Jabari Willis' practice focuses on representing public entities, including school districts, in labor and employment and education law matters. His experience includes matters related to certificated and classified employee discipline, reductions in force, contract grievances, collective bargaining and Brown Act compliance. Mr. Willis also represents school districts in all aspects of special education law, including federal appeals of special education administrative decisions. Mr. Willis also defends private sector employers against claims related to wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and premise liability. 

Mr. Willis has represented employers in both state and federal courts, as well the Public Employment Relations Board, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Office of Administrative Hearings.

Honors & Recognitions

  • From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Willis was named a "Southern California Rising Star" by Los Angeles magazine, based on a poll of selected Southern California lawyers. This recognition honors exceptional Southern California attorneys who are under the age of 40.
  • In 2014, Mr. Willis was named to Lawyers of Color's Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession.
  • In 2012, Mr. Willis was selected as a "2012 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40" by the National Bar Association and IMPACT.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

He has conducted FRISK® presentations for school district clients and presented at the Special Education Training Academy (SETA) and various education conferences.


Mr. Willis contributes regularly to the firm’s education law blog, EdLawConnect, and other publications.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • John Langston Bar Association, former Board Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member


J.D., Loyola Law School
B.A., Morehouse College


  • 2005, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California

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