SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW

OUR PRACTICE

 

Lynn Hansen is a passionate and dedicated advocate for special needs children and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California.


​The special education Law Office of M. Lynn Hansen is a full-service law firm in Oakland, California, helping students and parents across northern California navigate IEPs, mediations, 504 meetings, due process hearings, and representation needs for a wide variety of education and special education issues.  Our firm has served the legal needs of students and parents for almost 16 years.

Ms. Hansen has extensive experience representing children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA):

 

  • Autism

  • Asperger's Syndrome

  • Down Sydrome

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Dyslexia

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Speech or Language Impairment 


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SPECIAL EDUCATION ATTORNEY


Oakland based special education attorney, M. Lynn Hansen, is a passionate and dedicated advocate for special needs children and their families in the San Francisco Bay area and throughout northern California.  Ms. Hansen has spent the last 16 years helping parents with special needs children to achieve and access the most appropriate educational placement and related services necessary for their child’s educational advancement.

The Law Office of M. Lynn Hansen serves special needs children throughout the five counties surrounding the Bay Area: Alameda, San Francisco, Sonoma, Solano, and Contra Costa.


Ms. Hansen is an experienced special education attorney with an exclusive focus on the legal rights and needs of special education students and their families.  She is able to balance the educational, financial and emotional needs of her clients with a legal representation that is fine tuned to meet the very unique needs of each of her clients.  Ms. Hansen strives to assertively represent each individual child in order to see to it that each child receives every appropriate and necessary benefit that special education law is required to provide.


EXPERIENCE


Prior to becoming an attorney Ms. Hansen was a marriage and family counselor for the Family Court Services.  While there, she conducted assessments of children and families and made recommendations to the superior court.  It seemed a simple jump from working with those children to working with children with special needs.

For approximately 10 years. Ms. Hansen was employed as a Special Education Mediator/Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for both the Special Education Hearing Office (SEHO) and the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).  

While working as a Mediator/ALJ, Ms. Hansen came to the belief that special needs children didn’t have the clout or representation that districts were afforded both in resources and in adjudication. In 2008 she began representing parents with special needs children in their efforts to achieve and access the most appropriate educational placement and services necessary for their child’s educational advancement.

Ms. Hansen has a B.A. from Fresno State University and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University. She received her J.D. from San Francisco Law School and is licensed to practice law in all courts in the state of California.

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