Michelle’s Blog Helped Us Educate Our Sons
I wanted to say thank you for the information you have on your site. My son was questioned by his school for an incident he was not involved in. We were unaware he could be questioned. Because of your lovely website we have now educated our sons on how to respond to the school if questioned again. Thank you for your time and effort representing students.
We Felt Like Your Only Clients
I can’t begin to thank you enough for taking us on as clients and fighting so hard for us. Without your intervention we certainly would have kissed all of last year’s tuition goodbye.
Just the fact that you listened and sympathized with our situation meant the world to us. You really worked hard on our behalf and as busy as you are you always responded quickly. It really felt like we were your only clients.
We knew going into this that fighting a private school might be futile but the fact that we got some of last year’s tuition refunded felt like a real triumph. It also helped ease the hurt, frustration, anger, and disappointment we felt and has helped us look to the future rather than the past.
We never, ever could have done this without you by our side. We are very appreciative.
Michelle Was So Helpful!
Thanks very much Michelle!!
You have been the most wonderful experience I’ve had dealing with last year’s issue. Please keep on doing what you do, so helpful with parents who had to go through something like that. All the best!!!
MM & AM
Your Intervention Was So Important
Our daughter graduated from her current high school. She had much better social interaction, made a lot of friends, helped the school, won many awards, and was accepted to a bunch of colleges as well. I would like to take a step back and realize with gratitude the importance of your intervention during her tough time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
It’s so great to get the confirmation. Can’t tell you how relieving it is! We really appreciate all the work you put into it.
Michelle Melted Our Heart And Gave Us Peace
I just was to say that you really melted my heart when you emailed us saying that you were thinking about our son and didn’t want him to miss out. We are so thankful for you and I thank God for your kindness. Honestly.. we were soooo stressed and when you took our case on I felt a peace in my spirit! I just wanted to show appreciation. We want to thank you for your professionalism, prompt responses and guidance throughout this journey.
AS and CS
Getting Everything We Asked For
I’m quite happy with this (given the circumstances) – seems like we are getting everything we asked for. Very happy with the outcome – thanks so much for your help!
Student Able To Return To School After Michelle Got Involved
I just want to say our family is incredibly grateful to you. Without a doubt, the reason he [our son] is able to go back [to school] is because of you. You jumped right in and helped us when we were scared and unsure of what to do. You also didn’t judge him for his actions but were really understanding. This was a very challenging time for our family, and you helped guide us through it. I can’t thank you enough!
Michelle Listened And Guided Us Through Awesomely
Both of us want to really THANK YOU! for all your help. You have been super awesome and you listened to us and guided us thru all this. We appreciate your help very much!!
Michelle Prevented An Involuntary Transfer
Had we not intervened, he (the student) would have definitely been involuntarily transferred to an alternative school. You have no idea how grateful I am for your services and for what you have done for our family! I count my lucky stars that I found you and you were readily available to help us within such a short notice.
Just FYI, when we were sitting in the District administrator’s office waiting for you to give us the ok to sign the agreement, the administrator stated he really liked the way you (Michelle Ball) approached things. He said that with his past experience, lawyers like to be rude and intimidating. They like to lay down the law and argue that. However, you are different. You’re calm and sensible. You wanted to have a communication. I think that’s what helped with the case. Keep doing the great work you do!!! You’re awesome and amazing at what you do. THANK YOU!
Assistance Helped Ensure UC Graduation
Thank you so much Ms. Ball. Without your valuable assistance at the worst moment we experienced with UC Merced, thus far, we probably would not be here today, getting ready to graduate in the Spring of 2023.
Outcome Better Than Ever Expected
Our son recently graduated. We are so proud of him and all his accomplishments. We will forever be grateful for all of your assistance through a difficult time. The outcome was much better than we could have ever expected.
RH & JH
Michelle Saved Us & Got Our Kids Admitted
Our children were being denied entry into their highly rated home schools due to overcrowding and were going to be redirected to much lower rated schools. This, despite assurances that if we met certain conditions, they would be allowed to attend. We satisfied those conditions long before the start of the school year but were told shortly before school started that there were now new conditions, which we again met, only to be told, without reason, that they were being permanently redirected. We were not given any information on who made these decisions – it was very Kafkaesque. We were at a loss as to where to turn as most lawyers are not well-versed in education law.
We then found Michelle, who specializes in education law. Furthermore, she is familiar with the districts, and more importantly, their lawyers. We were in a panic as school was set to start in a week, the kids had already made plans with classmates, and we were staring at possible private schools in the tens of thousands of dollars each, which was untenable, or sending them to far inferior schools.
Michelle acted very quickly. She wrote a detailed letter to the district lawyers with an even more detailed timeline of events, which included details we did not think were necessarily relevant but were. She made what we thought was a very strong case even stronger, but more importantly she was able to reach the right people. She sent off her letter on a Monday and the kids were in on that Wednesday – this, when school started on Thursday!
We seriously could not have done this without her, and I doubt any other lawyer in the area would be able to get the same results, assuredly not as fast as was necessary in our case. She was the consummate professional, but also deeply cared about us and our worries. I am sure she sees the panic in parents’ eyes all the time, but she is understanding and genuinely interested in what is best for her clients. This was one of the most stressful times in our lives and Michelle saved us.
Michelle’s Expertise Was A Blessing
Finding Michelle to help us navigate our dealings with the school administration was the biggest relief. Her knowledge and expertise in this area of specialty was a blessing.
It’s still astounding to me the lies the school told and all of their inconsistencies throughout the process. Thankfully Michelle has the experience to share with parents who are going through what our family went through.
You have been amazing and I am forever grateful to you for standing up for my daughter.
Michelle Really Changed Our 504 Outcome
Thank you so much for your assistance and guidance through this  process. Bringing you in really changed the direction and I know we couldn’t have done it without you.
BB Gun Offense Resolved
Our sophomore son accidentally brought an unloaded BB gun to school when he switched backpacks in a hurry one morning. Some kids that like to bully him around discovered the BB gun. Not long afterward the school caught wind of it and he was brought to the office. He received a suspension followed by a recommendation for expulsion. This is when we contacted Michelle. Our son is an IEP student so we had to deal with IEP meetings. Michelle attended his IEP meeting and was very on top of the situation. Two days after the IEP meeting the school contacted us and had decided to rescind the expulsion and allowed our son to return to school. Without Michelle’s representation and vast knowledge of the educational system, our story would have played out quite differently. We are so happy we found her.
A few months later and things are still going smooth at school. And in the end the courts system decided not to prosecute our son. A win-win situation all around.
MW (from Yelp)
CSU Suspension Removed And Averted
Michelle Ball helped us get through a difficult and stressful time in our son’s final year, at a California State University. Our son was accused of wrongdoing outside of school campus, and upon the school learning of this, the school put him on interim suspension. The school presumed our son guilty until proven innocent, which is unfortunate, to say the least. Michelle was instrumental in getting the school to remove the interim suspension, as well as insuring that there would be no record of the suspension or incident in his permanent school records. We could not have received this outcome had it not been for Michelle’s knowledge and negotiating skills. This is the best outcome we could have hoped for and we are thankful for Michelle’s expertise and very thankful that our son graduated and received his diploma. Had the outcome been different, it would have impacted our son’s future in a very negative way. We would not hesitate to recommend Michelle to anyone in need of legal assistance involving an educational institution.
SD (from Yelp)
Expulsion For Drugs Dropped In Less Than A Month
Michelle Ball is by far the best attorney ever. She accomplished keeping our son from an expulsion and did it in record time!
We were referred to Michelle by a friend, who talked highly of her and gave us her number. We called Michelle’s office and made an appointment to speak with her by phone. This made it so much easier than taking time off work and traveling 75 miles to consult with her. My wife and I found this very convenient.
On Oct 22nd, my wife, our friend, and I met in our friend’s office for a conference call with Michelle. We told Michelle that our 16 year old son was one of six students in trouble for using, selling, and/or possession of drug(s) (ecstasy). Our school follows the “Zero Tolerance” policy and our son was being recommended for a Mandatory Expulsion.
After 30 minutes of discussion about our son’s situation, Michelle told us our options. My wife and I had a lot to talk about. Hiring an attorney, Michelle, was going to cost money and there was no guarantee that the recommendation of mandatory expulsion would be lifted. We decided our son’s education was invaluable to us and proceeded with hiring Michelle.
On Oct 30th, I emailed Michelle, told her things were not going so well, and we would like to obtain her services.
On Oct 31st, she emailed us a fee agreement and release form to be completed and faxed to her.
On Nov 1st, the completed forms were faxed to her and she was hired.
On Nov. 3rd, she wrote a letter to the school district’s attorney, informing them now she had been retained to represent our son. The letter proceeded with facts that basically lit a fire under their bottoms. I quickly learned that Michelle Ball is aggressive and knows her specialty well.
Michelle and I corresponded the whole time by email (several), spoke 3 times by phone, and never met. This seemed very strange, but I have to tell you it worked well. It took care of business and kept the fees quite low. Take my word for it; this is the way to go.
On Nov. 21st, we celebrated the victory of the dropped expulsion. Our son returned to high school 1 week later.
This is an incredible story. Not everyone or every situation will have this type of prevailing outcome, but I believe you have a fighting chance with Michelle Ball. This is her specialty and she knows it well.
If your child is in a bad predicament as a student and you are not sure an attorney would be of value to your situation, call Michelle. She’s honest, sincere, and understanding, all while remaining professional. She is out to get the best for your child (and you) at the same time not gouging your pocket book for everything in it.
Thanks Michelle for everything. You are by far the best attorney I know, and that’s coming from a person who’s sibling is an attorney.
Michelle Guided Us Through A Confusing Process
We felt thrown for a loop and confused about where to start when our son was expelled from school. Michelle was with us every step of the way, taking the time to explain all that was going on that we didn’t understand. I am so glad she was with there for us, as we were very happy with the outcome. We would absolutely recommend her!
DD (from Yelp)
College Student Assisted
GATE Admission Accomplished
Our Son’s Small Placement Is Working
First, I want to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf. If you would like a reference I would be happy to give you one, in letter form or by personal call.
My son is now placed at a facility in X City by the school district and county mental health, as of last week. They are paying for this placement. The best part is that he is doing VERY, VERY well there, and although it has only been a week, there is a dramatic difference in him. This placement is very small, only 36 boys max, is day treatment in a home-like setting, and they use animals in the therapy. He is already doing his schoolwork which for months at the other schools he refused daily.
I wanted you to know that everything worked out very well, and we are pleased with the result. Although it was very costly in the interim, our goal was to get our son into an appropriate placement, which this is. I do believe that if we had not employed your services, we may not have had the same result. I have recommended you to others, and they will probably refer clients to you.
Michelle Helped My Grandson and Son
CW & DL
Son Receiving Proper Assistance
Thank you so much for working so hard to ensure our family received the necessary assistance for my son. There’s still much to do on our end but with the IEP in process we feel we’re on the right path. Your dedication and quick responses on our issues were truly appreciated and I wouldn’t hesitate at all to recommend you to anyone who needs help in this area.
Suspension Removed From Records
Our daughter was suspended, and we felt we were unjustly being bullied by the principal and vice principal of her school.
It took us a few weeks before we were able to figure out what we needed to do, and that was when we contacted Michelle. She contacted the school district’s attorneys and discovered that the suspension was against the school’s own policy. So the principal of the school was forced to remove the suspension from our daughter’s record.
We were happy with the end results, and I would not hesitate to use Michelle Ball in the future to protect our rights. She was easy to communicate with, personal and understanding.
Pharmacy School Issue Resolved
Thank you. Keep up the great work.
Accommodations And New Beginning Achieved
College Student Reinstated And Achieves Firefighter Certificates
Diabetic Student Given IEP
My daughter is a diabetic and the school refused to give her an IEP. I have been looking all over for an attorney and couldn’t find someone who would help me. I found Michelle by Googling and check out the reviews. They were amazing! Drove to Sacramento (almost 400 miles one way) to meet her. Around that time my daughter had a heart attack which made it more important to obtain an IEP. A few months later we got our IEP. I will say, up front, she is not cheap but she works hard and will always be there for you. If you call her or email her, she gets right back ASAP. She is so worth every dollar. We got our IEP in place around Feb and something came up last week regarding summer school and I contacted Michelle. My daughter is now going to attend summer school at home. She will always be there for you even after the cake has been baked and all the crumbs are eaten. I have a degree as a legal tech and know quite a few attorneys but Michelle can run circles around them with weights on her legs and still have time to stop for lunch.
SL (from Yelp)
Medical Marijuana Expulsion Resolved And Son Graduated
When my son, who has a disability, was suspended from school for bringing a small amount of medical marijuana onto his high school campus, the vice principal threatened to expel him from our district. It was his third suspension, more than halfway through his senior year. Our special ed attorney said we should just wait and see. Fortunately I Googled, “expulsion attorney” and found Michelle Ball!
We live near L.A. and Michelle is in Sacramento California, but she offered to clear her schedule for the hearing that was a couple of days away, and participate by phone. I am so glad she did. Michelle fired off a letter to the district, read through a mountain of special ed records, and asked me to get a letter from my son’s psychologist explaining how my son’s disability related to his behavior. We attended the hearing well prepared. The district backed down and admitted that my son’s behavior had been a manifestation of his disability, and that they had not provided the free, appropriate, public education that my son was entitled to by law.
Instead of being expelled, my son was transferred to a private school, where he was allowed to quickly complete the requirements for graduation. Michelle worked with us over the course of three months, as my son got into more trouble and we had to schedule more IEP meetings.
Michelle was always positive, professional, and quick to respond. In our first conversation, she explained to me the ins and outs of the laws regarding expulsion, and how those laws relate to kids with special needs. What a relief, after dealing with other attorneys! My son now has his high school diploma and we couldn’t be happier!
504 Plan And Accommodations Restored
Ms. Ball handled an educational matter for my dyslexic daughter. The school terminated my daughter’s 504 accommodations because she was getting excellent grades. They claimed that they only had to maintain a 504 plan if my daughter was failing and that she was not receiving accommodations. Her teachers were making accommodations for her and so was I by reading her textbooks to her because the school had failed to provide audio books as required by her 504 plan.
The legal fee was absolutely worth it to assure that my daughter gets the support for which she is legally entitled.
Daughter Restored To Varsity Soccer Team
Michelle sent a letter to the school district superintendent detailing the school’s obdurate behavior which in itself bordered on gender discrimination. That same week, my husband and daughter were called by the school principal for a meeting. She apologized and told our daughter she was reinstated back on the varsity soccer team. We truly believe that had it not been for Michelle Ball, our daughter would’ve lost out on playing a sport she truly loves her final year of high school!!! Thank you Michelle for righting the wrong of a system that at times acts omnipotent!!!
Once again thank you very much for your commitment to helping me in my situation. You were nothing less then outstanding. You will always be highly recommended by me to others.
School Dropped Expulsion And Expunged Records
The entire process of finding an educational attorney can be intimidating and difficult. We are glad we found Michelle. Michelle Ball helped us in our son’s difficult and complicated case. Our son was accused by another student of wrongdoing on his walk home from school. Upon the school learning of this, relying almost exclusively on the accusers version of the events, illegally interrogated our son along with the police and suspended him with a recommendation for expulsion. Further, the school decided to email the entire school community about the matter.
Michelle negotiated with the district and prepared a diligent and compelling memorandum which resulted in the school dropping the expulsion and agreeing to destroy the records of the event, upon certain conditions. This was a good result given the situation.
Additionally, although we do not live near Michelle’s Sacramento office, the distance was not a factor. We successfully communicated via many emails and phone calls. Michelle was speedy with her response times, despite her very busy schedule.
I would recommend Michelle Ball for any family who would ever need an educational lawyer!
GG (from Yelp)
Expulsion Dropped For Special Needs Student
I met Michelle Ball regarding the pending expulsion of my stepson, from his middle school, and can’t THANK her enough for all of her advice! I followed her recommendations and the school district agreed because of the loophole that Michelle informed me of, giving us an “out”, due to inadequate assessments.
They are now not pursuing the expulsion any more and he was able to start back at school the next day!! Her advice was invaluable and I am beyond grateful!! I will hopefully never need her services again, but it’s great to know that if I ever do, I know exactly where to go!!!
Thank you so very much!!
Success Achieved At University
She did the impossible.
Truthfully, we had our doubts about it being a waste of money (likelihood of success seemed small) throughout the process but I am so glad we went through with it. The cost was reasonable and we felt we were wronged so strongly by the other party (university) that we knew we would regret not trying. We went through all the appropriate channels and multiple appeals for over a year before seeking help. We basically had to take on our major university (which we love) because of one person higher up not doing what they should have. Esq. Ball was successful and that’s all we wanted.
SF (from Yelp)
Transfer Secured And Daughter Thriving
Michelle got us on track
Michelle’s knowledge of school district policies was invaluable in our effort to secure an inter-district transfer for our daughter. She provided a clear, concise argument for our case and kept us focused on facts that the school district would have to acknowledge. We ultimately prevailed in securing a transfer, and our daughter is thriving in her new environment.
Thanks Michelle for all the hard work!
Expulsion Appeal Leads To Expulsion Being Dropped
Reenrollment Accomplished Fast
Proper High School Education Secured
Keep up the good work. I am sure many more people will benefit from your practice in the future. Best of luck. We will definitely recommend you should any of our acquaintances require the services you provide.
Sports Future Saved, Expulsion Stopped, And Son Qualified For Special Education
B.H. & K.H.
District Implementing Services And Son Doing Great
Michelle Helped So Much We Hired Her Twice
We got the justice that my son was entitled to and made sure all his civil rights were kept intact.
I personally have already recommended her to 2 other families and will continue to so when I am asked.
Again, hiring Michelle Ball not once but twice was the best decision I made during my son’s duration in middle school as well as high school. We were all thrilled, including Michelle, the day my son graduated in June.
Thank You Michelle!!!
Michelle Shows Administrators How They CAN Solve Issues
Michelle Ball has on more than one occasion “Come to our rescue” dealing with School District issues. Unfortunately, these days school districts are so bound up by their own educational codes that they no longer have the flexibility to make decisions on their own. I can’t tell you the number of times I had school administrators tell me “Their Hands Are Tied”.
Michelle finds ways to use the very same educational codes to seek fair and equitable resolutions to administration and educational issues. Essentially, untying the hands of the administrators to allow them to develop creative solutions to the many types of problems they are faced with.
I tell anyone who is faced with school administration or educational problems to “Seek Council” and more specifically, call Michelle Ball!
Our Son Is Now Doing Well
Michelle…..our family wants to thank you for all of your hard work on this matter……..the letter you wrote is outstanding and well thought out…..the most important thing to us is that our son’s side of the story is now well documented and will remain in his permanent record…..he is happy at his new school and doing very well…….so everything seems to be coming together despite the stress we’ve all been through…..
KP, KB, and WB
New School Placements Meet Kids Needs
The cost of fighting the decision, while not insignificant, pales in comparison to the long term results that the district’s placement would have had on the rest of our children’s lives, and by extension, ours. They now have a much better chance at a quality education and a successful life, as opposed to the prospect of a less successful education experience and the negative impact that would have on the rest of their lives.
Legal Eagle Quality In Private School Matter
Knife and Theft Offense Worked Out With Alternative To Expulsion
Michelle Is Honest And Sincere
Suspension Reversed Pre-Appeal Hearing
School Shooting Joke Discipline Issues Resolved
Michelle’s Help Exceeded Expectations
A Thousand “Thank You’s” – Student’s Expulsion Dropped
Daughter Will Graduate With Honors After Michelle’s Help
Michelle was my ray of light in a very dim situation. My daughter was facing expulsion of two semesters, one school year, her junior year. The school board superintendent had just informed me that we would have the option of my daughter being home schooled or sent to an alternative school where “the attending students had just been released from jail or were one foot from being put into jail”. When I had suggested putting her in another school inside the school district he flatly said “no,” that she couldn’t go to another school in our district or any other public high school in the state! This sentence had been given due to finding smoking paraphernalia in her drawer at summer camp before the school year started, finding a cigarette lighter in her backpack the previous school year and smoking on campus the beginning of her freshman year.
When I stated I wanted a lawyer, the superintendent told me I could, however that it had never been done before! The hearing was in two weeks. I got Michelle’s name from a lawyer friend of mine. I had never heard of an Educational Lawyer. Michelle informed us of our rights, found errors in the written statements the superintendent had given us, then advised us on the possible outcomes. Immediately the school district started finding other options. The expulsion was reduced to a suspended expulsion for one semester. My daughter was admitted into a nationally recognized charter school in our district and is well on her way to graduation with honors.
Paramedic Program Reinstatement
Expulsion Averted After Intoxication At Football Game
Michelle Gave Us Hope
Michelle helped us with a serious situation that had been decided and closed. We did not know where to turn, what to do, or how to move forward. She did so much prep work to fight our case and the results were outstanding. We really had no hope left in our situation when we came to her but we were on top of the world when the case was resolved.
Thank you Michelle!
CSU Expulsion Averted
Our son was facing expulsion from a CSU and we knew we needed the assistance of an educational lawyer. Within the CSU campus system, being expelled from one CSU campus means you are expelled from ALL CSU campuses. Not knowing where to turn, we googled “education attorney” and found the name of an attorney practicing law in the area where my son was attending college. As soon as we spoke about my son’s situation, he advised me he did not handle that type of “educational law,” but immediately referred us to Michelle Ball, Esq. I asked if she was local, and he advised me she practiced law in Sacramento, CA, but that the distance between Ms. Ball to my son would not matter. He said he had worked on a case where Ms. Ball was opposing counsel. He was so impressed with the way she handled her client’s case, he said she was the one we needed to contact regarding our son’s situation.
Immediately, Ms. Ball and I were on a conference call – discussing the details of my son’s case. She immediately put our minds to rest, giving us a plan and course of action to pursue my son’s case. Letters were immediately written to my son’s college, as well as Ms. Ball’s persistence that the college take into consideration all aspects of my son’s case (he is a disabled student). She advised the college of our son’s plan to take time off from school to “regroup,” and offered other alternatives for the college to consider other than expulsion. My son was not allowed to have Ms. Ball present with him at the time of his hearing, but Ms. Ball prepared a detailed outline for our son to follow during his meeting with school officials. After our son’s meeting with school officials, he was advised he would hear back from them within ten days with their ruling. Our son did not hear back from college officials for almost 25 days. This time was extremely nerve racking for all of us.
The outcome of my son’s case was suspension, not expulsion. This means he is able to return to college in good standing after his period of suspension. We know for a fact the outcome of our son’s case would have had a different outcome if it were not for Ms. Ball. We are forever grateful for Ms. Ball’s tenacity in seeing this case through and her compassion to us, as a family, through this very difficult time.
If you ever find yourself in a situation like ours, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call Ms. Ball immediately.
Daughter Placed In Correct Program
I certainly recommend Michelle Ball to represent anyone who has school issues. She’s a great, experienced and knowledgeable Educational Attorney. She certainly helped my daughter to be placed in the right program at her school. I believe that had it not been for Ms. Michelle Ball’s involvement my daughter would have missed two very important subjects. She accomplished what I had been unable to do in over 16 months. My wife and I want to thank you for your time and efforts. We respect what you do.
GH & LH
Michelle Empowered Us To Help Our Son
I am writing you to tell you that my husband and I are deeply grateful to you and your staff for your devotion and professionalism.
We were at our wits end on trying to resolve our sons educational needs with the public school system. We thought schools where there to educate and help us. We found however, the bureaucracy and legalities involved were overwhelming and that the school and the District where not interested in helping us or our son but instead interested in their own agenda.
After years of advocating for our son, we finally decided to get some professional help. After finding your listing in the Yellow Pages under Educational Law, I felt that maybe finally we had found someone that had an understanding of what our struggle had been. Immediately after the first phone call I felt relief. After speaking to your secretary I thought, “finally someone that can help”.
My thoughts where right. The best decision I made was making that phone call that day. Once you got involved everything changed. Thanks to your help our son is now successful in school. He is getting the help he needs and is on his way. His self esteem and motivation has changed due to the changes that the school has made.
I know we would have never gotten our sons educational needs met without your involvement. After years of trying I know this is true. I speak to many parents and grandparents who are going insane dealing with the current school system and I tell them my story, our son’s story, and how are lives changed after getting your help.
There are too many children who are suffering needlessly and parents who worry about them. Parents who try hard to work with their local schools, believe what they say, as we did, but get nowhere. Our son is on the road to success because I made that call, that day two years ago. I feel relieved to know there is someone in his corner other than his father and I. I no longer feel helpless because I have the comfort of knowing if I need help, I have found a great recourse.
That great recourse is you, Michelle Ball. I know without your expertise and professionalism we would never have been able to have our sons specific needs met. Our family thanks you.
Our Child Will Graduate
Michelle Ball took our case and successfully obtained an alternative that was better than the options that we were given by the school. Now our child is on track to graduate while remaining in the public school system.
She also informed us of rights that our child has in school and helped obtain a special plan so that the school can better accommodate our child in the learning process.
Michelle is the greatest!
D.W. & M.W.
Drug Sales Charge Dropped
Michelle Ball is a very good attorney to represent families that face education discipline disputes with school districts. Michelle will take the time to educate you on what to expect, along with being a great advocate for you when dealing with school districts. She will also give great advice regarding what possible outcomes you can expect depending on what discipline action you are facing.
Our son was initially charged with drug possession with intent to sell at a Sacramento-area high school and facing not only suspension but also possible expulsion. With Michelle’s help, we identified errors in the school’s incident report and got the intent to sell charge removed from his record. In addition, the school district dropped their pursuit of an expulsion hearing for our son. As a result, I highly recommend Michelle Ball to represent your interests to the highest degree during times when families often do not know what to do or who to believe.
Son Returned To School The Following Quarter
Michelle was able to get our child schoolwork and graded while she worked this out with the School District and also got him back into his own school by the start of the next quarter. I would never have been able to do it without her. Michelle is knowledgeable and reliable. She kept me informed and she gave me hope.
We are grateful we found her!
Son Now In College
Medical Recommendations Enforced
I can not thank enough Michelle, for the great help and professionalism she had shown while solving our situation with my son. Through her hard work, dedication and ingenuity she was able to convince the school district ,that my son deserves to be retained and allowed to repeat 9th grade. The district was pushing him to 10th grade disregarding 3 doctors recommendations.
The school district fought us for several months but eventually we won and the right decision was made.
Michelle was instrumental in battling with the district and make them offer my son what was all along the correct and honest resolution to his specific medical situation.
Michelle is the best!
SM (from Yelp)
Interdistrict Transfer Approved
Michelle helped us to successfully change a denied interdistrict transfer to approved. She is knowledgeable, reasonable, detailed, and a great communicator to have in your corner. I would absolutely hire Michelle again and recommend her to anyone needing educational representation.
District Finally Tested; College Board Accommodation And Better Grades Achieved
Suspension And Expulsion Dismissed
I found Michelle by google search. I visited her website, read the fees information and her articles of professional advice on educational legal matters. I was very encouraged. So I called to make our first consultation appointment. She was very efficient in our meeting. She gave us an honest analysis on our case. We hired her without hesitation. She was very responsive and stayed on top of everything. After reading the pre-meeting materials, she gave us advice and strategies. The material was devastating. Michelle told us upfront that it could very likely lead to expulsion. But Michelle managed to negotiate for us to get result of no suspension and no expulsion. We are very happy about this result. Without Michelle, we were not able to get this perfect result. Thank you so much Michelle!!!
Son Returned To School
MW, DW & EW
Transfer Denial Reversed And Daughter Able To Remain At School
I decided to contact Michelle for advice after reading her blog about inter district transfers. I was looking for information because the district my daughter is enrolled in had just changed it’s policy on such transfers and notified me by email. I decided to hire her after a half hour consultation. She knew exactly what to do to ensure that my daughter did not lose her position in the district. Michelle knew the law, and recognized the district had made a mistake in their interpretation of California law as it pertained to my daughter’s transfer. She was able to fix the problem with just a few emails to the district office. I am so glad I found her. My daughter was heartbroken that she may not be able to continue in her school. Now she is happy and can focus on her schoolwork. Thank you Michelle!
Michelle Kept Me Informed
Michelle Ball is not only knowledgeable in her field, she is sincere and personable. She informed me prior to making moves, I never had to “track her down” to get an update on my case…she kept me abreast on everything.
Anonymous on AVVO
ADA Rights Upheld
She defended my rights in 2012 and forced the school to obey the law. If the school is violating ADA regulations, call her. You won’t be sorry.
JP (from Facebook)
Thank You For Helping
Without a doubt, the best step we took was retaining you for your services. The process, whether fair or not as it pertained to our child, was put to rest extremely successfully based upon your services. The trust and confidence that you gave to us helped. You helped in putting aside our fears. You are extremely talented and well versed in education law. Thank you for helping us.
Michelle Communicates Well And Ensures Justice
We recommend Michelle Ball as an education lawyer due to the fact that she has stuck by our family and stayed with us to help us with certain issues we have with the school. She has also persistently talked to the school to ensure that justice was served. In addition, she dedicates her time to helping students and parents alike with unfair instances that have occurred at school. Adding to the fact that she does her best to right the wrongs done, she also clearly communicates with her clients to ensure that the most educated decisions are made. Her clear communication also ensures that students and parents alike have a grip of the situation they are dealing with. Another advantage of having her clear communication is that she guides one to understand the student’s rights in the education code. Therefore, I do advocate that Michelle Ball does a very good job of making sure that everything is sorted out when something unjust occurs within the school system.
K. L. (from Yelp)
Back in California & not a moment too soon…
After an entire decade of school districts in both California and Arizona discriminating against my behaviorally challenged and learning disabled student, Michelle Ball put them in their place quick! We were facing expulsion, yet she was able to stop this just in time, even on short notice. Instead of showing up to a meeting and being told how my son’s future was “over” the entire administrative staff and educators present in a taped meeting did a complete 360 degree turnaround, staying nearly silent throughout the ordeal, only to say that they’d decided to keep my son enrolled and try better to make sure they had followed procedures for next time. Michelle did this with one email, which the principal received that morning! Now, I will say, that the former principal is unfortunately the new Superintendent of our district, but they aren’t messing with ME anymore! My only regret is not calling Michelle 10 years ago, before my son was allowed special ed status. Our ordeal has been a literal nightmare up until this point, but things have certainly improved & I feel like a champion! Thanks so much….
KC in CA at last.
Michelle Helped Our Daughter
I hired Michelle to fight a wrongful expulsion for my daughter. She knows the education codes like the back of her hand, so nothing got past her. It’s like she has a third eye. She kept us informed every step of the way. She’ll fight until everyone is satisfied. After it was over we were sad to see her go.
Bullying case put on full speed
I 100% completely recommend Michelle Ball as your #1 education attorney. She was excellent from the moment I had my first consultation with her to the end. She knows all about law and will give you the best advice to your personal situation. She helped putting things in full speed with my son’s bullying case and I can’t thank her enough.
Michelle Is Recommended
I contacted Michelle regarding school issues with my son. I was scared because I didn’t know the school lingo very well and wasn’t sure what I was doing. I put all my trust in Michelle and she was amazing at what she accomplished for us. She was honest and straightforward and I would recommend her to anyone that is in need of a good attorney for any school issues. When it comes to our kids you want to hire the best and Michelle knows her stuff.
Thank you Michelle!
Student Admitted To Appropriate School
I never thought that I would need an educational attorney. After all, I was a retired special education teacher, and I had written my fair share of IEP’s. I knew how to navigate my way around the special education system, or so I thought! Then came reality! My seventeen-year-old daughter, with a learning disability, was being denied access to our local high school. It was the high school that she wanted to attend, and it was also the least restrictive environment for her. After trying everything in my bag of “educational” tricks, (over a period of two years), i.e. SST meetings, IEP meetings, a special education public school, and even a non public school, I still couldn’t get her into the local high school.
So, I contacted Michelle Ball. I phoned her office on Monday evening, and by Thursday morning, my daughter and I were sitting in her office for our consultation. Michelle agreed with me that my daughter should be allowed to attend the local high school. As a result of our consultation, Michelle wrote an outstanding letter to the school district superintendent, stating our position, and gave recommendations for the school district to follow. On Monday, the letter was emailed, (and US mailed), to the school district superintendent. By Friday, my daughter and I were sitting in an IEP meeting, and we were selecting her high school classes. Michelle Ball was able to accomplish in a little over a week, what I had been unable to do in over two years!!!
Michelle Ball is an experienced, personable, and extremely knowledgeable educational attorney. I highly recommend her to anyone needing her services.
Interdistrict Issues Resolved
Michelle had the right background to help reach a positive outcome
Highly recommended for education issues
Michelle was instrumental in helping us deal with the school district and obtain the best outcome for my grandson. Dealing with the school ourselves was overwhelming and frustrating but she acted quickly and professionally on every issue. I would highly recommend her services in dealing with education or school related matters. Before retaining Michelle we had a referral to another lawyer but it was clear he didn’t have the needed background for dealing with our issue. Michelle knew from the start what was needed and went to work quickly on a positive outcome.
Suzanne H. (Insider Pages)
Daughter Finally Received Her Services After Michelle Stepped In
My daughter ended the last school semester with a 3.76 GPA, the best of any of our children! Michelle is a very hard-working, capable attorney and a caring human being. I would highly recommend her to anyone whose child is experiencing a problem with the education system.