17702 Mitchell North
Irvine, CA 92614
Tel: (714) 417-9955
Fax: (714) 242-7304
Nick Davaei's career in the field of special education began at Long Beach Unified School District in 1998. He was initially assigned as a college aide to assist an Orthopedically Impaired classroom.
It was then when he fell in love with special needs students and shortly thereafter became the special education teacher of the class for the next 3 years. He worked closely with students who presented with various challenges and unique needs including those with Autism, ADD/ADHD, Speech and Language Delays, Learning Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairments, Visual Impairments, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as well as those under the eligibility criteria of Emotionally Disturbed.
In that capacity, he attended numerous IEP meetings and collaborated with many professionals and service providers in the field of Special Education and related services. Shortly after leaving his teaching position, he continued to work within the field of special education and accepted a position as Long Beach Unified School District's Due Process Liaison/Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator.
He worked closely with the District's Office of Special Education, its Administrators and Program Coordinators. During this time, he collaborated with the District’s Attorneys and Consultants in preparing cases for Due Process litigation and gained valuable experience in the area of special education law. At the same time, he attended Law School at nights where he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree in Law.
After two years of working in that capacity, he decided to shift his focus to becoming an Advocate and to directly help students obtain unbiased, appropriate and effective educational programs and services. Since 2003, he has represented hundreds of families as a Special Education Advocate and now an Attorney in various administrative proceedings against their Local Education Agencies including: IEP meetings, Due Process Hearings, Mediation Conferences, Resolution Sessions, 504 Meetings, SARB Hearings, Expulsion Hearings, Manifestation Determination Hearings and informal Mediations.
He continues to advocate and fight for students with special needs and remains committed to expanding his Law Practice in the area of Disability Rights and in connection to matters arising under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and The Family Educational and Rights and Privacy Act. He is currently representing many families in matters pertaining to Special Education and Regional Center disputes in the greater Southern California areas. He has worked closely with many highly qualified private and public sector Evaluators, Educators, Administrators, and Service Providers. He has also appeared before the California Office of Administrative Hearings on matters pertaining to Due Process proceedings.