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Melissa (Meira) Amster has dedicated her law career to special education and disability law. She seeks to help parents attain maximum potential through advocacy.

Her passion in this area of law comes from personal experience. In October 2011, her daughter was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect which required open heart surgery. At first she found the process of attending to her daughter’s medical and physical needs overwhelming, but soon found online support groups. These support gave her valuable information and encouragement to advocate for her daughter.

Over the years her advocacy skills increased, as well as her passion for helping others. Ms. Amster found a wide discrepancy in services that children might receive correlated to how good of an advocate or how knowledgeable about services their parent was. The better the advocate, more services the child might receive. Ms. Amster strongly believes that all people with disabilities, not just ones that have better advocates, should receive all needed available services.

With this passion in-hand, she began volunteering with the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy, Disability Rights California. She was later a temporary Clients’ Right Advocate. There she focused on evaluating regional center eligibility, securing appropriate placements, and analyzing and giving legal advice regarding notices of action from the regional center.

Ms. Amster is very thankful for her advocacy skills and all she has accomplished on behalf of her daughter. Realizing her own daughter is not the only person with a disability who is in need of advocacy, the Amster Law Firm was formed to advocate on the behalf others with disabilities.

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  • Regina Kogan

    Melisaa is the best at what she does. She is a passionate education attorney and will fight for your child's rights! I wholeheartedly endorse her!

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    I endorse this lawyer, both because I know her well and respect her abilities and because I have hired her myself and she gave me sound and practical advice. She takes her cases and her clients seriously and gives each case her careful attention.

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Amster Law Firm

1976 S. La Cienega Blvd. #C-353
Los Angeles, CA, 90034

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StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200105/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Public Interest GrantSouthwestern Law School1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
(Temp.) Clients' Rights AdvocateOffice of Clients Rights Advocacy2014 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael Abramson2009 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Counsel of Parents Attorneys and AdvocatesMember2015 - Present
South Bay Down Syndrome AssociationN/A2015 - Present
Friendship Circle of Los AngelesN/A2011 - Present
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Mishpacha MagazineHeartbreaking Sight2016
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawN/AN/AN/A
University of California - RiversideN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tu B'Shvat FestivalABCs of IEPs2016