Siobhan H. Cullen

Siobhan H. Cullen is an associate at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, working from the firm's Los Angeles office.  Ms. Cullen advises school districts and county offices of education statewide with respect to all facets of student discipline and special education law, with a focus on education-based outcomes.  She regularly provides counsel on issues related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and compliance with both the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  In addition to representing districts at IEP meetings, resolution sessions and in mediation, Ms. Cullen provides counsel on issues as diverse as First Amendment and dress code matters, mandated reporting concerns, bullying and student expulsion. 

Additionally, Ms. Cullen works on claims stemming from employment disputes, including classified and certificated disciplinary proceedings and layoffs, healthcare benefits and retirement quandaries.  A seasoned litigator, Ms. Cullen has successfully represented school districts, municipalities and law enforcement agencies in federal and state court, administrative and personnel commission hearings, mediations and arbitrations.  A popular speaker, Ms. Cullen has presented to public agencies throughout Southern California on topics including Special Education Administration, Mandated Reporter Training, Employee Discipline and Management and Health Care Reform. 

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Cullen taught middle school English, ESL and gifted education.  Ms. Cullen received her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University in 2007, where she was a member of the Special Education Clinic and received scholarships to complete public interest work.  In this endeavor, she clerked for several non-profit agencies serving children in the greater Los Angeles Area. 

Ms. Cullen received her master's degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.  She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Cornell University.

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