Yonit Kovnator is an associate in Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost's Los Angeles office. As a school law attorney, Ms. Kovnator dedicates her legal skills to help serve California's public schools. She represents school districts statewide in all facets of special education law, including due process pleadings, mediations, settlement, and hearings before administrative law judges. In addition to representing districts at highly complex IEP meetings, Ms. Kovnator researches and assesses client liability regarding multiple topics, including issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She also frequently assists districts with student disciplinary matters, including manifestation determination and expulsion proceedings.
As an active member of the firm's eMatters Practice Group, Ms. Kovnator is especially interested in First and Fourth Amendment issues relating to student and employee uses of both personal and district-owned technology and cyber conduct. Ms. Kovnator's practice extends into litigation, and she regularly assists with all steps of the discovery process, including interrogatories, requests for production and requests for admissions.
Ms. Kovnator earned her Juris Doctor from the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with honors, in 2010. While studying for her J.D., she externed for the Public Employment Relations Board, investigating and examining facts concerning unfair practice charges of public employees, an experience that informs her practice today. Ms. Kovnator received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego in Psychology, with a minor in Human Development, in 2005.