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Advocates & Attorneys

The Calbos Law Firm, LLC.
1316 Westchester Ridge
Atlanta, GA 30329

Email: christy@calboslaw.com
Website: http://www.calboslaw.com
Areas of Practice: Former school district attorney with 10 years of experience in IDEA compliance, now using 'behind the scenes' knowledge and experience to benefit families and children in special education disputes with public school districts.

Geographical Area: Statewide - Georgia


DENNIS CORMIER, Ed.S. (Advocate)
Training & Support Services, LLC
868 Smith Rd
Cleveland, GA 30528

Email: denniscormier127@gmail.com
Website: www.trainingsupportservices.com
Areas of Practice: Do you need advice, someone to help you understand your parent rights or just someone to be in your corner? I have 35 years of experience as a special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, GNETS director and special education administrator. I can help with issues related to student behavior, suspensions, academics, Individualized Education Plans (IEP), testing and evaluations, eligibility, disputes between parents and schools, manifestations, accommodations and any other special education concern. I live in White Co (Cleveland) and will travel to most northeast GA. Visit my website at: www.trainingsupportservices.com to learn more.

Geographical Area: I generally serve northeast Georgia, however depending on the case, I am willing to travel.


Goldberg & Cuvillier, P. C.
1400 Montreal Rd. Suite 100
Tucker, Ga. 30084

Phone: 770-670-7343
Fax: 770-670-7344
Email: cuvillier@bellsouth.net

Areas of Practice: Student civil rights. Representation of students with disabilities from age 3 through college, graduate, and professional schools to obtain needed accommodations through IDEA (and IEP's), Section 504, the ADA, standardized testing accommodations, due process hearings, appeals, and court cases. Representation of students who are charged with disciplinary infractions in school and university hearings and appeals. Our firm has represented students with all types of disabilities. Some of these have included ADHD and learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, visual, speech, and hearing disabilities; multiple sclerosis, other physical disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.

Geographical Area: Our office is located in the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area. Our firm has represented students throughout the state of Georgia and in other states.

There is no charge for initial inquiries by e-mail or telephone.


Debbie Dobbs Advocacy, LLC
1595 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 204-277
Cumming, GA 30041

Phone: 678-315-2498
Email: debbie@debbiedobbs.com
Areas of Practice: Debbie has a Business Administration Bachelor’s degree and a Masters of Science degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Georgia State University. After experiencing firsthand how important parental advocacy skills are after the birth of her son, she obtained her advocacy training from the Georgia Advocacy Office’s Parent Leadership Support Project. She has also had trainings from Wrightslaw, COPAA, and NSEAI. Since 2007, Debbie has been working as an experienced advocate for special needs students. She works with families to help them acquire educational and financial resources. Debbie assists parents by attending school meetings and helping to create solid educational plans for children with all types of disabilities and food allergies. She helps with all aspects of special education, including eligibility meetings, IEP’s, 504’s, manifestation determination meetings, and developing behavioral intervention plans. She also helps parents with Medicaid Deeming Waiver Applications and guides them to numerous financial and provider resources. Please obtain a copy of her funding and resource document called ‘Navigating the Maze’ which provides lists of governments waivers, private grants and scholarships, and numerous non-profit and government resources at http://eepurl.com/1cJC1, confirm your email address, and download the document. Please email her at debbie@debbiedobbs.com or call 678-315-2498 to schedule a free 15 minute consultation. You can also connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DebbieDobbsAdvocate.

Geographical Area: Debbie is available to attend meetings in person in the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Area and can attend via phone or teleconference all throughout Georgia.


JEAN M. ESTES, ESQ. (Attorney)
105 Eric Run Court.
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Phone: 770.339.9854
Cell Phone: 770.339.9854
Email: jeanestes@bellsouth.net
Areas of Practice: Education law including all facets of special education, obtaining accurate evaluations, development of appropriate IEPs, Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans, represention of students in Manifestation Determination Reviews, School District hearings and tribunals, and in Juvenile Court after referrals by school districts. I am experienced in assisting in the development of appropriate Section 504 plans, Student Support Team plans and Response to Intervention Plans. I can also represent the student's interests in a variety of types of dispute resolution including Complaint Resolution, Mediation, due Process hearings, Formal Department of Education complaints and Section 504 complaints.

Geographical Area: State of Georgia


KATHY EVERETT (Advocate / Special Education Teacher)
Kathy Everett Consulting
4065 Pineset Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Phone: 678.230.6985
Cell Phone: 678.395.5536
Email: KathyEverett27@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.KathyEverett.com
Areas of Practice: All areas of special education-consulting, IEP writing and attendance, letter writing, resolution, mediation, due process hearings, expert witness for inclusive placements and special education, present seminars on curriculum modifications, effective communication for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Geographical Area: Anywhere with travel expenses.

Having daughters with disabilities and being a teacher, I know how to phrase things to get the appropriate education for your child. Navigating the special education maze can be emotionally draining and requires a vast knowledge of rules and regulations. I like to help parents, teachers, and administrators feel comfortable with each other and do what is in the best interest of the student.


315 W Ponce De Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Email: flynn_kathleen@msn.com
Website: http://www.kathleenflynnlaw.com
Areas of Practice:
Social Security and Disability


JEFFREY HOLLOWAY (Placement Consultant)
116 High Creek Dr.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Cell Phone: 770.286.3105
Email: gooddad@hotmail.com
Areas of Practice: With over 20 years of experience I focus on helping families find the best therapeutic school match for families seeking help outside the public school system. I provide the initial placement service as well as on-going consultation and continuous oversight of the placement.

Geographical Area: While based in Georgia, the families I help and the schools I place at stretch across the entire United States.



1845 Peeler Road, Suite C
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Phone: 404-316-0591
Email: marcia@lindneredconsultants.com
Website: www.lindneredconsultants.com
Areas of Practice: We help parents with a range of services, beginning with assisting in the process of qualifying a child, either with unidentified learning challenges or with an already diagnosed special need, for special education services. We can help parents advocate for testing provided by the public school system or refer them to independent testing resources, if the system's assessment is inadequate, disputed or refused . Once a child has identified special education needs, we educate parents on the services mandated by law and help them advocate for those services for their child with the school system in a collaborative way and assist parent in organizing the documentation needed to obtain services. We help families with children who require special education as a result of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, apraxia, dyslexia or other learning disabilities, or emotional/intellectual or health impairments.We will also prepare families for meetings to create or discuss individualized education plans (IEPs) or 504 plans. This includes helping families understand testing results and other communication, prioritizing support materials, proposing goals and accommodations, and providing and rehearsing strategies for the meeting. We will accompany families to IEP, 504 and teacher meetings as well. We will also work with families to enable their students to understand the services to which they are entitled under their IEP or 504 plans and to advocate for themselves.

Geographical Area: Metro-Atlanta Area; available outside Metro area by phone consultation.


ED 101

ED 101/Vision for Education
P.O. Box 2718
West Columbia, SC 29171-2718

Phone: 864.982.2381
Email: ted@ed101.org
Website: www.ed101.org

Areas of Practice: We provide services for all areas of disability including training for schools, non-profits, government agencies and community groups. We provide expert witnessing, IEP meeting attendance, due process, media support and mediation. Sliding scale and limited pro-bono work.

Geographical Area: South Carolina, North Carolina, & Georgia.
Please visit our website www.ed101.org contact us at info@ed101.org or call us at 864-982-2381


The Platt Law Firm
1418 Dresden Drive, Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30319

Phone: 404.255.3434
Email: Rplatt@plattfamilylaw.com
Website: www.plattfamilylaw.com
Geographical Area: Atlanta


SouthSide Education Advocates
770 Manley Road
Griffin, GA 30223

Phone: 678.858.5098
Email: dandbreynolds@gmail.com
Website: SouthSideedcuationadvocates.com

Areas of Practice: All areas of Special Education. I have a Master's Degree in Special Education. I worked as a Special Education teacher, and then Special Education administrator for 15 years. I started my own advocacy business 5 years ago after consulting with one of the local attorney's on a case he was handling. My passion is making sure that parents understand the process, understand their rights and get their voices heard in what is the best interest for their child.

Geographical Area: I am located in Griffin, GA. I have and am willing to travel all over Georgia.
Please visit our website www.ed101.org contact us at info@ed101.org or call us at 864-982-2381

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Positive Education Solutions
P.O. Box 7504
Atlanta, GA 30357

Phone: 404.376.6387
Email: brandi@positive-ed.com

Areas of Practice: Dr. Brandi Tanner is a previous special education teacher and school psychologist. She has extensive expertise and experience in Response to Intervention (RtI) and Student Support Teams (SST), special education eligibility, treatment integrity of interventions, Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), manifestation determinations, and 504 Accommodation Plans.

Geographical Area: Metro-Atlanta Area
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CHRIS E. VANCE (Attorney)
Chris E. Vance, P.C.
2415 Oak Grove Valley Road NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30345

Phone: 404.320.6672
Cell: 404.313.3800
Fax: 404.320.3412
Email: cevance@bellsouth.net

Areas of Practice: Special Education, Disability Law, Juvenile Law

Geographical Area: Georgia

Mrs. Vance graduated from Emory Law School and has been practicing law almost 25 years, 15 of which have been in the areas of disability and special education law. Mrs. Vance is also the parent of a child with disabilities and provides parents a discounted fee arrangement. Mrs. Vance has won numerous significant decisions in the area of special education and is able to effect positive settlements for her clients.


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BARBARA WALKER, Ph.D. (Advocate)
Special Education Resoultions
204 Polk Street, SE
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: 404.422.0238
Email: drbarbarawalker@spedresolutions.com
Website: www.spedresolutions.com

Areas of Practice: A Partner in Navigating the Maze of Special Education: An advocate and educator, Dr. Walker has accomplished much in the field of Special Education. She has earned several degrees in her field – including Masters from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Special Education for Georgia State University. With over 24 years experience in the field, she has taught children with disabilities of all ages, taught, trained and supervised teachers-in-training for the field, as well as researched and published in the field. Dr. Walker effectively works alongside educators, administrators and parents to advocate and attain educational solutions for individuals with special needs. Services include advice as needed via telephonic or email consultation, collaboration with school personnel to review services and develop strategies for preventing disputes, review of educational files to ascertain potential concerns, attendance at IEP and 504 meetings, school conferences, disciplinary meetings and manifestation determination meetings.

Geographical Area: Metro Atlanta and North Georgia

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