Education Law

Educational institutions, like any public agency, are challenged to operate under applicable federal, state and local laws with scarce resources and support. They are set apart, though, from typical government organizations, having the charge to educate and nurture students while complying with strict regulations. From establishment through  day-to-day operations and growth, many of the issues they face require experienced and knowledgeable counsel to resolve.
 
Best Best & Krieger LLP provides comprehensive, cost-effective legal solutions for public and private K-12 schools, school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and universities, special education local plan areas and education foundations. We partner with our educational clients, listening carefully to the issues and working collaboratively to develop practical and legal options and solutions.
 
Whether it be advising on special education, student affairs,  charter schools issues, personnel or construction and facilities matters, BB&K’s Educational Law group is there to help.
 
Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Strategic Counsel
As a full-service firm, our educational clients benefit from our cross-disciplinary approach to service. Our education attorneys work closely with members of our highly regarded real estate, environmental, municipal and telecommunications practices. We regularly provide our clients with a wide variety of services, including:


We assist in drafting policies and procedures, offer customized training programs to help manage risk, and advocate our clients’ interests before governing bodies and in court. We stay current on the latest issues, trends and legal developments, analyzing their implications and strategizing with clients to resolve matters before legal problems ensue.

When litigation proves necessary or is the best course of action, BB&K lawyers vigorously represent clients at the state and federal levels, including in appellate courts. We also represent our school district clients in mediations and settlement conferences.
 
Industry Leaders
BB&K lawyers are active in many education-related professional organizations, including the Coalition of Adequate School Housing, California Association of School Business Officials, California Council of School Attorneys, the California and National school boards associations and the National Organization for Legal Problems in Education. Members of our team regularly present at conferences sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, the Small School District Association and other education-related organizations.

Priscilla W. Anderson

Priscilla W. Anderson

Paralegal*

(619) 525-1355

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Public Finance
Lauri A. Arrowsmith

Lauri A. Arrowsmith

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6564

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Public Finance | Special Education
John E. Brown

John E. Brown

Partner

(909) 483-6640

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Education Law | Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction
Jack B. Clarke

Jack B. Clarke

Partner

(951) 826-8233

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education
Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Partner

(619) 525-1328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Steven C. DeBaun

Steven C. DeBaun

Partner

(951) 826-8201

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Warren B. Diven

Warren B. Diven

Partner

(619) 525-1337

Areas of Focus: Fees, Taxes & Assessments | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Finance
Tyree K. Dorward

Tyree K. Dorward

Partner

(619) 525-1338

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Education Law | Public Contracts & Construction
James B. Gilpin

James B. Gilpin

Partner

(619) 525-1341

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Maria E. Gless

Maria E. Gless

Partner

(951) 826-8333

Areas of Focus: Education | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Dina Harris

Dina Harris

Partner

(619) 525-1340

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Cathy S. Holmes

Cathy S. Holmes

Partner

(951) 826-8218

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Kandice L. Kim

Kandice L. Kim

Associate

(949) 263-2613

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Dorothy R. McLaughlin

Dorothy R. McLaughlin

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8463

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Special Education
Epiphany Owen

Epiphany Owen

Partner

(949) 263-6589

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Education Law | Education Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Special Education | Student Affairs
Victor Ponto

Victor Ponto

Associate

(909) 483-6658

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Arlene Prater

Arlene Prater

Partner

(619) 525-1334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law
Joseph R. Sanchez

Joseph R. Sanchez

Partner

(619) 525-1372

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Mary K. Stracke

Mary K. Stracke

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation
Dianna Marie Valdez

Dianna Marie Valdez

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8252

Areas of Focus: Education | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Karen L. Van Dijk

Karen L. Van Dijk

Partner

(949) 263-6563

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Eminent Domain | Public Agency Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Christine N. Wood

Christine N. Wood

Associate

(213) 542-3861

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Education Law | Education Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
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Best in Law: Tips to Keep Client-Attorney Communications Confidential

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[WEBINAR] Update on the California Environmental Quality Act: What’s New for 2018

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New Laws Part II: 2018 Ushers in Changes to Land-Use, Development Laws

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Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

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Gov. Brown’s Executive Order Suspends Certain Retired Annuitant Employment Requirements

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A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know

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