Nicholas G. Felahi

Associate | San Diego

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Nicholas G. Felahi is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s San Diego office. Mr. Felahi’s practice focuses on special education/student issues, litigation, work place investigations, and facilities and business matters.


Mr. Felahi assists school district clients with special education matters relating to IEP meetings, mediations, and due process hearings. He also advises district clients to ensure compliance with Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Mr. Felahi serves school district clients in all phases of litigation, with a focus on contract related disputes. He is experienced in contract review, and provides advice to clients relating to various types of business agreements. He also regularly conducts work place investigations.

Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Mr. Felahi assisted clients in a variety of litigation matters, including contract disputes, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, and anti-SLAPP motion practice. In addition, he engaged in alternative dispute resolution and settlement negotiations on behalf of his clients.


Mr. Felahi earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. During law school, he participated in the McLennon Moot Court Competition. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History (cum laude) from the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Felahi has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.

New Laws Narrow The Use Of Medical Exemptions For Student Immunizations

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

October 2019Number 54Through Senate Bills (SB) 276 and 714, California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to narrow the use of medical exemptions from immunization requirements by requiring a singular exemption form and consolidating oversight through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In creating stricter scrutiny over medical exemptions, SB 276 and 714 continue in the spirit of SB 277, adopted in 2015, which eliminated religious and personal belief exemptions to schoo...

New Laws on Enrollment Offer Students More Flexibility and Stability and Require Website Posting by January 1, 2019

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

December 2018Number 88Through Assembly Bills (AB) 2826 and 2949, California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to make the interdistrict transfer process more accessible to families, as well as provide additional protections to students of military families, who are often subject to frequent school changes.Assembly Bill 2826 - Pupil Enrollment: Interdistrict Attendance:AB 2826 strives to make the interdistrict transfer process more transparent and timely for families. Under the new law...

New Laws Promote Student Health and Safety

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

November 2018Number 68California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to promote student health and safety by approving several bills this session. Assembly Bills (AB) 1798, 2435 and 2816 were passed to create or expand requirements or funding for school districts in relation to bus transportation, air quality, and pesticide use.Assembly Bill 1798 - Passenger Restraint Systems on All School Buses by July 1, 2035Existing law requires passenger restraint systems on certain classes of schoo...

California Attorney General Publishes Guide on the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students and Families

By: Sloan SimmonsNicholas Felahi-

April 2018Number 17The California Attorney General's Office (AG) has published a comprehensive guide and model policies to equip local educational agencies (LEAs) with information and resources for addressing immigration enforcement actions and also, hate crimes and bullying that target immigrants.The guide is intended to serve as an instructional tool for LEAs in addressing increased U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity and the impacts of the rescission of the Deferred Act...

New Title IX Website Posting Required by July 1

By: Ruth MendykNicholas Felahi-

May 2017 Number 22 July 1, 2017 is the deadline for California educational agencies to post information on their websites about students' rights under Title IX. The new posting requirements of Senate Bill (SB) 1375 can be found in Education Code section 221.61 and are in addition to the website posting requirements related to competitive athletics found in section 221.9. (See 2016 Client News Brief No. 36.) Both sets of requirements are part of California's Sex Equity inEducation Act. ...