Justin Shinnefield is a Partner with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.  For almost 20 years, he has represented California public school districts, county offices of education, private schools, community college districts, and special education local plan areas in various aspects of education law, specializing in special education and student issues. He advises clients on all matters related to serving the needs of disabled students and has extensive expertise on topics ranging from Section 504 disability discrimination complaints and student disciplinary matters to special education administrative proceedings. Mr. Shinnefield has successfully litigated special education cases in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.

Mr. Shinnefield is a frequent contributor to the Firm’s publications.  In addition, he regularly provides presentations and legal trainings in the area of special education law.  He has presented before dozens of school districts and organizations, including the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA).

Mr. Shinnefield is a resident of the Firm’s San Diego office and is now an ambivalent Charger fan.

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Mr. Shinnefield is a regular contributor to the firm’s publications and blogs.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member


J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


  • 1998, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
    U.S. Supreme Court
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