Diane Marshall-Freeman is
a partner with the firm, serving clients from both the Sacramento and Fresno
offices. With over 25 years of legal
experience, Ms. Marshall-Freeman is a highly skilled practitioner with an
extensive background across all areas of general and special education law. She
serves as general counsel to the California Interscholastic Federation
(CIF) as well as Chair of the firm's Higher Education Practice Group.
Ms. Marshall-Freeman provides counsel in compliance matters relating to Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); student disciplinary actions including expulsions and appeals; discrimination including Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Education complaints; interscholastic athletics and Title IX matters; and personnel-related matters including teacher dismissals, classified and certificated employee issues and discrimination and harassment claims.
A skilled litigator, Ms. Marshall-Freeman has successfully argued cases at the federal and state levels. As general counsel to CIF, she has appeared in state courts on matters involving student athletic eligibility, qualifications for Section and State championships, and CIF jurisdiction. Ms. Marshall-Freeman is the Vice Chair of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA), as well as a past President of the California Council of School Attorneys.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Marshall-Freeman served as Assistant General Counsel in San Juan Unified School District for 11 years, and was the Director of Labor Relations for Universal Studios Hollywood.
A popular speaker on
education and student athletics topics, Ms. Marshall-Freeman is often a
featured panelist and presenter at state and national education
conferences. Additionally, she works closely with the California
Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, (CAAASA),
and in this role she helped create the "Education For All" photography
award, which is available to public high school seniors statewide. Ms. Marshall-Freeman received her Juris
Doctor and her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los
Angeles. Ms. Marshall-Freeman has served on the board for the Omega Boys
Club of San Francisco.
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Sacramento, California 95814
7108 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720