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Michelle Alissa Ball

Education Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michelle

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Practice area
  1. Education
    Since 1995, Michelle Ball has represented parents and students in education law matters involving public and private schools. She advocates for students in expulsion, suspension and discipline matters, special education, 504 and disability issues, transfers, attendance, and a wide variety of other school matters.

    28 years, 900 cases

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Michelle Alissa Ball
717 K St #228
Sacramento, CA, 95814


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by DFS | August 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Fought Back Intimidating School Investigation
The school district was investigating racist incident at son's high school. Their legal office out of nowhere sent an intimidating email on a Friday morning demanding to interview my son in the principal's office on the following Monday morning. He had nothing to do with the incident, nor did he have any knowledge of who did. Given this, and because of the investigator's threatening tone, I got a referral to talk with Ms Ball. Long story short, I retained her services on behalf of my son, she contacted the district investigators reminding them of my son's rights. Instead of an interview at the intimidating atmosphere of the principal's office during school hours, she was able to schedule the interview after school via zoom. She attended the interview with my son and I. She stopped any questions that were beyond the scope of the investigation. Well worth the time and investment. Highly recommend her to protect your family's rights and interests.
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Posted by Brent S. | November 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
When you find your child being mistreated by the school system, it can be a difficult process. Our daughter was suspended, and we felt we were unjustly being bullied by the principal and vice principal of her school. It took us a few weeks before we were able to figure out what we needed to do, and that was when we contacted Michelle. She contacted the school district's attorneys and discovered that the suspension was against the school's own policy. So the principal of the school was forced to remove the suspension from our daughter's record. We were happy with the end results, and I would not hesitate to use Michelle Ball in the future to protect our rights. She was easy to communicate with, personal and understanding. Highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2018
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Helped us in our son’s difficult and complicated case.
The entire process of finding an educational attorney can be intimidating and difficult. We are glad we found Michelle. Michelle Ball helped us in our son’s difficult and complicated case. Our son was accused by another student of wrongdoing on his walk home from school. Upon the school learning of this, relying almost exclusively on the accusers version of the events, illegally interrogated our son along with the police and suspended him with a recommendation for expulsion. Further, the school decided to email the entire school community about the matter. Michelle negotiated with the district and prepared a diligent and compelling memorandum which resulted in the school dropping the expulsion and agreeing to destroy the records of the event, upon certain conditions. This was a good result given the situation. Additionally, although we do not live near Michelle's Sacramento office, the distance was not a factor. We successfully communicated via many emails and phone calls. Michelle was speedy with her response times, despite her very busy schedule. I would recommend Michelle Ball for any family who would ever need an educational lawyer!
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Posted by Angelisa | June 10, 2018
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She is the BEST!
I found Michelle in my research to help my son in his expulsion case. From the first conversation, she was extremely understanding and helpful, and she assisted us every step of the way. She was very supportive and made us truly feel like we weren't alone in this fight. Although we live in Gilroy and her offices are in Sacramento, the distance wasn't an inhibiting factor at all; she was able to easily help our case from a over a hundred miles away. Instead of going to a hearing that we would surely lose, Michelle found us an out and won my son's position to stay in the district! In a heartbeat, I would recommend Michelle Ball for any family who would ever need an educational lawyer!
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Posted by Stefan | October 13, 2015
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Convincing the school district to allow my son repeat 9th grade.
I can not thank enough Michelle, for the great help and professionalism she had shown while solving our situation with my son. Through her hard work, dedication and ingenuity she was able to convince the school district ,that my son deserves to be retained and allowed to repeat 9th grade. The district was pushing him to 10th grade disregarding 3 doctors recommendations. The school district fought us for several months but eventually we won and the right decision was made. Michelle was instrumental in battling with the district and make them offer my son what was all along the correct and honest resolution to his specific medical situation. Michelle is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
Perfect clean result
I found Michelle by google search. I visited her website, read the fees information and her articles of professional advice on educational legal matters. I was very encouraged. So I called to make our first consultation appointment. She was very efficient in our meeting. She gave us honest analysis on our case. We hired her without hesitation. She was very responsive and stayed on top of everything. After reading the pre-meeting materials, she gave us advice and strategies. The material was devastating. Michelle told us upfront that it could very likely lead to expulsion. But Michelle managed to negotiate for us to get result of no suspension and no expulsion. We are very happy about this result. Without Michelle, we were not able to get this perfect result. Thank you so much Michelle!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
Protecting the rights of a dyslexic student
My learning disabled daughter had her 504 plan terminated unjustly. They told us that because my dyslexic daughter was earning fantastic grades she was no longer eligible for accommodations through a 504 plan. I consulted with Ms. Ball regarding her legal rights. She felt that the school district had definitely made a mistake by making a major change in placement without a new evaluation and informed me that if my daughter didn't receive accommodations in high school she couldn't have them in college. I couldn't allow that to happen. She wrote a letter to the school district stating that my daughter's 504 plan termination was improper and cited pertinent laws. The district had the principal call me and arrange a new 504 meeting. Her accommodations were restored and he made it clear that they would do whatever was needed to support my daughter's academic success. This was a complete 180 degree turn around from the message I was given by the "team" in two lengthy meetings. It was worth the investment (legal fee) to assure that my daughter gets the accommodations she is legally entitled to and very much needs in order to earn the grades for which she is capable.
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Posted by Danyale | February 24, 2013
Best Attorney Ever
I hired Michelle to fight a wrongful expulsion for my daughter. She knows the education codes like the back of her hand, so nothing got passed her. It's like she has a third eye. She kept us informed every step of the way. She'll fight until everyone is satisfied. After it was over we were sad to see her go.
Posted by L & J Crew | January 29, 2013
Review Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle helped us to successfully change a denied interdistrict transfer to approved. She is knowledgeable, reasonable, detailed, and a great communicator to have in your corner. I would absolutely hire Michelle again and recommend her to anyone needing educational representation.
Posted by Sandra | January 24, 2013
Expelled? Call Michelle!
I would highly recommend Michelle Ball for cases involving education! My child was expelled for bringing a small pocket knife to school. Even though we were not contesting the fact he brought the pocket knife, we were definitely concerned that our District Office wanted to expel him for a whole year. This is a kid that has great grades, active in school and community activities, never missed a day of school and never had any previous blemishes on his school record. I felt the School District office was strong arming me into signing a stipulated expulsion that had no written conditions attached. I didn’t know where else to turn. I had called ½ a dozen attorneys that would give me advice and I ended up selecting Michelle after reading testimonials on her website. I knew right away she was the right attorney to handle our case! Michelle was able to get our child schoolwork and graded while she worked this out with the School District and also got him back into his own school by the start of the next quarter. I would never have been able to do it without her. Michelle is knowledgeable and reliable. She kept me informed and she gave me hope. We are grateful we found her!
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Posted by Victoria | August 29, 2011
Amazing Attorney
I contacted Michelle regarding school issues with my son. I was scared because I didn't know the school lingo very well and wasn't sure what I was doing. I put all my trust in Michelle and she was amazing at what she accomplished for us. She was honest and straight-forward and I would reccommend her to anyone that is in need of a good attorney for any school issues. When it comes to our kids you want to hire the best and Michelle knows her stuff.
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Posted by John | April 11, 2011
Litigated major problems with Fairfield Suisun Unified School District
When the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District failed to provide federally-mandated aid for my daughter, and then tried to expel her for those very same problems - problems that could have been readily solved if the school had done what it was supposed to do - we were forced to seek legal help. Michelle brought the school district to understand that they were greatly negligent, held them to their responsibilities, and had them sign a legally-binding agreement. A year later, when the school district once again tried to go without providing the required assistance, I was able to remind them that they were in violation of the agreement and the school then began acting properly again. Michelle dealt in a highly professional manner with the school district. If you are reading this and are having problems with Fairfield Suisun Unified School District, don't expect them to act fairly - they won't - sign nothing and call Michelle Ball immediately. I can't say enough good about her; she's everything one would want in this situation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2011
Michelle Ball Gives Hope
Michelle helped us with a serious situation that had been decided and closed when we did not know where to turn, what to do, or how to move forward. She did so much prep work to fight our case and the results were outstanding. We really had no hope left in our situation when we came to her but we were on top of the world when the case was resolved. Thank you Michelle!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2011
Michelle Ball is not only knowledgeable in her field, she is sincere and personable. She informed me prior to making moves, I never had to "track her down" to get an update on my case...she kept me abreast on everything.
Posted by dave | December 2, 2009
High School Diplomas are for the academically challenged as well.
Ms. Ball was successful in guaranteeing that our son received the proper consideration to achieve academic success in high school. Our son was challenged and the schol district failed to accomodate in in a proper manner. Her knowledge and preserverance enabled us to get school district resources needed to ensure our sons successful completion of his high school program.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Michelle Ball Is Outstanding
Michelle helped us in so many ways not once but twice. She was smart, thorough, well informed and always caring and concerned for my son as well as myself. Michelle knows her speciality through and through. I can't say enough good things about her.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Call Michelle
Michelle Ball has on more than one occasion “Came to our rescue” dealing with School District issues. Unfortunately, these days school districts are so bound up by their own educational codes that they no longer have the flexibility to make decisions on their own. I can’t tell you the number of times I had school administrators tell me “Their Hands Are Tied”. Michelle finds ways to use the very same educational codes to seek fair and equitable resolutions to administration and educational issues. Essentially, untying the hands of the administrators to allow them to develop creative solutions to the many types of problems they are faced with. I tell anyone who is faced with school administration or educational problems to “Seek Council” and more specifically, call Michelle Ball!
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Helped my son tremendously
My son started showing issues in the 3rd grade. He was technically a genius, but couldn't write and had other difficulties. In the 4th grade, we went on a 504, but were still really struggling. By 7th, he was only capable of writing 3-5 word sentences. The school district refused to help and refused to test him for anything. In 9th, I finally convinced them to do some tests in preparation for his SAT, but they again refused to do all the required ones! So I called Michelle. She was able to get me outside testing and a diagnosis. When presented with the results; the school had to test. She got him full support and full testing-so the computer accommodation from the College Board was easy to get. He is now getting almost straight A's and his ability to function has increased 10x! Teachers no longer call me or him a liar! I would recommend Michelle to ANYONE!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 420-420 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Michelle Ball
  • 1995 - Present


  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • Top 25%
  • 1994
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • undergraduate
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Tracy Unified v. Student IE
  • Successfully overturned expulsion on appeal
  • Jane Doe v. San Juan Unified School District
  • We were successful
  • BH, a minor v. Napa Unified School District
  • Defeated expulsion, got special education services


  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Clients Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012


  • Lodi News Sentinnel
  • Elkhorn Parents Persist
  • 2008
  • FEAT Newsletter
  • Basic Rules for Handling School Issues
  • 2006
  • Sacramento Sierra Parent
  • Sexual Harassment at School: What Can a Parent Do
  • 2003
  • Sacramento Sierra Parent
  • The Importance of Reviewing and Correcting Student Records
  • 2003
  • Gridley Herald
  • County Overturns GHS Expulsion Case
  • 2000
  • The Davis Enterprise
  • Family's School Transfer Appeal Upheld
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Yuba Sutter Bar Association Meeting
  • Education Law: Student and Parent Rights
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (11)
Endorse Michelle
Unknown Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Education Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Friend
"Michelle is a dedicated advocate for her clients. She puts her extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of education law to good use for them. If you're a parent or student with an education law issue in California, you should contact Michelle."
Education Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Our office has represented teachers for the California Teachers Association for many years. We have come across many cases in which the students and/or parents need representation and we are quite comfortable referring those cases to Ms. Ball. Usually these matters involve expulsions or special needs children. I have referred cases to Ms. Ball for over 8 years and my partner has referred cases to her for over 15 years."
Education Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known and conversed with Michelle Ball for many years. I regularly refer clients with education law issues to Michelle, not only because she is one of the few people that regularly handle such matters, but also because she has encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter. When I have contact with Ms. Ball about a particular matter, she explains things in a clear and concise manner. Michelle gives real world advice about the timing and conduct of education matters."
Education Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. MIchelle is diligent and hard-working and really knows her way around Special education and college law. Friendly, smart and funny...the go to person for education issues!"
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