Andrew Fausto is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Fresno office. His practice is focused on the special education, student and municipal aspects of public agency law.
Mr. Fausto frequently prepares due process complaints and responses for due process cases and reviews records, such as IEPs and assessments, to respond to due process complaints. He has prepared responses to CDE complaints and prior written notices for clients. He also advises clients on their legal obligations under the IDEA and other state/federal laws. Mr. Fausto also supports clients by preparing applicable documents ahead of student expulsion hearings and advising on all procedural aspects of the expulsion process. He also advises clients on free speech issue, access to records, student discipline, school funding, law enforcement at schools, independent study, J-13A waivers, and other issues. He is also experienced in reviewing and redacting student records for student record requests. Mr. Fausto assists clients with Public Records Act requests by reviewing records and redacting confidential information.
Mr. Fausto received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a concentration in Business Law. During law school he was the President of the Hastings First Generation Professionals, which is a student-led group that strives to address the transition and integration of first-generation law students into UC Hastings and the legal profession through mentorship, career advising, and social activities. He also was a Staff Editor for the Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal. Mr. Fausto also earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award and Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Negotiation and Mediation, and was awarded Best Brief for Moot Court. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.