Sarah L. Garcia
Sarah L. Garcia is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office and co-chair of the firm's Special Education Practice Group. Ms. Garcia specializes in Special Education and Student law.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Garcia worked as Special Counsel in the San Francisco area where she represented school districts in due process hearings, expulsion proceedings, special education mediations, and on-site OCR investigations. Her representation has included prevailing on behalf of school district clients as both Petitioner and Respondent before OAH and supporting those cases through successful appeals at the Ninth Circuit. Representative cases on which Ms. Garcia prevailed included issues related to least restrictive environment, the district's right to assess, deaf education, appropriateness of IEP goals, appropriateness of District assessments, behavior support, inclusion, requests for private schools and private services, and the appropriateness of related services offered including ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and assistive technology support.
Ms. Garcia has presented at the ACSA Special Education Symposium on a variety of topics including Deaf Education, Serving Students in the Least Restrictive Environment, and Language Access. Additionally, she was the keynote speaker for the first ever Stanislaus County Autism Conference.
Ms. Garcia received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Ms. Garcia graduated from the University of the Pacific with her Bachelor of Arts degree and her California Single Subject Teaching Credential.