With a focus on school finance, we specialize in education law, including Proposition 98, the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control and Accountability Plans, school bonds, and early education.
Our attorneys have unparalleled experience advising on all aspects of the state budget process as it pertains to education funding, and provide our state and local education clients with expert litigation services, as well as drafting legislation and supporting and defending ballot measures. Additionally, we advise education clients on all aspects of participation in the political process, including campaign reporting requirements and lobbying.
Representative Highlights+Results described below were dependent on the facts of that particular case. Prior results do not guarantee or predict similar outcomes.
Alameda County Superior Court, No. RG14727139 (2015)
Successfully defended the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction against a preliminary injunction motion alleging constitutional inadequacies in instructional time.
53 Cal. 4th 231 (2011)
Filed amicus curiae brief on behalf of the California Teachers Association in support of the State’s efforts to restructure California’s redevelopment agencies and provide additional funding for California’s public schools.
No. C060957, 2010 WL 1692760 (Cal. App. 2010)
Represented the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction in a successful challenge to the State Board of Education's effort to force schools to comply with an unfunded mandate that all eighth graders take Algebra I.
Sacramento County Superior Court, Case No. 05CS01165 (2006)
Represented the California Teachers Association and the Superintendent of Public Instruction in a successful challenge to efforts to reduce education funding far below the amount agreed upon in the 2004-05 budget compromise. Recovered $3 billion in Proposition 98 funding for schools.
The Preschool for All Initiative (2006)
Drafted initiative that would have guaranteed California children free, universal access to a quality preschool education, and represented the ballot measure committee supporting the passage of the measure.
75 Cal. App. 4th 1125 (1999)
The California Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of California's Charter Schools Act of 1992, as urged by the firm's client, the California Charter Schools Association.
Sacramento County Superior Court, Case No. 373415 (1996)
The firm was lead counsel for a coalition of education groups and the Superintendent of Public Instruction in a challenge to education funding components of the 1992-93 budget compromise. The coalition won at the trial court and ultimately negotiated a settlement that restored $2 billion in school funding.
Represented the City of Watsonville in this administrative proceeding before the State Board of Education, successfully opposing an attempt by an affluent portion of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District to split off from the generally less affluent remainder of the District.
Orange County Superior Court, Case No. 686300 (1992)
In this sequel to Serrano v. Priest, the seminal case requiring equal per pupil funding in California, the firm successfully defended the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction's compliance with the court's mandate in Serrano.
5 Cal. App. 4th 1513 (1992)
Represented the California Teachers Association in the first appellate court decision addressing the implementation of legislation implementing the Constitution's minimum funding guarantee for K-14 education.
200 Cal. App. 3d 897 (1986)
Represented the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction in trial and appellate court litigation upholding the State's compliance with the Supreme Court's order to equalize school funding throughout the State.