Natalie Garnica is an associate in the firm's San Diego office, where she represents clients in Student Services and Special Education. Her practice focuses on providing guidance on a variety of special education matters covered by the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She also assists in preparing for IEP and manifestation determination meetings, as well as due process hearings and mediations.
Before joining F3, Ms. Garnica worked with the Office of the California Attorney General as a law clerk in the Consumer Law Section of the Public Rights Division in San Diego, as well as a legal extern in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section of Public Rights Division in Los Angeles.
During law school Ms. Garnica was awarded "Best Advocate" by judges in the third round of oral arguments in the 2016-17 National Environmental Moot Court and volunteered with the Public Interest Law Foundation.
Ms. Garnica earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with a concentration in public interest law and holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In her free time, Ms. Garnica enjoys horseback riding and volunteers with Canter California, an organization that retrains and rehabilitates ex-racehorses to ready them for adoption. Other pastimes include refinishing furniture and hiking. She is a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and the San Diego Lawyers Club.