Attorneys focus on finalizing a resolution through the mediation process and, if needed, hearings and appeals.
Costs vary when seeking full legal representation. We usually charge an upfront $1500 retention fee that may be paid in installments and generally front our time until a resolution, settlement or mediation is finalized. We work hard to keep our costs reasonable and when appropriate we will seek full reimbursement from the school district.
In the unlikely event of a due process hearing, we cap our fees at $35,000 and ask for 50% in advance; at least four weeks prior to the hearing. If we prevail you have the right to seek recovery of your fees and we will assist to make sure all applicable fees are recovered. This may include filing a fee complaint in federal court.
Around 94% of special education cases settle and do not proceed to a hearing.
Depending on the complexities of your case overall fees typically range from $3,500 to $15,000.
Listen to Richard’s interview all about paying for legal services.