Cheri Hatanaka

Cheri Hatanaka

Associate Attorney
San Francisco, California
800-768-2168 (Toll Free)

Cheri Hatanaka is an associate attorney at Leigh Law Group. She handles cases in special education, expulsions, regional center and IHSS.

Cheri is passionate about helping kids with special needs and their families. She has experience representing children with a variety of disabilities. Having a deaf son with cochlear implants, Cheri deeply understands the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children, including deaf plus kids. Cheri has a working knowledge of ASL and SEE sign.

Prior to entering the special education field, Cheri was a felony prosecutor in Arizona. She has prosecuted hundreds of cases, including child molestation, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery and grand theft auto.

Cheri is an Advisory Board member at Family Resource Navigators (FRN), a non-profit that serves families of children with disabilities and special needs in Alameda County. As part of her volunteer work with FRN, she designed and facilitated Parenting a Child with Hearing Loss, a parent-lead training and support group.  Cheri is the proud mother of eight year old twins.


  • The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. - May, 2005
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • B.A. - December, 1997
    • Major: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar, 2009 - Present
  • Arizona State Bar
  • Alameda County Bar Association