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MANDY LEIGH, Esq.
Mandy Leigh, Esq.,
Masters in Education Law (MEL)
Mandy Leigh is a partner at the Leigh Law Group. She handles cases in education law, special education law, expulsions and suspensions of students and employment and labor law matters
Mandy heads litigation in special education administrative due process hearings, the firm's law and motion practice in state and federal court and has appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of children with disabilities. She has obtained important published opinions and has obtained favorable settlement outcomes for her clients.
As an attorney advocate on behalf of public school teachers and non-certificated staff, Mandy represents educators in all areas as it pertains to their employment.
During several of the reduction in force hearings, Mandy’s skills have been instrumental in the rescission of several teacher layoff notices. She also has experience in representing teachers who have received non-reelection notices. Mandy has worked with educators in and outside of the union context including representing clients in cases involving retaliation claims, collective bargaining issues, retirement issues, wrongful termination claims and disability discrimination claims. Mandy continues to represent teachers, paraprofessionals and other regularly assigned special education staff who attempt to bring special education claims against school districts or non-public agencies on behalf of their students.
As an advisor and counselor, Mandy assists individuals navigate through the maze of laws that impact them in the workplace. Mandy’s skills are most notable in assisting clients determine whether their rights have been violated due to discrimination, at-will and contractual employment issue and wrongful termination. She has assisted clients in negotiating settlements due to unlawful conduct in the private workplace and has provided guidance to clients on the best solutions for negotiating severance packages.
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND EDUCATION LAW:
In the area of special education representation on behalf of children, Mandy worked as an investigator for the New Hampshire State Department of Education Special Education Bureau investigating violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. As an investigator, Mandy produced written detailed findings of fact and law to the New Hampshire State Department of Education used to determine what remedy, if any, would be available to the parent whose child was the subject of a school district’s failure to follow state or federal special education laws. Though her clients appreciate that she uses her strong negotiating skills to facilitate informal resolution, Mandy’s experience is equally effective during the resolution process, mediation process, filing complaints with the State Department of Education and litigation before the Office of Administrative Hearings and federal court. Mandy also works on behalf of individuals impacted in institutions of higher education and with general education k-12 issues such as expulsion, CIF sports appeals and discrimination
B.S., Telecommunication, April, 1993
University of Florida
J.D., May, 2002, Nova Southeastern
University’s Shepard Broad Law Center
Masters of Education Law, December 2003
Franklin Pierce Law School
Supreme Court of California (2003);
United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2003);
United States District Court – Northern California (2003);
United States District Court– Eastern California (2003).
California State Bar (2003).
The Leigh Law Group, located in San Francisco, represents people nationwide and throughout the state of California including the East Bay and the South Bay, including Oakland, San Mateo, Los Angeles County, Orange County, County of San Diego, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont, Modesto, Stockton, Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Concord, Antioch, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego Counties and Sacramento; and in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County, Monterey County, Santa Clara County, Napa County, Sonoma County, San Mateo County and Solano County.