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San Diego
16870 West Bernardo Drive
Suite 330
San Diego, CA 92127

858-485-9412 fax


  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., University of San Francisco

Bar Admissions

  • 2015, California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of California

Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza


Practice Areas

Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza represents California school districts, county offices of education, and community colleges in education law.  Ms. Ruiz de Esparza provides assistance to education administrators on a variety of personnel and general education issues, including certificated and classified discipline and dismissal; Uniform Complaint investigations and responses; charter school matters; and defending employers against allegations of discrimination with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.   

Ms. Ruiz de Esparza is proficient in Spanish.

Ms. Ruiz de Esparza earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from the University of San Francisco and her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

As a law student, Ms. Ruiz de Esparza clerked with the firm’s education law practice group, and also interned with the San Diego Unified School District, Office of the General Counsel, where she assisted with collective bargaining, general education, and special education legal matters. 

Awards and Recognitions
USD School of Law Pro Bono Services Recognition (2015)
James A. D’Angelo Outstanding Child Advocate Award (2015)
San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Fund (2013)
Best Brief for Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court, American University (2013)
CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing (Spring 2012)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Ms. Ruiz de Esparza contributes to the firm’s education publications and EdLawConnect Blog, including:

  • AALRR Client Alert, “Geographic Restrictions Apply to Nonclassroom-Based Charters” (Oct. 19. 2016)
  • AALRR EdLawConnect Blog, “Judge Reinforces Local District Control and Flexibility in Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations” (Sept. 20, 2016)



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