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12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3333 fax


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of California (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California

Karen E. Gilyard


Practice Areas

Karen Gilyard is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.  She represents California school districts and community college districts in education law and labor relations.  Ms. Gilyard provides interpretation and assessment of issues arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Educational Employment Relations Act.  She also provides litigation services for special education due process hearings, Section 504 complaints, public sector unfair practice charges, and discrimination claims.  Ms. Gilyard acts as a district negotiator and specializes in employment discrimination, student discipline, special education, and condemnation actions.

Ms. Gilyard received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Gilyard has presented workshops and conferences for school administrators, teachers, and staff, educational agencies, and school board members on such topics as collective bargaining, Section 504, student discipline, and special education. 

She has co-authored numerous summaries of recent statutes and court and administrative decisions relating to education and labor issues.  She is a frequent contributor to the firm’s school law publications.




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