Julie Coate is an associate in the firm's Los Angeles office. Ms. Coate's practice focuses primarily on student and special education matters, and she advises school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas with regard to student issues across all facets of special education law, including duties under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and related California laws and regulations.
Ms. Coate has counseled districts in a variety of forums including due process hearings and mediations before the Office of Administrative Hearings, IEP team meetings, as well as compliance complaints before the California Department of Education and the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Coate worked as an attorney representing the County of Los Angeles in its workers compensation actions. She was responsible for managing litigation and representing the County’s interests in numerous hearings, mediations, and settlement conferences.
Ms. Coate received her Juris Doctor from the Southwestern University School of Law, and earned an undergraduate degree in Theology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Julie was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993. She holds both a visually impaired, special education teaching credential and an administrative credential. Ms. Coate earned her teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles, and her administrative credential from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.