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David German

David German

Special Education, Due Process, School Discipline, Abuse & Injury at School
  • Education Law
  • California
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I send clients to David when I think they have difficult legal issues. I send clients to David when I think they need extra support and care. I haven't come across a case I didn't think David and his firm could handle.
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Diana S. June 22, 2022
A Very "Special" Special Needs Attorney! We were not happy with our former attorney and the settlement they negotiated on our behalf. We researched other special needs attorneys and based on the reviews we saw called David German. From the first meeting phone call, we noticed a vast difference in professionalism, knowledge, and courteousness to us as clients. David was responsive, open-minded, flexible, and diligent. He negotiated a settlement that was much higher and covered more academic years than the first settlement offered by the school district. David is hands down the best special needs attorney in the area, based on our experience, and we recommend him without reservation and with the highest regard.
Gayane M. June 11, 2022
The best lawyer ever ! We are very lucky to have David German as our lawyer . He understands and supports the unique needs of his clients . He has been our lawyer throughout all these years and we never had to regret . David always gets what is the best for his clients . We will continue using his services as long as it requires .
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My firm, Vanaman German LLP, focuses exclusively on special education, disability discrimination, and cases involving the injury or abuse of students with disabilities. We specialize in special education litigation from IEP representation through due process hearings and into federal court.

Our areas of expertise include:

Special Education

We offer the full range of special education representation, from IEP advocacy to due process to federal court litigation. Our attorneys combine their deep knowledge of the substance and procedure of special education law with an understanding of education, assessment, and how school district's function, to ensure that our clients are provided with an education truly tailored to meet their individual needs.

Injury and Abuse at School

When our children are at school, the adults who are there to teach and care for them assume a duty to keep them safe. When a child is injured due to the negligence or neglect of school personnel, or when an adult abuses a child, the physical and emotional harm to the entire family can be catastrophic. We have attorneys with extensive experience holding school districts and individuals accountable for causing injuries to children.

Disability Discrimination

Students with disabilities have a right to the same safe access to services, programs, and activities available to their non-disabled peers. They are entitled to receive the accommodations they need to participate fully in all school activities. We will fight with you to stop your child from being subjected to bullying, harassment, unnecessary segregation, or denial of equal access to school programs.

Practice Area
    Education Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Special Education
  • Injury at School
  • Abuse of Students
  • Due Process Mediations and Hearings
  • School Discipline
  • Bullying
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Equal Access to Public Education Programs
  • Manifestation Determination Meetings
  • IEP Meetings
  • Expulsion
  • Expulsion Hearings
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • GoToMeeting
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 252394
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Co-Managing Partner
Vanaman German LLP
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Newman Aaronson Vanaman LLP
Lecturer in Law, Special Education Clinic
UCLA School of Law
Pro Se Habeas Clerk
Central District Of California, Los Angeles, California
Judicial Extern to Judge Margaret Morrow
Central District Of California, Los Angeles, California
Judicial Extern to Judge Stephen Reinhardt
Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals
University of Southern California
Ph.D. (2009) | Ethics
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University of Southern California Gould School of Law
J.D. (2006) | Law
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University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1997) | Philosophy
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AV Preeminent Peer Rating
Client's Choice Award
10.0 Superb Rating
Top 100 Verdicts in America - 2022
National Law Journal
13th Biggest Verdict in California (2022)
Top Verdict
Client Champion - GOLD
Student of the Year Award
University of Southern California Public Interest Law Foundation
Edward and Eleanor Shattuck Award
University of Southern California Law School
Professional Associations
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
- Current
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California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy
- Current
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State Bar of California
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Articles & Publications
IEPs and 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide
National Business Institute
Doctoral Dissertation: Cause and consequence: confronting ethical challenges in models of morally informed legal practice
University of Southern California
Speaking Engagements
Addressing Learning Loss Through the IEP Process, State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Mediation and Litigation to Obtain Inclusive Education, TASH Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Handling IEP and 504 Plan Disputes, IEPs and 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide
504 Plan Reviews and Reevaluations: Legal Best Practices, IEPs and 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide
Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs): Ensuring Best Practices, IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop Training Seminar, National Business Institute
Websites & Blogs
Vanaman German LLP Website
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Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. Are there ever exceptions to EDC 49066? does a teacher always have to be present in all discussion relating to the grade
A: Although a teacher must be given an opportunity to offer comment and evidence in support of their grade, the actual grade appeal process often proceeds completely through written submissions. It isn't necessarily the case that you will have to present your side of the story in a face-to-face setting, especially during later stages of the grade appeal process. That said, school districts do have discretion with respect to the resolution process which they set up for grade appeals, so you'll have to consult the school board policies and student handbook.
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Vanaman German LLP
14001 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Telephone: (818) 990-7722 Ext. 255
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Weekend and Evening Appointments Available
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