Diane Wiscarson


(503) 727-0202

Contact me for: Special Education Law

Our attorneys will review each child’s educational situation on a case-by-case basis, and then help parents figure out whether legal representation is necessary. To do that effectively, parents are never charged for an initial consultation. At an initial consultation, an attorney will meet with you, review your educational documents, assess your child’s unique educational issues and explore options. At the end of the consultation, we can help you decide whether your child needs legal representation, and if so, how we can best serve your child. If you do not need an attorney, we will forthrightly tell you so, and help you plan your next steps.

Wiscarson Law can help you by working with you and your school district or education service district in a variety of ways, including:

• Helping develop and implement an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a § 504 Plan;
• Guiding parents through the special education process;
• Talking to public education personnel;
• Providing “behind the scenes” legal advice or assistance;
• Attending meetings;
• Assisting with eligibility determinations for special education services;
• Helping determine and ensure appropriate specially designed instruction;
• Helping find and secure an appropriate placement;
• Filing Complaints and Due Process Complaints with State Departments of Education;
• Advocating in special education mediations;
• Negotiating settlements;
• Attending disciplinary proceedings for regular and special education students; and
• Helping navigate other educational issues for successful resolutions.

When you need help establishing or maintaining a guardianship, conservatorship, or temporary fiduciary, Wiscarson Law can assist you throughout all phases of the process. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the intricacies of State requirements. We will discuss with you the extent to which your loved one is unable to independently manage their personal or financial matters, help decide which kind of fiduciary best fits their needs, and then file the necessary paperwork to commence the proceeding.

Diane’s passion for special education law stems from her own frustrating experience with the IEP process. Diane is the parent of three boys, one of whom required an IEP through all of his years in public school. While attending law school, Diane was also trying to figure out how to get her son’s educational needs met, with little success. After learning from a law professor that there were laws and legally defined educational rights, Diane knew she would spend her legal career helping families with disability-related needs.

Diane graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1996. Since that time, Diane has relentlessly advocated for students with special needs. She is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and actively represents clients throughout both states at the local, regional, state and federal levels. Diane is also admitted to practice law in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, and the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

As a special education lawyer, Diane has been most fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on numerous boards and committees. Diane currently serves on the Dispute Resolution Committee, an Oregon Department of Education work group, and the Program Planning Committee for the Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the Law, through the University of Washington, School Law Division. Diane is also a frequent lecturer at various local, state, regional, and national meetings and conferences.

Diane’s legal skills and outstanding ethical practices have been recognized by various awards from the professional community. These awards include the BV Distinguished Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards for 2010 and 2011 from LexisNexis and Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, the Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation from the Washington State Bar Association, Honorable Mention in the Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Challenge, and Arbitrator of the year for 1997 from the Better Business Bureau of Oregon.

Diane’s interests beyond her passion for disability advocacy include spending time with her husband and family, unlocking the mysteries of her family’s genealogy, scouring auctions, flea markets, and garage sales for antiques, crocheting, and playing with her adorable dogs.

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