Our Practice Areas
Ensure your child receives a free and appropriate public education
Representing Northern and Southern California
David Tollner has assisted us over the past 8 years
David Tollner has assisted us over the past 8 years as we have untangled many issues with two different school districts in San Mateo County. He is flexible, open minded, professional, efficient and direct while respecting the values and opinions of all parties involved. Highly recommend him if you are dealing with a contentious situation.
San Mateo, CA
David Tollner is simply amazing!
As a single mom who was lost with what to do for my son and his educational needs, David made everything very clear.
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
We settled with the district
Bonnie Yates investigated mistreatment, discrimination, child abuse, and illegal actions against my kid’s right of receiving Free Appropriate Public Education. We settled with the district.
Redondo Beach Unified School DistrictCA
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
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
The best decision we have ever made!
Our 13 year old daughter with special needs had not been receiving the appropriate appropriate accommodations she needed to progress in school since kindergarten, despite years of advocating with inappropriate accommodations, incorrect placements, broken promises and failed middle school transition where she lost the entire sixth grade year! We finally got fed up and called Tollner Law Associates where we retained Amanda O’Neal which was the best decision we have ever made! Amanda has been instrumental and invaluable in finally obtaining the appropriate placement and accommodations for our daughter who is now finally learning and progressing! Amanda’s knowledge, guidance in the IEP and legal processes, professionalism, experience and personal passion with helping special needs children has been invaluable. Can’t even thank her enough for making things right for our daughter’s education.
Morgan Hill UnifiedMorgan Hill, CA
David and his team are outstanding results-oriented professionals. David is extremely capable and reassuring.
Where to begin. Our child has had an IEP since second grade and never really got the type or level of support she needed. We finally had enough of her IEP team dragging their feet and seemingly talking in circles and hired a special educational lawyer. Unfortunately, our initial lawyer didn’t seem to “get” our child or her needs. After a year, we turned to Tollner Law Offices and worked first with James S. and then with David T. to evaluate and help remedy our child’s situation. David and his team are outstanding results-oriented professionals. David is extremely capable and reassuring. He responded to our queries in a timely manner and kept us in the loop as to what was happening and what to (likely) expect next. He knows what to do and how to work with school districts and their lawyers. The journey over the years (since second grade) was a long and frustrating experience with repeated rounds of go-nowhere, do-not-much IEP meetings. Having David to navigate and guide us step-by-step led to a very satisfactory and successful outcome, for which we are forever grateful. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!) I highly recommend Tollner Law Offices
San Jose Unified School DistrictSan Jose, CA
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,