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Susan Winkelman


Susan represents public school districts in a variety of areas. Her practice focuses on representing school districts in special education, labor and employment, and student matters. Susan provides general counsel and advice regarding compliance with state and federal education laws, including issues related to students with disabilities, employee and student discipline, privacy, nondiscrimination, and records requests. Susan also represents school districts in administrative proceedings and other forms of dispute resolution.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Susan was a first grade teacher for the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, California. Outside of work, Susan enjoys running, snowboarding, boating, and spending time with friends and family.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington
  • California
  • Supreme Court of the State of Washington
  • Supreme Court of the State of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California


  • Stanford University, B.A.
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. (Dean’s Scholarship; CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in: Employment Discrimination; Scientific Evidence; Best Oral Advocate Award)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • “OCR Complaints and Title IX Compliance,” Washington Schools Personnel Association
  • “IEP Team Meetings and Avoiding Common Pitfalls,” Fallbrook Union Elementary School District
  • “Restraint, Seclusion, and Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities,” Fallbrook Union Elementary School District
  • “Investigating and Responding to Employee Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Complaints,” Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • “Sexual Harassment Training,” Carlsbad Unified School District


  • “Ninth Circuit Holds that School District may Prohibit Teacher from Displaying Religious Banners in the Classroom,” Newsflash, September 2011
  • “New ADA Regulations Broaden the Scope of Qualifying Disabilities,” Newsflash, June 2011
  • “Damages May be Awarded if School District Violates Section 504 with Deliberate Indifference,” Newsflash, September 2010
  • “Not Completing Behavioral Emergency Reports After Use of Physical Restraint Can be Costly,” Newsflash, May 2010
  • “Ninth Circuit Rules that Alleged Child Find Violation is a Proper Subject of a Due Process Hearing,” Newsflash, March 2010

Professional Organizations:

  • Washington Council of School Attorneys
  • National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys