-income individuals and families in appealing unlawful terminations of public benefits.

Adriana began working with Special Education Law Firm in October 2015.

She is passionate about advocating for children with special needs and ensuring that their educational needs are met.

 

Attorney Jessica M. Villegas

Jessica Villegas earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, where she majored in Liberal Studies, concurrently earning her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Jessica has had a passion for serving children from a young age. During her undergraduate studies, Jessica worked with children in low income schools in an effort to close the achievement gap between less advantaged students and their greater advantaged peers. Jessica has taught at the elementary school level and the middle school level, where she attended IEP meetings as a general education teacher.

Jessica firmly believes that all children deserve a meaningful education and positive school experience. After observing firsthand the injustice to which children can be subjected when it comes to learning, Jessica was compelled to stand up for students and hold schools accountable.VanessaFoundersProfile[1] Jessica attended Whitter Law School, where she earned her J.D. as an evening student while teaching full-time. While in law school, Jessica continued her advocacy for special needs students, working in the Special Education Clinic at Whittier Law School and as an extern with Special Education Law Firm. Jessica had a pleasant and valuable experience during her time as an extern at Special Education Law Firm and is honored and delighted to return to the firm.

Jessica is adamant about making sure that the needs of children are put first. Jessica understands the importance of education and works diligently and passionately toward achieving the results parents want for their children so that all children receive the education they deserve.

Jessica started working with Special Education Law Firm in September 2015.

 

Attorney Hiromi I. Parks

Hiromi Parks received her bachelor’s degree from Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, where she majored in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in International Studies. After working in a non-profit organization for six years, Hiromi went back to school and received her J.D. from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law.

VanessaFoundersProfile[1] Hiromi developed her passion for public interest work during her study abroad in Chile, where she volunteered to teach English at a low income high school and hosted basic computation classes for senior citizens with limited resources. While in law school, she interned at Human Rights Project assisting asylum seekers and volunteered through OneJustice at immigration clinics that provided assistance to those with limited resources.

Hiromi started working with the Special Education Law Firm in July 2016. With a strong belief that education is important in every child’s growth, she looks forward to the opportunity to assist families to ensure that their child receives the educational resources that he or she deserves.

 

Attorney Sarah A. Spacht

Sarah A. Spacht received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Environmental Studies and Law and Society. She received her J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law.

VanessaFoundersProfile[1] While in law school, Sarah honed her advocacy skills by competing for the Moot Court Team. She was also an active member of FSU’s Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, Business Review, and Environmental Law Society. She enjoyed serving as a Student Ambassador and introducing prospective students to the College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah assisted low-income litigants with family law matters and eviction defense.

Sarah started working with the Special Education Law Firm in July 2015.

She is proud to represent children with special needs and is eager to ensure that they receive the educational resources that they need and deserve.

 

 

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