"Thomas Nelson was my teenage son’s special education attorney at his school district due process hearing. Thomas successfully won a “Manifestation Determination” correction in my son’s school expulsion record. This was a critical victory for a child with an ADHD disability. Attorney Nelson’s keen attention to every detail, his calming demeanor with my family, and thoughtful guidance throughout this emotional ordeal was paramount in the victory. Thomas Nelson was direct and truthful in all respects from day one. I will never forget how happy he made us." ~ Parent





  • Special Education Advocacy, including appearances at IEPs, obtaining/reviewing educational records, evaluation of current program

  • Special Education Law, including representation in due process disputes regarding eligibility, assessments, IEP programming, private placement, manifestation determination meetings, and discipline

  • General Education Discipline, including representation at expulsion hearings and appeals

  • 504 Plans, including advocacy and legal representation at 504 Plan meetings and due process

  • Civil Rights Claims, including representation in federal and state court proceedings regarding civil rights violations

  • Regional Center Claims, including advocacy and legal representation at IPP meetings, obtaining/reviewing educational records, evaluation of current program, due process hearings, and appeals

  • Appeals, including legal representation at federal and state court regarding appeals of IDEA, 504, expulsion, and civil rights matters

Serving children of all school districts located within San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino & Imperial Counties.