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Allison Louise Hertog

Education Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.9   39 reviews

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About Allison

Learn Allison’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Education
    95%
    Advocacy and litigation on behalf of PreK - 12 students with disabilities and their parents. Former special education teacher. Lawsuits against public school districts who are violating the rights of students with special needs.

    24 years, 200 cases

  2. Discrimination
    5%
    Represents students with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act who require accommodations on high-stakes exams. Often resolves cases without federal litigation.

    19 years, 15 cases

Highly successful and dedicated litigator with over 20 years of focused legal experience in special education. Uniquely skilled with a graduate degree in special education and personal experience in the area.  Effective collaborator with a track record of resolving issues between educational leadership, parents, students, and key stakeholders. National practice representing high-achieving students in need of testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2021
Updated 12/06/2022
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/17/2022
State FL
Status Inactive
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Allison

Hertog Education Law, PC
11845 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite 1100w
Los Angeles, CA, 90064
Making School Work, PL
1550 Madruga Avenue
Suite 303
Coral Gables, FL, 33146
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Caroline | June 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Invaluable Advice for Bar Exam Accommodations
I consulted with Allison regarding the accommodations process for the California bar exam. She provided invaluable advice and my accommodations were ultimately granted in full. I would highly recommend her to anyone navigating the bar exam accommodations process.
Posted by Nia | April 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing and caring lawyer!!!
I met with Allison because my daughters school refused to give her speech therapy. Thanks to Allison, my daughter gets speech therapy twice a week at school. The school also has to make up speech sessions that my daughter would have had since the start of school. And the school had to pay all my legal fees. She really cares about a child’s well being. Hiring her is a sure win!
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Posted by Jennifer | April 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Finally!!! I have an amazing lawyer!
I’m so impressed with Allison. Through the years we desperately reached out to lawyers who did nothing to help us and never even came up to Antelope Valley. The issues I fought for my children were never resolved until now. This lawyer (Allison) has addressed the issues from the first moment I hired her. I was shocked when she showed up to the IEP. All the past lawyers never did. I finally felt like I had a real advocate and ally. To top it off she’s an amazing lawyer with a great mind. After all these years watching my child decline drastically, I finally have hope again. Allison is a great lawyer but she’s a great human too. I’m so grateful I found her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated to her clients
When faced with a nightmare situation where my disabled son wasn’t receiving services and was assaulted at his school, Allison fought hard to get him justice. She is knowledgeable, thoughtful and thorough. We settled out of court. My son is now thriving at a new school thanks to Allison’s hard work and dedication.
Posted by Mersedeh | February 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best
Ms.Hertog is one of the best!! She really cares about her clients and fight for their rights
Posted by Dr Leslie Laud | December 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Dr Leslie Laud
Excellent skill set and capabilities. Deeply knowledgeable about both law and special education which is rare. Highly recommend.
Posted by Meghan | November 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best.
Allison was by far the biggest blessing we came across during our legal matters. I called four different attorneys and her office called back same day. From our first video call I knew that we were in excellent hands, allowing my anxiety from the situation to subside. Allison is responsive, aggressive, shows compassion and is DEDICATED. Her follow up emails noting every bit of progress kept me assured that we’d reach an expedient resolution. We will forever be grateful and also keep her active as our family IEP attorney. Thank you Allison!
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Posted by Dexter's mom | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BRILLIANT, CARING, EMPATHETIC, & DEDICATED ATTORNEY FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Ms. Hertog has been an amazing asset for my son and I. She has consistently exceeded my expectations since our initial consultation. She immediately developed and executed her plan to assist my son to get the education and support services he requires. We have been misled and misinformed for years by the school district, despite all of the futile time and effort spent with ,IEP's, meetings, and complaints, I just was not satisfied with my child's progress, services, and placement. Ms. Hertog quickly identified the problems and revealed the multiple violations my son endured by the district. Without Ms. Hertog's expertise, this inappropriate education and treatment would have continued indefinitely. Her training, skills, knowledge, and expertise were exactly what we needed. She saved our son!! Due to Ms. Hertog's dedication, I feel she has empowered us to finally give him a fighting chance in life. We now have transparency with the district, opportunities for a better, appropriate education and placement in an environment where we believe he will be able to thrive. I have referred Ms. Hertog to several families in situations similar to ours. My only regret is that we didn't know about her years ago. Ms. Hertog is an phenomenal advocate and she is right there with you during the entire process. She keeps you informed during each phase of the case and ensures you understand every detail. We are eternally grateful and thankful to Ms. Hertog!!!
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Posted by Jackie F. | September 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compensatory Education-Kindergartener
We were very happy and satisfied the way Allison worked with our case. She helped us to get the compensatory education for our kindergartener autistic kid. She listened to us and make sure of that we understand our rights. Our son will not be compensated for the lost of services that the school did not provided. But when we hire Allison my son got what he deserved. We really recommend her service.Thank you so much!
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful reconsideration process for testing accommodations
Very happy with the results! I'm happy I found Allison to help me with my reconsideration process for testing accommodations. As someone with a medical condition and learning disability, I struggled to obtained my recommended accommodations for the Medical College Admissions Test. This was particularly challenging because I lived many years not knowing of my learning disability. I highly recommend Allison to anyone looking for help with testing accommodations. Allison is very compassionate and a great listener! Very thankful.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Allison, the "Super-Women" in Test Accommodation World!
After initial denial from a high-stakes test authority, I was encountering some difficulties for an appeal: First, there are only a few attorneys available who handle this type of appeal. Second, I was also very desperate due to the coming deadline. Third, I was eager but it seems impossible to find an attorney who is professional enough to understand my case, a very unique and difficult one, and to assist me with a better approach for rebuttal. I feel so relived with all my worries immediately after my first consult session with Allison, my SUPER-WOMEN! Allison is always responsive and approachable, outstandingly professional/knowledgable (I consider this as her superpower) and really cares about people who has disability (fight for JUSTICE). She made extremely helpful strategies for my case which helped me won two test accommodations approval. Without all her professional suggestions, her dedication, her wise strategies and all the details she had checked for me, I would not have won my appeal. I feel so blessed that I found Allison!! I highly recommend Esq. Allison Hertog to anyone who is looking for a professional attorney to fight for fairness for people who have disabilities, the group of people really deserves to be equally treated for high-takes tests by LAW!!! Allison, thank you soooo much again!!!
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Posted by Barbara | March 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Ms. Hertog!
We were turned down twice for extra time from the ACT board for our daughter. We knew that she needed it. She was sent to a special school in kindergarten and has had it throughout her school career. After the second time of being rejected we were shocked! We had no time to waste. Thank goodness Ms. Hertog was referred to us and she believed strongly in our case. I don’t think we could have done it without her. Ms. Hertog knew how to use our materials in proving our case. It would have been a huge disservice for our daughter if we didn’t hire her! When all the proper paperwork was turned in it took only three days for them to accept her! It brought happy tears to my eyes!!! Without any hesitation I highly recommend Allison Hertog!
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Focused Specialty Area
If there were more than 5 stars, Alliston Hertog would deserve them all. As an attorney myself, I have a deep understanding of what makes a lawyer standout. Knowledgeable, passionate, responsive, caring, accessbilble by text or email . . . Every box is checked in the case of Allison Hertog. There is nothing more important or difficult than dealing with issues involving our children. My son suffers from medical issues that impact his cognition, yet he is a bright student who does well in school. Allison helped me navigate a very difficult road with a national testing organization. She was strategic from a legal standpoint, and compassionate from a human standpoint. We consider ourselves very lucky to have had her on our team.
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Posted by Carrie | June 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and powerful advocate
I have been blessed with having Ms. Hertog as an advocate for 2 of my children. My older daughter was originally diagnosed with one particular disability, but due to Allison's incredible background and experience with so many disabilities, she recommended that I have her checked for another one- and she was right! She even knew all of the local therapists in my area and was able to guide me to the best ones. My younger daughter is autistic and I also needed a compelling advocate to create the best possible IEP for her disabilities. Allison is simply the very best a family could ask for; empathetic, kind, patient, and she garners tremendous respect from colleagues in her field due to incredible intellect. Her unusual background with knowledge of Special Education, school system politics and legal expertise quite honestly make her far and away the most qualified. I have already recommended her to several other families. She has single-handedly improved the quality of my children's lives and I feel greatly indebted to her.
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Posted by Carolina | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCEPTIONAL, COMPASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Ms. Hertog represented our daughter who has a very debilitating neurological illness in her appeal to the College Board for extended time. Allison was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, compassionate, supportive and straight forward and it was clear from the start that she truly believed in and had great passion for her work and for the children she serves. Allison worked with my daughter's doctors to document her complex medical issues and very real need for accommodations in a very detailed and convincing way. She also advocated assertively but always very professionally with the learning specialist at my daughter's private school to get the school to document the accommodations they have been granting her for the past 6 years as they were a bit reluctant to put it in writing. Ms. Hertog is very well respected in the educational community and her professional contacts were extremely helpful to our daughter's case. The College Board is notoriously difficult with appeals, especially when their Medical Review Board has already reviewed the case and granted some, but not all of the accommodations requested. They very rarely reverse these decisions on appeal but with Ms. Hertog's help they reversed their decision within a week! We are so grateful to her for her impassioned advocacy for our daughter. She is an extraordinary attorney and advocate for her clients and a wonderful, compassionate human being who we recommend most highly.
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Posted by Kimberly | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
504 success!
I had tried for almost 2 years to get a 504 for my high school son and then I contacted Allison Hertog. The fact that she has a Special education and Law degree is why we chose her. Thankfully in about a month we had our 504 in hand. We did not seek restitution money from the school district, my son just needed the process completed and my efforts were unsuccessful. Allison was amazing, she was honest about all possibilities and timelines and handled everything with the utmost professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She was very helpful!
Our son (with ADHD and mild Asperger's) was failing at school because he was not receiving the services and accommodation he was supposed to receive. The meetings with the school administration were extremely unprofessional and basically they said they cannot do more for my son. After Alison took our case, we were able to modify his IEP to meet his needs, she was great and very helpful throughout the whole process. She is a wonderful advocate that truly understands what the families and kids go through especially in the current environment where the budgets are cut and the schools want to get rid of these kids if they cannot perform with minimal amount of services. I am glad I found her!
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Posted by Alfredo | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best of the Best
As a police officer I have dealt with attorneys Throughout my 23 year career. I have never dealt with a better attorney!! She is excellent and cares!! Without her my daughter would NEVER have gotten the help she needed. She obtained the IEP.. The school refused to help in anyway and violated the law. I tried to resolve the issue on my own and hours of meetings they simply refused reasonable accommodations for my daughters disability.' Allison corrected that .. She is so knowledgeable in this field no one will be better . She is awesome can't thank her enough and have nothing but great things to say about her!! I highly highly recommend her
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Person
Allison Hertog is an exceptional, outstanding and superb lawyer. She is very personable, approachable and has a good relationship with the school staff and faculty, as well a strong professional network with the employee in the school district and in the ESE Department. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants fairness for their child education. She is an excellent in response time, very knowledgeable and someone who will fight for you.
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Posted by Beatriz | August 22, 2014
Great help during IEP annual meeting
Allison is extremely knowledgeable and you can see that right when you start talking to her. She helped us tremendously during our IEP meeting and without her help and expertise we would never have gotten the results we wanted and what was best for our child. If you are having any seconds thoughts about hiring her don't, she will fight in a polite way for your child.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Hertog Education Law, PC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Founder
  • Making School Work, P.L.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Founder
  • Bridge2Excellence, Inc.
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Educational Therapist
  • Allison Hertog
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Learning Specialist
  • The Hewitt School
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Children's Law Center
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate Attorney
  • Szold & Brandwen
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Teacher
  • The Reece School
  • 1991 - 1992
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Columbia University Teachers College
  • MA - Masters Special Education
  • 1991
  • Smith College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Multiple lawsuits in Southern California
  • Settled.
  • J.G. v. School Board of Broward County
  • Prevailed
  • Jane Doe v. School Board of Miami Dade County
  • Survived Motion to Dismiss and Settled
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Associations

  • Disability Rights Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Step Up for Students
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida School Choice Parent Association
  • State Appointee
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Graduation with Recognition
  • Loyola Law School of Los Angeles
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Florida State Board of Education Workshop
  • McKay Scholarshps - Accountability to Parents
  • 2012
  • McKay Coalition Annual Conference
  • Response to Intervention and the McKay Scholarship
  • 2009
  • COPAA Annual Conference
  • Special Needs School Vouchers CLE
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (30)
Endorse Allison
Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Allison. She is smart, knowledgeable and passionate about helping children with special needs."
Education Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison Hertog is an experienced, skilled and compassionate attorney in a very specialized area of law. She provides an exceptional level of advocacy for her clients. I strongly recommend and endorse her."
Education Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Allison. She is creative, hard-working, very smart, and an excellent advocate."
Education Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison Hertog is an excellent special education lawyer. I am both a client and a trial lawyer and have been impressed with Allison's insight as a former special needs educator, her abilities as a skilled attorney, and her compassion. I highly recommend and endorse Allison Hertog."
Education Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison is the only lawyer I know who devotes her work to advocating for students with special needs and has the right background to do it. If seeking advice and advocacy for a special needs child, I would give her a call."
Education Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Allison is one of those rare attorneys who's professionalism is driven forward by her compassion for kids and her passion for educational excellence. I have worked with her and can personally attest to Allison's knowledge, professionalism, and natural abilities as an attorney and educator. Would would never hesitate to recommend her to parents seeking an appropriate education for their child."
Education Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Allison Hertog for her work in special education matters. I've known her through her active participation in the Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys. She has a rare mix of experience in the legal and education fields, which together help her advocate for her clients."
Education Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I hired Allison to represent my son in an action against our local public school system. As an attorney, I worked closely with Allison during the pendency of the case. Thanks to Allison, we were able to get the matter settled fairly quickly without going to hearing. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of this case, which would not have been possible without Allison's superlative legal skills and her knowledge of the educational system."
Education Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse Allison. She's very smart, caring and dilligent and I would trust any of my clients with her care."
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