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Surisa Evelyn Rivers

Education Attorney at La Crescenta, CA

4.7   12 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 16 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 20 years
    New Jersey - NJ 20 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2004
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2003
    License Administratively Revoked No misconduct found

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

About Surisa

Learn Surisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Education
    Special Education Law - assisting students with disabilities obtain the needed educational programming and services

    20 years

  2. Discrimination
    Disability related discrimination cases

    17 years

Why I started my education law practice:

 At the end of 2012, I took the time to reflect on all that I've learned over the past decade and to develop a vision of what I wanted to create over the next 10 years. At the same time, the indescribable Newtown, CT tragedy, which left my heart broken, remained close in mind. As the mother of a nine-month-old at the time, I simply could not stop thinking of the parents who lost their children; and of all parents who must be grieving in the same way.  After all, their loss and grief were ours too. I wanted to somehow respond in my own way to help improve my community and create a safer more peaceful world for our precious children.  This law practice, which focuses on advancing the educational rights of children with disabilities, is my response. There is nothing more precious in life than children.  It is our responsibility as a society and as individuals to create a safe and nurturing environment for all children to feel free to learn, grow, fail and succeed - and hopefully along the way develop into happy individuals.  My goal is simple: to help as many children as possible get an education they can access and enjoy to the fullest.


Surisa Rivers Law Office
2600 Foothill Blvd
Suite 203
La Crescenta, CA, 91214


4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Mansour | January 26, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Dr. Rostami
Rivers Law Office is distinguished as one of the finest legal practices in the Los Angeles area—exemplifying professionalism, honesty, and respect. They exceeded expectations in facilitating the transfer of my son to another school, offering steadfast support. Notably, during payment discussions, Mrs. Surisa Rivera displayed remarkable openness and never insisted on any payment. Both Mrs. Surisa Rivera and Mr. James Golfo are exceptionally kind individuals. We wholeheartedly recommend this office to anyone worldwide. Thank you.
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Posted by Crystal | August 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The BEST Lawyer for Special Education!
We hired Surisa Rivers after being referred from a friend. It was the best decision we could've made! Ms. Rivers is professional, kind, prompt, and works well with the opposing party. She always kept us informed and was always available to explain anything to us. What is truly remarkable about Ms. Rivers is that you can tell she truly loves what she does and loves helping people. She will represent your child with an assertive attitude and get the very best results! We were so pleased with the outcome of our case and now our son is getting the education he deserves. We can't thank her enough for what she did in such a short period of time. Our experience was remarkable!
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Posted by Denise | June 15, 2019
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Excellent lawyer and staff
Wonderful lawyer helped me get what my grandson needed .I would definitely recommend her .Thank you for being their every step of the way .
Posted by Quinones | October 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I'm so grateful for Surisa Rivers
I absolutely recommend Surisa Rivers to fight for your children's rights. Most parents don't know or understand what their children are entitled to in order to be successful in school. Surisa will explain everything to you and will stand by your side every step of the way whether it be at an IEP meeting, email or by phone. I'm completely appreciative to her and all the work she puts in, she definitely has a heart of gold. Thank you so much for believing in my children and being their voice. #AutismMatters
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Response from Surisa Rivers October 27, 2018
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this review. Your children are so lucky to have you as the amazing parent and advocate you are...and it is truly my honor to be on their team with you.
Posted by Leila A Barrera | October 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excelente abogada
Es una muy buena abogada , tiene muy buena comunicación , siempre se preocupa por el bienestar de sus clientes , tiene mucho conocimiento de las leyes de educación especial y tiene mucha experiencia , Y refleja mucha confianza de si misma y seguridad para resolver un caso . La felicito mucho es una exelente abogado y también felicito a todo su equipo que trabaja con ella . También tiene una exelente comunicación todo su equipo . My experiencia fue excelente
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Posted by Paul | April 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
We contacted Ms. Rivers to assist us in getting our high school-aged daughter qualified for special education and comp-ed time to make up for the lack of help that the district failed to provide to her over the years. Ms. Rivers reviewed our information, provided excellent guidance, filed the necessary paperwork to get the district moving in the right direction, and attended the IEP meeting with us to get what was needed for our daughter. Our prior attempts without her ended in a great deal of frustration for our family. I highly recommend retaining Ms. Rivers, and for many districts, retaining an attorney such as Ms. Rivers is the only way to get fair representation in the special education arena.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2015
Look No Further. Hire Surisa Rivers
I recently hired Surisa Rivers to help me with a case regarding my daughter's need for accommodation at a private school and to help us attain a contract for next year (which they were denying based on my daughter's ADHD. Ms. Rivers was an amazing advocate for us and she handled the situation professionally, thoroughly and with compassion. She was very upfront about her time constraints (for example, if she would be in court for 3 days in hearings and wouldn't be able to respond to me, she let me know) so I wouldn't be in the dark about why I might not hear from her. She did her research, was articulate and was very thorough in her research of precedent to help support my case. Many lawyers won't take on a case against a private school but Surisa believed in our case and was a great support during a stressful time. It only took one letter for her to get the school to agree to our demands, that is how good the one letter was. I highly recommend that if you have an educational issue that requires a lawyer, you hire Surisa Rivers.
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Posted by Tanies | September 28, 2014
Autistic child finally received necessary services
Our autistic son was denied necessary services by his school to help promote his learning. We contacted Surisa Rivers Law Firm. The lead attorney in our son's case was Ms Sarah Gross. Sarah and Surisa listened to our complaints of the school and how our son was treated. Sarah reviewed our son's records and initiated the Due Process proceedings. In our first and only meeting with the school, they wanted this case settled. Our attorney negotiated with the school which resulted in our son receiving the necessary services immediately. Sarah and Surisa were well versed in special education law, worked very hard resulting in our son now receiving the necessary services to promote his learning. We would recommend this law firm to all who need to deal with the school regarding their children with special needs. We are very satisfied with the attorneys, Sarah and Surisa, as they explained the law to us, kept us informed every step of the way, and were very understanding.
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Posted by Leslie | August 15, 2014
someone who cares
After calling many different office's she was the only one who gave me the time to look at my case and was willing to fight for my son and his his rights. She is very caring and we fought a hard battle and won she never gave up she did a awesome job and if I need her I will call her first.
Posted by maria | August 14, 2014
our experience with Surisa E. Rivers
Hardworking, trustworthy, and a life changer. Helped my family and most of all my son with his education. Surisa Rivers is truly a blessing. We can not thank her enough. Her professionalism, experience, and compassion has truly made a difference
Posted by Lorena | August 14, 2014
The greatest lawyer Surisa E.Rivers
A great wonderful person.Love working together.I recommend this attorney .I just had my daughter's IEP meeting after our case and boy the district was just in top of everything with all the services you got my daughter was provided all because of Surisa .Thank God and thank you Surisa.We just are Si grateful with all you did within maybe 2 months .God Bless You
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Was disappointed with service.
I can tell you not to expect her to follow-up for further assistance; once she gets paid, she's done. She will also side with the district during negotiations. Wow, really.
Response from Surisa Rivers October 26, 2018
First, I would like to thank you for expressing your experience. I'm very sorry to hear that you felt my office did not provide enough support after your case was settled. My office is unique in that we do agree to provide some follow up after a settlement agreement (without any additional cost to the parents), which most other special education attorneys will not do without additional payment. Although you have posted anonymously and I do not know any details of your child's case, I do want to share that our office's commitment is to advocate for the best services for students with disabilities. Sometimes, however, we are limited in our abilities based on the facts and the law of the case. With that said, Rivers Law, Inc. will never take a school district's side over one of our clients. We do our best to achieve a settlement that is best for the student and that allows the family to move forward in working together with the District. If you would like to further discuss your experience with my firm or need additional help with your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Surisa Rivers
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Pro bono 100 %


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Surisa Rivers Law Office
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Disability Rights Legal Center
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Martin & Martin, LLP
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Litchfield Cavo, LLP
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Angelo DiCamillo
  • 2003 - 2004
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  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Pepperdine University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • American Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Theatre of Hearts / Youth First
  • Treasurer
  • 2008 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Blaine Capehart Award for Legal Writing Excellence
  • Rutgers School of Law
  • 2003
  • Pro bono Award
  • Rutgers School of Law
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Surisa
Education Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Surisa is one of the most accomplished special education attorneys in California. She cares deeply for her clients and obtains excellent results. I have had the opportunity to co-counsel with her on several matters and I highly endorse her."
Education Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Surisa is an excellent, caring attorney, who honestly evaluates difficult cases, and represents her clients with tenacity, experience, and compassion. I am proud to work cases with her and practice in the same field."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Surisa Rivers cares deeply about her clients, and she has exceptional knowledge of education law. Highly recommended."
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La Crescenta Education Lawyer Surisa Evelyn Rivers
Surisa Evelyn Rivers
Education Attorney
La Crescenta, CA
Licensed for 20 years
Free Consultation