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5075 Hopyard Road
Suite 210
Pleasanton, CA 94588

925-227-9202 fax


  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.A., Saint Mary's College of California

Bar Admissions

  • 2014, California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of California

Michael J. Cullen


Practice Areas


Michael Cullen’s practice focuses on special education, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and student issues. Mr. Cullen represents school districts at IEP team meetings, resolution sessions, due process hearings, Section 504 meetings, and expulsion hearings. His prior experience as an attorney includes working with Disability Rights California, where he assisted with special education matters and supported the rights of students with disabilities in higher education.

Before he came to AALRR, Mr. Cullen served as a field organizer with the Hillary for America campaign in Carson City, Nevada. In this role he was responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers on effective voter engagement strategies, educating supporters on the caucus system, and training volunteers to serve as precinct captains and manage voter outreach in their own neighborhoods. He also worked as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Little Rock, an organization devoted to helping at-risk students stay on track and graduate on time.


Mr. Cullen earned his Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary's College of California, and his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. While in law school, he was a Staff Member for the Northeastern University Law Journal (2013-2014), Director of Media & Communications for the Family and Juvenile Justice Society (2013-2014), and a Student Attorney with the Poverty Law & Practice Clinic (2013). He gained extensive legal experience through internships with the human rights firm Perseus Strategies in Washington D.C., Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.


State Bar of California


  • School District Day Care Center and Preschool Staff May Have to Abide by New Vaccination Requirements, AALRR EdLawConnect Blog (Feb. 2, 2017)
  • Specialized Instruction and Services for a General Education Student Amounted to Eligibility for Special Education and Related Services, AALRR Alert (Sept. 22, 2016) 
  • The NFL in Los Angeles? Eminent Domain and the Revitalization of Rule 4.3, Northeastern University Law Journal: Extra Legal (April 18, 2014)
  • White Paper on the Case of Leopoldo López v. Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Perseus Strategies (July 21, 2014)



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