Fighting for the rights of students and their families since 2009
For nearly a decade, Alexis Casillas has represented students with disabilities and their families in educational-rights litigation at all levels, from administrative hearings to proceedings in federal trial and appellate courts. She has deep experience with every aspect of special-education practice, from helping parents navigate the IEP process, representing clients in mediation and settlement, trying cases in administrative hearings, and challenging (or defending) administrative decisions in federal court.
Although she primarily represents clients in special education proceedings, Ms. Casillas understands that a student's issues in the classroom may be compounded by other aspects of his or her life, and she has cultivated the legal expertise necessary to help her clients face a full spectrum of issues. She represents her clients using a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses all of the legal issues that may impact her clients' lives: special education, dependency and custody, criminal and juvenile justice, access to medical and mental health services, conservatorship, and more. Ms. Casillas also has an extensive network of attorneys, experts, advocates, and service providers to whom she can refer clients with specialized legal or educational needs.
A graduate of Columbia Law School, Ms. Casillas was selected as a Rising Star in her field of practice by Super Lawyers in 2017. She holds leadership roles in local, regional, and national non-profit organizations that work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the oldest and largest network of parents, attorneys, and advocates working to protect the civil rights of students with disabilities.