David Girard has practiced education law in California for over 35 years, representing educational agencies throughout California in matters including constitutional rights, contracts, property, pupil services, personnel, finance and special education.
Mr. Girard has taught special education law, education law, and finance while a professor in the Graduate School at the University of California at Santa Barbara and while at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught special education law in the joint U.C. Davis/Sonoma State University doctoral program and Sacramento State University. He has lectured at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall.
Mr. Girard has acted as special legal counsel to the California State Department of Education and Office of Administrative Hearings in organizing and implementing the state’s first special education mediation and hearing units and procedures. He authored California’s first special education hearing officer’s manual. He has extensive special education mediation and hearing experience through federal appeal.
Mr. Girard received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law and holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Girard has presented numerous seminars for professional associations such as the State Department of Education, California Association of School Psychologists, California School Boards Association, American Arbitration Association, Association of California School Administrators, National Education Association, and California Association of School Business Officials. Since 1975, Mr. Girard has taught, and made presentations on numerous legal topics to professionals in the private and public sectors.