Howard Fulfrost, Esq.

Howard J. Fulfrost is a partner with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP.  Mr. Fulfrost is a recognized legal leader in special education and student-related matters, and in particular the legal obligations of local educational agencies to students with disabilities. Mr. Fulfrost has been an education attorney since graduating from law school. He has represented and advised school districts, county offices of education and special education local plan areas with regard to all aspects of special education law and practice. Whether assisting personnel to prepare for a difficult IEP team meeting or providing one-on-one coaching to a new special education administrator, Mr. Fulfrost enjoys proactively collaborating with school districts. A popular presenter, Mr. Fulfrost is invited to speak throughout the country on a variety of special education legal topics.

Prior to private practice, Mr. Fulfrost was employed as staff counsel for the Division of Special Education at Los Angeles Unified School District. In that position, he represented the District in hundreds of due process cases and provided ongoing legal support to every level of District administration in all areas of special education law. Before earning his Juris Doctor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Mr. Fulfrost began his professional career in the New York City public school system where he coordinated a community-based program in two high schools. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. As an undergraduate, he was a student teacher in special education at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Neuropsychiatric Institute (now Semel Institute) in-patient school. Mr. Fulfrost currently serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights. Mr. Fulfrost was named a Southern California Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

During the summer of 2012, Mr. Fulfrost was invited to participate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Universal Design for Learning Institute. Mr. Fulfrost is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Southern California’s Doctor of Education program. His concentration is K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings.