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HANS GILLINGER specializes in representing students with disabilities against their local school districts as well as in related civil rights litigation. 


In 2004 Hans began advocating for the special education rights of children and young adults while in law school. Graduating in 2005, he began at a law firm in parent practice. While serving his special needs clients, he performed extensive legal research and analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the California Education Code, and implementing federal and state law regulations. During these first years of his practice, he represented clients’ interests at individual education program (IEP) meetings and through due process from filing for due process, through mediation, to the due process hearing. 

Uniquely, Hans brings this prior parent practice experience together with the years he spent representing school districts and Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA) at all stages of special education disputes including the OAH and federal court. Hans comes to The Law Offices of Hans A. Gillinger from the prestigious defense firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen that has served the needs of California public entities and joint power authorities since 1927. Knowing how school districts and their counsel evaluate cases, the reasons justifying a higher settlement offer, and the situations that compel school districts to fight as well as those that inspire cooperation with parents, enables Hans to obtain superior client outcomes. 


Throughout his time in practice, he has represented both parent and school districts at due process hearings, and thereafter before federal trial courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Hans has consistently obtained favorable outcomes and prevailing party status for clients. He works with clients with numerous disabilities, unique needs, and individual goals. He has received endorsements and recommendations from clients and stakeholders in the field of special education with some available for review at:




Languages spoken: English, German

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Practice areas


  1. Education: 70%
    10 years, 100 cases
  2. Civil Rights: 15%
    10 years, 100 cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    9 years, 100 cases
  4. Employment: 5%
    9 years



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Attorney endorsements

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Contact info

The Law Offices of Hans A. Gillinger

9207 Eton Ave.
Chatsworth, CA, 91311-5808


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Individual Award for Excellence in Appellate AdvocacyLincoln Inn Court (England)2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates2013 - Present
Of CounselLaw Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates2012 - 2013
AttorneyBurke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP2011 - 2012
AttorneyGibeaut, Mahan & Briscoe2007 - 2011
AttorneyRoberts & Adams Attorneys At Law2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Forrest Moyer v. Long Beach Unified School DistrictAffirmed the Favorable Administrative Decision Below
H.W. et al. v. Long Beach Unified Sch. Dist., 2011 WL 714392 (C.D.Cal.), No.: CV 10-07015Obtained order of dismissal in federal district court.
People v. H.W., Case No.: NJ21451Juvenile court granted the petition, and records used to defend due process action of the juvenile.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Fort Lewis CollegeN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education ClinicSpecial Education - Child Find and Zero Reject under the IDEA2012
Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education ClinicSpecial Education - How to Draft Effective Goals and Objectives in an IEP2011
Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education ClinicSpecial Education - Present Levels of Functional Performance and Academic Achievement2010
Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education ClinicSpecial Education - Evaluations under the IDEA2009
Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education ClinicSpecial Education - Procedural Safeguards2008
Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education ClinicSpecial Education and Civil Rights Topics2007
Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education ClinicSpecial Education and Civil Rights Topics2006
Autism One ConferenceExtended School Year Services under the IDEA2006