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Ryan Ford

Ryan Ford

Ford Law Firm, an education law firm for students and parents.
  • Education Law, Civil Rights, Personal Injury
  • California, Washington
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Ford Law Firm focuses exclusively on education law matters and is located in the Pacific Northwest. We are committed to serving parents and students from preschool to college with high-quality legal service. We believe in a collaborative student-centric approach that places students first. Our practice areas include Special Education, Civil Rights (Section 504, Title VI & Title IX), Student Discipline, Student Bullying and Harassment and Student Injuries.

Practice Areas
  • Education Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (2014)
Honors: - CALI Award Special Education and the Law - Most Outstanding Legal Intern Special Education & Disability Legal Clinic - Pro Bono Service Award
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University of California - Santa Barbara
B.A. (2009) | Political Science
Honors: Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association # 50628
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State Bar of California # 308102
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Websites & Blogs
Ford Law Firm | An Education Law Firm for Students & Parents | Seattle, Washington
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Legal Answers
12 Questions Answered

Q. my son told me he was molested 2 years ago by another kid. the bus and the school failed to notify us what can we do?
A: Do you have reason to believe that the bus driver or school or school district was aware your son was molested by the other child?
Q. There is a group of teachers being bullied by our principal. We have gone to HR several years with the same complaints.
A: What is the nature of the bullying? Please provide more detail. Thank you.
Q. My sons school has not followed the bulling policy by legislation. What are the next steps?
A: Regarding the bullying issue you could file a formal Harassment, Intimidation Bullying (HIB) complaint with the District. Depending on the nature of the bullying and the District's failures you may have a viable negligence or Section 504 lawsuit against the District. If the District failure to follow your son's IEP resulted in a denial of FAPE, you could file a due process complaint against the District. I would need more facts to provide additional analysis for either issue.
Q. What field of lawyer do I need to sue a school district for not keeping my kids safe at school during school hours
A: You want an education attorney. If you don't mind me asking, what happened?
Q. Weird thing to ask; Is a school teacher allowed to prohibit a student from attending a on site field trip?
A: More specifics are required. Why did the substitute require the student to return to class?
Q. I have been harassed by a teacher and a staff member of my school and want to know what can be done
A: More facts are required, but if you have a solid case, a lawyer could take your case on contingency, at little to no cost to you, and sue under Section 504 and other state disability law.
Q. My daughter is transgender. She transitioned socially at the start of this school year but hadn't begun hormone therapy
A: The federal law on this particular issue is in a state of flux. California has a very strong law for transgender students. See Edu. Code 221
Q. is there a law that daycare centers MUST prorate for days the child misses it they are there full time?
A: There's no law that I'm aware of. You look at the terms of the contract you signed and agreed to. If the contract says prorate, you prorate. If the contract says it's a fixed rate regardless of days missed, you pay in full. If the contract is silent, there's a decent argument the fee should be prorated because the daycare center is the drafter and ambiguities in a contract are decided favorably for the non-drafting party. Additionally, there are common law theories to contracting your son's father could argue, such as unconscionability; however, your son's father is unlikely to be successful on this front.
Q. Can schools share emails with a lawyer without legal cause?
A: Yes, under the circumstances you described, your school likely did not violate FERPA by sharing the information with outside counsel. When schools and districts outsource institutional services or functions, FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records to contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other third parties so long as the third party meets the criteria listed under 34 CFR 99.31. Outside counsel is a contracted third party who typically meets the requirements under 34 CFR 99.31. It's also possible that the information you requested is not a student record for FERPA purposes or is directory information. If so, under the former scenario the information probably falls under the public records act, and, again, it was acceptable for the school to share your information with outside counsel. Under the latter scenario, directory information is also an exception under FERPA and, again, it was acceptable for the school to share your information with outside counsel.
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Contact & Map
Ford Law Firm PLLC - Education Attorney
103 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Telephone: (206) 552-0258
Fax: (206) 260-9121