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Hans Albert Gillinger

Education Attorney at Chatsworth, CA

4.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Resigned Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2018

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018. See details

About Hans

Learn Hans’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Education
    70%
    Mr. Gillinger represents both public school districts and private schools providing expert straight-forward advice and counsel concerning general and special education matters.

    18 years, 100 cases

  2. Civil rights
    15%
    The focus of his practice is special education law at the administrative due process stage of Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act (IDEA) disputes. He also has extensive experience practicing before all federal district courts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with emphasis on IDEA appeals as well as commonly pled claims under section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    18 years, 100 cases

  3. Appeals
    10%
    The emphasis of Mr. Gillinger's practice is special education institutional defense and other issues related to public education. The focus of Mr. Gillinger's appellate practice is on appeals taken in IDEA cases by aggrieved parties at the administrative level. Mr. Gillinger regularly handles all stages of judicial review before all California District Courts and the Ninth Circuit.

    17 years, 100 cases

  4. Employment and labor
    5%
    His practice focuses on all areas of labor and employment law as well as litigation matters. In particular, he has significant experience litigating and resolving disputes involving claims of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. He also represents employers at Labor Commissioner Hearings, and in EEOC and DFEH investigations.

    17 years

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:

 

 

 

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Location

The Law Offices of Hans A. Gillinger
9207 Eton Ave.
Chatsworth, CA, 91311-5808

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Reviews

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Posted by Ann | August 2, 2013
Outstanding Advice in a Timely, Professional Manner
Hans Gillinger provided thorough information enabling us to make timely decisions with confidence that we were meeting compliance guidelines. His professionalism is outstanding!
Posted by elaineeger | July 23, 2013
A caring, ethical Professional
Hans is a caring, ethical professional, able to think "out-of-the-box" and works tirelessly until the job and each detail and task is completed. He is generous in his explanations of legal strategies and the why and why not of each step. He listens to others on the team and coalesces ideas for sound results. He explains the ramifications of each decision option with an eye to integrity and ethics and long term and short term affect as well as the law.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013
I happily recommend Hans as an excellent special education attorney.
I happily endorse Hans as an excellent litigator, zealous advocate for the disabled, and a student of the law. We both have the unusual background of having worked in special education law on behalf of school districts and parents/students. Hans gets results for clients, which is a better endorsement than any words I could write. He does good work for great kids. Thank you, Hans!
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Posted by Lisa | April 28, 2015
Not able to accomplish much
Sadly I did not get anywhere negotiating my child's school district with Hans. He ended up dismissing my case saying he had already put too much time to recoup his costs but with promises he would re-file and now won't return anyone's calls pertaining to us...the school...the educational evaluator....me... no one. Also he was not aware of a key change in the law that occurred July 2014...it was the school district's attorney that clued *him* in! Surprising for someone seemingly so eloquent...
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Cost

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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Voluntary inactive (disciplinary) issued in CA, 2018
updated on 05/07/2018

This sanction means the attorney resigned in order to avoid being disbarred, the most serious penalty for a lawyer.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Law Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Gibeaut, Mahan & Briscoe
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Roberts & Adams Attorneys At Law
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • law
  • N/A
  • Fort Lewis Coll
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Forrest Moyer v. Long Beach Unified School District
  • Affirmed the Favorable Administrative Decision Below
  • H.W. et al. v. Long Beach Unified Sch. Dist., 2011 WL 714392 (C.D.Cal.), No.: CV 10-07015
  • Obtained order of dismissal in federal district court.
  • People v. H.W., Case No.: NJ21451
  • Juvenile court granted the petition, and records used to defend due process action of the juvenile.
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Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Individual Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • Lincoln Inn Court (England)
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education Clinic
  • Special Education - Child Find and Zero Reject under the IDEA
  • 2012
  • Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education Clinic
  • Special Education - How to Draft Effective Goals and Objectives in an IEP
  • 2011
  • Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education Clinic
  • Special Education - Present Levels of Functional Performance and Academic Achievement
  • 2010
  • Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education Clinic
  • Special Education - Evaluations under the IDEA
  • 2009
  • Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education Clinic
  • Special Education - Procedural Safeguards
  • 2008
  • Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education Clinic
  • Special Education and Civil Rights Topics
  • 2007
  • Pepperdine School of Law, Special Education Clinic
  • Special Education and Civil Rights Topics
  • 2006
  • Autism One Conference
  • Extended School Year Services under the IDEA
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (50)
Endorse Hans
Appeals Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gillinger is professional, bright and finds creative solutions to complex legal problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Gillinger. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hans is the most knowledgeable education attorney I've ever known having gained immense experience on the District side before becoming an advocate for students. Hans' deep knowledge of State, Federal and local laws and practices make him a unique source of help for his clients. We are pleased to direct all our special education and disability rights clients to Hans."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Education Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.A knowledgeable and skilled attorney well respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gillinger is a well respected, generous contributor on Avvo. I would recommend him to anyone needing an experienced advocate."
Education Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected in the legal community"
Appeals Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Other
"An attention for detail; a committed advocate."
Education Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hans Albert Gillinger has a scholarly level of understanding about laws pertaining to the US educational system. Fortunately, he is able to explain these laws in a way that is easy for the ordinary person to understand. I am so glad Mr Gillinger is willing to share his expertise with us here on Avvo and am proud to be able to endorse him."
Education Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gillinger has made a substantial number of contributions on Avvo.com. I have looked over several of his contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Education Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I needed an education attorney, I could not think of anyone more qualified to represent me than Mr. Gillinger. I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Gillinger. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Education Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Gillinger since law school where his devotion to education and the law were made very apparent. Hans has combined these two passions to become one of the most skilled and dedicated special education advocates I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I have never hesitated for a moment to refer my clients to Hans because I know they will receive the highest quality legal services from a truly caring and devoted person."
Education Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Hans for several years and can say from personal experience that you will not find a better lawyer or person. Hans is an incredibly hard worker and always obtains the best result for his clients."
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