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Lozano Smith Announces Arrival of Leading Special Education Attorney; Names New Practice Group Co-Chair

San Diego, Calif., (September 29, 2014) - Lozano Smith, LLP, continues to bolster its Special Education Practice Group with the addition of Diane Willis, and the appointment of Summer Dalessandro as the new Co-Chair. The advancement marks a trend for Lozano Smith as it continues to expand throughout Southern California, particularly with accomplished attorneys. Diane and Summer both serve as Senior Counsel in the firm's San Diego office.

"Our clients deserve an ongoing commitment from our firm to evolve and elevate our expertise," said Andy Garcia, Executive Director of Lozano Smith. "Diane and Summer greatly complement our deep bench of Special Education attorneys, and more importantly, remain committed to furthering the mission and success of clients."

Ms. Willis is a highly regarded attorney who joins Lozano Smith with 15 years of experience advising countless educational agencies through the complexities of special education law. Her extensive experience includes representing school districts throughout the state at IEP meetings, mediations, due process hearings, and federal court appeals. Ms. Willis has successfully completed more than 15 due process hearings to decision with prevailing party status.

Ms. Dalessandro joins Northern California based Sarah Garcia as Co-Chair of the firm's Special Education Practice Group. In this position, Summer is responsible for providing strategic direction for the practice group, which includes 20 attorneys across all eight offices. In addition to the leadership role, Summer will continue to counsel clients, where she is noted for representing districts throughout the state in due process hearings, federal court appeals and mediations.


About Lozano Smith
Lozano Smith is a full-service education and public agency law firm serving hundreds of California's K-12 and community college districts, universities, and numerous cities, counties, and special districts. The firm's expertise includes, but is not limited to, personnel matters, labor relations, technology, real property and construction matters, constitutional issues, special education, student discipline, school funding, charter schools, bond elections, governance, and litigation in all areas of representation. Lozano Smith has offices in 8 California locations: Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Petaluma, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego and Walnut Creek. For more information about Lozano Smith or to see full attorney bios, visit or find us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also download the Lozano Smith App.