Mandy Leigh

Mandy Leigh

San Francisco, California

Mandy Leigh is a partner at the Leigh Law Group. She handles cases in special education, expulsions, suspensions, employment law, both public and private sector, and in education law.

Mandy is an experienced labor law and employment attorney. Her passion is representing public employees in disputes involving wrongful termination, collective bargaining issues, disciplinary matters, credentialing and retaliation. She also has experience representing employees who have been denied workplace accommodations but who may be entitled to them under state and federal law. She represents employees in administrative hearings, at mediation and in litigation both in state and federal court.

Mandy heads litigation in special education administrative due process hearings, the firm's law and motion practice in state and federal court and has appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of children with disabilities. She has obtained important published opinions and has obtained favorable settlement outcomes for her clients.

Mandy speaks nationally and recently spoke at the Council for Parents, Attorneys and Advocates annual conference, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in San Diego, CA on the issue of eligibility. She is often called upon to speak to Parent organizations, Non Public Schools and Agencies and provides training on special education compliance.

Mandy represents hundreds of parents of children with disabilities, handles a range of complex special education matters and litigates matters in state and federal court. She has published decisions which have made significant and positive changes in special education law which includes but are not limited to C.T. v. Vacaville USD (retaliation for advocacy in the Eastern District of California), E.M. v. Pajaro Valley U.S.D. (eligibility for students with CAPD and why the snapshot rule is not applicable in eligibility cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals), Z.F. v. St. Helena USD (Northern District of California regarding settlement agreements and offers to settle) and S.D. v. Moreland U.S.D. (Section 504/ADA claims for failure to address intensive needs of a child with self injurious behaviors).

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation in Special Education
  • Education Law
  • Special Education Law
  • Expulsions and Suspensions of students
  • Labor Law Matters
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Litigation
  • Higher Education Law
  • Disability Rights

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2003
  • California, 2003


  • Nova Southeastern Law University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • J.D. - April, 2002
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
    • Masters of Education Law - December, 2003
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.S. - 1993
    • Major: Telecommunication

Representative Cases

  • C.T. v. Vacaville USD
  • E.M. v. Pajaro Valley U.S.D.
  • Z.F. v. St. Helena USD
  • S.D. v. Moreland U.S.D.


  • Speaker, Council for Parents, Attorneys and Advocates Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, March 7, 2015 - Present