Our Practice Areas
Ensure your child receives a free and appropriate public education
Representing Northern and Southern California
I showed him that first check you got for us
Bonnie, You are the best. Looking back on 2020, I am very grateful for all you did for our family. The genuine care you have for John is felt by us all the time. Walking me through this process 3 times now and your winning at every turn has helped us in so many ways. It also allows him not to feel the pressure of knowing his schooling is expensive. With you in charge he knows we will get paid back. Most importantly, you allow John to feel justice is being served for how he was mistreated at school. That is very powerful. I know it is a big part of why you do what you do. When I showed him that first check you got for us he immediately started crying with joy. We hugged and he told me, “this makes me so happy!”. Thank you so much,
We highly recommend this office.
We found this office through a parent group that we trust a great deal. Wd’d never needed representation for an IEP and so didn’t know what to expect. We were very pleased with the process and outcome. Our attorney, Amanda O’Neil was all the things you want: professional, thorough and friendly. The thing we appreciated most was how easy it was to reach her and how quickly she responded to any/all of our questions. Her involvement in our IEP process is THE reason we were able to get the placement our child needed. It’s no fun to have a contentious relationship with the school district. Thanks to Amanda our relationship is good with the district and our child is thriving. We highly recommend this office.
Santa Cruz CitySanta Cruz
I will be singing glorious praises of David Tollner
Amanda was also very helpful when David wasn’t around. Sometimes God provide us angels to guide us in our most painful time of need and I truly believe David was that angel. We have been struggling for the past 3 years following the recommendations of the school district. We needed external help where our daughter could be in a structured environment where trained and compassionate individuals were there to help her 24/7. David is a very skilled Special Education attorney but what impressed me most was his compassion, understanding, kindness and patience. He was very responsive at all times and guided us on this stressful journey. When we met him for the first time, he patiently explained the strategy, how the system works and what needed to happen to go forward. I felt comfortable to call or email him anytime and he would respond very quickly to calm our fears or answer any questions we have. If you need someone who can truly help you when you feel most helpless and vulnerable, please give him a call. I am certain he can help you as he did us. God Bless David Tollner!
He had the best interest of our child in mind
David was very knowledgeable and professional from day one. His knowledge of the nuances of the legal process and the investment he made in understanding the specifics of our case was exemplary. Throughout the process, we felt that he had the best interest of our child in mind. Our early sense was that we were in safe hands when we signed up with him and this was confirmed through all our interactions and, ultimately, when we got the desired outcome for our child in the case.
Tollner Law firm exceeded my expectations
Tollner Law firm exceeded my expectations. I was referred to them from a reputable child advocate and I am so glad I chose them to represent my child’s case against our school district. I was very impressed by both Bonnie Yates and Devan Brothers. I appreciate their dedication and team work. Devan stayed on my case as we took it to the next level. They always seem to put the “client” first by making sure I had a clear understanding of the litigation process. Also both were very experienced, sympathetic, compassionate, and understanding of my son’s needs. Devan always impressed me with her thoroughness, sharpness, and attention to detail. She advocated so well that we were able to achieve our highest goal with getting my son into a very reputable and prestigious private school placement. Something most people did not think we would be able to achieve but we did with our drive and persistence. A BIG thank you to Devan, Bonnie and the team at Tollner Law Firm! I could have not done it without this well experienced and reputable team of attorneys. It was all worth the fight! Truly the BEST law firm in Education Law!
LAUSDSan Pedro, CA
If you are tired of being pushed around by a district
If you are tired of being pushed around by a district and your kid is suffering, David’s your guy. I could have said this in a more eloquent and less abrupt fashion, we have been through so much with SJUSD and were relieved that we were able to come to a satisfactory ending. Thanks again David!
San Jose, CA
I would recommend Tollner Law Offices and Amanda to any parent
I had been battling with the school district for years as things progressively got worse over time. I started the journey with a special ed advocate but soon realized I needed to have someone who knew more about the legal aspects of special ed as well as my child’s rights. I was recommended to Tollner by a friend and decided to meet with Amanda O’Neal to discuss our situation. After meeting with her I knew I had to take the next step and work with them. Amanda was the best, she listened with empathy to years of pent up frustration and supplemented them with her knowledge, soon enough we got the outcome we wanted that best served my child’s needs. My child is in the best placement possible and is in the best environment. I would recommend Tollner Law Offices and Amanda to any parent who is needing to navigate the difficult world of special ed.
CabrilloHalf Moon Bay
I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Tollner Law Offices
I’ve worked with two lawyers from Tollner Law Offices over the past six years, David Tollner and Bonnie Yates. Both attorneys are top-notch. I have two children who required their services. Both attorneys worked wonderfully with the school districts. They’re both very knowledgable about special education laws and guided my husband and me to get the appropriate accommodations and tuition reimbursement for our children. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Tollner Law Offices.
San Mateo-Foster CityFoster City, CA
We were able to reach a satisfactory settlement agreement
We were able to reach a satisfactory settlement agreement to avoid due process in our case. We continue to have an NPA provide behavior services for social skills, which is extremely important to us. We love working with Bonnie! She has been wonderful, and we would highly recommend her.
Torrance Unified School DistrictTorrance, CA
Attorney Amanda O’Neal goes above and beyond!
Attorney Amanda O’Neal goes above and beyond! She helped me resolve my complicated child special needs issues with the school district, or with any questions, I might have. She is extremely patient and thorough, updates were always available. She helped keep me calm through the whole process. I was truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Amanda O’Neal, she is awesome!! I wouldn’t think twice about recommending Attorney Amanda O’Neal, extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.
Belmont-Redwoodshores DistrictBelmont, CA