DWK provides outstanding legal representation and preventive and practical counsel on key issues surrounding your core mission—the education of students.

Established in 1976, Dannis Woliver Kelley was the first law firm in California to devote its practice exclusively to public schools and education. After more than four decades, we are proud of our history, our service and commitment to public and private education, and our standing as one of the largest women-owned law firms in the country.

Since opening our doors, our services have grown to meet the full spectrum of legal needs of California public school and community college districts, county offices of education, and other educational organizations. We are trusted and innovative advisors to our clients. With seven offices across the state, our diverse team of attorneys is committed to excellence. We offer high-quality, creative, cost-effective, and prompt legal services in every aspect of education law. Our practice groups are comprised of experienced attorneys who possess thorough knowledge of the issues and challenges facing public schools and colleges.

Our practice areas include:

The DWK Way!

With more than four decades in education law, DWK has developed a unique practice that sets us apart from other firms in California. At DWK we are proud of what sets us apart. Learn more about the DWK Way.

  • Our primary business focus is on the full-service representation of K-14 education entities.
  • We represent districts of every size, style and type. We know that one approach does not fit all districts and boards. We let clients tell us what they need and we help clients achieve their lawful objectives.
  • We are a “one-stop shop” that eliminates the need for multiple law firms to evaluate multi-dimensional education law questions. For example, if you need advice on the use of bond funds to support a charter school, we can provide that advice to you without the need to consult outside experts or other firms.
  • We want school boards to feel comfortable in their understanding of the law and confident that what they are doing not only is lawful, but practical and in the public interest.
  • At Dannis Woliver Kelley, we believe in using our unique expertise and unmatched experience in education law to develop lawful, practical and often innovative options to help clients achieve their goals.
  • The breadth and depth of our knowledge and unmatched experience allows our attorneys to often answer our clients’ questions over the phone, without the need to spend hours researching and analyzing the issues first.