Amy R. Levine

San Francisco , East Bay

TEL: 415.543.4111


FAX: 415.543.4384


Amy R. Levine is a Shareholder in the San Francisco and East Bay offices, former chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, and currently serves on the Litigation Committee. She is also a member of the firm’s Students and Special Education Practice Group. Amy has nearly 20 years of experience representing private schools, school districts and other public entities in employment, labor, student and special education matters, and nearly 30 years of litigation experience.

Prior to her work with public entities, Amy represented individuals and organizations in civil rights, employment and education discrimination litigation, and also represented indigents in employment, education, housing, family law, and consumer matters. In her career, she has handled numerous cases in the federal and state courts, before arbitrators, and in administrative agencies. Her work has included representation of clients in class actions, including school districts in desegregation cases. Her current emphasis is on students and special education, litigation and appeals, and she has many published decisions to her credit in these areas and is frequently quoted in LRP’s special education publications. Amy also acts as an investigator for clients and a Title IX decision-maker. She has training in alternative dispute resolution, and has served as a member of the mediation and early neutral evaluation panels for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She has also served a judge pro tem for the San Francisco Superior Court.


University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif)
Cornell University (B.A., Distinction in All Subjects)


State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Practice Areas Students and Special Education , Litigation , Public Entities, Nonprofit Corporations and Independent Schools


Representative Cases

Dep’t of Health Care Services v. Office of Admin. Hearings, 6 Cal.App.5th 120 (2016) (amicus for CSBA)
Henry v. Napa Valley Unified School District, 2016 WL 715670 (N.D.Cal. 2016)
C.W. v. Capistrano Unified School District, 784 F.3d 1237 (9th Cir. 2015)
T.B. v. San Diego Unified School District, 806 F.3d 451 (9th Cir. 2015)
M.M. v. Lafayette School District, 681 F.3d 1082 (9th Cir. 2012)
Sullivan v. Centinela Valley Union High School District, 194 Cal.App.4th 69 (2011)
J.W. v. Fresno Unified School District, 626 F.3d 431 (9th Cir. 2010)
K.S. v. Fremont Unified School District, 679 F.Supp.2d 1046 (N.D.Cal. 2009), aff’d, 2011 WL 362467 (9th Cir. 2011)
G.B. v. San Ramon Valley Unified School District, 51 IDELR 35, 108 LRP 54022 (N.D.Cal. 2008)
San Rafael Elementary School District v. California Special Education Hearing Office, 482 F. Supp.2d 1152 (N.D.Cal. 2007)
Hernandez v. Board of Education, 126 Cal.App.4th 1161 (2004)
Walker v. San Francisco Housing Authority, 100 Cal.App.4th 685 (2002)
Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin v. Southworth, 529 U.S. 217 (2000), (amicus for ASUCR)


What Are My Chances? Fighting Off COVID-19 Litigation, DWK Webinar, January 12, 2021
Fostering Positive Outcomes for Foster Youth, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA Every Child Counts Symposium), February 6, 2020
Out of Left Field: Is Your District Complying with Title IX in Athletics?, California School Board Association (CSBA), December 5, 2019
Student Walkouts and Sanctuary District Proposals – What Do I Do Now?, Students and Special Education Think Tank, Santa Clara, Spring 2017
Straight Out of Compton: Is Trauma a Disability?, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA Every Child Counts Symposium), February 2, 2017
Section 504 Plan Documentation: What You Need to Know, National Business Institute, December 14, 2016
Ensuring Successful Due Process Procedures, National Business Institute, December 14, 2016
When Should an LEA File for Due Process?, Students and Special Education Think Tank Consortium, Napa, November 18, 2016
Records Retention, CASBO Shasta Cascade, March 14, 2016
Getting to Yes: Parental Consent to Special Education, Students and Special Education Think Tank Consortium, Santa Clara, March 10, 2016
IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws, National Business Institute, December 8, 2015
Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees for School Districts Prevailing Under the IDEA, California Special Education Law 2015, Practising Law Institute, October 7, 2015
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), National Business Institute, December 10, 2014
Working with Transgender and Gender Variant Students – Beyond the Binary, California School Board Association, December 14, 2014
Our Juveniles and Mental Health, Solano County SELPA, March 14, 2014
Disciplinary Procedures (Special Education Law Made Simple), National Business Institute, December 4, 2013
Disciplinary Conferences … Doing Them Right!, Small School Districts Association, April 14, 2011
Pupil Records – Do I Have to Turn Them Over?, Webinar, October 6, 2010
Serving Immigrant Students, Association of California School Administrators, January 16, 2009
“A Pound of Flesh”: Avoiding and Resolving Demands for Attorney’s Fees in Special Education Litigation, San Diego County Legal Alliance, September 18, 2007