Melanie Larzul

Melanie D. Larzul is a partner in the firm's Oakland office and co-chair of the firm's Student Services & Special Education Practice Group. Ms. Larzul's practice touches upon myriad legal issues relating to students and special education. She advises school districts, county offices of education and special education local plan areas statewide regarding all aspects of special education law.  In addition to regularly participating in IEP meetings, Ms. Larzul has represented clients before the Office of Administrative Hearings, the California Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights. Moreover, Ms. Larzul frequently provides counsel in student expulsion hearings.

Ms. Larzul is especially interested in the topics of student discipline and foster and homeless youth issues. She has presented at numerous conferences, such as the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance. Ms. Larzul has also co-authored a publication on serving preschool-age children with disabilities. A member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, Ms. Larzul successfully litigated an important stay put issue in federal district court, resulting in a settlement favorable to the firm's clients. 

As an active member of F3's eMatters Practice Group, Ms. Larzul 's practice is informed by the advantages and challenges presented by technology in the 21st education environment.

Ms. Larzul received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of San Diego in 2009 and is a member of the Order of the Coif.  While in law school, she gained valuable experience in the area of special education law working as a summer intern at the firm’s Oakland office and at her law school’s special education clinic.  She also handled a variety of labor and employment issues as an intern with San Diego Unified School District’s Legal Services Office.  Additionally, Ms. Larzul externed for the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Prior to law school, Ms. Larzul received her bachelor's degrees in Political Science and French, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and worked as an English teaching assistant in France.

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