As a single mom who was lost with what to do for my son and his educational needs, David made everything very clear.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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