David Salazar is an associate in the Firm's Los Angeles office where he practices in the areas of Student Services & Special Education and Litigation. He focuses on providing guidance on complying with provisions of the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as assisting clients in preparing for IEP meetings and manifestation determinations. He also represents clients in due process hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and on appeal.
Mr. Salazar started his legal career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he practiced at a large, regional civil defense firm. There, he handled matters ranging from products liability to complex commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Salazar successfully handled several high profile matters involving both private and public schools in the areas of civil rights, student safety, and mandatory reporting obligations.
While in law school, Mr. Salazar spent his summers representing indigent defendants who had been sentenced to death in federal habeas corpus and post-conviction relief proceedings. Mr. Salazar also represented migrant farmworkers in wage theft and other civil matters. Mr. Salazar earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law and holds a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
He is admitted to practice in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.