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Chris Elyse Vance

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Education Attorney at Atlanta, GA

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1989
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Chris E Vance PC
2415 Oak Grove Valley Rd NE Ste 100
Atlanta, GA, 30345-3885

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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2019
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Wonderful and knowledgeable education lawyer
Chris Vance was a lifesaver in helping us navigate the complicated world of IEPs and school services. She was kind and provided us excellent resources and sound advice to help our child. We would not have been successful in our pursuit of accommodations, appropriate instruction, and the right of FAPE for our child without Chris Vance. Her knowledge and experience was invaluable. We have and will continue to recommend her to other families who have children with special needs.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2019
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Chris Vance is professional special education attorney who prevails!
I have always heard great things about Chris Vance but never thought I would have to call her. My son's school district wanted to appeal the favorable outcome of his due process hearing in federal court. When I called Mrs. Vance's office, I received an immediate response. When we met in person, I felt like she was the only person who saw the potential in my son. I also felt like she was truly advocating for him. We worked together on the response to the appeal, and she was able to get the case dismissed. With Mrs. Vance, it's not about the money; it's all about what's best for your child and the family. Today, my son is doing well in school and I am so thankful for Mrs. Vance to agreeing to take my son's case. I would refer Mrs. Vance to any family in need of top notch, professional legal advice regarding special education issues.
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Posted by Patti | August 30, 2019
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Fights for children with disabilities
I retained Chris on two different occasions. Both times she was successful in obtaining appropriate special educational services for my son. Her fees are very reasonable. I refer anyone who has a complex special education student to Chris. The GA Department of Education has the outcomes of all the education law cases which go to court listed on their website. Chris's success is unparalleled and available for all to see online. This says more than any review on AVVO. The record speaks for itself! If you want to win, hire Chris!
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Posted by Sharon | August 28, 2019
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If You Need the BEST Educational Attorney, Hire Chris
Being a parent of a Special Needs Child is one of the most difficult things I've ever done. Navigating the Georgia educational IEP process is the worst experience I've ever encountered. It was necessary to include an attorney in order to get even the most basic needs met for my unique child. I find Chris Vance to be the only attorney who understands educational needs, focuses solely on the child, and fights for the outcome of children. Beyond receiving appropriate educational services for my child, I worked with Chris as an advocate to meet needs of other children. Time after time children met their potential because Chris understood their needs and held the school district accountable to meet those needs. She is one of the few attorneys in Georgia who will hold school districts accountable. In fact many school personnel told me in private that they would hire Chris Vance if they had a special needs child. It appears there are some school districts and attorneys putting false negative reviews in an attempt to dissuade parents from using Chris as their attorney and I understand why. Chris will not compromise the needs of a child simply to get along with the School District or other attorneys. She isn't part of the Georgia "Good Ole Boy" network who works behind closed doors with the district and other attorneys to get along. She demands school districts follow Special Education Law in meeting the unique needs of each child while holding districts accountable for measurable outcome to ensure your child reaches their potential as dictated by law. Should you be in need of a Special Education Attorney, I highly recommend Chris Vance.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2019
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like nothing ive ever seen
I was frustrated at first because Ms. Vance was not able to take my son's case right away; however, once we got started I realized, not only was it worth the wait, but the wait was because when she works on a case, she gives it 110%. I've never seen anything like it. She is an absolute expert in the law and executes her knowledge effectively and with conviction. What is also a bonus is that she has a very pleasant "bedside manner" which is not to be said of all attorneys. Thanks to Ms. Vance's strong advocacy (and the help of invaluable office manager, Craig!), the entire trajectory of my son's life was changed. My son is severely disabled and he will never know what Ms. Vance did for him. But I will never forget it.
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Posted by Carol | August 28, 2019
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Spec. Ed. Advocate
Mrs. Vance helped us with my daughter with Dyslexia. The school district could not teach her to read. We worked with them for 3 years. Finally privately placed her at Lindamood-bell for 12 weeks and they caught up her 2 and half year gap. This changed Angela's life. I will forever be grateful to Chris Vance for helping us over a two year period. She was honest, professional, smart and knew how to handle the school district.
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Posted by Judy | August 28, 2019
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Chris Vance.... just the best
I never take the time to write reviews, much less for a lawyer....BUT...I had to take the time to say how much I think Chris Vance is the best lawyer there is for child advocacy. We hired her when my son (disabled) was being abused in the school. We heard about Chris, met with her and instantly knew that she was the one to get things done for our son. We were never sorry for a minute. She was and is the best advocate for Special Needs children. She knows the laws inside and out. Chris is very assertive. She was extremely responsive to any and all questions / issues we had. She is extremely smart. Her services are all about the child and getting what the kids need....never about her ego, money or anything else. I would hire her again in a New York minute. I just wish I could go to her with ALL issues that would require a lawyer. I have read the other reviews and see that they were untrue. I cannot see how anyone could post anything but positive comments regarding Chris. BUT, knowing the schools as well as I do, I am suspecting that those posts were done by the school and NOT anyone that has ever interacted with her.
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Posted by Lisa | August 27, 2019
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Best Education Attorney in the State
Chris Vance is an Amazing Educational attorney as well as a true professional. I should know. Chris Vance has been representing us since 2011. When I first contacted her, we had a lengthy phone conversation, free of charge, to discuss the issues we were having with the School District and to determine if hiring an attorney was the appropriate action to take. After our discussion, it was clear we needed an attorney and she believed she could help us. She was AMAZING. Our son was awarded 5 years of compensatory education and services in our IDEA hearing ( 7 day hearing I might add). Chris helped us transition into our 5 year program and took a personal interest in my sons progress and well being. Having a masters in Education gives Chris an additional edge combined with her years of representing students in cases against school districts she gets results. Her knowledge and expertise is invaluable in helping to "fight for services". Chris Vance has a stellar reputation and in my opinion, she can shake the Districts to the core when she agrees to take a case. I have to question the poor reviews... After working with Chris from 2011 until and through today 2019 ( we have a civil case pending) ...It appears there may be some false reviews. When one is as successful at what they do as Chris Vance, Districts and other attorneys are bound to want to damage her stellar reputation.
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Posted by Heather | August 27, 2019
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Attorney Vance is a consummate professional
We have been working with Chris for several months on a highly complex case. Chris is thorough, professional in every way, highly intelligent and has extensive experience in dealing with schools as well as providing insight on additional ways to help our child. There is no one else who I want by my side in this case.
Posted by Carter | August 27, 2019
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Extremely knowledgeable
We went to Chris as a last resort. Our son was 16 years old, had just failed the eight grade and was reading at a first-grade level. He has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and an above average IQ. He was shuffled from school to school, program to program and was completely left behind. We spent upwards of $30,000 to try to help our son read but the school system just wanted to push him through with an extra hour or reading support a week. We spent countless hours in IEP meetings with administrators that wanted to pass the buck and hopefully apse us just enough to get rid of us. The first think that Chris told us was that our son was entitled to a free and appropriate education and that he had not received that. She helped us develop a plan to support our son, helped us figure out the cost to implement that plan, advised us of her expected fee and gave us a timeline to implement. Most importantly, she told us that there was no guarantee but that she would fight with everything she had to get the support that our son deserved. In the end, we were successful, and our son is now receiving the support that he needed. I have read through several negative reviews on this site and they really do not characterize our experience with Chris. If you are expecting someone to work for free and play nice with the school district, perhaps Chris is not for you. If your child has a true need that is not being met and you are looking for someone to fight to the fullest extent possible, in an ethical and professional manner, I would complexly recommend Chris. She was always honest, responsive and reasonable with our family. Her intervention changed our son’s life!
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2019
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Glad we hired her!
We hired her to help with my son’s school failing to identify his needs in school. From the moment we talked and met with her she knew something was wrong. We hired her and we are now able to get my son the services he needs for a better private school education . Her fees are also within reason especially if it comes to helping your child. I would recommend her to anyone at anytime!
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2019
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Chris Vance
Chris Vance did a wonderful job representing my son. She knew the laws but also knew all about my child’s disabilities. She is a wonderful advocate for special need children.
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
We hired Chris to represent our child. She proved to be honest and thorough. She made going through Due Process very easy. I was becoming a little stressed until we met her. She was a game changer!!!! As a parent and educator of a precious special needs child, I HIGHLY reccomend her. I'm surprised that the previous person has negative comments. I'm even more surprised that they waited 5 years to post. Thanks to Chris my child has an appropriate educational program. Our special needs kids deserve an appropriate education too!!! She and her husband will always have a special place in our hearts.
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Posted by Annatte | December 4, 2013
Attorney Chris Vance is Phenomenal and always Professional
As a Special Educator, special needs parent, and now 3X Stroke Survivor, knowledge is power. After years of self-advocating for my daughter, who is disabled, Attorney Chris Vance became my cushion. Through her fields of Educational Law, skills, strategy, and added intestinalfortitude she cannot be matched. Chris personally understood frustrations, previously utilized attempts, and my families current needs. Afterall, the educational battle between myself and the Gwinnett County School System, at that point was over 8 long years. I knew that I was qualified to continue to advocate for Tao but why? Sometimes, my daughter's Individualized Education Plan meetings would last for up to 9 hours. Then we would stop the meeting and a, "to be continued" was scheduled. There I sat for many, many years alone, exhausted, and guarded. Chris was a "game-changer" for Tao and me. In her words, "you are a Special Educator...in the field, an employee of their system, and you are still experiencing problems, ok." To my suprise that day's, "ok ", meant that I could finally...exhale. Furthermore, having Attorney Chris Vance on board priceless! GCPS, received immediate notice of representation from Chris. Literally, as we continued to discuss the issues, she drafted, edited, and sent it. Looking back, through hindsight, Chris moved things along real fast. Chris personally requested all my daughter's records, picked them up, and reviewed them. She scheduled meetings, placed calls, and even built a relationship with Tao. My child's case was very complex but Chris never wavered. Afterall, I needed some help. If you have a student suffering from a disability in any school system, you can understand but if in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS)...HELL! I honestly called several other attorneys prior to hiring Attorney Vance. Many were afraid of GCPS, and others just didn't want to deal with them. Two attorneys that I consulted with stated, "GCPS is big and they have tons of money!" Their intention was to convince me that I should just be happy with current services. When I asked them to enlighten me...they put it simple. GCPS is a nasty enemy. They will never be wrong about anything and even if they are they won't admit it. I know that seems pretty harsh but it is daily practice for the GCPS System. As a former, terminated, and parent of children in the GCPS System most of their practices were great. Three of my 5 children were well-educated. The two that fell under the umbrella of Special Education, were definitely left behind. Chris recognized that GCPS System was all of the above mentioned concerns. Chris wasn't afraid, intimidated by system size or worried about how complex the case was. Chris was caring, respectful, eager, and affordable. I was too happy to hire her and somewhat immediately relieved. I had arrived and finally could pass the baton. Chris shocked me on many occasions for good reasons. My child, where someone actually recognized that she, was an Individual. An individual, young girl named Tao who had special needs in Gwinnett County. We began to live again as a family and having Attorney Chris Vance represent us, a Blessing! If I had it to do all over again, Chris would have represented us from day one. We will never ever forget her!
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Posted by Michelle | May 9, 2012
Great Attorney
Chris is one of the best attorney's I have ever met. She really cares about her clients (kids). My son was told by his school he would never make it in life. I retained Chris at the end of his 9th grade year. I kept her on retainer until he graduated. She attended all his IEP meetings. Handled all the harassment he received from the school. It was so bad my son asked me to home school him. But after I hired Chris school became manageable for him. She gave us hope. My son is now a junior in college working on a criminal justice degree. Chris is awesome.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2012
She is the best Attorney there is when it comes to negligence and the public school system.
She is the best Education Attorney in Atlanta. We are so thankful we found her. If you want someone with passion when it comes to children and knowledgeable about special education, she is the one. We were in Forsyth County.
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2010
This Attorney gave my child a future!
Chris worked on my son's case for over a year to advocate for an appropriate education for him. While it did seem like an eternity, that is the nature of dealing with public school education. There are alot of hoops to jump through and you have to give the schools a chance to rectify the situation. Chris settled my son's case in July 2010 and he is now making great progress in a private school placement.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2022
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HORRIBLE SITUATION: Took my money and backed out when the funds ran out
I stayed in contact with Chris Vance and was put off many many times, until the money ran out and then she dropped my case. I will NOT EVER recommend her to anyone. She had the documents she needed for nearly a YEAR. She knew that I did not have a ton of money, but took me for what I had. Sad when parents of kids with disabilities get drug around and nothing comes of it then the lawyer takes the money and there is nothing to show for it. Do not use her! The reason her "record" looks "amazing" is that she only represents FOR SURE cases, and uses the other parents to pad her pockets. I can tell by the reviews she has done this before. How disgustingly pitiful!
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2019
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Billing problems
I hired Chris Vance to represent my son for a special education issue. She was very confrontational with school district and her fees rose unexpectedly. At the end of the day, I didn't get the accommodations, the school staff stopped being helpful and I had a big bill to pay.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2018
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Huge Mistake!!
Hired Ms. Vance to represent my son. She managed to accomplish absolutely nothing for him, but did manage to cash her $7,000 retainer check! She attended one IEP meeting and was confrontational with school staff and a complete embarrassment! She was a no-show for the second meeting and left me on my own! DO NOT HIRE HER!! She is out only for money! She will tell you what you want to hear, as long as you keep paying her!!
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  • Emory University School of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 1989
  • Augusta State University
  • Bachelor's Degree,
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Chris Elyse Vance
Education Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 34 years