Geneva Taylor is an equity partner. She leads the firm’s special education practice and manages the firm’s Houston office. Ms. Taylor focuses her practice on the representation of Texas school districts, special education cooperatives and community colleges in all areas of school law with an emphasis on special education, employment disability, and student discipline. Ms. Taylor is a nationally recognized expert in special education and disability law. She has extensive experience in advising clients regarding State and Federal Civil Rights and anti-discrimination laws including but not limited to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the United States Constitution, and employment law.
Ms. Taylor was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Taylor was named Super Lawyer Rising Star for the State of Texas in 2018 and 2019. She was also recognized by Texas Monthly as both a Top Texas Attorney and Top Texas Female Attorney in 2018 and 2019.
Ms. Taylor also provides litigation services for special education due process hearings, Section 504 complaints, and discrimination claims. Ms. Taylor represents school districts at IEP team meetings, resolution sessions, mediations, due process hearings, Section 504 meetings and hearings, expulsion hearings, and expulsion appeals. She often works with districts and to prepare board policies with regard to special education, Section 504, student discipline, and other student issues.
LICENSES & BAR ACTIVITIES
State Bar of California, 2008
State Bar of Texas, 2014
Admitted in the Federal District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
5th Circuit Court of Appeals
MEMBERSHIP & SERVICE
State Bar of Texas Education Law
Whittier Center for Children Rights Fellow
Texas Council of School Attorneys
Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education
Harris County Bar of Association
Military Wives Club Planning Committee
“Confused About Dyslexia: Don’t Overthink It.” Presented in LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, 40th Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. (May 5-8, 2019)
“It All Starts With Understanding the Differences and Similarities Between Section 504 and the IDEA.” Presented in LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, 40th Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.(May 5-8, 2019)
“When Professional Accountability and Ethical Responsibility Collide In Serving Special Education Students.” Presented at the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (February 2019)
“The Safety of Everyone Is Our Priority: Special Education Classroom Safety Includes Safety for School Staff.” Presented at the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (February 2019)
“Unraveling the Mystery: How Your District Can Avoid Recurring Litigation” and “Law 101: For the New Special Education Director and Administrator”. Will be presented a Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (July 2019)