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.

Mr. Read represents school districts and other educational agencies in all facets of due process and disciplinary proceedings.  He has developed a specific emphasis on representing school districts at highly contentious IEP team meetings and in cases involving interagency responsibility for IDEA compliance and English language learners.  Mr. Read has co-authored a book entitled ELLS With  Disabilities: A Guide to Leading Assessment and Intervention for LRP Publications.

In addition to student-related and special education matters, Mr. Read advises clients across facilities matters, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the acquisition of real property, including preparation of purchase and sales documents, due diligence review, financing, and close of escrow.

A popular speaker, Mr. Read is frequently requested to present before the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association, the California Counsel of School Attorneys and at national events sponsored by LRP.  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, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Read's professional career in education 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 both his bachelor's degree and multi-subject teaching credential from the University of California, San Diego.

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