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12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3333 fax

3880 Lemon Street
Suite 350
Riverside, CA 92501

951-683-1144 fax


  • Pepperdine University School of Law (2002)
  • University of Washington (B.A., Bachelor of Arts, 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California

Sundee M. Johnson


Practice Areas

Sundee Johnson is a partner in the Cerritos, Irvine and San Diego offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.  Ms. Johnson represents California school and community college districts in education law, including disability accommodation, special education, student discipline, and charter school matters.  She also handles and/or litigates special education due process hearings, Section 504 complaints, CDE compliance complaints, and discrimination claims.  In addition, Ms. Johnson conducts investigations into allegations of discrimination and misconduct.

Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Washington and her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Awards and Recognitions
Every year from 2009 to 2013, Los Angeles Magazine named Ms. Johnson a "Southern California Rising Star," an honor given to only 2.5 percent of the lawyers practicing in the state and based on independent research and peer assessment and appraisal.  The recognition honors exceptional Southern California attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

In 2013 and 2014, Super Lawyers, a national attorney rating service, recognized Ms. Johnson as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California,” based on a poll of selected Southern California lawyers.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Johnson is an active contributor to the firm’s various newsletters and publications.

Ms. Johnson frequently gives presentations on a wide range of issues affecting California public schools and community college districts.  She also conducts training workshops for Special Education professionals and other school district administrators, as well as Disabled Student Programs and Services professionals and community college district administrators.




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