Howard J. Fulfrost

Howard J. Fulfrost is a partner in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Fulfrost is a recognized legal leader in special education and student-related matters, and in particular the legal obligations of local educational agencies to students with disabilities. Mr. Fulfrost has been an education attorney since graduating from law school. He has represented and advised school districts, county offices of education and special education local plan areas with regard to all aspects of special education law and practice. Whether assisting personnel to prepare for a difficult IEP team meeting or providing one-on-one coaching to a new special education administrator, Mr. Fulfrost enjoys proactively collaborating with school districts. A popular presenter, Mr. Fulfrost is invited to speak throughout the country on a variety of special education legal topics.  Prior to private practice, Mr. Fulfrost was employed as staff counsel for the Division of Special Education at Los Angeles Unified School District. In that position, he represented the District in hundreds of due process cases and provided ongoing legal support to every level of District administration in all areas of special education law. 

Before earning his Juris Doctor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Mr. Fulfrost began his professional career in the New York City public school system where he coordinated a community-based program in two high schools. He holds a master's degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University. As an undergraduate, he was a student teacher in special education at the University of California, Los Angeles' Neuropsychiatric Institute (now Semel Institute) in-patient school. 

Mr. Fulfrost has served on the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights. Further, in addition to having written a number of published articles for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Mr. Fulfrost and his partner Jan Tomsky have co-authored LRP's IDEA Due Process Survival Guide:  A Step-by-Step Companion for Administrators and Attorneys.  The revised version of this seminal work is scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2019.  Mr. Fulfrost was named a Southern California Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and, during the summer of 2012, he was invited to participate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Universal Design for Learning Institute. 


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