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I have spent my entire professional career leveling the playing field for people with disabilities while working to help to remove the shame, stigma and fear often experienced by my client

My legal practice covers all of California. I represent children and young adults from age 3 through high-school who are eligible for special education.

For most of my clients, I personally attend their IEPs and oversee their educational plan. Compliance is a key factor in a successful IEP. My team of experts and I not only assure that the IEP is appropriate, but is carried out with fidelity. I firmly believe that parents have a civil right to be involved in their child’s education plan and work to ensure that those rights are maintained throughout a child’s education.

My firm has been successful in negotiating and receiving services and compensation and have seen lives change for the better.

Early in my career as an Attorney, I recognized significant flaws in the education system at the very highest level. To provide a solution to these problems, I developed an educational software program and personally traveled from State to State to ensure that students with learning difficulties have the same opportunity to succeed as those without such challenges. As a result, almost every State in the US has integrated this program into the discrete areas of education that were affected by these issues. I’ve been fortunate that I have had the opportunity to affect the lives of millions of people for the better.

I obtained my J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. My M.S. is from New York University and my B.A. from Hofstra University, New College. I spent one-year studying philosophy and religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at Yosan University for three years.


Mary Peitso has been helping families navigate the special education system since 2006. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University, Mary went on to later complete the Lawyer’s Assistant Program at the University of San Diego and received her paralegal certification. She has been a paralegal since 1997 working for lawyers who practiced various types of law. Having been a member of the first class at the Institute of Special Education Advocacy in 2011 at the College of William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, Mary returned there in 2016 to complete an advanced advocacy course and receive certification.

Mary has been a member of the Council of Parents Advocates and Attorneys since 2009 and was a Committee Member on the Office of Administrative Hearings Special Education Advisory Committee from 2012-2014. Mary is also on the Regional Advisory Committee for the State Council for Developmental Disabilities Regional Advisory Committee.


Mary-Kate began her legal career serving as minors’ counsel at Childrens’ Law Center of California. While working at Childrens’ Law Center, she represented hundreds of children in Los Angeles County in cases involving abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Mary-Kate thrived in her time at Childrens’ Law Center, where she sharpened her trial advocacy skills by routinely conducting many hearings and trials. While working within the foster care system, Mary-Kate was exposed to the academic challenges many children and families in need face.

Mary-Kate’s desire to continue serving as legal counsel for children coupled with her enthusiasm to address their academic potential led her to join the Education Justice Law Group in 2021. Mary-Kate brings extensive experience working with and advocating for children with social, emotional, and educational needs. Mary-Kate now exclusively practices Special Education Advocacy and enjoys the passion and hard work that everyone at Education Justice Law Group puts forward into their shared mission.

Mary-Kate received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific University with a major in Political Science and a minor in pre-law studies. During college, she interned for the California State Assembly and was a national scholar through the President Ronald Reagan Leadership Program.

After joining the staff at her Alma Mater’s History and Political Science Department, Mary-Kate went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine, she served as president of the student bar association and was a member of the school’s elite moot court and honors trial advocacy teams – earning many awards for her written and oral accomplishments. During her law school tenure, Mary-Kate also served as an extern to the Honorable Mark D. Houle in Federal Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.


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