If you need help with your child's IEP or 504 plan, or if you have questions about the way the school district works, or why your child is not making progress, I can help.
In 2003, I began working for California's largest education law firm. As a school attorney, I worked in California and Georgia. After 9 years, I stopped representing public schools to help families: I opened my own firm to represent children with special needs. When you work with an attorney who has experience working on the "opposite side," there is an advantage to you. I understand how districts operate. I have an extensive knowledge of districts' legal, education, budget, policy, and procedural positions on many issues. This helps you because I understand why districts make certain decisions and how these decisions impact your child.
The Calbos Law Firm, LLC. - Atlanta, Georgia Sept. 2011 - present
Special Education Attorney – Students
Provide special education legal advice and litigation services to students with disabilities. Conduct due process hearings, represent families in mediations and resolution sessions. Prepare and file Office of Civil Rights and state Department of Education complaints. Conduct trainings and workshops for parents and advocates on all aspects of federal and state special education laws and best practices.
Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers, P.C. - Marietta, Georgia Oct. 2006 to Sept. 2011
Special Education Attorney - Districts
Provided special education legal advice and litigation services to Fulton, Cobb, and Clayton County School Districts. Litigated due process hearings. Managed special education files and represent districts in mediations and resolution sessions. Investigated and defended Office of Civil Rights and state Department of Education complaints against school districts. Drafted, reviewed and amended school district policies and procedures. Conducted trainings and in-service workshops to districts on all aspects of federal and state special education laws.
The Weatherly Law Firm - Atlanta, Georgia June 2004 – Oct. 2006
Special Education Attorney –Districts
Litigated special education cases throughout the southeast and California. Conducted discovery, prepared lay and expert witnesses. Represented clients in due process mediations, resolution sessions, due process hearings, and federal court litigation.
Lozano Smith - Santa Monica, California Feb. 2003 - May 2004
Special Education Attorney – Districts
Represented southern California school districts and public educational agencies in special education litigation and consultation, including mediations, due process hearings, and federal court litigation. Investigated and defended agency complaints. Provided legal assistance, training, and in-services on federal, state, and local special education statutes, regulations, policies and procedures.
Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley - Los Angeles, California Jan. 2001 – Jan. 2003
Conducted insurance defense litigation with an emphasis on premises liability, employment, and corporate litigation. Researched legal issues; drafted motions, oppositions, and briefs; prepared case analysis memos; prepared discovery plans and conducted/responded to discovery. Met and conferred with expert witnesses and investigators. Conducted and defended depositions; prepared case analysis letters and tender letters; represented clients at mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences.
Cobb County Solicitor General - Marietta, Georgia June 1999 – Nov. 1999
Assistant Solicitor General
Prosecuted misdemeanor crimes for State of Georgia. Conducted discovery through witness interviews and crime scene investigations; worked with victim-witness advocates; prepared trial strategy; conferred with senior prosecutors; conducted plea negotiations; researched, wrote, and argued motions; handled arraignments, traffic court calendars, and probation revocation hearings; conducted bench and jury trials.
Coweta County Solicitor General - Newnan, Georgia Sept. 1998 - June 1999
Assistant Solicitor General
Represented State of Georgia in prosecution of misdemeanor crimes. Responsible for case load of arraignments, probation revocation hearings, and trials before juries and the bench. Conducted discovery through witness interviews and crime scene investigations; worked with victim-witness advocate; prepared trial strategy; conducted plea bargain negotiations; researched, wrote, and argued motions and appeals.
General Electric Supply Company - Atlanta, Georgia July 1990 - Aug. 1993
Financial Services Account Representative
Managed $3.2 million receivables portfolio for five G.E. Supply sales offices of industrial electrical equipment. Advised sales associates on customer financial accounts, negotiated payment terms and credit, provided training while interfacing between customers and sales team.
Juris Doctor, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia - May 1997
Moot Court: 1996 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Southeast Region Champions
Southeast Region Best Brief
Southeast Region Best Individual Oralist
United States National Champions
Mock Trial: 1997 Association of Trial Lawyers of America - Student Competition
Southeast Region Co-championship Team
United States National Quarterfinalist Team
Prosecutorial Clinic: Gwinnett County
Solicitor General student prosecutor, 1996-1997
Lumpkin Inn of Court Member: Direct and Cross-Examination Team, 1996-1997
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
B.A., English Literature, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia - June 1990
Golden Key National Honor Society
Communiversity Volunteer: Adopt-A-Grandparent
Communiversity Volunteer: Adult Literacy Tutor
Delta Gamma Sorority: Pledge Class President, 1987-1988
WHO WE SERVE:
The law firm serves all of Georgia, including the following cities and counties: Acworth, Adel, Albany, Alpharetta, Americus, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Barnesville, Blue Ridge, Bishop, Bogart, Bowman, Braswell, Brookhaven, Canton, Cumming, College Park, Decatur, Duluth, Dunwoody, Eatonton, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Forest Park, Fort Valley, Franklin, Gainesville, Greensboro, Griffin, Hartwell, Hazelhurst, Hinesville, Jefferson, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, Kingsland, Lafayette, LaGrange, Lawrenceville, Mableton, Macon, Marietta, McDonough, Milledgville, Milton, Newnan, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Redan, Rincon, Richmond Hill, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Sandy Springs, Savannah, Smyrna, Snellville, St Marys, Stone Mountain, Stockbridge, Sugar Hill, Swainsboro, Suwanee, Tifton, Thomson, Union City, Valdosta, Villa Rica, Warner Robins, Watkinsville, and Woodstock.
The firm also serves all Georgia counties, including Baldwin County, Barrow County, Bibb County, Bartow County, Bryan County, Calhoun County, Carroll County, Chatham County, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Paulding County, Cobb County, Liberty County, Crisp County, , Pike County, McDuffie County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Elbert County, Fannin County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, Floyd County, Gilmer County, Greene County, Gwinnett County, Gordon County, Habersham County, Hall County, Hart County, Haralson County, Henry County, Hephzibah County, Houston County, Jackson County, Liberty County, Madison County, Meriwether County, Monroe County, Morgan County, Newton County, Oconee County, Oglethorpe County, Peach County, Polk County, Pulaski County, Putnam County, Rabun County, Rockdale County, Spalding County, Tift County, Twiggs County, Troup County, and Walton County.