Filarsky & Watt LLP provides specialized legal and consultative services in the area of special education, student services and labor and employment.

Filarsky & Watt provides efficient, high quality services to school districts, county education offices, special education local plan areas and county mental health departments in the area of special education, including advice and representation in individual education plan meetings, resolution sessions, mediations, administrative hearings, appeals in both State and Federal District Courts, and Compliance Complaints with the California Department of Education. 

In addition, the firm provides inservice training geared to staff members providing services to the special education population, as well as other topics including teacher evaluations, child abuse reporting, suspension and expulsion for both special education and non-special education students, classified and certificated employee discipline and dismissals.

The firm advises and represents school districts in student matters such as discipline, suspension and expulsion hearings and appeals, intra/inter-district transfers and student records. In addition, the firm represents districts when involved with investigations or complaints by the Department of Education or Office of Civil Rights.

The firm provides a variety of services in the area of public sector matters including assistance in labor negotiations, contract management, employee discipline, dismissals, EEOC and discrimination matters. The firm also provides counseling and representation on labor-related cases before the California Superior Courts, California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeal, U.S. District Court, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and various local government administrative hearing bodies and hearing offices.

In addition, the firm provides inservice training on negotiating skills, file building, financial issues related to bargaining and other current bargaining issues.

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