Jonathan P. Read

Jonathan P. Read is a founding partner in the San Diego area office. His practice focuses on student-related and special education law. A highly respected attorney with an outstanding reputation for building legally compliant, student-focused programs, Mr. Read has successfully delivered comprehensive special education training throughout the state. As a member of the firm's Management Committee, he provides oversight and direction for the firm's operations.

Mr. Read represents school districts and other educational agencies in all facets of due process and disciplinary proceedings under the IDEA and Section 504. He has developed a specific emphasis on representing school districts at highly contentions IEP team meetings and in matters involving English language learners. Mr. Read co-authored a book entitled ELLs With Disabilities: A Guide to Leading Assessment and Intervention, which is published by LRP Publications.

A popular speaker, Mr. Read is frequently requested to present before the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association, the California Council of School Attorneys. His article entitled "Access to Achievement: The Changing Landscape of FAPE" appeared in the Summer/Fall issue of Urban Perspectives (Vol. 15, No. 2). From 2008-2009, Mr. Read was a member of the Special Education Advisory Panel for the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Mr. Read serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, in which he represented the National School Boards Association as amici curae in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

Mr. Read's professional career began as a one-to-one aide for severely disabled students in the San Diego Unified School District. He subsequently taught elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He received a B.A. in music and a multi-subject teaching credential from the University of California, San Diego. 

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