Karen Gilyard represents California school districts and community college districts in education law and labor relations. Ms. Gilyard provides interpretation and assessment of issues arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Educational Employment Relations Act. She also provides litigation services for special education due process hearings, Section 504 complaints, public sector unfair practice charges, and discrimination claims. Ms. Gilyard acts as a district negotiator and specializes in employment discrimination, student discipline, special education, and condemnation actions.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Ms. Gilyard has presented workshops and conferences for school administrators, teachers, and staff, educational agencies, and school board members on such topics as collective bargaining, Section 504, student discipline, and special education. 

Alerts & Articles


Ms. Gilyard has co-authored numerous summaries of recent statutes and court and administrative decisions relating to education and labor issues. She is a frequent contributor to the firm’s school law publications.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

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


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


  • 1983, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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