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Gabrielle Ortiz represents California school districts and county offices of education in special education law and student disability matters. Ms. Ortiz provides interpretation and assessment of issues arising under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She handles IEP team meetings, resolution sessions, Section 504 meetings and other matters.
Ms. Ortiz received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Ball State University, where she majored in political science and minored in environmental management. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Ortiz interned with the Indiana House of Representatives, where she mediated between constituents and health organizations, Family and Social Services Administration, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. She is certified as a mediator under the Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA).
Ms. Ortiz received her Juris Doctor from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. She received the CALI Award (highest class grade) for Family Violence Clinic Protection Orders and Advanced Clinic Protection Orders. She also studied abroad in Rome, Italy with the Loyola University Chicago School of Law program. During law school, she clerked with the Orange County Alternate Public Defender’s Office, handling a variety of matters including pretrial motions, special jury instructions, and discovery.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Ortiz is an active contributor to the firm’s various newsletters and blog.