We only represent Parents and Children. We never represent School Districts or Special Education Local Area Plans (SELPA’s).
Our fee schedule is variable based on your income. This allows us to serve clients from a wide variety of income ranges. The fees quoted below represent our annual retainer fee. For this fee, we will represent you and your child at IEP meetings, negotiate with the school district, correspond with school officials, request meetings, assessments, incident reports, school records and other matters related to your child’s special education needs. Should the need arise to request a due process hearing to litigate claims against the district this is covered by your annual fee as well. You will not be asked to pay any additional fee for our representation.
|Annual Income||Annual Nonrefundable Retainer Fee Charged Per Child Represented|
|Up to $75,000||$3,000|
|$75,001 to $150,000||$4,000|
|$150,000 and above||$5,000|
The Special Education Law Firm has a payment plan available for those parents who cannot immediately pay the full amount.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires the school district to pay the attorney fees to parents if the parents prevail in a dispute. However, until the hearing process begins, the school district has no obligation to pay attorneys fees, and then only if the parents “prevail.” If the parents prevail against the school district, only those attorney fees they incur after the due process complaint has been filed are subject to reimbursement by the district. The United States Supreme Court has recently ruled that the district is not obligated to reimburse the cost of expert witnesses.
We encourage you to call our office to discuss your child’s special education needs. There will be no charge for that call.
We provide services throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, and neighboring communities. Some of the school districts we have worked with include:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Alamitos Unified School District
Bellflower Unified School District
ABC Unified School District
Cypress School District
Downey Unified School District
Santa Ana Unified School District
Paramount Unified School District
Torrance Unified School District
Capistrano Unified School District
Saddleback Valley School District
Irvine Unified School District
Orange Unified School District
Garden Grove Unified School District
and many others.